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Suffering

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A storm hit us on a Thursday afternoon knocking out power to 23,000 homes and businesses; our home was included in that number. We were without power for over two days. On Friday afternoon, we had a heat index of 100 degrees. It was miserable. We have four dogs who can’t take the heat, and my brother has a heart condition and has to keep his meds at room temperature. All we could do was pray that power would be restored soon. The book of Hebrews says, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Heb. 4:16) We needed God at this time, but we must remember we need
God all the time. We know God will be there and know he’s with us always. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Josh. 1:9)

We were miserable but we had water, we had food, and by grace of God it cooled down so we were able to sleep a little better. We felt we were suffering a bit, but is this actually really suffering? Most, well all, of us think so, but what is suffering? True suffering is being sacrificed, crucified, beaten, tortured, cussed at, spit on, even killed. That’s suffering and that’s what Jesus went through. He did this for us,

“He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.” (Is. 53:3-12)

God loves us so much.

 

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) After what Jesus went through do we really have a right to complain about suffering? NO.

When I sat out on my porch those two nights we were without power, the suffering of Jesus went through my mind. Those two nights weren’t so bad after all.

So please praise God that it wasn’t that bad, he was there, and He protected our pets and us. God provided for us through the storm and we did well and were ok.

Thank you Jesus for being with us, protecting us, and loving us. Thank you for the suffering you went through for us because you love us so much. We are not worthy of your grace but You protect us anyway for the love You shown. We love you Jesus and in Your Great Name we give you praise.   AMEN
 
by – Alan Goad – 

 

 

 

 



WHAT IS CONNECTING WITH GOD?

STEP 1 – CONNECTION POINT (if you have not been to connection point yet you need to)
NOW STEP 2 – CONNECT WITH GOD
Now that you have connected with Catalyst, it is time to Connect with God to become a disciple of Jesus.

– Believe and Commit your life to Jesus

– Get Baptized (your Public profession of your faith)

– Create Personal Spiritual Habits (Bible Reading/Study, Prayer)

– Actively attend weekly worship services at Catalyst
*** Visit the Catalyst APP or Website to find out more info about these topics.


Baptism (Taking your faith public)

Your NEXT STEP after asking God to have a relationship with you (through what Jesus did for you and I on the cross and having faith this is the truth) is to get baptized. We have Baptism at Catalyst Church the 2nd Sunday of every month and her is why and how.

1. What is baptism?

Baptism is an outward expression of an inward change. It’s a public declaration of how Jesus changed your life. Being baptized shows others that you’ve decided to follow Jesus, and allows them to celebrate this decision with you (Acts 16:31-34).
Baptism doesn’t save a person; it’s a symbol and celebration of salvation (1 Peter 3:21).
The power that brought Jesus back to life is the same power Jesus uses to change our lives – and that’s worth getting excited about!

2. Why should I be baptized?

Jesus instructs us to be baptized and set the example by being baptized (Matthew 28:19-20Mark 1:9).
Obedience to Jesus shows we believe and follow Him. (1 John 2:3). Because Jesus went public about His love for us, we can go public about our love for Him. Being baptized shows that we turn away from a life of sin toward Jesus, the only one who can change us (Acts 2:38-41).

3. When’s the best time to be baptized?

For everyone who decides to follow Jesus, baptism is the next step. Anyone who commits his or her life to following Jesus is ready to be baptized (Acts 8:12).

4. Do you baptize children?

As parents, we can help point our children to Jesus, but they are the ones to decide if they will commit their lives to Him (Romans 10:9).
Any instance of baptism follows a person’s decision to trust Jesus for his or her salvation and commitment to follow Him (Acts 10:47-48). At Catalyst, we wait until children are old enough to express their own decision to follow Jesus and understand the meaning of baptism.

