Service location for 10/13/2019

For one week only, our Sunday service will be located in the Ligotti rooms at the Classic Center. The Ligotti rooms are located in the 130 Foundry building across Foundry St. from the main building we’re usually in.

Parking

Park in the lower level of the Classic Center parking deck. Although it can be accessed from N. Thomas St, it’s best to navigate to 120 Foundry Street so that you can enter on the lower level.

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Service Location

After parking, walk across the courtyard and along Foundry Street until you come to the second entrance, where our sign will be.

Inside, follow signs to the Ligotti Hall rooms on the lower level (an elevator is available for those who don’t want to use the stairs).

There will be at least one other church in the same building, so look for Treasuring Christ Church signs.

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How to Get Started with One-to-One Bible Reading

One way powerful and easy way to share the gospel with an unbeliever and introduce them to Christ is by reading the Bible with them evangelistically. This is called one-to-one Bible reading. As a church, we want to create a culture of outreach where we routinely invite people to "come and see" Jesus in the Scriptures. This is one way to do that

The following tips will help you get started in one-to-one Bible reading.

Step 1 - Pray

Pray that the Lord would open your eyes to see the people around you and give you the desire to engage them.

Pray for a burden for the lost and a zeal for the gospel.

Pray that God would bring someone into your life who is interested in learning more about Jesus and who would be willing to read the Gospel of John with you.

Pray the Lord would grant you Spirit-given boldness to ask someone to read John with you.

Step 2 - Ask

Once you've identified someone, simply ask something like, "Would you like to read the Gospel of John with me?"

Your friend might say no. That's ok. The fruit isn't ripe. Pray that the Lord would ripen the fruit in your friend's life and, meanwhile, pray you'd find someone else to read with you.

When someone says yes, pick a place where you can read together and have a discussion. If you don't know the person well, you might choose a public spot, like a coffee shop or the library. If you know them well, you might choose your living room.

I highly recommend that you keep the time to no more than an hour and set that expectation. If you let the time consistently go longer than that, commitment usually drops over time.

Remember: We have Gospel of John books available on our hospitality table each week for you to give to your friend who says yes.

Step 3 - Read

When you get together, spend a few minutes chatting and then get right into it. I recommend you organize your time as Prayer-Bible-Prayer.

Prayer
Open with a brief prayer, asking that the Lord would help you to understand and focus on the reading, that he would guide your discussion, and that his truth would be revealed.

Bible
Then simply read perhaps a chapter or two or three of the Gospel of John. You can take turns reading paragraphs or sections. Stop along the way if your friend has a question. Resist the urge to teach through the reading. Instead, let the word have its effect as it is read. At either the end of your reading or the end of each chapter, consider using the following questions to guide your discussion.

  • What does this passage say about Jesus?
  • What does this passage say about faith?
  • What does this passage require of us?

You can certainly use other questions, but by asking the same, basic questions each time, it will help your friend know what to expect and get in the habit of looking for answers to these questions during the reading. These questions will also help you routinely get to the gospel.

Prayer
Ask your friend if there is anything he or she would like you to pray for. Then pray, being sure to give God thanks for his Word, for discoveries made in the reading, for your time together, and for Jesus.

Have confidence that God's Word does not return void. For some, he gives new life. For some, he hardens their hearts. Our success is not measured by how many conversions we see in our lifetime. We are simply to be faithful to His command to share the good news of the gospel with the lost.

Updated Inclement Weather Policy

Our preference is to wait as long as possible to see what the actual situation is rather than rely upon news station reports that might present the worst-case scenario.

We will decide whether to cancel our Sunday morning services by 8:30 a.m. on that morning.

Cancellation notifications will be posted on our website.

Since many who attend TCC come from a long distance, please use your discretion about your own local conditions as to whether it is best for you to come or not. We realize that just because conditions are fine in Athens, they may not be safe where you are.

The 5/7 Plan

The first Bible reading plan anyone ever shared with me may be the best plan for developing a daily habit of Bible reading.

I learned it soon after I was saved as a college freshman, and it's called the 5/7 plan. The plan is to read the Bible for at least five minutes a day, seven days a week. This idea is deceptively simple, yet effective in making Bible reading a daily habit.

Here's the secret that everyone who daily reads the Bible knows: the hard part is getting started.

But with the 5/7 plan, the time commitment on the front end isn't large, so it's easy to get started. And everyone has five minutes to give in a day.

When I first tried it, something surprised me. As it turned out, that five minute period actually went by pretty fast and I ended up reading longer than five minutes. As I became consistent, I was increasingly eager to read the Bible and devoted more time to it.

Someone could object: "Five minutes isn't long enough!"

But here's the math: 5 > 0. Better to read something than nothing.

Just by starting, most people will read for longer than 5 minutes.

Here's one other benefit to the 5/7 plan that I didn't learn until later. By consistently reading each day, the amount of the Bible I could read over time was massive.

