Fall studies at HCBC!

Folks returning from vacation, shorter days, school getting back into full gear, it can only mean one thing: summer is winding down and fall is on the horizon!  And with fall means more discipleship opportunities for the entire family at Harbins Church.  Here’s our fall lineup:

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Women’s study: The Joy of Discovery: How To Study the Bible (Saturdays Sept 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th) 9am-12pm.  Free Childcare!

This study is for all ladies 13 and up!

These workshops are designed to encourage ladies to learn how to study the Bible for themselves. This time together will motivate you to be even more diligent to present yourselves “approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.” (2 Tim. 2:15)

Workshops taught by: Barbara Enter and Gina Weinmann.  Barbara has a M.A. in Biblical Counseling from The Master’s University, is a certified counselor with The Association of Biblical Counselors, and is a trained Precept Bible teacher.  Gina is a certified counselor with The Association of Biblical Counselors and trained Precept Bible teacher.

For more information contact Dana at danacwebb@gmail.com

Let us know you’re coming!  Sign Up Here!

Sunday School for Kids: Treasuring Christ.  Pre k- 12 years old.  (Classes downstairs, starting Sept 9th, 9:30-10:30am)

The Treasuring Christ Curriculum is a comprehensive, unified curriculum where all of imagesthe children will be learning the same Scriptures at an age appropriate level.  The curriculum’s vision is to spread the fame of God by equipping godly generations to treasure Christ through a Gospel-centered curriculum for the church, the home, and the nations, as children and students learn the narrative of the gospel as it unfolds from Genesis to Revelation.

Last semester we left off studying the temptation of Jesus.  This fall we’ll continue our journey through the Gospel of Matthew.  In addition, we will once again provide for parents via email the “Connecting Church and Home” resource.   This is a great tool to help parents bridge the gap between what their children will learn the coming Sunday at church and how they can instruct their children to begin learning & living out those truths at home right now. CCH will provide discussion ideas, prayer points, and more.

Thanks in advance to our teachers:

Ages 2-4  Marsha Siso assisted by Rebecca Little

Ages 5-7 Marietta Pritchett.

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Teen Study: Your Word is Truth.  A Study for Youth on Seeing All of Life Through the Truth of Scripture (Starting Sunday, Sept 9th, in the Fellowship Hall downstairs, 9:30-10:30am)

The goal of this study is that, through the work of the Holy Spirit, the authoritative Truth of the Bible might be understood and embraced so students may see and interpret all of life through the Truth of Scripture.

Our hope is that students would not be conformed to the thinking of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of their minds, that by testing they might discern what is good and acceptable (Romans 12:2).  As the students grow in their own love and delight of the truth, we want to encourage and equip them to stand firm in an increasingly hostile culture, boldly and humbly proclaiming the triumphant Truth of the gospel.

Thank you so much to Cary Rosbury and Matt Pritchett taking the lead in this class!

Adult Study: The Lord’s Prayer Study/Pre Service Prayer (Starting Sunday, Sept 9th, 9:30-10:30am)

When the disciples asked Jesus how to pray, little did they know that they would be givenimages a model for prayer that would be used for generations.  Prayer is central to our fellowship with God, and our prayer life is directly affected by what we believe about God.  In this series, Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. shows that the pattern of prayer Jesus provides is few in words, yet massive in meaning.  His prayer reflects true theology and proper doxology-a perfect guide for our own lives.

After we spend some time learning about prayer, we will put what we learn into practice by spending time in corporate prayer, worshipping and adoring our great God, confessing our sins, giving thanks, and lifting up our upcoming worship service, our church, our mission, and our world.

I am extremely excited about this time that will help our church to really focus on the priority and urgency of prayer, and I look forward to seeing what God will do through this time together!  As usual, kids of all ages are welcome to our adult Sunday studies.

Note: Technically the study will start on the 16th, but our class will gather on the 9th as Matt and Emily Tyler, our missionaries in China, will be joining us.  Matt will be sharing in detail about their ministry in Shanghai and we will also have a time of corporate prayer for their ministry and mission.  

Let us know you’re coming!  Sign Up Here!

Kingdom Come: A Study In 1 Samuel (Starting Wednesday, Sept 12th, 7-8:30pm at the church)

It was a time of darkness, despair, and moral chaos.  A time where everyone did what imageswas right in their own eyes.  A time where the enemies of God’s people sensed weakness and were ready to strike.  What was needed was a King to come.  One who would unify the peoples, protect them from evil, and shepherd them into peace and safety.

