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June 5, 2016 Is Say Something Nice Sunday


iSt. John the Baptist
The purpose of Say Something Nice Sunday is very simple. On this one day do not say anything negative about any person, Christian organization or group and if possible say something nice, uplifting, and encouraging. What comes out of our mouths is reflective of what is in our hearts.

This is the 10th anniversary of our movement to change the downward spiral of our speech to speech that is more Christ-like. It is amazing how a kind word can make such a difference in someone’s life. People often respond with, “You don’t know how badly I needed that. I have had a terrible day.”

Rev. Garry Hollingsworth, Executive Director/Treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention said, “It is timely for you folks to encourage this kind of cooperation among God’s people since we face so many spiritual challenges in this state and our nation.”

scan0002.jpg BishopThe Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone, the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston (all of South Carolina,) enthusiastically endorsed the annual celebration. He said, “The decline of civility is at an epidemic level in our society and unfortunately has invaded our religious life. The disrespect shown to Christians by other Christians is far from what Jesus wants for His people.”

Rev. Marshall Blalock, pastor of First Baptist Church and a member of the committee, emphasizes, “In conversation, an attitude of grace dissolves the temptation to pre-judge the words or the reactions of another. Grace keeps us from being easily offended, and in a conversation on a difficult subject, you neither want to give or take offense. Our world has been divided long enough – let’s build relationships that can change it, starting right here.”

Free materials are at www.fbcharleston.org. Click on Messages/Resources at the top of the page. Scroll down on the right to Say Something Nice Sunday. There are Bible references, devotionals, art work and the purpose.

 

 

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Sinning and Then Follow Me by Nicola MENZIE- christian Post Reporter

ovember 10, 2014|3:11 pm

Pastor Perry Noble of NewSpring Church recently shared that he believes that Christians for too long have been putting unnecessary focus on telling people what not to do instead of simply asking people to “follow Jesus” in order to make disciples.)

Perry Noble, pastor of NewSpring Church in Anderson, South Carolina, speaks via a pre-recorded video during The Nines 2014 online conference held Nov. 3 and 4. The annual event was presented by Leadership Network. Noble, claiming that tax collectors and sinners were viewed as “scum of the earth” in first century Palestine during Jesus’ time, insisted that still today, “All of us, whether we want to admit it or not, we have certain categories that we label people in, as far as sinners.”Top of Form

 

The founding and senior pastor of the multi-campus NewSpring Church in South Carolina spoke on the topic of Christian Civility for The Nines 2014 online conference last week, which was themed “Culture Clash: When Church and Culture Collide.”

The aim of this year’s online conference was to highlight areas churches have to “deal (with) now or later,” such as same-sex marriage, inclusive culture, and Christian civility, which was Noble’s point of focus.

Sharing a brief message titled “Follow Jesus and Be Nice,” the megachurch pastor used Matthew 9:9 as an illustration of his point that some Christians have been not been following Jesus’ example of making disciples.

The passage found in the first four books of the Gospels tells of Jesus calling on Matthew, a tax collector, to follow him and be one of his disciples.

The passage, in context, is highlighted below:

9 As Jesus went on from there (his own town), he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

“You could literally look at this verse and say, ‘Jesus saw Matthew sinning.’ And it wasn’t like your average, ordinary everyday run-of-the-mill sin. It was tax collecting, the worse sin imaginable in the ancient world,” said Noble, who went on to explain how this verse “gripped” him and affected how he has done ministry.

“Jesus did not ask Matthew to stop sinning. He didn’t say, ‘Stop tax collecting and then follow me,'” explained Noble. “He said, ‘Hey, Matthew. I want you to follow me.’ Because Jesus knew something. Jesus knew that if he could get Matthew to follow him, eventually he would walk away from the sin he had become enslaved and addicted to.”

Noble insisted that the challenge for any Christian leader dealing with any issue is not to convince people that they must stop sinning, but to convince them of their need to follow Jesus.

“If people are pursuing Jesus, they cannot pursue sin,” said Noble, adding that the Christian church for too long has been in business of behavior modification. “It has not worked,” he claimed.