Average readers read between 200 to 300 words per minute. How long do you suppose it would take you to read the entire Bible every year at those speeds?

At 200 w.p.m., just under 11 minutes a day.

At 250 w.p.m., under 9 minutes a day.

At 300 w.p.m., about 7 minutes a day.

It's like a dripping faucet. Each drip doesn't amount to much. But come back later and the bucket will be filled.

In this way, I read the entire Bible for the first time in my life as an undergrad.

So if you haven't developed the habit of daily Bible reading, try the 5/7 plan. You'll be amazed at how easy it is and how much of the Bible you'll read.

Drip. Drip. Drip. . .

5 Tips for Jumping Back into Bible Reading

We're already one-quarter into the year. If your Bible reading has fallen off, here's five tips to jump back in.


1. Start anywhere you'd like.

For many people, starting in Genesis and working your way through Revelation won't be the best plan. Pick a book of the Bible you're interested in reading and begin reading there.


2. Keep a record of what you've read.

We all have favorite books in the Bible that we enjoy reading. That's great, but we also want to take in the whole counsel of God in all the Scriptures. To avoid reading the same books over and over again, keep a log of what you've read this year. I've been using this one from the Navigator's for nearly two decades.


3. Try listening while you read.

Does your mind ever wander as you read? One way to help stay focused is to listen to the Bible read as you read along. I especially like doing this with Old Testament narrative books. I use the ESV mobile app.

You'll notice that the app reads slower than what you can probably read. One trick I use is to speed up the audio. In the ESV app, I timed the Fast Speed at 250 words per minute, a pace that is still very easy to comprehend but keeps moving so that you'll stay with it.

One caution: as you listen, don't start doing something else (like checking your email). Have your Bible open and follow along. Your understanding of the text will increase, plus you'll learn how to say all those hard-to-pronounce names!


4. Make a plan, a place, and a space.

Without a plan, a place, and a space, the likelihood that you'll be consistent in Bible reading is slim. So, first, make a plan. Know before you go to bed what you'll be reading the next day. What chapter will you start with and where will you end? A Bible reading plan can be a great tool to help you read through the whole Bible regularly. 

Next, know before you go to bed when you'll be reading your Bible. In other words, make a space in your calendar. Treat it like a doctor's appointment. You won't cancel those appointments unless it's an emergency. So make a commitment. This is a time to read God's very words, after all.

Finally, make a space where you'll go to read. Know exactly where you plan to read. Is it a favorite chair? A coffee shop? A park? Decide now and put it in your calendar. If it's in your home, make the space free of distractions the night before (e.g., take the laundry off the chair!).


5. Start fresh every day.

Let's say yesterday you got off schedule and didn't read what you'd planned. Start fresh today. Forget about trying to make up readings. That gets discouraging. Just start right back in today with a clean slate. His mercies are new every morning (Lam. 3:22-23).

Keep at it. God has treasures stored in his word waiting for you to discover. Just imagine what he has in store for you as you read in 2016!

 

Resources to help you pray

During the sermon this morning, Pastor Boyd gave a list of a number of resources he uses to help him pray. The resources are linked below: 

Seven Things to Pray for Your Children - Desiring God

 9 Ways to Pray for Your Soul - Desiring God

What Should We Pray For? - Desiring God

 I Pray This For My Children - Dr. Greg Harris

A Sample Prayer Plan - Mike Riccardi (Cripplegate)

Praying with Paul - book by D.A. Carson

TCC Moves to its new home

Beginning this Sunday (Nov. 1st), TCC will have a new home at the Hilton Garden Inn at the edge of campus and downtown.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. and will be held in the Magnolia Room, adjacent to the Hilton's parking garage.

Parking is free for guests of TCC in the Hilton's private parking garage. The gate will be lifted one hour prior to service.

For more information on visiting TCC, click on our Visitor's page.

Now More Than Ever - A Statement from Pastor Boyd on the Supreme Court's Ruling

A statement from Pastor Boyd in light of the Supreme Court's ruling:

Today, we woke up to an America that would be radically different before noon. As you know, the Supreme Court ruled that so-called same-sex marriage is legal throughout the U.S.

If ever there was a time for the church to speak on what the Scriptures teach about homosexuality, it's now. God has spoken clearly about the sin of homosexuality and the effects of that sin. And, more importantly, God has spoken clearly about our only hope of rescue from the wrath to come.

Several weeks ago, I preached two messages at TCC to prepare the church to think biblically about homosexuality and our changing culture. One sermon focused on how to live for Christ in a world that is increasingly hostile to our faith. The second sermon was on Romans 1 and tackled head-on the idolatry of homosexuality.

This Sunday, we'll once again take up the issue of homosexuality with a third sermon to help the church think biblically in light of our new America.

In the days ahead, staying silent won't do. Neither will anger or hatred. Churches must abandon entertainment-driven approaches to ministry and sermons marked more by clever stories and props than the clear explanation of Scripture.