But who was that King?  And what kind of ruler did the people really need?

Join me in an exploration of one of my favorite books of the Bible, 1 Samuel.  We’ll talk about prophets and kings, valiant warriors and vicious villains, high drama and epic battles.  On top of that, we’ll discover how the times, challenges, and issues of life haven’t really changed much from then to now.  What you and I need in the dark times of our day is exactly what they needed, a mighty Shepherd-King who will walk with us through the valley of the shadow of death, and deliver us from evil.  Bring your Bibles and be prepared for a great conversation through this incredible section of God’s Word.  (Kids are welcome!)

Let us know you’re coming!  Sign Up Here!

Better: A Study Of Hebrews (Ladies Only!) Launching Tuesday, October 2nd,             10 -11:30am at the church.  Free Childcare!

Jesus is better than the angels, Moses, and all the high priests and sacrifices that came imagesbefore.  In Jesus are bound up better promises, a better covenant, and a better tabernacle.  As you study the book of Hebrews you will be immersed in the superiority of Jesus and how such realities will bring powerful change to your life.

“The Bible study you are about to begin may be different than studies you have done in the past.  It will not cover a specific topic from all angles.  It will not have poetry or stories that leave you laughing, crying, or inspired.  It will not focus on answering the question “What does the Bible say about me?”  It will not aid you in self-discovery, at least not as its primary intent.  What it will do is teach you an important passage of the Bible in a way that will stay with you for years to come.  It will challenge you to move beyond loving God with just your heart to loving Him with your mind.

Women are good at loving God with their hearts.  We are good at engaging our emotions in our pursuit of God.  But the God who commands us to love with the totality of our heart, soul, and strength also commands us to love Him with all of our minds…I know you will bring your emotions to your study of God’s word, and that is good and right.  But it is your mind that I want to engage.  God intends for you to be a good student, renewing your mind and thus transforming your heart.” – Jen Wilkin

Let us know you’re coming!  Sign Up Here!

It is my prayer that these upcoming opportunities will provide you and your family great avenues for spiritual growth, learning, fellowship, mutual encouragement, and prayer.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Demer

Pastor Search Update

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It’s hard to believe that summer will be winding down in just a few weeks.  I hope you’ve managed to squeeze in some time of rest in the midst of it all.  As summer winds down, things at Harbins will be winding up soon.  Various ministry activities will return to the calendar, as well as increased activity on the Pastor Search front.  On that note, I wanted to give you an update on where we are with that.

This summer I’ve been putting the word out about our need.  I have spread the word through my alma mater, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and I have made other pastoral colleagues aware, asking them to refer potential candidates.  In addition, I have reached out to Jonathan Leeman from 9marks.org who has graciously agreed to spread the word, and Aaron Menikoff, who presently leads the Greater Atlanta Baptist Network, has been a helpful sounding board and wise counselor for me during this season in our church, and he too, has referred to me some potential candidates.  Through these contacts, I have been gathering a number of resumes from folks these past few weeks.

Under normal circumstances, I believe the elders are the appropriate servants to lead the way in a Pastor Search process.  However, as I’m the sole elder presently, we need to adapt to that situation.  Therefore, I deemed it wise to lean on other leaders in our church and put together a Pastor Search Leadership Team.  This team will consists of myself (an elder) and three deacons, Jonathan Little, Cary Rosbury, and Jason Sims.  These men have unanimous congregational trust, having been formally affirmed by the congregation in regards to their character and leadership.  In addition, I have asked Matt Pritchett to join this team as well.  Matt is a member of our Finance Team, a team that (like our deacons), our next pastor will work closely with.  Matt has proven himself over the years as possessing biblical wisdom and doctrinal understanding, and demonstrated an ability to give sound, balanced feedback during our previous pastor search process.

Moving forward, I will, after prayerfully reviewing various resumes, select a few that seem to stand out above the rest and request further information from these men, and then present them to the Pastor Search Leadership Team to prayerfully consider, evaluating their information, listening to sermons, asking further follow up questions, etc.  The goal is for them to help me narrow things down to one brother that I can confidently present before the congregation, recommending him for church wide examination and soliciting your feedback.

