The Encounter Youth Program at Resurrection Life Church is a powerful ministry for Mid Michigan High School and Middle School students. Students attending Encounter youth are encouraged to Encounter God, Follow God and Share God with others.
Students 7th-12th Grade meet Sunday afternoon from 3:00 PM-5: 00 PM in the Encounter game room and lounge here at Resurrection Life Church for weekly youth ministry. The whole first half hour is dedicated to hangout, allowing students to have a constant outlet for positive Christian influences and opportunities to grow spiritually. At 3:30 the programmed part of the afternoon begins, led by Youth Directors, Zack and Jensen Schmidt. Students lead a large part of the evening from praise and worship to small groups and other activities.
The Encounter Youth Team supports students in their Christian walk through facilitating youth gatherings, special events, small groups and more.
Engage Women’s Ministry exists to equip women of all ages to connect with God on a deeper level, to Engage in real, meaningful relationships with each other and share the authentic love of Jesus with others, so they can live fully as the woman God created them to be.
When God Doesn't Fix It: Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn,Truths You Can't Live Without.
In this time of uncertainty, when it feels like God is silent in our country or He has not heard our prayers we wonder why. In a time of tragedy, a death, a horrific accident, or upsetting news from the doctor, we sometimes can not understand why? Why does it seem like God is not "fixing" it? We look at our difficult circumstances or the uncertainty of our future and wonder is it possible that good things can come out of our broken dreams or devastation?
Grammy Award-winning songwriter Laura Story had a fairy-tale life---until her husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Can blessings arise from broken dreams? This book tackles the common myths about God and hardship, she examines what happens when life doesn't turn out as we expect.
Join us every other Thursday starting February 11th at 6:00 at Rezlife. Sign up to get your book at the information center or using this link or order your own with these links:
How could your life be different after prayerfully and intentionally connecting with God, friends and your community? Join us and see... Craving Connection is a journey where (in)courage writers share real-life stories, practical Scripture application and connection challenges that will encourage you to find out how different it can be.
CRAVING CONNECTION - Lesson 6 SPIRITUAL GIFTS TEST LINKS
Hello ladies, in our lesson 6 we talk about your unique gift and your place in the body of Christ. Below is a couple of free links to do an online spiritual gifts test. I encourage you to take one of them and check out the results.
Are your thoughts holding you captive? Jennie Allen knows what it’s like to swirl in a spiral of destructive thoughts, such as I’ll never be good enough. Other people have better lives than I do. God couldn’t really love me. But Jennie also knows we don’t have to stay stuck in toxic thinking patterns.
As she discovered in her own life, God built a way for us to escape that downward spiral. Freedom comes when we refuse to be victims to our thoughts and realize we have already been equipped with power from God to fight and win the war for our minds.
In Get Out of Your Head, a six-session video-based Bible study, Jennie inspires and equips us to transform our emotions, our outlook, and even our circumstances by taking control of our thoughts. Our enemy is determined to get in our heads to make us feel helpless, overwhelmed, and incapable of making a difference for the kingdom of God. But when we submit our minds to Christ, the promises and goodness of God flood our lives in remarkable ways.
It starts in your head. And from there, the possibilities are endless.
1.)Introduction: Spiraling Out
2.)Make the Shift
3.)Weapons We Use, Part I
4.)Weapons We Use, Part II
5.)A New Way to Live
6.)A Mind Like Christ
FORGE is a ministry for men of all ages and backgrounds who are being shaped by God into the men they want to be, so they can live the life they were born to live.
Proverbs 26:17 As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
Like iron sharpening iron, Forge Men's Ministry is all about developing strong men in the Lord.
Pastor Rick wants to build an army of men (Minutemen); ready at all times to go to battle for each other, for their family, and for the Lord.
Definition of forge - make or shape (a metal object) by heating it in a fire or furnace and hammering it in order to create (something) strong and enduring.The forging process improves some of the properties of metal, such as impact toughness, fatigue strength, and tensile ductility.
