Sunday 06.26.16 (in Christ)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at Ephesians 1:1-14 and see what it means to have an identity that is based in Christ (a favorite term of Paul’s in our passage). Then Sunday night we’ll dive into  chapter 2 of our I Will study: “I Will Worship with Others.” We hope to see you there!

@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@Noon Widow/Widower Lunch hosted by the deacons in fellowship hall
@6pm I Will study in church’s library
@7pm Business Meeting

Sermon Notes
In Christ ~ Ephesians 1:1-14

  • žWe are to joyfully worship God for who he has made us in Christ (1:3)
  • žSix realities about our identity in Christ that give us reason to joyfully praise God:
    • He has made us holy and blameless (1:4)
    • He adopted us into his family (1:5-6)
    • He redeemed us from our debt of sin (1:7-8)
    • He revealed to us his plan to save people from all the nations in Christ (1:8-10)
    • He has provided us an inheritance (1:11-12)
    • He has sealed us with his Holy Spirit (1:13-14)

Sunday 06.05.16 (the good news of Jesus)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at Mark 1:1-20, remembering who Jesus is as our Savior-King and what that means for our lives. Then on Sunday night we’ll kick off our study of I Will by Thom Rainer. See below for the planned schedule for the study. Hope to see you there!

@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm I Will study in church library (see below for schedule)

Sermon Notes
The Good News of Jesus ~ Mark 1:1-20

  • žThe gospel of Jesus Christ (1:1)
  • Jesus baptizes us with the Holy Spirit, therefore you are to live daily in the power of the Spirit (1:2-8)
  • žJesus is God’s beloved son, therefore rest in him for your “well-pleased” identity (1:9-11)
  • žJesus is victorious over temptation, therefore trust in him for help against temptation (1:12-13, cf. Matthew 4)
  • žJesus fulfills God’s plan and proclaims the gospel, therefore repent and believe (1:14-15)
  • žJesus calls us to a greater life, therefore follow wherever he leads (1:16-20)

I Will Study Schedule

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06.05………….. Introduction: A Tale of a Joyous Church Member
06.12………….. Chapter 1: I Will Move from “I Am” to “I Will”
06.19………….. Break for Father’s Day
06.26………….. Chapter 2: I Will Worship with Others
07.03………….. Break for 4th of July Holiday Weekend
07.10………….. Chapter 3: I Will Grow Together with Others
07.17………….. Chapter 4: I Will Serve
07.24………….. Break for VBS Kickoff Night
07.31………….. Chapter 5: I Will Go
08.07………….. Chapter 6: I Will Give Generously
08.14………….. Chapter 7: I Will Not be a Church Dropout
08.21………….. Chapter 8: I Will Avoid the Traps of ‘Churchianity’
08.28………….. Chapter 9: I Will Make a Difference

Sunday 05.29.16 (to the ends of the earth)

This Sunday we’ll be taking a look at Psalm 67 and see how God has blessed us in order to make his glory and joy known to the ends of the earth. We hope to see you there! If you’re traveling this holiday weekend, we pray that you travel safe. Starting on Sunday nights in June, we’ll be doing a study through Thom Rainer’s book I Will. For a copy of the book, please see Pastor Mike.

@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
**No Evening Services, enjoy the holiday weekend!**

Sermon Notes
To the Ends of the Earth ~ Psalm 67

  • A prayer for God’s blessing (67:1)
    • This prayer echoes Numbers 6:23-27, asking for God to supply his people with joy, protection, grace, and peace
    • To be blessed is to be made happy by God through the fullness of Jesus
    • The ultimate purpose of blessing is that God might bring joy to us by displaying his glory through us which will bring joy to others
  • Blessed by God we are to take God’s blessing to others:
    • We are to make the way of God known… (67:2)
    • …to multiply praise to God throughout the world (67:3-7)
    • …to multiply joy in God throughout the world (67:4)

Sunday 05.22.16 (hope and the nature of God)

This Sunday we’ll be taking a look at Lamentations 3 and see how a deeper understanding of the nature of God helps to produce hope in both the good times and the bad. No evening services throughout May. Hope to see you there!

@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@4pm Eagle Scout Ceremony at the United Methodist Church
@430pm Deacon Ordination at FBC Rich Hill

Sermon Notes
Hope and the Nature of God ~ Lamentations 3:21-33

žWe need hope in bad times and in good; we develop hope by reflecting on God’s nature…

  • God’s love is unceasing (3:22)
  • God’s mercies are new each day (3:22-23)
  • God’s faithfulness is great (3:23)
  • God’s presence satisfies (3:24)
  • God’s goodness and salvation extend to those who seek him (3:25-26)
  • God’s compassion sustains the afflicted (3:27-33)

Sunday 04.10.16 (Christ and country)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at Romans 13 and see how we as Christians are to live in relationship to our country–both our government and our neighbors. Then on Sunday Evening we have our final Revive! service of 2016, featuring Steve Donnelly from FBC Drexel speaking on fellowship. Hope to see you there!

@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Revive! Night 6 on Fellowship

Sermon Notes
Christ and Country ~ Romans 13

  • Our attitude toward government…
    • You are to do what is lawful (13:1-5)
    • You are to pay your taxes (13:6-7)
    • You are to show honor and respect to those in authority (13:7)
    • You are to work (and vote) to increase righteousness in the land (Proverbs 29:2, Jeremiah 29:7, Matthew 28:16-20)
  • Our attitude toward neighbor…
    • Love your neighbor (13:8-10)
    • Live as examples of righteousness (13:11-14)

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Sunday 02.21.16 (bold before the world)

This Sunday we’ll be taking a look at Acts 4 and the continuing, unfinished task that God has given the church to take the gospel into the world–an act that requires boldness on our part to share the good news of Jesus. We will also be joining with thousands of other churches in debuting the new hymn by Keith and Kristyn Getty: Facing a Task Unfinished (you can click here for more information). Hope to see you there!

@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Winter Bible Study in church library

Sermon Notes
Bold Before the World ~ Acts 4

Like the early church we have a charge to take the gospel to the world. For this task, we have…

  • Our message–we are to share the gospel of Jesus (4:1-12)
  • Our boldness–we are to possess supernaturally empowered wisdom and strength (4:13-31)
    • We develop boldness by spending time with Jesus (4:13)
    • We develop boldness by spending time in prayer together (4:23-31)
  • Our unity–we are to be the church like a family (4:32-37)

Check out for a song with lyrics from Acts 4:11-12. The Verses Project is a website dedicated to putting Scripture to music to help people learn and cherish God’s Word.

Sunday 02.14.16 (enjoy life)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at Ecclesiastes 9:7-10 and the wisdom that Solomon shared about how we are to be people who enjoy life. Also, after the morning worship gathering we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with a fellowship lunch in the gym. Hope to see you there!

@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@Noon Valentines Day fellowship lunch
@6pm Winter Bible Study pt. 3 in the church library

Sermon Notes
Enjoy Life ~ Ecclesiastes 9:7-10

  • To fully enjoy life you must have the approval of God, you must have Jesus (9:7)
  • Enjoy the food you eat (9:7)
  • Enjoy what you wear, your appearance (9:8)
  • Enjoy life with your spouse (9:9)
  • Enjoy your work as you maintain a good work ethic (9:10)