5. What’s the difference between immersing, sprinkling and other ways of baptizing?

Baptisms in the Bible were by immersion. The original word for baptism most often referred to being immersed or submerged in water. Jesus was baptized by being immersed in the water and rising out of it (Matthew 3:16Mark 1:10).
Submersion in the water symbolizes the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Being submersed underwater represents our death to sin and old way of life, and being raised out of the water is a picture of how Jesus raised us and gave us a fresh start in life (Romans 6:3-5).

6. Do I need to be baptized again?

If you haven’t been baptized by immersion since you decided to follow Jesus, we want to help you take your next step of being baptized. Once you’ve taken that step, there’s no need to be baptized again.

God never asks us to take a next step that isn’t good for us. He always gives us more than we deserve or can imagine, including the joy we receive from listening to Him and doing what He says.
WHAT IS NEXT???
Is baptism your next step? Sign up at www.mycatalystchurch.org/baptism call us at 812-250-8383 or email us at mycatalystchurch@gmail.com to talk with someone about it.
Interested in getting baptized? Contact the church at 812-250-8383 or email us at
After contacting us, we will schedule you for a 2nd Sunday of a month, so you can invite your friends and family to celebrate with you! Also, we will meet before, to go discuss why you are taking this step and give you more details about your baptism. Contact us, don’t wait!


Admit, Believe and Commit your life to Jesus

Admit

It starts with admitting that you are a sinner.

…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Romans 3:23

That’s right, the Bible says that everyone has sinned—including you. It’s probably not hard for you to think of some of the ways you’ve broken God’s Law. Sin is a problem because it separates us from God, who is without sin (1 Peter 1:16). Sin is also a problem because of the penalty involved.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:23

Just as we earn wages for the work we do, we earn wages for our actions. And the Bible says that sin earns us death. That means eternal death, or separation from God for all eternity. But the Bible doesn’t leave us there. The rest of that statement gives us hope for eternal life, through Jesus Christ.

Believe

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

John 3:16

Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…

Acts 16:31

What does it mean to believe in Jesus? The Bible says Jesus Christ is God’s son, sent here to die in our place.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8

Sin can’t go unpunished, but God does not want anyone to die (2 Peter 3:9). That’s why He sent His son Jesus Christ to die in our place. How can this be?

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

2 Corinthians 5:21

Jesus Christ lived his entire life without any sin. He had to be perfect, in order to die for the sins of others. And in doing so, he paid the penalty for your sin.

When you truly admit that your sin has separated you from God, and when you truly believe that Jesus Christ died to make it right, there is only one way you can respond.

Commit

…if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

Romans 10:9

Jesus Christ gave His life in exchange for yours. What could you possibly offer in return, but to live your life for Him? When you submit your life to Jesus Christ as your Lord, you become a part of God’s family, and the way you live your life—the choices that you make—will show it.

But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Ephesians 2:13

The ABC’s of Salvation

You came here because you wanted to know how you can have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Now that you have the knowledge, what will you do with it? God offers you His salvation as a free gift. All you have to do is accept it.

  • Tell Him that you admit that you are a sinner, and that you’re sorry for breaking His Law.
  • Tell Him that you believe that Jesus Christ died to pay the price for your sin.
  • Tell Him that you commit to stop living your life for yourself, and to start living it for Him.

That’s it! The Bible says that “whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved,” (Romans 10:13). If you’ve asked God’s forgiveness and placed your faith in Jesus Christ, you are now a Christian.

You probably have a lot of questions, and we want to help you find answers. Please contact us using the form on this page.



Personal Spiritual Habits

Personal Spiritual Habits



Connection Point

NEW? NEWish to CATALYST?
Joining a new church is always a tough and scary thing. We know this so we want to help you and answer all your questions. At “CONNECTION POINT” we will have a very informal chit chat about who we are and what we are about at Catalyst Church. So that you can take your NEXT STEP with us and move towards CONNECTING with GOD, OTHERS and in SERVICE!

“CONNECTION POINT” is the 1st Sunday of EVERY MONTH for about 45 Minutes after the worship service. We will meet in the children’s area (AKA: The Back yard).