Impact Toughness is the ability of a material to absorb energy without fracturing. It is also defined as a material's resistance to fracture when stressed.
TensileDuctility is a measure of a metal's ability to withstand tensile stress—any force that pulls the two ends of a material away from each other. ... The term "ductile" literally means that a metal substance is capable of being stretched out into a thin wire, and it does not become weaker or become brittle in the process.
Fatigue Strength is the highest stress that a material can withstand for a given number of cycles without breaking — called also endurance strength.
We have all seen steel used to sharpen a blade, to give it an edge, and make it fit to do its work.
Hebrews 10:24 Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.
Isaiah 35:3-4 Strengthen the weak hands and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are fearful hearted, be strong and do not fear.
What does a Forge meeting look like?
Forge is a 60 to 90 minute bi-weekly meeting with the following elements:
Food & fellowship
Bible study and discussion
Other elements of Forge
Periodic morning breakfasts, conferences and retreats
Occasional service (helps) projects for each other, the church and the community
The Men’s Ministry at Resurrection Life Church is passionate about raising up godly men, helping them become the best they can be as fathers, husbands, sons, brothers, friends, employers, employees or whatever role they may find themselves in. The men meet regularly for Bible study and times offellowship here at the church and off-site. Events are scheduled throughout the year that gives men the opportunity to seek God and grow together.
Believers School of Excellence has returned and we are getting back to our roots. The original textbooks, are back. Teachers from the original BSE are back, and the connection with God is stronger than ever.
Stay tuned for dates for the next semester of Believers School of Excellence.
Introduction to Believers School of Excellence
Here at Resurrection Life Mid Michigan it is our mission to help you live the life you were born to live, to find your place in the Body of Christ and be all that you can be as a Christian. It is only through this, that you will ultimately be satisfied and fulfilled in your life.
Believer’s School of Excellence is for men and women who desire to develop in Godliness, integrity, and excellence.
It is a school that consists of three challenging and exciting classes that will propel you into spiritual growth.
Class I Foundations for Christian Growth
Class II God’s Plan for Christian Service
Class III Discipleship Training
These classes are to be taken in sequential order, they will help believers to find their purpose and place in the Body of Christ.
These classes will assist you in receiving all God has for you and help you accomplish all that He has planned for you.
Who can take it? Anyone that desires to grow spiritually and learn what it really means to be a follower of Christ. (You must be in the 7th grade or above).
Class registrations start one month prior to beginning of class
$100 First Applicant $50 Additional Immediate Family Members $50 Repeat Class
Childcare for kids newborn to 6th grade is available at no further cost to students.
Winter 2020 Classes:
CLASS I Foundations for Christian Growth
The Foundations or course is the first program of study in the Believer’s School of Excellence. This course is designed to give the student of God’s Word a rudimentary knowledge of Bible doctrine and spiritual truth upon which to build a life of Christian service.
The Bible - Word of God
The Nature of God
Righteousness - Gift of God
the New Creation
Baptism in the Holy Spirit
The renewed Mind
Freedom From Sin
Faith - Rest of God
Healing - The Will of God
We will teach students:
to understand God's Word, the Bible, is true and trustworthy!
We have to align with God's Word.
by excepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior we are made righteous.
Not by what we have done but by what He has done!
all things are received by faith in God's word through Jesus Christ!
But we must know the Word of God.
Foundations for Christian Growth by Ron Tucker
The Believer’s Authority by Kenneth Hagin
Christianity: Hoax or History by Josh McDowell
Students are also required to study course curriculum, complete homework, memorize verses, and recite books of the Bible.
CLASS II God's Plan for Christian Service
The God’s Plan course or is the second program of study in the Believer’s School of Excellence. This course is designed to give the student of God’s Word a rudimentary knowledge of Bible doctrine and spiritual truth upon which to build a life of Christian service.