As I’ve stated before, I believe in the importance of the entire congregation in such a process.  The Pastor Search Leadership Team is simply leading the way and providing guidance in and facilitation of this process.  These men will be graciously giving up some of their time and energy in doing some of the early scouting work and preliminary examination, but before too long, we’ll be turning to the rest of the church expecting your involvement, feedback, and help.

imagesBut even before we find a candidate to present to you, you can get involved even now through serious and regular prayer.  Pray that if it be God’s good will, He would soon lead us to not the perfect Pastor (there is none save Jesus!), but the right Pastor and shepherd for this time and moment in the life of Harbins Church.  Pray for the Pastor Search Leadership Team, that we might have keen wisdom and unusual insight as we consider and examine various potential candidates.  I am very optimistic for the future, as I believe God will hear our prayers as He has in the past, and will guide us to exactly where we need to be.

Finally, I want to thank you for your patience.  While Harbins has never been through a season quite like this before, many churches have.  And I want to assure you that it is not unusual at all for a church to go through an extended time of searching for a pastor.  While I am as eager as anyone to find our next shepherd, I also want us to make sure we do things carefully.  We don’t want to needlessly linger, but neither do we want to rush such an important decision.  What’s more, I want you to move into the future with hopeful confidence.  I don’t know everything that the future will bring, but what I do know for sure is that right now, today, God has supplied and equipped Harbins Church with everything we need to do His will (2 Pe 1:3, 2 Tim 3:16), everything we need to minister to and serve one another in love (Heb 13:20-21), and everything we need to be happy, peaceful, joyful, and secure in Him (2 Thess 2:16-17, 2 Cor 12:9, John 15:11).  And He will continue to supply His all-sufficient grace to us every single day.  That’s why I’m not anxious about anything in the present, and that’s why I’m very excited for the future.images

[3] You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
[4] Trust in the LORD forever,
for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. (Isaiah 26:3–4)

Amen to that! Thanks for being such a wonderful congregation.  I don’t deserve to be your pastor, but I’m so thankful God has placed me here with you.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Demer

 

Harbins, Help Gospel Growth in China This Sunday!

Brothers and Sisters,

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The year 1792 marked the formation of the Baptist Missionary Society.  One of the men in this society was William Carey.  Carey felt called by God to leave everything behind to spread the gospel in India.  He compared the venture into India to a few men who were to penetrate a deep, unexplored mine, without a guide.  It was in that moment where Carey turned to his brothers in Christ and said to them, “Well, I will go down, if you will hold the rope.” One of the men present at this meeting, John Ryland, said, “But before he [Carey] went down…he, as it seemed to me, took an oath from each of us, at the mouth of the pit, to this effect-that ‘while we lived, we should never let go of the rope.’”
Carey knew that not all were meant to be full time missionaries in India.  He also knew, however, that there were those who would stay behind and “hold the rope” for him. They would support Carey from afar through their prayers and their financial support, enabling him to devote himself 100% to the work of ministry in India.  Indeed, because of faithful “rope holders”, Carey persevered in ministry in India for 40 years, translating the Bible into 6 languages and portions of it into 29 additional languages.
At Harbins our vision is to be a church where the generations converge to enjoy God and change the world through making, maturing, and mobilizing disciples of Jesus Christ. We do this through our own personal ministry of evangelism and disciple-making, and we also do it by “holding the rope” for others engaged in gospel ministry in places we may never set foot.
imagesMatt and Emily Tyler are Harbins Church supported missionaries spreading the gospel in one of the largest cities in the world, Shanghai, China. Matt is an associate pastor at an international church involved in campus evangelism ministry, church planting and the sending out of missionaries.  It is teeming with folks from all over the globe who have NEVER heard the gospel of Jesus Christ, and God is doing some exciting things through Matt’s ministry there.  For example, one young Chinese man named Guan Hua came to their church service and asked if there was someone who could read the Bible with him.  Guan Hua is not a Christian.  Matt and Emily have also had lunch with and befriended a lady named Eve who isn’t a Christian but now seems close to believing.  In addition, Matt has been reading the Bible with a Hungarian man named Janos.  This man has recently professed faith in Christ!
More information about the Tylers’ ministry will be shared Sunday, and I am hoping in September they will be able to make a personal visit to Harbins and share some more, but these are just a few examples of the wonderful things the Lord is doing through Matt and Emily’s missionary efforts.  But here’s the important thing to realize: They cannot engage in this ministry unless others “hold the rope.”  Presently there are only 5 churches (including Harbins) supporting the Tylers on a regular basis.  And with that support they have never been at 100% of their monthly needs.  With a growing family and cost of living increases in Shanghai, the Tylers really need additional support.  Later this year our Finance Team will begin to put together our budget for the coming year.  I have asked them to prayerfully consider if we can increase our quarterly support.  That will largely depend on the strength of the regular giving of our membership.
But regardless of whether or not we’ll be able to increase our regular support, I am imagesasking you this weekend to prayerfully consider putting extra in the offering this Sunday for Matt and Emily’s ministry.  Basically I’m asking you to “hold that rope” a little tighter through participating in a love offering for the spread of the gospel in China.
If you are interested in helping, then, in addition to your regular offering, you can write a separate check, make it out to Harbins, and put “Missions”  down in the note section to ensure the funds get to them.  Cash should be put in an offering envelope with the giver’s name and marked for Matt and Emily on the outside.
Whether we can all give financially or not, another way to “hold the rope” is through our prayers.  Please be praying for Matt and Emily and their ministry this weekend, and prepare for a time of corporate prayer this Sunday where we will lift them and the Church in China up before the Lord!
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Demer

