This weekend at TAF…

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We hope you can join us tomorrow.

 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 9:45am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Chris Michalec will bring us a message entitled Rest for the Restless.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having Caribbean food.  
 
Don’t forget to check in on Facebook each week.  We will make a donation to a local charity for each and every check-in.  
 
On March 2, we will be having a baby shower for Marc-Anthony Pierre.  It will be great to catch up with him that day.  Gift cards are what they need most at this time.  
 
On March 16, we will be choosing the members of our nominating committee.  All members of TAF are eligible to vote and serve.  Please prayerfully start to consider this process.  We hope the nominating committee will reflect the amazing diversity within our congregation.  
 
We will be instituting some security measures in the coming weeks.  We live in a crazy world where shootings have happened at churches and everywhere else.  Please lock your car doors as there have been recent break-ins of vehicles in our parking lot.  We will also have an off-duty police officer present at church.  In the coming weeks, we will start to lock the doors once our service starts, but there will be members in the lobby to let those in who may arrive late.  Please note, these are precautionary measures only.  There has not been any active threats.  
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Together, we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!
 


This weekend at TAF…

TriadAdventistFellowship.jpg
 

We hope you can join us tomorrow. 

 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 9:45am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Thomas Watkins will be bringing us a message entitled Lost Purpose Absent Drive.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having haystacks (taco salad).  
 
Don’t forget to check in on Facebook each week.  We will make a donation to a local charity for each and every check-in.  
 
We will be providing the evening meal this Saturday night at the Open Door Ministries shelter in High Point.  If you are able to help, please see Roy Foster.  
 
We are having to re-create the I Love My Church t-shirt signup list.  If you signed up before or would like to sign up for one, please see Thomas Watkins.  
 
Attached to this email is a list of some last minute items needed for the upcoming mission trip that some of our students will be taking with Tri-City Christian Academy.  If you can help, please do so.  
 
February is the month to sign up for or re-enroll in the North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship. If you have any questions, there is information attached to this email.  
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Together, we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!


This weekend at TAF…

TriadAdventistFellowship.jpg
 

We hope you can join us tomorrow.  

 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 9:45am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having soup and salad.  
 
Don’t forget to check in on Facebook each week.  We will make a donation to a local charity for each and every check-in.  
 
Membership Transfer Second Readings: Yarelly Mogollon, Maria Mogollon and Jesus Mogollon from the Winston Salem Spanish SDA Church to TAF.
 
We are having to re-create the I Love My Church t-shirt signup list.  If you signed up before or would like to sign up for one, please see Thomas Watkins.  
 
Gym-Masters from Southern Adventist University will be performing Saturday night at 7pm at Tri-City Christian Academy.  This is a free event.  We hope to see you there.  
 
Year end tax receipts for donations made to TAF are now available.  See Roy or Denise Foster to pick them up.  
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Together, we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!! 
 


I Love My Church — Week 5 Study Guide

Week 5 Study Guide

Primary Verses for Study

“Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.” —Colossians 3:14

“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.” —John 17:22-23

“And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.” —Acts 2:44-47

Guiding Thought/Central Truth

As the church grows together in unity and loves each other through good deeds and giving, the world will have a living example of Jesus’ love for them. In the early church, the Lord added newly saved Christians to their group every day. The love we have for the church will draw people into a relationship with Him. If you want to reach the world for Jesus, start by loving your church.

Getting Started

As a group, take time sharing testimonies about the giving activities you were challenged with during last week’s group time.

If time allows, discuss these questions as a group:

    • What made you decide to come to church for the first time?
    • What made you decide to continue coming to church?

Introduction

In the past weeks we have discussed how being in community with each other is an important step to loving each other through serving and giving. Today we are going to discuss how loving our church affects our ability to tell the world about Jesus.

Think It Through

Read Colossians 3:14.

    • When you think about unity, what does it mean to you?
    • How does the Bible say that we achieve a bond of unity in the church?
    • What do you think holds people back from practicing unity?
    • How does a person’s spiritual maturity affect the unity of their church?

Read John 17:22-23.

This passage comes from a prayer that Jesus spoke just before He was arrested. In His final moments, Jesus was thinking about us and our unity as believers. He directly tied our unity as believers to the world accepting that He loved them and that He had come from the Father.