Spiritual Maturity - Useful to God
The Love Nature - Imitators of God
Guidance - Led by the Spirit of God
The Prayer Life - Abiding in Christ
Praise & Petition - Fruitful for God
Prayer Warfare - Co-Laborers with God
Prosperity - Abundant in God
Spiritual Gifts - The Plan of God’s Spiritual Gifts - Manifestations of the Spirit
Gifts to the Church - The Design of God
Christian Service - Minister of God
Evangelism - Witness for God.
We will teach students:
that it is our responsibility to mature and without that we will be of little use to the kingdom of God
as believers we are expected to take up our position in the body, according to the gifts we have been given each member.
to learn how to pray and the value of prayer.
God’s Plan for Christian Service by Ron Tucker, and Rick Hufton
Ministry of Helps Handbook by Buddy Bell
Students are also required to study course curriculum, complete homework, memorize verses, and recite books of the Bible.
Class III Discipleship Training
Designed to train believers to do the work of the ministry.
This class is for those who want to seriously mature in their walk with God. It demands tremendous commitment, but if successfully completed, your life will never be the same!
The Discipleship Training class or 'DT' is taught by the Senior Pastor Rick Lopez
The Discipleship Training class is required for all church leadership.
Vision & Tennants of Faith
Appointment With God
Advanced Bible Study Techniques Torah Time
Ordering Your Life Priorities
Loyalty & Faithfulness
Discovering and Functioning in Your Spiritual Gifts
Discovering and Functioning in Your Spiritual Gifts Continued
Ministrering to Others
Church Government and Submission
Developing The Leader Within You
Seven Practices of Effective Ministry by Andy Stanley, Lane Jones, and Reggie Joiner
The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet by Michael L. Munk
Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald
Obedience in Finances by Kenneth Hagin Jr.
How to Relate to Your Pastor by Dr. Mark T. Barclay
The Real Truth About Tithing by Dr. Mark T. Barclay
Tozer on Christian Leadership Devotion by A.W. Tozer
Resurrection Life Group Ministry Living Life Together!
We invite you to join a Life Group! Individuals and couples from Resurrection Life Church and the community meet once a week in homes around the area.
The groups are designed to promote:
Mentoring and Getting Biblical Answers To Real Life Questions
And let us consider how to stir one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Resurrection Life Group Ministry exists to help people develop meaningful, long-lasting relationships that facilitate personal growth in living the life they are born to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Resurrection Life Group ministry is one of the most important ways to begin growth and continue growing as a Christian. These groups provide a place for people to have fellowship, develop close relationships and to learn and grow. They also help non-Christians learn more about what it means to be a Christian.
Becoming a part of a Life Group is critical in the process of discipleship because it’s a foundational place where we can share Christian love with one another in practical ways and learn about the Bible. It’s also a place that offers an ideal environment to develop deeper friendships.
1. What is Life Group?
A Life Group is a home fellowship made up of 10-16 people who meet weekly to share, study and support one another. A trained leader and host lead each group. An average meeting lasts for an hour and a half, followed by light refreshments.
2. How important are Life Groups?
Here at Resurrection Life Church Life Groups are the hub of our ministry. They're the place where the real ministry of the church takes place as we study God's Word, while supporting and sharing our lives with one another. We believe that meeting together on a regular basis is time well spent.
3. When and where do Life Groups meet?
Life Groups meet on various nights of the week in homes throughout Gratiot County and beyond. Most evening groups meet 6-8 pm.
4. How long do Life Groups last?
Each Life Group session lasts 9 to 11 weeks. We have Fall, Winter & Spring sessions. At the end of each session, you will have the choice of staying in the same group, trying a new group or even taking a break. Most groups stay together throughout the entire year. Life Groups do not meet formally mid-June through August although they are encouraged to continue in relationship by sharing meals and summer activities.