We will discuss and chat about….
– What we believe
– Why we exist
– Our story / history
– Leadership
– Membership / Ownership
– Direction / vision
– How YOU can get involved
– ANSWER any question of concerns you might have
– and more…
 
So if you are interested in attending “CONNECTION POINT” or have questions please let us know at mycatalystchurch@gmail.com OR just show up!


Actively weekly worship

Actively attend weekly worship



VBS @ Catalyst

 

 
JUNE 10-14 (6pm – 8:30pm)
 
Imagine going deep sea diving and seeing all the amazing sights to see. Catalyst Church is creating an environment just like this. Welcome to Ocean Commotion! Every day, our kids are challenged to stand for God in their schools, among their friends, in our culture . . . no matter what. And they’re bombarded with the lie that God’s Word isn’t true when it talks about earthly things (rocks, fossils), so it can’t be trusted to tell the truth about spiritual things.

 

Ocean Commotion VBS at Catalyst Church is sure to be a great time of fun for your children! All children ages preschool-entering 5th grade are welcome to come.

 
VBS (Vacation Bible School) is an AMAZING time where Children (K-5th Grade) can have a blast learning, growing and having fun!
 
PRE – REGISTRATION
 


WHO IS JESUS?

JESUS

The Bible tells us that Jesus is God incarnate; He is God the Son, eternally one with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He alone can forgive our sins and give salvation.

The writer of Hebrews explains how “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. After He had provided purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven” (Hebrews 1:1-3).

Many people believe Jesus lived, was a good teacher and a very spiritual man, but they deny that He is God. A diluted Jesus is not the real Jesus. We must be careful to believe in the Jesus that He himself declared He was, “not be[ing] led astray from [our] sincere and pure devotion to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3).
Here are seven declarations and actions of Jesus that show us who He believed He was and is:

1. Jesus said He was God
Matthew 26:63-65 “But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, ‘I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.’ ‘Yes, it is as you say,’ Jesus replied. ‘But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.’ Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, ‘He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy.’”

John 8:58-59 ” ‘I tell you the truth,’ Jesus answered, ‘before Abraham was born, I am!’ At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.”

John 10:30-33 ” ‘I and the Father are one.’ Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, ‘I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?’ ‘We are not stoning you for any of these,’ replied the Jews, ‘but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.’ “

John 14:8-9 “Philip said, ‘Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.’ Jesus answered: ‘Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?’ “

2. Jesus said He came from heaven, God’s eternal dwelling place
John 6:38 “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.”

John 16:28 “I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”

3. Jesus said He was sinless, as God alone is without sin
John 8:46 “Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me?”

4. Jesus forgave sin
Mark 2:5 “When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’”

Luke 7:48, 49 “Then Jesus said to her, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ The other guests began to say among themselves, ‘Who is this who even forgives sins?’ “

5. Jesus said He was the only way to heaven
John 14:6 “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”

John 11:25 “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.’”

6. Jesus accepted worship as God
Matthew 14:33 “Then those who were in the boat worshiped him Jesus, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

John 9:38 “Then the man said, ‘Lord Jesus, I believe,’ and he worshiped him.”

7. Jesus performed miracles including raising others and himself from the dead
Matthew 4:23 “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.”

Matthew 17:18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment.

Luke 8:49-50, 52-55 “While Jesus was still speaking, someone came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. ‘Your daughter is dead,’ he said. ‘Don’t bother the teacher any more.’ Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.’ …Meanwhile, all the people were wailing and mourning for her. ‘Stop wailing,’ Jesus said. ‘She is not dead but asleep.’ They laughed at him, knowing that she was dead. But he took her by the hand and said, ‘My child, get up!’ Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up. Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.”

Luke 7:12-15 “As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, ‘Don’t cry.’ Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, ‘Young man, I say to you, get up!’ The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.”

John 11:43, 44 “When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Take off the grave clothes and let him go.’”

Luke 24:5-8 “In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He [Jesus] is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ Then they remembered his words.”


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