Worship is Warfare! (So this Sunday come to our Pre-Service Prayer Meeting)

Friends,

The apostle Paul wrote that we battle not against against flesh and blood but against imagesdark, wicked, invisible forces in the heavenly places. (Eph 6:12) Indeed, Peter tells us that Satan, the great Enemy of our souls, is wandering like a lion, seeking those to devour. (1 Pe 5:8)

But the Devil is not just targeting you personally. Peter and Paul wrote those warnings not for disconnected individuals, but for the Church. Satan is not merely targeting you personally, he is targeting us collectively. He doesn’t just hate you. He hates Harbins. And he especially hates anything that will facilitate the church’s growth in love, unity, holiness, and community witness.

Ever since I returned to Harbins Church a few years ago, I’ve been interested in holding a pre-service prayer time. Worship is warfare. It is the battle cry of the people of God. And because worship glorifies God, builds up the Church, and serves as a witness to the lost, it is the last thing that the Satanic powers want us to do.

Being struggling sinners, it’s not just Satan and his demons that seek to undermine our worship, but our own flesh pulls us in another direction. As the old hymn goes, “Prone to wander, Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love.” Our self-centered sinfulness wants to make Sunday (and every day) all about us.

With such things arrayed against us, how in the world can we have a time of successful, God-centered, edifying corporate worship? On critical but oft-neglected means is prayer.

imagesIn Ephesians 6, after describing the spiritual weapons and armor we are to use in our battle, Paul ends with a weapon many of us ignore. He urges us to be praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication  for all the saints… (Ephesians 6:1)

Charles Spurgeon was pastor of the London Metropolitan Tabernacle and the hand of imagesGod was upon him and his church mightily and through his ministry the Lord ignited revival.  Thousands came to Christ through his preaching.  There were times where worship services drew as many as 10,000 people. Spurgeon was known to take visitors to his church to a basement prayer-room where people were seen on their knees interceding. Here, Spurgeon declared, is the powerhouse of the church.

imagesSteam was the major power source in Spurgeon’s Day, and he compared the prayer room to a boiler room and said, “If the engine room is out of action, then the whole mill will grind to a halt.  We cannot expect blessing if we do not ask.”

Spurgeon recognized that the prayers of God’s people were essential in fueling his preaching and his church.

During the summer months, with no Sunday School or other programs before the main service, this is a great time to gather to seek God’s help and blessing for our service. We’ll meet in the counseling room in the basement. It will be a time to get our hearts right before the Lord, to pray that God will help us to worship Him in spirit and truth, to pray for every element of the service (singing, preaching, fellowship, etc.)  We will also pray for our congregation. We will pray that we will abound in love, unity, charity, and kindness for one another.  We will pray that believers will be blessed, encouraged, and impacted by the service, and that our passion for Jesus will be further ignited and will spill over and impact our families, our relationships, and our community.  We will pray for our own wayward hearts, and we will pray for people who will come to our service that do not know the Lord.  We will pray for these things and more.

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So join us this Sunday this summer at 10am in the counseling room downstairs. If we’ve already started when you get here that’s fine.  If you have to step out before we wrap it up, no problem.  If you want to pray out loud, great.  If you want to pray silently, fantastic. Men, women, and children of all ages are welcome to come.  If you’ve got a noisy baby or jittery toddler, come anyway!

