Summer & Softball Recap & Update

When we set out to plan Summer @ Revolve 2018 I had 3 objectives.  

  • We wanted to invest some of our resources in making sure Sunday mornings this summer were the funnest (I know "funnest" isn't a word but you get the point).  That's why we have had bottle coke day, photo booth day, maple view ice cream, games on stage and even more SUMMER FUN activities on Sundays @ Revolve Church. 
     
  • We wanted to see where everyone was vacationing.  That's why we gave out Revolve Church sunglasses and asked everyone to post on social media their Summer destinations with #summeratrevolvenc (for fun you should search social media to see some of the fun pictures).
     
  • We wanted to create gatherings outside of our Sunday morning worship experiences.  That's why we had a softball day on the hottest day of the year.  

Summer has already proven to be one of the most fun Summers yet at Revolve Church. The best news is we still have more to come! Every Sunday in July we are having a message from our series titled "At The Movies".  We are watching clips of popular Hollywood films and extracting biblical principles.  We are serving cokes and popcorn EVERY SUNDAY in July and the we have a RED CARPET photo booth planned for the last Sunday in July.  This Sunday we are throwing in a surprise gift for every "adult" in attendance.  Make plans to join us.

Finally, the morning after the softball game I received a letter of gratitude from Brad. For those that don't know Brad, he is the one that planned our softball gathering and he is married to Jessica, the one that planned and organized our FUN photo booth this past Sunday (CLICK HERE FOR PICTURES). Below is a letter from Brad expressing his gratitude to each of you. Thanks for taking moment to read this. 

As I woke up this morning I am reminded that 39 is a lot different than 19. There are aches, pains, and strains that I wouldn’t have felt twenty years ago. I feel every stride I took yesterday from head to toe. My body is sore, my voice is tired, my muscles are weak, but my heart it is full. My heart is filled with joy, happiness, and love. We had 100 of the most amazing people I have ever known out last night to spend their time with us. I can not begin to thank you enough, to all that played and put their bodies on the line, to all that braved the sweltering heat to cheer the teams on, and to those that got us the field and brought food and drinks to facilitate this time of fellowship. It was more fulfilling to be in that group than I could express. Thank you all and I can’t wait until we can do it again. 

Brad
“Love like today is your last day, but learn like you will live forever”

WHY & WHY NOT?

Reasons why followers of Jesus DO NOT give:

Strapped: This is the scenario where the family or individual has committed equal or more money to bills outflow than they have coming in. If this describes you, then I want to provide a scholarship for you to find financial peace. I don’t want to do this so that you can give as much as I want to help you live a life free from financial bondage. If you are interested in finding financial peace, please email jeff@revolvechurch.com.

Don’t Understand: This applies to the persons that are unsure about what God’s word says regarding tithing. Malachi 3:10 says to bring the TITHE into the STOREHOUSE. As Christians, we believe the Bible is the WORDS OF GOD. The Tithe is defined as 10% of your “treasure.” In the Biblical days, most people earned a living by growing crops or livestock, and the Church fed the community at the Storehouse with peoples “Tithe.” Today the Biblical meaning of “storehouse” is the local church where you are spiritually fed, and the “Tithe” represents a tenth or 10% of your income from your work.  

Lack of Trust: Some people do not trust the Church or the Leadership of the Church. This lack of trust can come from a variety of reasons. Some people have been hurt by the Church or felt the Church failed to meet their needs. Some have heard of unethical behavior from Church Leadership. Some people simply have a difficult time trusting others with their resources. While trusting the Church isn't’ the biblical reason to give it can be a practical reason to refrain from giving. If you are part of Revolve Church and you have questions that will help you trust your Church, Please email me at jeff@revolvechurch.com, and I will arrange a time to answer your questions. I desire that you worship at a place you trust your leadership to lead you to God’s plan and purpose for your life.

Perspective:  Some people have the perspective that their “tithe” or 10% isn’t much, so it probably won't make a difference. There’s a story that Jesus tells regarding the heart behind our gift to the Church.  The heart behind giving by far outweighs the “how much” is given.  See the story yourself in Mark 12:41-44.

Divided: There are some scenarios where there are two people involved in the financial transactions (i.e., husband and wife). In many cases, there is a division on how much, if any, should be given to the Church. The husband or wife may have the desire to give a full Biblical “tithe” while the other spouse is against it. In this case, both husband and wife should seek God to find common ground. While the unevenly yoked family is a far more complex subject, regarding tithing my recommendation is that you find a happy medium or common ground until both people are willing to live out a fully obedient life to God’s word.  