Going back to Matthew 9:9, Noble shared that, based on the four Gospel accounts, he believes Matthew followed Jesus “because Jesus was actually nice.”

“Jesus was a likable person. Jesus was the person that everybody else wanted to hang around,” explained Noble. “So I believe, as a church, we can and should tackle issues of same-sex marriage, the legalization of marijuana, immigration issues. Name a controversial issue, I believe we should tackle it, but I believe the emphasis should be on challenging people to follow Jesus, and being nice.”

“I believe if we do that, we’ll make a greater difference that we ever thought imaginable,” said Noble.

Noble, whose multi-campus church gathers more than 32,000 weekend worshippers, was among 130 scheduled pastors, church leaders, and parachurch directors that appeared either via pre-recorded video or live webcast during the free, two-day Nines conference. The annual online conference, first organized in 2009, was presented by the Leadership Network, and presented discussions on: The Church and Same-Sex Marriage, The Church in an Inclusive Culture, The Church and Christian Civility, The Church and Changing Sexual Norms, The Church and Social Justice, and The Church and Immigration.

Last year, Nines organizer Todd Rhoades was criticized for including only four women among the event’s 112 listed speakers.This year, the number of female guests was 14.

Speaking to the concern of diverse representation of speakers and viewpoints, the Leadership Network insists in its Diversity Statement: “We strive to create a respectful, diverse group of speakers and contributors for our online events that allow for these different perspectives and points of view. We do this through invitations to a wide variety of prospective speakers from a broad range of ethnic, racial, gender and age ranges.”

The Nines conference has been known to attract thousands of viewers. The Christian Post was not able to obtain viewership numbers for this year’s event before press time. Learn more about The Nines online: http://thenines.tv/.

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Why Have a Say Something Nice Sunday?

Published by First Baptist Church of Charleston for Say Something Nice Sunday.
The simple answer is that words are powerful. Words have the power
to build or destroy. Words have the power to heal or wound. With
our words we have the power to build up a Christian community or
to destroy it.
Nowhere are words more powerful than within the church. “The
Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Words take on a life unto
themselves. Once they are given life they are on their way for good
or evil.
This special day is an opportunity to build the community of
faith, strengthen relationships and heal old wounds. Our national
discourse has become so strident and even in religious circles the
rhetoric is often far from Christ-like. In Philippians 1:27 we read, “Let
your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ.”
This is a day to say thank you to those who make our lives better
just by being a part of them. This is a day to recognize those who
contribute to our lives in specific ways. This is a day to apologize for
words spoken in frustration, anger or disappointment.
One day is one day, but perhaps we can stretch it to two days and
then just maybe if we encourage one another and ask for God’s help,
we might change the world!

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Eighth Annual Say Something Nice Sunday – June 1, 2014

            The Eighth Annual Say Something Nice Sunday is June 01, 2014. It is a day to celebrate the people who bring joy to our lives. The goal is to turn down the harsh rhetoric and to replace it with speech that is affirming, uplifting and more Christ-like.  This year the Baptist World Alliance will help promote the celebration. The movement started at First Baptist Church of Charleston, the oldest Baptist congregation in the South, and has spread to most denominations including the Catholic Diocese of Charleston.

This year the steering committee is presenting two civility challenges. These are voluntary and self-monitoring. Civility Challenge One: I pledge that during the next 30 days I will refrain from saying anything ugly, demeaning or derogatory to anyone in my workplace and/or daily activities. If I need to offer correction, I will do it in a respectful manner. I will keep a record for each day that notes whether or not I kept the pledge and any reactions directly related to the exercise.

Civility Challenge Two: For the next 30 days I will say something nice, uplifting or encouraging to at least one person every day. I understand that comments that involve physical appearance are off limits for this exercise. I will keep a record for each day that notes whether or not I kept the pledge and of any specific reactions directed related to the exercise.

There is nothing to buy or join. Free materials are available at www.fbcharleston.org. Click on Messages/Resources at the top of the home page and then click Say Something Nice Sunday on the right side of the page. Others are encouraged to develop and share their own materials.

 

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