It is so good to see you!
We have changed the way we worship together, but our message and purpose are the same. We are excited to spend this time together to strengthen each other and build one another up in Christ. Today, during worship, we will participate in The Lord’s Supper as a church family, as well as tithing and offerings. We are here to chat on Facebook, Youtube, through email, and through our Connect Card if you have prayer requests or would like to speak to a minister. We miss you and want to hear from you! While you’re worshipping from home, snap a picture and tag us on social media. We would love to see your face!
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“Bigger Than I Thought”
“God Is For Us”
Send A Cup Drive
All Month Long
We want to stock the hospital break rooms! Help us send scripture, a hot cup of coffee, and a little encouragement to our healthcare heroes.
You can send a cup by
-donating $5 on Venmo or CashApp to ptc3give
–check out our Amazon Wish List to ship directly
-dropping by 500 Kedron Drive Peachtree City, GA with your donation!
We are also now accepting donations for masks & button headbands! Drop off or mail to 500 Kedron Dr. Peachtree City GA 30269.
Back To School Supply Drive
Now through August 2nd
We want to collect 50 backpacks for deserving kids this year! The Share Team is collecting school supplies for deserving families in our hometown. You are welcome to donate a backpack, individual supplies, or a fully stocked backpack. We have multiple options for you to participate on the Back To School Supply Drive site!
Grab Your Gear THIS Wednesday!
July 29th 4:30-5:30pm
Calling all elementary, middle, and high schoolers! We’re throwing a socially-distant get together to help make church at home even better! Join us at PTC3 for ice cream and to Grab Your Gear–a brand new way to connect during the week. Each kid will get a bag filled up with activities and instructions for how to make our church services more interactive & connect even more on their level. Come grab some TCBY and your bag THIS Wednesday!
Water Fun Day
August 5th at 3:00pm
Middle Schoolers & High Schoolers! Come hang with us Wednesday, August 5th before Grab Your Gear for a chance to cool down and have fun! We will meet on the front lawn at the church to play water games & eat free TCBY. Email Nathanael for more info!
George’s newest book, Epic Life, is now available for you! You can pick up a copy here or have one mailed right to your door from Amazon. If you want to pick up a copy in person, reserve yours today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Epic Life sermon series will start August 16th & we can’t wait to share these messages and this book with you!
New Golf Tournament Date
Sunday, August 16th
Our Golf Tournament is still happening! Our Kirby Wallace Classic will be Sunday, August 16th, so mark your calendars and start practicing your swing. Quarantine is the perfect time to get ready for our golf fundraiser for Guatemala!
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C267 | Dig Deep. Stay Rooted.
Live Wednesdays at 6:30pm
We’re live every Wednesday at 6:30pm for a deep dive into God’s Word. Right now we’re in Philippians. Can’t wait to see you Wednesday!
SERIES: CHURCHED based on the book of Acts
JULY 26, 2020 | WEEK 6: Seeing again, but clearly
SCRIPTURE: Acts 9:11-31
11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” 15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” 17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. 21 All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” 22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah. 23 After many days had gone by, there was a conspiracy among the Jews to kill him, 24 but Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him. 25 But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall. 26 When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. 28 So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. 29 He talked and debated with the Hellenistic Jews,but they tried to kill him. 30 When the believers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus. 31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the Awe of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.
5 keys to seeing clearly:
1- It’s simple; not easy – Vs. 15 &16
2- Our deeds follow us, but we can’t let them stop us – Vs. 21
3- Sometimes even Apostles struggle with seeing God’s plan – Vs. 26
4- Use freedom wisely, even if it’s dangerous – Vs. 28 & 29
5- We follow Jesus – Vs. 18
When we follow God’s plan we will know peace, be strengthened, and encouraged by the Holy Spirit and Growth – Vs. 31
Going Deeper Questions:
- Talk about a time in your spiritual growth and development when your Christian walk wasn’t easy.
- What does it mean to suffer for the sake of the Gospel in these modern times?
- What challenges have your past deeds caused in the present and how do/did you move forward?
- When you don’t see God’s plan unfolding the way you want it to, how do you continue to go forward?
- So what danger has stopped you from using your freedom wisely?
