Last Month Recap

Wins for The Kingdom!

  • The backyard hangouts were so much fun! We had around 30 people looking to get connected

  • Our “Stories of Impact” series was amazing! We got to hear from some of our missionaries on how God was using their ministry to write stories of impact
  • We began collecting items for the flood victims in Eastern, KY
  • We are seeing a lot of first-time guests each week

  • Our Care Ministry team has been ministering to so many through prayer, calls, and visitations
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Prayer Requests

Calling all Prayer Warriors

  • Pray that God will raise up people to serve in our ministry to kids and REACH
  • Pray for opportunities for our church to make a difference in people’s lives in Georgetown
  • Pray for those affected by grief and loss
  • Pray for our church as we continue to seek financial stability in order to reach more people with the Gospel
  • Pray for our Student Ministry (Teens) and those who lead them, these students face such huge pressures and issues and need to deeply know the love of God

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Ephesians 1:18-19

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength

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of every dollar given at Harmony goes straight to Missions, the rest goes to creating stories of Kingdom Impact in the lives of those you touch!

Reconstructing Faith
– by Kent Wagner

I have LOVED hearing all the incredible stories during this sermon series, Stories of Impact, of how God has been working around the world to lead people to Himself.  I hope it’s been encouraging to you and I want to thank those of you who shared what you expect to be able to give over the next year.  It really is helpful for us to know how to budget.  

Our last missionary, David Wissel, who is planting a church in Japan, said something during his sermon that I think a lot of people may not have understood – even though it was a passing comment.  He talked about how a lot of people are “deconstructing”.  This is a concept pastors talk about, but isn’t something that is probably in the mainstream of Christianity unless you know someone who is deconstructing.  The basic idea of deconstruction is this:  as young followers of Jesus feel the faith they were taught run up against the ideas of the world they begin to dig into those teachings to see if they were actually founded on truth or were just constructs designed to create a specific worldview.  That’s probably an overly simplistic way of describing it.  But deconstruction is a real thing and it is happening at unprecedented rates.  

 

It’s easy to blame “the world” for this phenomenon, but the reality is, it’s way more nuanced than that.  Celebrity pastors who are abusive and flame out in sinful behavior.  Normal everyday pastors who believe that their authority is the same as God’s and abuse it.  The lack of biblical literacy in our modern world.  The ability to literally have information at your fingertips in an instant.  An overly critical view of the world because so much of what we see is airbrushed and curated that we can’t help but look at things trying to find what’s wrong with it.  An overly simplified version of the Gospel that ignored the hard parts of the bible or following Jesus.  Conflagration of political ideologies with the Gospel on both sides of the aisle and missing the Kingdom of God almost completely.  These are just a few of the reasons modern young people (and some older people as well) are deconstructing – taking their faith down, brick by brick.

What do we do with that?  Is it hopeless?  Have we all believed things we shouldn’t have believed?  

Let me share with you my view of deconstruction.  I’ve wallowed in those waters a bit myself at points in my life and it didn’t take me long to realize that what I was really looking for was a reconstruction – not a deconstruction.  You may have noticed in my sermons that I preach some things from a different angle than the preachers you grew up with.  I am not moralistic in my approach to God (meaning I believe doing and being right about everything is the path to holiness) – this doesn’t mean that I believe morality doesn’t matter, I just see it as an overflow of a deep, rich relationship with Jesus.  You may have noticed that I preach a lot about the Kingdom of God as though it’s a thing that exists right now, not just in heaven – and that’s because as I read the Gospels I realized, that was the Gospel Jesus preached:

Mark 1:14-15

“14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!””

You may hear me talk about giving differently – I believe generosity is a direct reflection of the heart of God and that He longs to bless you for your generous outpouring – but if you think I just want your money, then tithe to a church you believe is Advancing the Kingdom.  I care way less about how many butts we have in seats than I do with the number of hearts that are going ALL IN for Jesus in their everyday lives.  I could care less if we have lights and fog or if we have air conditioning and comfortable seats – those things are all extras that are fine and I enjoy them, but what I LONG for is a passionate group of people who would give their lives for their neighbors and Jesus.  

Seriously.  Deconstruction ends with no house at all – you’re homeless and left out in the bitter cold, rejecting people and God and it’s lonely.  

But Reconstruction – going back and trying as hard as you can to find the heart of Jesus and living that out.  That is freedom, that is healing, that is community, that is peace, that is joy. 

A lot of what most of us were taught as the core parts of Christianity wasn’t exactly the Christianity Jesus came to instill.  But that doesn’t mean abandoning Jesus – it means putting on your archaeology hat and going after Him with the whole kit and caboodle.  

I’ll leave you with the words of the Savior:  

Matthew 6:33

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Which Kingdom are you seeking?  What are you building or destroying?  Let’s give it all for Jesus and see what He can do with it!

Serving Jesus,

Kent A Wagner

Kent A. Wagner

 

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Ministry Corner: 
Harmony Kids

by Lesley Tipton

 

Did you know that Harmony is growing?  I sure do.  I’m sure you’ve noticed lots of people in the seats in the worship center or out in the lobby.  But my favorite thing to see grow? Our Kids area (and not just because I’m the Children’s pastor).  When I started at Harmony 8 months ago, I had lots of kids during each service, but now?  We have TONS of kids each service.  Our nursery is consistently bustling, our Pre-K area is booming, and we added a 4th and 5th grade room to spread out our elementary!  When a kid’s area is thriving, it makes my heart happy because not only are these children learning about Jesus and the Bible, they are growing relationships and friendships with their peers that will help them want to come and be active in church as they grow older.  Our REACH program is a great testament to that.  These kids have developed wonderful bonds with our HarmonyKids team members and seek them out on Sundays, even if they aren’t volunteering, to make sure and give them hugs or to say hello.  I can’t wait to see more kids, (and more adults, maybe you?) in HarmonyKids area this year!!!

Also, be on the lookout for information for our summer activities! There will be lots of ways to stay connected with church friends throughout the season!

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    Nov 30, 2022 • 43:58

    What can you learn from a teenage pregnant girl?  Turns out a lot! Jump in with us in Sections 6 of the Gospel Harmonies @ https://www.harmonychurch.cc/tracking-jesus-timeline/. IT’S EASY TO GIVE at Harmony, text any amount to (859) 459-0316  to get started (or give online @ my.harmonychurch.cc/give ). ——————- Sermon Notes Slide…

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    Nov 30, 2022 • 34:51

    There is a way lots of people get following Jesus wrong.  Today, Kent unpacks this major mistake lots of people make and show us how there is a different way. Jump in with us in Sections 182 of the Gospel Harmonies @ https://www.harmonychurch.cc/tracking-jesus-timeline/. IT’S EASY TO GIVE at Harmony, text any…

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    Nov 15, 2022 • 37:05

    Your heart is more important than you could ever imagine.  We can so easily give our hearts over to things that are the wrong things, this week, Kent encourages you to give your heart over to Jesus. Jump in with us in Sections 200 of the Gospel Harmonies @ https://www.harmonychurch.cc/tracking-jesus-timeline/. IT’S…

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    Nov 9, 2022 • 41:16

    The topic of tithing in a church seems to get more people riled up than lots of other issues, tune in today to hear what Jesus had to say on the topic and ways people can slide off into the deep end.  Jump in with us in Sections 138 (compare…

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