Rob Probus

Pastor of The Wave
I am thoroughly blessed to be married to my high school sweetheart (Erin), the father of 2 boys (Zane & Levi), and  a pastor on staff at Avon United Methodist Church.  Now that I have finished my rookie year as a pastor, I'm so excited about launching the Wave with a crew of committed members from AUMC!   Before becoming a licensed pastor in 2014, I owned and operated my own media production company for 9 years and worked part-time as the AV Director of Mooresville First UMC.
Here are a few random bits of trivia about me:
- I have played guitar since I was 14 years old and have been in multiple bands.
- I really enjoy watching movies and great stories told visually (Youtube, TV, etc.).
- I thoroughly enjoy reading books. (FYI, Dave Ramsey says that the average millionaire reads at least 1 non-fiction book per month.)
- I have 3 younger sisters...much younger.  They live in Bloomington (IN), New York City (NY), and DeLand (FL).
- I was born in Los Angeles, CA.
 
Expect to find journal entries below with updates, challenges, or Wave info.
 

What is the Wave?

The Wave is a movement of adults seeking, serving, and celebrating together.  We meet the FIRST  THURSDAY of each month from January through December of 2016 to get to know one another, have fun, learn something new or be reminded of somethings helpful to do to be better at life, and either dive deeper into discussions about the Bible/faith or spend some time serving others.
 
You can expect to:
- Seek and find answers about God, life, purpose, relationships, following Jesus, the Bible, and living by faith.
 
- Serve others via local organizations, fundraising for national/international causes, and doing good in our own community.  We will find and meet the needs of others.
 
- Celebrate who God is and what He is doing in our lives & community, as well as how He is using us to transform the world.
 



Mark Your Calendar

Jesus' brother, James, wrote this about the power of prayer, "The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Elijah was a human being, even as we are.  He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years.  Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops." - James 5:16b-18
 
Among the things that the earliest Christians were committed to, one of the top commitments on their list was prayer (Acts 2:42).
 
When I answered the call into pastoral ministry in 2013, I began praying for clarity in regards to the next step.  I owned my own business at the time and worked part-time as the AV Director at Mooresville First UMC.  After about a year going through the pastoral candidacy process, I became licensed in July of 2014.  God then made it clear to me that it was time to close my business.  In August I closed the company to make myself available for full-time pastoral ministry, then began praying again for God to make it clear what the next step needed to be.  In September of 2014 I felt led to search for a church looking for a specific kind of pastor to focus on certain areas of ministry within the church.  Thankfully, I found Avon UMC.  I began the interview process that month and began serving on staff at the church as the Connections Pastor on December 1, 2014.
 
 I believe in the power of prayer.  What about you?
 
The key verses for the Wave are Psalm 42:7-8.  With that in mind, we are committed to praying for the NEW ministry God has called us to launch on the 7th and 8th of each month.  On the 7th, we're praying that God will sweep through our church to empty us of anything and everything preventing us from being the church we're called to be.  On the 8th we're praying for God to use us to reach young adults who are disconnected from God and church.
 
Please mark your calendar and pray with us each month on the 7th and 8th.  The prayers of God's people are powerful!  Our prayers are powerful because our God is powerful.
 
I believe a sweeping Wave of God's power and lives being transformed is on the horizon here in Avon.  May God use us to make NEW disciples of Jesus Christ and transform the world.  Amen.
 



 

What the Apostles Taught

Keystone habits impact other habits of our lives.  For example, the habit of working out regularly can lead to improvements in dietary choices, sleeping more restfully, and overall better health.  The earliest Christians had a keystone commitment to the teachings of the apostles.  This commitment was combined with other key commitments listed in the book of Acts 2:42-47.
 
The apostles were Jesus' authorized representatives and messengers.  A list of the first 12 apostles is listed in Mark 3:13-19.  They spent about 3 years walking, talking, listening, seeing, and experiencing life with Jesus.  After Christ's resurrection, what we celebrate on Easter Sunday, he spent 40 days appearing to his followers at various times and places.  Jesus then gave his disciples their final instructions, "Go everywhere and announce the message of God's good news to everyone...Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism...Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you..." (Mark 16:15 & Matthew 28:18-20 MSG)  After sharing these final words, Jesus left the earth, ascending into heaven.  At that point, it was up to the apostles and ALL the followers of Jesus to continue his work here on earth.
 
Peter, James, John, and the other apostles spent years sharing the Good News of what happened, what they experienced, and what Jesus taught and did during his time on earth.  Here is a small portion of what they taught and shared:
 
The apostle Peter said, "So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus...to be both Lord and Messiah!" - Acts 2:36 NLT
 
The apostle Paul said, "We are here to proclaim that through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins.  Everyone who believes in him is declared right with God..." - Acts 13:38-39 NLT
 
The apostle John wrote the entire account of Jesus' life, ministry, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection for this reason, "The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book.  But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have {eternal} life by the power of his name." - John 20:30-31 NLT
 
To have a clearer understanding of who Jesus is and what the apostle taught, I encourage you to read "The Gospel According to Mark."  It is the shortest of the 4 written accounts of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection.  Scholars believe that Mark was an associate of the apostle Peter, so he combined messages, stories, and teaching he heard Peter share into a concise volume we know of as "Mark" or "The Gospel According to Mark."  You can read if for FREE by downloading YouVersion Bible App onto your smartphone or visit BibleGateway.com to read ALL 16 chapters online.
 
Keep in mind that the apostles didn't read about Jesus in a book or hear his words from a preacher, but they shared what they personally saw, heard, and experienced.  In spite of persecution and being threatened with death, the earliest Christians were Committed to Jesus Christ, what the apostles taught (Jesus' words and story), and life together (Acts 2:42).  What about you?