I’ve wanted to do something like this for awhile and I want to thank my brother Chike for his encouragement for us to move forward. I’m not sure what will happen in the fall once Sunday School relaunches, but for now, let’s meet together in this way and see what God does.

imagesJesus reminds us that He is the vine, we are the branches, and apart from Him we can do nothing. (John 15:5) We need Jesus’ help for our corporate worship to be everything He wants it to be.  We need God’s help for our church to be powerful, effective, and a vehicle that God will use to impact lives in our fellowship and in our community.  If we want to see further growth and powerful spiritual revival in our midst, why not simply ask?

Spurgeon himself said,

“Brethren, we shall never see much change for the better in our churches in general till the prayer meeting occupies a higher place in the esteem of Christians.”

More importantly, Jesus said,

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to imagesyou. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!  (Matthew 7:7-11)

See you Sunday.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Demer

 

Holy Week At Harbins 2018

holy_weekTwo years ago, due to an increasing burden the HCBC pastors had over the lack of attention and focus on the Easter season (especially compared to Christmas) we launched a new tradition.   To help enhance your Easter worship, we deemed it right and good to formally observe Holy Week and encourage all of our members to do the same.

As significant as Christmas is, it is not an end unto itself.  The reason Jesus was born in Bethlehem was to bleed on Golgotha.  He was laid in a manger for the purpose of having His body laid in a tomb.  He descended to earth as a lowly Man so that He could later rise triumphantly from the grave.  The whole purpose of Christmas is Easter.

For this reason, Pastor Jeff and I are eager to continue our Holy Week tradition by providing additional opportunities for corporate worship, as well as encouraging HCBC families to have times of personal and/or family worship in their homes which revolves specifically around the events we remember during Holy Week.

Holy week is March 25th-April 1st.  Below is the HCBC Holy Week schedule, followed by some resources you can use personally or with your family during Holy Week.  (Please note that due to the additional worship services we are adding during Holy Week, we will not be having our regular community groups during that time.)

blue grapes cornerSunday Morning, March 25th, – Palm Sunday.  Sunday School at 9:30.  Corporate Worship at 10:45.  We all want to have a fruitful life, and the reason Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday was to die on Good Friday so that He might bear much fruit through you! On Palm Sunday we’ll continue our sermon series, “Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ” by considering Jesus’ metaphor of the Vine and the Branches in John 15.  Following the service stick around for our fellowship meal and games!

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Thursday night, March 29th – Maundy Thursday Service  w/Communion, 7pm-8pm.

The word “Maundy” comes from the Latin word where we get our English word “command” or “mandate” from.  Jesus gave a special mandate the evening before He was crucified, that we would love one another as Jesus loves us. (John 13:33-34).  In addition to a time of worship through singing, Pastor  Demer will deliver a brief sermon followed by the Lord’s Supper.

imagesFriday night, March 30th – Good Friday Service, 7pm-8pm. 

John 3:16 is perhaps the most popular verse in the Bible.  Certainly it captures the essence of what Good Friday is all about.  In addition to a time of worship through song, Pastor Demer will share a gospel-centered message anchored in this beloved verse.

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Resurrection Sunday, April 1st – Easter Service, Sunday School at 9:30am, Corporate Worship at 10:45am- Join us as we celebrate Jesus Christ’s triumph over the grave and the powers of darkness!  Following the service come out to Harbins Park for a picnic.  Bring lunch for your family and meet us at the pavilion closest to the playground (just up the little hill).  This is located at the 2nd entrance to Harbins Park and it’s the same place that we met last year.

And finally, here are some great Holy Week resources for you and your family from Desiring God Ministries.

Love to the Uttermost, Devotional Readings for Holy Week by John PiperThis free devotional begins on Palm Sunday, ends on Easter Sunday, and aims to focus our attention on Jesus as he displays his love to the uttermost (John 13:1). These meditations on the self-giving love of Christ are all excerpted from the preaching and writing ministry of John Piper.

Five Helps for Your Holy Week- This link features five of Desiring God’s best articles related to the Easter season.  Topics include a “Theology of Resurrection”, “Was Jesus Really Crucified?”, and 8 reasons why the Resurrection of Jesus is an historically reliable fact.