Decided: This describes a person that can afford to tithe, understands the biblical call to tithe, trust the leadership of the Church but has made a decision NOT TO PARTICIPATE. For this person, I pray that you will continue to attend and continue to explore God and His plan for your life.  

Reasons why people DO give: 

Received what was given:  This describes the person that met Jesus and fully understands the forgiveness of their sins that Jesus freely gave on the cross. Out of receiving the gift of salvation, they have decided to tithe or even give above the “tithe” to help others meet the Jesus they met. 

Like what we do:  Some people give because they like what we do. They like the way we serve our city. They like the worship service we provide through songs. They like the humor and relevance of the messages preached. They like the way we teach kids about Jesus on a level they can understand.  They like the coffee, mints or free T-shirts we give every first-time guest. At Revolve Church we have people that don’t even attend our Church but like what we do and how we do it enough to give to it in hopes that we won’t stop doing what we do.  

Guilt:  Some people feel guilty because they know they should give, so they do. Some feel guilty because when the buckets pass, they think someone is watching them. Some feel guilty for the way they have behaved in the past. This feeling of guilt leads them to give in hopes of feeling better about themselves. Giving out of guilt is NOT a biblical reason to give.  

Gifted: The Bible says that God has given us different gifts to do certain things. Some people are gifted to give generously. This kind of person realizes that tithing is the floor and not the ceiling and often they are continually looking for ways to scratch their desire to give way beyond the biblical call to “tithe.” In Romans 12:6-8 the Bible says that if you have the gift of giving then give generously.  

Want to Obey: Some people only give because they believe that the Bible is the Word of God and they want to obey God and His Word. Tithing is New Testament and Old Testament. Jesus referenced tithing in Luke 11:42 as something that “YES” you should you do but the way he said it was as if “tithing” was something that absolutely should be done in conjunction with Loving God and Loving others. 

CONCLUSION:

Regardless of whether you give or not, you will always be welcome at Revolve Church. Revolve Church has always existed to introduce people to God and God’s purpose for their life. You are no less of an individual if you don’t give and you are no more of an individual if you do. However, refraining from Giving to God through the local Church is resisting to be part of the greatest organization on the planet, THE CHURCH. God Bless!!! 

 

Open letter from Pastor Jeff to the Dream Team

I was headed home from picking up the Christmas presents from our secret hiding spot to assemble and prepare before my kids woke up on Christmas morning. It was really late and I was overwhelmed with emotion.  Just a few hours earlier I had been driving from one location to another to say hi and Merry Christmas to each person serving at our final #LOVELARGE17 outreach. Some were handing out presents to each patient in the local emergency room and some were on the late night streets of downtown Durham ministering to the least of these. While driving, all I could think about was this amazing culture of “serving” that has been created in the people at Revolve Church.  Just a day earlier our teams had assembled to throw the biggest Christmas party ever thrown at the Liberty Street Durham Housing Authority.  Many kids found smiles and love while sledding on our man made, snow filled, mountain. Most made Christmas ornaments, had faces painted, took pictures with Santa, ate pizza, drank hot chocolate and found lots of love hand delivered by our teams of people.  In my reflection I began to really think about this year and all that has happened at Revolve and in our city through Revolve. The overwhelming emotion mentioned earlier began to multiply rapidly (It may have even made my eyes leak a little)!  I instantly found gratitude for the people that had been willing to serve in our LOVELARGE efforts.  I also found this gratitude as I thought about how none of this would’ve been possible without the generous people giving money to make these things happen.  In my amazement, emotion, and gratitude you came to my mind!!! YOU, yes YOU, came to my mind.  While reflecting on all the things that our Church has been part of created overwhelming emotion, I QUICKLY realized the role YOU play.  If we don’t have Sunday mornings then we don’t have people to volunteer to serve at these LOVE LARGE events! If we don’t have Sunday mornings we don’t have money given to make this happen. If we don’t have Sunday mornings we don’t have an EGG DROP that reaches over 5000 people.  If we don’t have Sunday mornings, we don’t have LOVE LARGE that builds pumpkins patches. If we don’t have Sunday mornings, we really don’t have much. THEN IT REALLY HIT ME!!!

IF WE DON’T HAVE YOU, WE DON’T HAVE SUNDAY MORNINGS!

YOU, yes YOU are the reason for all of this emotion.  I’m grateful for YOU and your willingness to serve most Sunday mornings to make sure we are able to prove to the world that we are following Jesus by the way we make others smile!!! Thank YOU, Yes YOU, for serving to make a difference on the greatest team in the world, the Revolve Church Dream Team!!! Merry Christmas!!! 

With love, 
Jeff