    • What relationship does our unity as Christians have to our witness in the world?
    • Why do you think Jesus was concerned with our unity?
    • How do you think it would appear to the world around us if our church acted in perfect unity? Do you think it would make any difference at all?
    • How does our love for one another in the church impact our personal witness of Jesus to our friends and neighbors? The first Christians literally came together from all over the world. While in Jerusalem, they heard the message of Jesus being spoken in their own languages and they believed. Among this group were about 3,000 people from different backgrounds and cultures. Yet the Bible describes them as people who generously had all things in common and met together with one common mind. Despite their differences, they were impacting their world in such a powerful way that daily people were coming to know Jesus because of them.

Read Acts 2:44-47.

    • According to these verses, how did the early church express love for each other?
    • How can love in our church grow if we don’t personally know everyone who attends?
    • From your own experience, what do you think brings people into a relationship with Jesus?
    • What is our responsibility as individuals to reach out and share Jesus with people? What is our responsibility as a church?
    • What prevents us from sharing Jesus with the people we know?
    • If our church was so loving toward one another that people in the community were talking about us, do you think it would make it easier to share the message of Jesus with people? Why or why not? When a desperate world sees our godly behavior and unity of faith, it can’t deny that there is something different about us. The greater the love we have for our church, the more attractive the message of Jesus is to those who see our behavior.

How Does This Apply to Me?

Think about your personal spiritual growth. How much effort do you put into becoming more like Jesus each day? How does your personal desire to grow spiritually affect the way you love the church? How do you think it affects your witness for Jesus to the people who don’t know Him yet? Do your actions promote, stunt, or destroy unity in the church? List some ways that you can personally encourage more unity within our church.

How Does This Apply to Our Church?

How does our church provide opportunities for us to practice the kinds of activities the early church was involved in? What motivates people to be an active part of these activities in our church? What keeps them from getting involved? What would it take for our church to be known as a place where people love each other? What steps can we take to start? What can we do as a church to let the community know they are welcome to be a part of the love that we share with each other in Jesus?

What Am I Going to Do with What I Know Now?

Before you leave today, decide what activity or group through our church you are going to join next. Commit to becoming more involved in the lives of the people who attend church with you. Practice loving your church by intentionally serving and giving in your next group or activity. Reflect on the people you know who do not attend church. What do you think keeps these specific people from coming to our church? Pick one person from the list and one person from this small group and invite them to go out together with you this week. Make it a casual time for you all to get to know each other in a comfortable atmosphere.



This weekend at TAF…

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We hope you can join us tomorrow.  

 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 9:45am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Matt Stockdale will conclude his I Love My Church sermon series.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having enchiladas.  
 
Don’t forget to check in on Facebook each week.  We will make a donation to a local charity for each and every check-in.  
 
Membership Transfer First Readings: Yarelly Mogollon, Maria Mogollon and Jesus Mogollon from the Winston Salem Spanish SDA Church to TAF.  
 
We are using a new website to organize our weekly meals.  Go to tafpotluck.com to sign up.  
 
Tomorrow will be the last day to sign up for your I Love My Church t-shirt. There will be a sign up sheet at lunch.  
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Together, we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!


I Love My Church — Week 4 Study Guide

Week 4 Study Guide

Primary Verses for Study

“And the congregation of those who believed were of one heart and soul; and not one of them claimed that anything belonging to him was his own, but all things were common property to them. And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all. For there was not a needy person among them, for all who were owners of land or houses would sell them and bring the proceeds of the sales and lay them at the apostles’ feet, and they would be distributed to each as any had need.” —Acts 4:32-35

“But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.” —1 Timothy 6:6-7

“And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” —Hebrews 13:16

Guiding Thought/Central Truth

Loving your church means giving to meet needs. It also means authentically making your needs known so that others can express love to you. God uses these acts of sacrifice to show the world the testimony of Jesus. Our money and possessions only hold value when

they are used to build upon our riches in heaven.

Getting Started

As a group, share testimonies about how you met the needs that were shared last week. Be sure to share what you learned from this experience.

If time allows, discuss these questions as a group:

    • What is your most meaningful possession (sentimental)?
    • What is your most valuable possession (monetary)?
    • Are these two items the same?
    • How easy would it be for you to part with your most valuable possession? Your most meaningful possession?