Your Sorrow Will Turn To Joy, Morning and Evening Meditations for Holy Week– For this free devotional, Desiring God has assembled a team of eleven pastors and scholars to walk us through Holy Week as we walk together with our Lord. This collection of short meditations includes readings for each morning and evening from Palm Sunday to the triumph of Easter.

A Theater Called Holy Week – Tony Reinke prepares us for Holy Week in his brief article highlighting John 12:27-33

Make Holy Week Holy to the Lord – The week between Palm Sunday and Easter is not intrinsically holy, except that all time is holy, since it belongs to God. But we can make it holy by setting it apart for sacred focus.  This link gives you the Scriptures from the 4 gospels that record Jesus’ final hours.  Consider using these Scriptures to supplement your daily time in the Scriptures this week.

It is my prayer that HCBC’s Holy Week focus will be a blessing as it helps you and your family turn your eyes all the more to the sufferings and triumph of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Demer

HCBC Community Groups Coming Soon!

Dear Harbins Family,

I hope you had a wonderful and worshipful holiday season.  As the dust settles from all of the hustle and bustle of the past month, it’s never too long before I start getting questions about our Community Groups, when we will launch them, what they will be, etc.

Community Groups launch the week of February 5th.  Please let us know as soon as possible which group you’d like to be in as this helps our teachers and hosts. Sign up sheets will be in the back of the Sanctuary this Sunday!

I am pleased to let you know about the three great study options you have this semester.

#1. James: A 12 Week Study

Led by Jeff Thomas at the Thomas home.  2700 Angel Oak Circle, Dacula. Launch Date: Tuesday, February 6th, 7pm.

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The book of James has a well-deserved reputation for providing practical advice, yet it also contains challenging teachings on wealth, anointing with oil, prayer, healing, and the relationship between faith and works.

Through clear exposition of the biblical text and thoughtful application questions, Greg Gilbert helps us rightly understand James as a stirring exhortation to fruitfulness—ultimately reminding us of the necessary connection between genuine faith and heartfelt obedience.

Order The Study Guide Here!  

View the trailer here:

 #2. Faith – What Are You Hoping For?images

Led by Mark Pierce, Warren Goldsmith, and Matt Pritchett.  Location will rotate between the Pierce home (624 Clarke Trail, Dacula) and the Goldsmith home (150 Sweet Auburn Lane, Dacula)  Launch Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 7pm.

What is faith?

We all know that the Bible defines faith as “the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen” – but do we know how to live by faith in the street-level situations and relationships of our daily Christianity?  Join pastor and best-selling author Paul David Tripp on a powerful 9 session journey through Hebrews 11 to discover how to live a hope-filled life of faith in Jesus Christ.

Order Study Guide Here!  

View the trailer here:

#3. The Holiness of God. 

Led by Demer Webb at the Siso home.  2523 Fair Hill Pointe
Bethlehem, Georgia.  Launch Date: Wednesday, February 7th, 7pm.

In the wake of the recent passing of Dr. R.C. Sproul, we will visit what many say is his Christ_teaching_in_the_Templemost powerful and life-changing study ever. In this video and book study, The Holiness of God examines the meaning of holiness and why people are both fascinated and terrified by a holy God. This series closely explores God’s character, leading to new insights on sin, justice, and grace. The result is a new awareness of our dependence upon God’s mercy and a discovery of the awesomeness of His majestic holiness. Dr. R.C. Sproul said, “The holiness of God affects every aspect of our lives—economics, politics, athletics, romance—everything with which we are involved.”

John Macarthur said, “When I first heard R.C. Sproul teaching on the holiness of God, it brought me face-to-face with the awful splendor of God’s majestic holiness in a new and fresh way.”

John Piper says, “The holiness of God is my favorite of his books because it most central.  It is who God is.”

Join us for this powerful 14 week study!  Study guide is mandatory.  To go deeper, purchase the book and participate in the readings you will be assigned.

Order The Study Guide Here!  Order the book (optional) here!  

Get a taste an appetizer of Dr. Sproul’s teaching on this topic:

Please let us know as early as you can which group you’d like to participate in.  Sign up  sheets will be in the back of the sanctuary this Sunday.

I’m thrilled that HCBC is able to offer such amazing studies that will draw you closer to God, facilitate transformation in your life, and sink your roots deeper into the precious Word and gospel of God, through which we are able to more clearly see and savor our Lord Jesus Christ!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Demer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Discipleship Opportunities!