5. What is the required commitment?
Joining a Life Group requires a 9 to 11 week commitment to attend weekly meetings. Obviously, allowances are made for sickness, vacation, work conflicts and other special events, but not much more. This commitment is the key to a strong Life Group. You have the first three weeks to attend the group to make sure it's a good fit for you.
6. What will we study?
Most of the studies are based on the previous weekend's message. These "sermon-based" Life Groups are built on a group discussion about Sunday’s message. A brief video of Pastor Rick sharing a snapshot nugget from the message will be viewed. The Life Group leader will then facilitate a discussion about the message.
7. What does it cost?
Few things in life are free and Life Groups are no exception! The cost of Life Groups is the cost of commitment. During the first meeting, each group will complete a "covenant" together. Part of that commitment is the promise to attend each week and to attend the quarterly church-wide fellowship and do one service project for the year. You have the first three weeks to decide if your group is a good fit for you.
When you join a Life Group, you're promising to attend each week. It's this commitment that makes Life Groups work. We realize it's a big commitment, but it only lasts for 9 - 11 weeks. At the end of each quarter, you have the choice of recommitting for another quarter, trying a new group, or taking a break from Life Groups altogether.
8. What about child care?
Life Groups are for adults only. (Exceptions can be made for nursing newborns, up to six months.)
For groups meeting in homes it often works best for families to share a sitter or to swap childcare with another family whose Life Group meets on a different evening.
9. How do I choose a Life Group?
When selecting a group, we strongly recommend you choose a group based on its leader-host team and Station-in-Life (common stage in life), rather than its location. Life Groups do best when members share a common Station-in-Life and other interests with their leaders, hosts, and other group members. In the end, you'll find it's worth the drive!
Our groups are divided in the following Station-in-Life (stage of life) groupings:
Remember, these Station-in-Life groupings are meant to help you self-select an appropriate group for you. They are not intended to box you in.
If you have any questions (especially if you are new to Resurrection Life Church), please don't hesitate to call the church, and we will gladly assist you. Keep in mind that it might take two or three groups before you find the perfect fit, but don't worry, you'll find it!
10. How do I sign up for a Life Group?
Before each Life Group quarter begins there are three ways to sign up for a group - online, at our weekend service, or by calling the church office. During the weekend service, Life Group leaders are available at the sign-up tables to help you choose a group and answer any questions.
There are three sign-up weekends before the beginning of our Fall Quarter in September, and two sign-up weekends before our Winter Quarter in January and our Spring Quarter in April.
11. Are there Life Groups for teenagers?
Yes, Encounter Youth Ministry will offer small groups for students.
Resurrection Life Church is a house of prayer. Prayer is centric between God and man. A specialized team of prayer warriors is in place to intercede for real life situations and needs.
The Prayer team of Resurrection Life Church is made up of highly trained believers, ready and willing to stand in the prayer of agreement with anyone in need. Following Sunday morning church services the Alter Prayer team is stationed at the front of the Sanctuary. The Alter Prayer team is often called on by Pastor Lopez to pray for individuals and families during alter calls and emergency prayer hotline calls.
Another extension of the Prayer team is handling all prayer requests made via prayer request cards and calls to the church office. This team of intercessors partner together in faith to see God do miracles.
Prayer is not only necessary for the survival of individual believers, it is essential for the church as well. Prayer is the heartbeat that keeps the blood flowing through the church system.
Watch Last Week's Sermon!
Resurrection Life Church's live, Sunday morning services are available online for you to watch. Watch live Sunday mornings at 10:00 am or on-demand anytime on our YouTube Channel, Rezlife Church. We also stream live on Facebook! Next week we will be live at 10:00am.
HOW TO STREAM SERVICES LIVE: Go to our website at 9:45 am on Sunday. Scroll down until you see ”Watch us Live” and click to play.
Did you know that you can listen to Rezlife Church sermons for free? Check out our podcast page HERE. This podcast is also available on the Rezlife App.
Rezlife Church Notifications and News
Did you know that we send out text messages and emails like this bulletin every week? If you are not receiving these messages and would like to, click here to add yourself to the list.