Introduction

Sometimes our love for the church prompts us to sacrifice our money and possessions. When we understand the value of our earthly goods versus the value of contentment in Christ, giving to those in need becomes much easier.

Think It Through

Read Acts 4:32-35.

The early church understood that their possessions only held value because they provided them the ability to love those with needs in the church. They were willing to sacrifice what they had so that a Christian brother or sister would not be needy. Their faith made it possible for the apostles to preach about Jesus with great power because the world had evidence that He could change lives.

    • Among the people who attend our church, how many do you think may have a financial need?
    • In your opinion, what prevents churches from making sure that no one among them is needy today?
    • Do you think this level of sacrificial giving is relevant in the modern church? Why or why not?
    • Do you think that if everyone here pooled everything we have, there would be enough money to meet the financial needs of every person in the room?
    • How do you think that act of love would be perceived by the world around us?
    • How could the Holy Spirit move in our neighborhood and in our city if people could see that the needs of those in our church were being met?

When you listen to people who have experienced natural disasters and have lost everything they own, they often say that they are just happy their family is safe. Suddenly, their possessions no longer matter to them. The early Christ followers held this attitude about the people in their church. Their possessions didn’t matter to them if there were people in the church who were suffering. They wanted to meet needs more than they wanted their stuff. Giving sacrificially was a source of contentment for them. It helped them grow closer to God

and to each other.

Read 1 Timothy 6:6-7.

    • What is the source of true contentment?
    • Where do most people find a sense of stability?
    • What is your definition of godliness? How does a person achieve it?

Read Hebrews 13:16.

In our society, we honor those who risk their lives to save other people. Sacrifice attracts attention from the world. It also attracts attention from God. It pleases Him when we give to those in need and seek godliness as our contentment.

    • What do you think we lose as a church when we withhold financial blessings?
    • What do we gain as a church when we freely give in love for one another? What do we gain as individuals?
    • What would make it easier for you to sacrifice your possessions and money?
    • What kinds of spiritual growth do we deny to people in our church by not sharing our genuine needs with them?

The first church knew that love meant sacrifice. They used their possessions to make sure that everyone’s needs were met in their congregation. They shared what they had, and because of their love, no one among them was needy. They relied on godliness to make them content. The generosity of the church in meeting all of the needs among them allowed the apostles to preach with great power. The actions of the church bore witness to the change that Jesus could bring to a life. Everyone was experiencing God’s grace, and it was a compelling witness to their world.

How Does This Apply to Me?

What makes you feel the most secure in your day-to-day life? How much trust do you put in your financial security and possessions? If you lost everything tomorrow, how content would you be with godliness as your only possession? How willing are you to honestly share your financial needs with our church? Are you humble enough to be a receiver of benevolence?

How Does This Apply to Our Church?

As a church, what can we do to emphasize godliness and sacrifice? How do you think a message of sacrifice would be received by our church? What would it take for our church to be known as a people who love each other through sacrificial giving?

What Am I Going to Do with What I Know Now?

Do you have a possession that you hold on to more tightly than you hold on to God? Pray that God would help you to reorient that possession to promote and glorify Him. Consider how you can use that possession to meet needs in your church. Be open to sacrifice. Seek contentment in God. Do you have an overwhelming need right now? Share that need with someone in our church. Be willing to accept benevolence, service, or prayer from the church.



This weekend at TAF…

TriadAdventistFellowship.jpg
 

We hope you can join us tomorrow.  

 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 9:45am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Matt Stockdale will continue his I Love My Church sermon series.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having pasta.  
 
Don’t forget to check in on Facebook each week.  We will make a donation to a local charity for each and every check-in.  
 
There will be a Church Business Meeting on Monday, January 28 at 6:30pm in the Outreach Center.  This meeting is open to all current members of TAF.  This is an extremely important meeting where we will present some proposed changes in the leadership here at TAF.  Please make every effort to attend this meeting.  
 
Membership Transfer Second Readings: Jack and Marcie Brown from TAF to the Beaverton Adventist Church.  Jason Hampden from the Greensboro SDA Church to TAF.
 
We will be using a new website to sign up for bringing food for lunch each week.  This will allow us to have the same web address each week.  The new site is tafpotluck.com.  Special thanks to Julian Foster for designing the website.  
 