Brothers and Sisters,

In 2018 there will be many discipleship opportunities available to you at HCBC including Community Groups, Men & Women’s Discipleship, and more. You’ll hear more about those soon, but for now, I’d just like to focus on some very significant opportunities for you that are right around the corner!

For several years at HCBC, Biblical Counseling has been an increasingly significant partimages of our emphasis and ministry.  At its core, Biblical Counseling is simply a form of discipleship as it aims to bring the all-sufficient Scriptures to bear (2 Tim 3:16) on our personal and corporate growth as Christians as well as letting the Scriptures inform how we navigate the common challenges of life.  Biblical Counseling impacts marriage, fear, anxiety, friendships, spiritual disciplines, parenting, anger, practical theology, depression, evangelism, addictions/besetting sins, church unity, and much more.

imagesWhile recognizing that not everyone in the church is called to be a full-time, formal biblical counselor, and that some will be more trained in Biblical Counseling than others, we believe that everyone at HCBC is called to have a basic, fundamental understanding and responsibility to know how to use the truths of Scripture in such a way that it will facilitate spiritual growth, maturity, and strength in our congregation.  The apostle Paul looked back on the growth of the church in Rome with grateful thanksgiving and satisfaction because they themselves were “filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.” (Romans 15:14)

Here we see that the instruction isn’t just limited to a handful of formally trained imagespastors.  Instead, Paul rejoices that the whole church is able to instruct one another in the Scriptures.  We see elsewhere in the Scriptures that the church membership is expected to be an instrument in the Redeemer’s hands through loving discipleship, through the bearing of one another’s burdens, and through speaking loving truth to one another that builds up the Body. (Gal 6:1-2, Eph 4:29)  As your pastors, our heart’s desire is for Harbins Church to be like the church in Rome, “filled with all knowledge and able to instruct (counsel) one another.”

With that said, we are excited to bring to your attention a few ways that you can begin to receive basic training in Biblical Counseling.  I would love to see all of our members involved in one (or more) of these opportunities.

#1. Adult Bible Study.  We just recently launched a great study called Instruments in the imagesRedeemer’s Hands and it’s not too late to join in.  After our holiday break, Pastor Jeff will resume this study on Sunday, January 7th, at 9:30am in the sanctuary.  This is an outstanding study designed to release HCBC from the popular notion in our culture that the church’s sanctification and growth is in the hands of a small group of trained pastoral professionals.  Instead, every one of us at Harbins is called to minister to the Body and and become an effective tool of change in the lives of others.  We’ve gotten excellent feedback on this study so far and we are hoping to see more of our members there every week, resuming on the 7th.

#2. Faith Community Church 2018 Biblical Counseling and Discipleship Training imagesConference.  For the past several years members of HCBC have gone to this conference and it has been nothing short of outstanding.  This will certainly be a time of personal growth and excellent training in God’s Word for all who attend.  Myself, Pastor Jeff, and our wives, along with others from our church, have been among those who have greatly benefited from this time.  The training will be broken up over the course of four Saturdays at Northside Church in Roswell on January 27, February 24, March 24, and April 21st.  Jeff and I would really love to see more of our members make it an annual tradition to attend.  The registration deadline is January 12th.  For more information visit here.  If you need financial assistance to help pay for the conference let us know and we’ll see if we can help.  Also, groups can carpool to help with travel expenses.

#3. Biblical Counseling Training at Providence Church in Duluth.  Our friends at imagesProvidence Church will be providing FREE training in Biblical Counseling as they launch a 10 week course starting Tuesday evening, January 9th.  If you are interested in deeper and more intensive training, or if you are interested in going through the certification process with the ACBC (Association of Certified Biblical Counselors), this is for you!  Led by Pastor Jess Arnds, who is an ACBC certified counselor from the Master’s Seminary, you will go deep through weekly reading assignments, observing counseling sessions through video, group discussions, and more.  There will be dinner provided at 5:30pm for a small fee, and the training begins at 6pm.  You’ll wrap up by 9pm.  There will be FREE CHILDCARE!  Sign up here! For more information, contact Pastor Jess at jarnds@providenceduluth.org

Please prayerfully consider taking advantage of one or more of these terrific opportunities that will help you in your own personal growth as a Christian, and help you to powerfully minister to others in our church, building up the Body at HCBC.  We pray that 2018 will be an incredible year of growth in the Lord for you and for our church.

Grace and Peace,

Pastors Demer and Jeff