Pastor Rick is also sending out recorded, automated calls to touch base with the church family. If you are not receiving these calls and would like to be added to the call list, please click here!
Baby Bottle Boomerang - Bottles Due October 17
The Baby Bottle Boomerang is back and more important than ever! Pregnancy Services of Gratiot County has not been able to hold any of their usual, in-person fundraisers over the last year. The Baby Bottle Boomerang will be their only fundraiser to support the important services they offer in the coming year. This is an opportunity to support a critical resource in our community. If you are interested in coming alongside your neighbors in this way, please visit the table in the foyer. You can pick up a bottle to take home and fill with your spare change throughout the month, or there will be flyers with information about additional donation methods. Bottles need to be returned to us by October 17th . If you choose to write a check, there is a match opportunity through United Way: Write your check out to “United Way”, and in the Memo section write “Pregnancy Services of Gratiot County” – your donation will be matched dollar for dollar. If you have additional questions, please connect with Alice Glenn.
Guest Speaker Duane VanderKlok - October 17
Pastor Duane is Lead Pastor of our parent church, Resurrection Life in Grandville. He and his wife, Jeanie, are passionate about seeing people come into relationship with Jesus Christ and helping believers grow in their love and dedication to the Lord. They live to win people to the Lord and disciple them in the things of God, sharing Biblical truths and nuggets of life changing principals worth far more than gold!
Mid Week Service
Join us in person or online Wednesday, September 29 at 7:00 PM. Be part of a great time of worship, prayer, and Bible study. Pastor Rick will be bringing the truth as he delves deeper into preparing us for the Lord's return!
You can also call our offices and leave a message for our staff. If urgent prayer is needed, please call our offices and press (1) to be transferred to our Emergency Prayer Hotline which will connect you with one of our ministers. 989-681-5731
Every morning at 7:14 AM, We upload a new video on our Rezlife Church YouTube channel. This is an opportunity for you to pray for your world and stay connected to the body of Christ. See the whole playlist here.
". . . whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
Bev Baxter - September 26 Steve Via - September 29 Dale Jennings - September 30
Aubrey Bard - September 27 Adan Cabrera - September 30
Anniversaries: Mike & Jodi Smith - September 24 - Married 5 Years
Condolences: Our condolences to the Baxter family as they lost Beverley's sister, Cheryl Peasley. Cards can be sent to: Chuck & Beverley Baxter as well as Nicole Baxter at 1735 E. Lincoln Rd. St. Louis, MI 48880
Our sincere sympathy goes to the Crowe family as Alicia's dad, Charlie Kill, has passed. Cards can be sent to:Cliff & Alicia Crowe and family at 9956 Gruett Rd. St. Louis, MI 48880
Life Group Ministry Life Groups are small groups of individuals that meet once a week in homes around the area. They discuss faith and have a weekly discussion about service that week. Get connected and do family together! Sign ups today!
RezKids Ministry RezKids classes are in session during the 10:00 AM service, for six-week-old infants through fifth grade. Check-In opens at 9:45 AM and closes at 10:15 AM. All RezKids videos are available on our website.
Encounter Youth Check out the improved Youth Room! Our Youth Directors and Team have been working hard to give our youth room a new look!
Encounter Youth Ministry meets every Sunday from 3:00-5:00 PM. The Encounter Youth Program at Resurrection Life Church is a powerful ministry for High School and Middle School students. Students attending Encounter Youth are encouraged to Encounter God, Follow God and Share God with others.
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Engage Women's Ministry
Engage Women’s Ministry exists to equip women of all ages to connect with God on a deeper level, to Engage in real, meaningful relationships with each other and share the authentic love of Jesus with others. Our next meeting will be October 7.
Forge Men’s Ministry We, as men, must band together to discuss faith, life and Jesus. Men ages 18 and older are invited to join us September 30 from 6:30 – 8:00pm. As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. Prov. 27:17