You can still order one of the I Love My Church t-shirts.  There will be a sign up sheet at lunch.  
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Together, we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!! 
 


I Love My Church — Week 3 Study Guide

Week 3 Study Guide

Primary Verses for Study

“Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful.” —Titus 3:14

“Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.” —James 3:13

“For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” —Galatians 5:14

“Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.” —1 Peter 2:12

Guiding Thought/Central Truth

As Christians, we must learn how to act in good deeds. This shows others the depth of our love for Jesus and for each other. It helps us grow in wisdom and truth. It’s a protection for us and serves as a witness to a world that would slander us and portray Christians in negative ways. Our behavior becomes our defense when we serve others.

Getting Started

You will need a note card and pen. Write down a need you know of from someone within the church. If you can’t think of something, it’s okay. Assess if someone you know has the skill or ability to meet that need. Write down the solutions on the note card. Some needs may be bigger than we can easily solve. Take time to pray for God to meet these needs.

    • What kind of insight about our church did you gain from this activity?
    • Is there anything about your current behavior at church that might change knowing what you know now?

Introduction

When we think of service, we most often think that we should take care of the needs of those who are lost without Jesus. But today we are going to explore the impact of service within the church body and how it can be a testimony to the world of Jesus’ love for them.

Think It Through

Read Titus 3:14.

    • What is your definition of a good deed?
    • How would someone learn to do good deeds?
    • How could not engaging in good deeds lead to having an unproductive life?
    • Within our church, how can you find out who has pressing needs?

Learning to meet needs—whether they are expressed openly or not— is important to our maturity as a Christian. As we meet the needs of people in our church, love for the church grows. Serving is more about what Jesus is doing in us rather than what we are doing for other people. We are most like our Savior when we humble ourselves and serve.

Read James 3:13 and Galatians 5:14.

    • How can you use wisdom to serve people in our church?
    • Think about spiritual gifts. Choose three gifts and write them down. Discuss how people with each of those gifts could use it to meet needs within the church. List your ideas under each gift.
    • Name some ways that we can keep the focus on loving our neighbor.
    • What do you think it means to love someone the way you would love yourself?
    • What role does humility play in serving and being served?

Read 1 Peter 2:12.

Have you ever considered that serving each other and practicing good deeds within the church could be a protection for a Christian? The love we show to each other through service is our invisible shield against the enemy’s flaming arrows. Many people, TV shows, movies, and media portray Christians as evil people who out of ignorance spread hate. God says that our acts of service and love toward one another will prove these slanderous statements false. In fact, the Bible says that these same people will not only retract their statements about Christians but they will glorify God once they realize the truth.

  • When you find yourself in a situation where your character is being misrepresented, how do you react?
  • What are some ways that we can support Christians in our church who are under attack?

How Does This Apply to Me?

If I don’t share my needs with people in my church, how does it impact their spiritual walk?

Are there people in my life with needs that I have the ability to meet currently? What is preventing me from serving them?

How Does This Apply to Our Church?

Has there ever been a time in your life when you desperately needed help but you didn’t tell anyone about it? How would you suggest that our church meet the needs of people who don’t tell us what they need? What can we do as a church to encourage one another to continue to

serve despite the fact that our character has been misrepresented by the world? How can we make it easier for people to recognize opportunities to serve and meet needs within our church?

What Am I Going to Do with What I Know Now?

Make a plan to follow through with your suggestions to help the church members in need. Do everything you can to meet the needs before your small group meets again. Allow God to teach you to love through this act of service. Be ready next week to share with the group about your experience.



This weekend at TAF…

TriadAdventistFellowship.jpg

We hope you can join us tomorrow.  

 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 9:45am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Matt Stockdale will continue his I Love My Church sermon series.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having chili and rice.  
 
Don’t forget to check in on Facebook each week.  We will make a donation to a local charity for each and every check-in.  
 
There will be a Church Business Meeting on Monday, January 28 at 6:30pm in the Outreach Center.  This meeting is open to all current members of TAF.  This is an extremely important meeting where we will present some proposed changes in the leadership here at TAF.  Please make every effort to attend to this meeting.  
 