Grab Your Gear:
Paul could see clearly because he relied on God to help him see what was important. Using the paper given to you, or completely making your own, color your cool glasses with reminders of ways God can help you see clearly! After that, go on a scavenger hunt for the items below, and think of ways God can help you see these things in different ways.
We’ve talked about Saul becoming Paul before, and how his life can be a great example for us on just how Christ can truly change someone’s heart. However, we truly believe that every time you read something in God’s Word- there’s always something we can learn! When Saul was blinded, he was physically healed and could see again but also spiritually healed. He got a new name, Paul, and a new vision to see things clearly! Not physical vision, but vision to see things the way God sees things. We can have that too! The sermon talked about five ways to see things clearly, or see them as God sees them: it’s simple, not easy; our deeds follow us, but we can’t let them stop us; sometimes even Apostles struggle with seeing God’s plan; use freedom wisely, even if it’s dangerous; we follow Jesus. I think all of these points are important, but I think the last one is the most important. If we aren’t following Jesus, our vision can’t be clear. We won’t be able to see things clearly like Paul. What does that mean? Well the world tries to cloud our vision with things it says we need, negativity, etc. just like they did to Paul. But when we are focused on following Jesus and His plan, we see things as ways to glorify Him and make His name known! For instance, having to switch schools or sports teams this year? Maybe that’s a way for you to meet new friends and invite them to church! When we see things like Jesus sees them, we can know that everything we face is an opportunity to follow His plan, be His disciple, and share who He is with the world!
Do an activity with a blindfold on. Color a picture, try making your bed, etc.. Now do the same activity without a blindfold on. This might sound simple, but notice the big difference once you can see! Knowing Jesus and getting clear sight from Him is like that. Paul couldn’t see the goodness God was offering to him, he couldn’t see the freedom God gave. But once God opened Paul’s eyes to it, Paul’s life was forever changed! Taking our sight away in this activity, and then getting it back, is just a small glimpse of how much Jesus can truly help us see things clearly when we follow Him!
- What do you think it means when we say that Jesus helps us see clearly?
- What are some things Jesus helps you see?
- How can you follow Jesus this week?
Things In Nature:
Spot the following things in nature. Take a picture of or collect the items below!
- A tree
- The sun
- A lake
Things In Your Home:
Spot the following things in your home. Take a picture of or collect the items below!
- Your toys
- Something you clean with.
- Things you use at dinner time.
- A towel
- A pillow
- A blanket
Things In Your Town:
Spot the following things in your town. Take a picture of or collect the items below!
- Your family’s favorite restaurant.
- Your favorite store.
- An icecream shop.
- A place you can buy groceries.
- A coffee shop.
Welcome to Real Thoughts!
Challenging Our Students to Engage and Go Deeper in Their Faith Through Thought Provoking Prompts and Ideas.
In light of our temporary shift to online platforms, we are still looking to provide students with the opportunity to dive into the text and explore the faith through these conversations, but with their families now! We encourage each of our students to engage in the main worship service with their families while using their YMJ’s (Youth Ministry Journals) to flush out how the conversation from stage relates to them and where they are in their faith walk. The hope is that, in so doing, students will find themselves more ready to engage in conversation about the lesson with those around them, having gained a better understanding of what it is that the lesson means to them. So, join us this week as we continue in the conversation on the Book of Acts!
Room For Thoughts:
Food For Thought
- It is easy to see Saul/Paul as the main character in this passage, but the truth is there is a lot to be learned from the story of Ananias. What are some things you learned from readying the story with him as the main character?
- There is a promise for us in the scriptures for a good life not an easy one, a life where we are assured of the promises of God not one free from pain. How does this sit with you? Does this idea of simple not easy go along with what you were taught growing up?
- We all have a past and the consequences of our mistakes often follow us for years, but that does not mean we have to be defined by them. What is one mistake that’s consequence seems to follow you even now? How can you surrender that and not allow it to define who you are?
- There are many people who constantly try to speak into our lives to get us to do a certain thing or think a certain way, but, in the end, it is Jesus whom we follow. What are 3 voices in your life that distract you from Jesus’s? How can you learn to listen for His alone?
- When we take the time to listen to Christ’s will for our lives, we are strengthened, encouraged, and equipped to live our lives in faith. How are you going to put Him first in your week this week? Write down one thing that you are going to surrender this week in pursuit of time with God.