We are concluding our study Sunday in the book of Philippians with a message titled, “Pursue Contentment.” Contentment runs on a parallel track with joy. Both joy and contentment, as we will discover, are the result of a life focused on pursuing Christ.
Have you signed up for your photo session for the new Church Directory? Please go to fbclaf.org/photo or call 866-756-0281. We want every person and family involved. A complete directory is going to be a great resource for us in building relationships with one another.
How about our new schedule? For the most part, my observation is that our new schedule is going well. The bottom line of increased attendance is certainly happening, and for that we rejoice. If you would prefer to participate in the 8:15 style of worship, but prefer to come at 10:45 a.m., for the present, we have made available the option of viewing the 8:15 service at 10:45 in Room C-216. You will find this room on the second floor near the larger room that we call the Assembly Room.
Chuck Colson writes in his book, The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why it Matters:
We cannot treat the local church like a restaurant, picking and choosing from the menu, visiting another whenever we feel like it. Church membership involves making a covenant with fellow believers. It takes time to develop unity with others at any depth, and this never takes place, ever—not at any time or anywhere—without conflict. (P. 155)
Here is the essence of Biblical fellowship. If I am in common belief with another, I must protect against all threats of fellowship.
The first church faced a threat against their fellowship. Read Acts 6. Immediately, the leadership acted to protect against the threat of fellowship.
Have you allowed something to disrupt your fellowship with another who holds with you a common belief? Prioritize Biblical fellowship and make it right! Don’t be too quick to give up and jump ship to another fellowship. Soon will come the time when you face conflict there. The kingdom of God is better served when you apply grace to the conflict.
As most of the rest of the country deals with freezing temperatures, we are going to enjoy outstanding, almost spring-like weather the next few days. This is just one of the many reasons we live in a great place.
Hundreds of college students from across the state will descend on our church campus this weekend for the State Collegiate Evangelism Conference. Pray for this conference and pray for me as I speak to this group around 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
We are delighted to welcome Dennis Swanberg, a.k.a. “the Swan,” a.k.a. “America’s Minister of Encouragement” to our pulpit Sunday. The Bible says that “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22) In this hurting, broken world that we live in, Jesus said that He has come to give life and that more abundantly. (John 10:10) In part, that is https://wwwwhat Sunday is about. My prayer is that all of us would see that abundant life that Jesus has promised to give to us.
Tomorrow (Friday) is February 1. We are providing you a simple way to read through the New Testament in the rest of the year. By reading a chapter a day, you will read the complete New Testament before the end of 2019. Go to fbclaf.org/rtb to find the “Read through the Bible” pages of our website. For each day, there will be a link to the daily reading, a link to listen to the daily reading, and a brief devotional dealing with some portion of the day’s reading.
Out of all of the spiritual disciplines, daily reading God’s Word has proven to me to be the most beneficial habit of my ongoing spiritual journey. I believe the same will be true for you. Join us. Let’s do this together.