Membership Transfer First Readings: Jack and Marcie Brown from TAF to Beaverton Adventist Church.  Jason Hampden from Greensboro SDA Church to TAF.  
 
You can still order one of the I Love My Church t-shirts.  There will be a sign up sheet at lunch.  
 
If you lead a ministry at TAF, we will be providing an opportunity at lunch for you to recruit additional volunteers.  
 
We will be providing the meal at the Open Door Ministries shelter in High Point Saturday night.  If you can help serve, please see Roy Foster.  
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Together, we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!


I Love My Church — Week 2 Study Guide

Week 2 Study Guide

Primary Verses for Study

“Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” —Hebrews 10:22-25

“So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” —Romans 12:5

“The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him.” —1 John 2:10

Guiding Thought/Central Truth

We need each other. As Christians traveling the same path and experiencing similar life challenges, why wouldn’t we want to learn from those who have walked the path before us? They act as the GPS in our lives. They can show us how to successfully navigate the journey even when there is heavy traffic ahead! This week focuses on how building relationships—from the smallest of exchanges to the deepest friendships—can spur us on in the journey.

Getting Started

You will need a note card and pen. Mark an “x” on the card to represent the start of your journey with Jesus. Draw a line from the “x” to represent the ups and downs of your spiritual journey. The line will have hills and valleys depending on each person’s story. End the line on the other side of the card to represent where you feel you are spiritually at this moment.

At each peak or valley, write the name of someone who helped you through the valley or encouraged you to reach the peak.

Focus on the people who have helped you in your spiritual journey. Try to answer some of these questions:

    • Did this person know they had helped you?
    • How well did you know them personally?
    • Are you still in contact with this person?
    • Do you think your journey would have looked different if this person had not been there for you?

Introduction

As a body of believers, we come together with a common need for salvation. Our past and our present bind us in unity with each other. Our journeys may not look the same, but our destination is common. As we strive to be more obedient to Jesus, we need those who have

traveled the road before us to help show us the way.

Think It Through

Read Hebrews 10:22-25.

    • How does Hebrews 10:22 remind you of your life before Christ?
    • In what ways can you hold on to your faith without wavering?

Can this be accomplished without the encouragement of the church?

    • What significance does the church have in helping you to avoid the habits of your life before Christ?
    • List the ways these verses say the church should intervene in a Christian’s walk with Jesus.
    • In what ways does our church exemplify these traits?
    • What suggestions would you offer someone who wanted to do good deeds in our community? In our church? For you and your family?

Read Romans 12:5 and 1 John 2:10.

Becoming one body in Christ involves meeting together regularly, inspiring each other toward good deeds, and encouraging each other when things get hard. We demonstrate love as a church when we recognize that together we help each other not to stumble. We need each other.

    • What are some actions that promote and cultivate love?
    • Think about a moment in your life when you felt supported and encouraged. How can you reproduce that feeling for someone in our church?
    • How has someone encouraged you without even knowing they did so?
    • How can loving the people in our church help us to avoid stumbling in our Christian walk?

Love requires action. Jesus intended for us to come together as one body in unity to withstand the difficulties that would come our way as we follow after Him. In the book The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien, nine characters are thrown together on a dangerous quest. The characters are all very different from each other. Some of the group are strong in might, and others are strong in character. Some seem useless but later show a hidden attribute. Several of them show weakness, and the group helps them to overcome it. In the end, it’s obvious that not one in their party would have survived without every one of the others helping along the way. Jesus has planned for our survival. We need each other to accomplish His will. The first step on the journey is learning to love our church.

How Does This Apply to Me?

What are some things you are good at doing? How can you share that skill with someone in the church?  In what ways have you personally helped someone along in their Christian journey?  What can you do to make it easier for someone to connect with you at church?

How Does This Apply to Our Church?

How can we as a church be more intentional about helping people in their walk with Jesus?  What can we do to make it easier for people to find connections in our church?  If we made the assumption that everyone who sits around us in church needs some kind of encouragement, how would our actions change?

What Am I Going to Do with What I Know Now?

This next Sabbath morning, challenge yourself to assume that everyone sitting around you desperately needs encouragement. Think of one small way to show them that you sincerely care about them. It may be a hug, a kind word, a smile, or simply trying to learn their name. Allow yourself to be open to sharing someone’s journey.