Get Out of Your PJs! :: PODCAST

Presented at Curwensville Alliance by Pastor Steve Shields on 3/5/2017

Have you ever thought about why people go to church? Why do you? Or why don’t you? Why church? 

Why do you get out of your PJs?

Some people attend out of routine. They might say, “It’s just what we’ve always done.”

Some people go to church because they like being around people. For all they care, we could be stuffing envelopes – they’re just happy to be with people.

Some people go to church out of guilt. They might say, “If I don’t go to church, God – or worse yet my mother – will be mad at me.”

Some people go because they think their kids need it. If you have those thoughts, you need to think a little more deeply.

This podcast explains some biblical benefits of getting out of your PJs and worshiping with other Christians.

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Our Core Values PODCAST

Presented at Curwensville Alliance on 9/18/2016 by Pastor Steve Shields

If you want to learn about a church, look, first at its statement of faith and second, at its core values.

Every organization works around a set of “givens” or “values”. The more successful organizations have core values that contribute positively and are affirmed regularly. The less successful ones have values that either are not as healthy or have been forgotten.

Can you verbalize the values this church has?

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Maybe their values could be written as: We value tradition. We resist change. That’s fine. More power to them.

Curwensville Alliance owns seven core values. They are…

We are bridge-builders

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We extend ourselves for the needy, the broken-hearted, and those who have not heard the Good News of Christ in our community and beyond.

We build men who love God.

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Men who love God take responsibility and grow healthy families, effective ministry, and stronger communities.

We do everything together.

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We share the good and bad in life honestly, pushing one another to grow as we live our faith. We like working together, learning more about God, and worshiping together.

We pray about everything.

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We recognize that it is the Holy Spirit who enables us to live meaningful, productive, and satisfying lives.

We pursue excellence in whatever we do.

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Everything we have and are comes from God, so we strive to use it well to serve others and glorify Him.

We believe the Bible has real answers to life’s problems

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We follow the practical wisdom of God’s Word, and offer it to others who are seeking.

We are forward-thinking Christ-followers

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We are willing to leave behind the familiar and comfortable to accomplish God’s plans for us. We support one another in following God’s calling for our families and children.

This podcast gives an overview of these core values, explaining their importance and relevance.

 

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PODCAST: Forward-thinking Christ-followers

Presented at Curwensville Alliance Church on March 9, 2014

It was Dr. Thomas, a history professor I had at the university, who first suggested this to me as I sat in his class: The church generally lags society by at least one generation. Even though I was struggling in my faith as a sophomore in college, I was angered by the statement. I loved the church and respected it. How could he say such a thing?

But deep down, I knew that, generally speaking, he was right. Appreciation for tradition, resistance to change, and a desire to honor past sacrifices are things that can keep the church from expending sufficient effort to understand the present and look forward to what’s next.

The Men of Issacar in 1 Chronicles 12:32 stand out from their peers because they were, as the text says, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do

We think that characterizes Curwensville Alliance and want it to do so even more. Join us as we aspire to be Forward-looking Christ-followers.

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