Instead, it will be critical for Christians and churches to stand boldly for the truth of God's Word and to have compassion on sinners. In short, it will be critical for us to live more like Christ and for our churches to model biblical teaching rather than cultural relevance.

Perhaps there's never been a more important time in U.S. history to multiply Christ-centered, Scripture-saturated churches in college towns, where the lives of so many students are set on new trajectories-- either towards Christ or away from Him.

Jesus Christ and His gospel are the center of everything we do at Treasuring Christ Church. If you're looking for a church home-- whether you're in college or many years beyond college-- we'd love to have you join us. We are a multi-generational church whose mission is to spread a passion for the fame of Christ's name in Athens and around the world.

As we consider the days ahead, let's continue to look to our unchanging God who still reigns on His throne even as our culture changes around us.

What Does the Bible Teach about Homosexuality?

UPDATE: The series now includes three parts.

Recently, Pastor Boyd taught a three-part series on homosexuality.

In Part 1, he addressed from 1 Peter how we are to live for Christ in a world that is increasingly hostile to Christians who believe what the Scriptures teach on this issue.

In Part 2, he addressed the sin of homosexual practice from Romans 1.

In Part 3, he addressed how Christians should respond to the Supreme Court's ruling.

The messages may be streamed or downloaded below:

About Our Logo

TCC’s logo is designed around multiple chevrons, which imply movement.

The inner chevrons picture the church coming together and forming a cross to worship Jesus Christ, who gathered his people by dying on the cross for their sins.

The outer chevrons picture the church going out and telling others what Jesus has done (the gospel).

This idea of “gathering to scatter” or “come and see, then go and tell” is central to the vision of TCC.

The red color alludes to the passion of Christ.

The entire logo appears like a diamond jewel with the cross of Jesus at the center. In that sense, it fittingly portrays not only our name, but also that we are a church that treasures Christ. 

Beginning March 1st, TCC's new home on Sundays

As we've searched for a long-term home for Treasuring Christ Church's Sunday morning services, we've always prayed that we would find a place as close to UGA's campus as possible, since we want to have a significant influence and presence there over time.

Recently, the Lord answered our prayers. . . and you can't get closer to campus than on campus!

We are excited to announce that, beginning March 1st, Treasuring Christ Church's new home on Sunday mornings will be the UGA Hotel and Conference Center. The UGA Hotel is across from Stegeman Coliseum. Plenty of free parking is available adjacent to the hotel in Lot S10.

 


Pick Your Ministry

There's a lifetime of ministry in the one-anothers:

  • Prefer one another (Romans 12:10)
  • Be devoted to one another (Rom 12:10)
  • Be of the same mind with one another (Rom 12:16)
  • Do not judge one another (Rom 14:13)
  • Build up one another (Rom 14:19)
  • Accept one another (Rom 15:7)
  • Admonish one another (Rom 15:14)
  • Do not sue one another (1 Cor 6:7)
  • Do not deprive one another (1 Cor 7:5)
  • Care for one another (1 Cor 12:25)
  • Do not envy one another (Gal 5:26)
  • Be truthful to one another (Eph 4:25)
  • Be kind to one another (Eph 4:25)
  • Be subject to one another (Eph 5:21)
  • Regard one another (Phil 2:3)
  • Do not lie to one another (Col 3:9)
  • Bear with one another (Col 3:13)
  • Teach one another (Col 3:16)
  • Love one another (1 Thess 3:12)
  • Comfort one another (1 Thess 4:18)
  • Encourage one another (1 Thess 5:11)
  • Be at peace with one another (1 Thess 5:13)
  • Seek good for one another (1 Thess 5:15)
  • Pray for one another (1 Tim 2:1)
  • Encourage one another (Heb 10:24)
  • Do not slander one another (Jas 4:11)
  • Be hospitable to one another (1 Pet 4:9)
  • Serve one another (1 Pet 4:10)
  • Be humble to one another (1 Pet 5:5)
  • Greet one another (1 Pet 5:14)
  • Fellowship with one another (1 Jn 1:7)

Have You Heard of the Odd Sparrow?

A touching reminder of God's care for his children is found in the difference between Matthew 10:29-31 and Luke 12:6-7, two illustrations from Jesus involving the price of sparrows.

A.T. Pierson explains: 

Matthew records how two sparrows are sold for a penny, and Luke how five are sold for two pennies; and so it would appear that, when two pennies were offered, an odd sparrow was thrown in, as of so little value that it could be given away with the other four. And yet even for that one sparrow, not worth taking into account in the bargain, God cares. Not one of them is forgotten before God, or falls to the ground without Him. With what force then comes the assurance: "Do not fear, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows!"

From A.T. Pierson in George Muller of Bristol: His Witness to a Prayer-Hearing God, p. 73 (minor edits).