COLE & KAITLEN RHOADES Cole Rhoades is the prospective Associate Pastor of Students and Worship. The Rhoades served as IMB Journeymen for two years in East Asia. Cole has a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry (Minor in Music) from | Read More
NEW PURPOSE Acts 9 is a turning point for the book and a person. Paul had big plans; yet, he didn’t know God had bigger plans for Paul. Suddenly, Jesus appears and disrupts his plans. The vision of the Risen | Read More
Acts 9 is a turning point for the book and a person. Paul had big plans; yet, he didn’t know God had bigger plans for Paul. Suddenly, Jesus appears and disrupts his plans. The vision of the Risen Lord forever changed the trajectory of his life. The Lord powerfully placed other disciples along the path to prepare and teach Paul. There was Ananias who baptized him and helped in his first steps. Then Barnabas comes along and stands up for the former persecutor. Only God could orchestrate these intersections. Quickly, Paul moves from the persecutor to the persecuted. From this point forward, much of the action and advance centers on Jesus’ work in & through this man. Despite suffering and attacks, Luke writes, ‘the church had peace.’ The greatness of God was greater than machinations of man. The major figure and hero in Acts 9 is not Paul; it’s Jesus. The chapter closes with two special lives changed by God’s power. No one is beyond the reach of the Good Shepherd.
Use these questions to read, reflect, and live out Acts 09 this week:
Is the road you’re on leading you closer to Jesus?
How was Paul different after this encounter?
What helps overcome our reluctance to obey God’s voice?
What is Paul’s next step on this new journey?
How can FMFB bring joy to the city?
The Small Groups will study Acts 09 beginning Aug 26.
Sunday will be a fun day! The Lord works everything according to his purpose. As we’re looking at Acts 9 and Paul’s call, we’ll potentially be calling our next associate pastor. It is exciting. God has person for this place. There are greater days ahead if we follow in his steps.
He’ll be leading worship this Sunday at 10.30a. Prior to worship, enjoy some coffee and donuts together in Worship Center beginning at 10a. I’ll be looking for you, friends!
BACKPACK BLESSINGS Students and teachers, start your year off right with our prayers and blessings. Bring your backpack, lunchbox, tote, whatever and we’ll pray for your year ahead. Kids will begin worship with us in the worship center. SUNDAY MISSION | Read More
SCATTERED Following the instructions of Jesus, the church was to spread the gospel from Jerusalem into Judea, Samaria, and beyond. In Acts 8, the Lord utilizes the persecution to spread the church. A new section begins that leads to the | Read More
Following the instructions of Jesus, the church was to spread the gospel from Jerusalem into Judea, Samaria, and beyond. In Acts 8, the Lord utilizes the persecution to spread the church. A new section begins that leads to the mission appointment of Barnabas and Paul in Acts 13. Persecution and opposition could not stop the Lord and his people. Everywhere they went they took the Word and witness of the Spirit with them. People were hearing and families were being saved. Cities experienced real, lasting joy not because of government but the gospel. There was revival. Church leaders make disciples and raise up new leaders. In the midst of revival the Spirit moves a great Graham-like evangelist to the sticks. The Lord had an appointment with an influential African who could spread the gospel onto another continent. Left in the hands of the Lord, the impact of the church is beyond belief.
Use these questions to read, reflect, and live out Acts 08 this week:
How did the Lord bring abundant victories out of apparent defeat?
What is true greatness in the sight of God?
How do godly leaders equip and lead the church?
Will you go where the Lord sends?
Will you share what the Lord has done?
In what ways are you on mission with Christ?
The Small Groups will study Acts 07 beginning Aug 12.
I am happy to announce our search team invites you to hear and meet a prospective candidate for Associate Pastor of Students and Worship next weekend. He and his wife will spend the weekend meeting and connecting with different groups. On Saturday, August 18, at 5p, students and their parents can enjoy some food and games with the possible Student Ministry Leader. On Sunday, August 19, at 10a, there’ll be coffee and breakfast treats in the Worship Center for an informal reception with the prospective couple. He will then lead us in song and worship. A brief member meeting will follow the worship gathering. It’ll be great!
I’ll give you more details this Sunday. You’ll learn their names this Sunday. It is exciting. God has person for this place. There are greater days ahead if we follow in his steps.
RESISTANCE & REJECTION Acts 7 contains the answer of Stephen to the question of his critics (cf Acts 6.13-14). He ignores the deceit and slander. He turns their attention to the story of scripture and responds to his opponents with | Read More
Acts 7 contains the answer of Stephen to the question of his critics (cf Acts 6.13-14). He ignores the deceit and slander. He turns their attention to the story of scripture and responds to his opponents with the Word of God. What they charge is new and blasphemy he counters. God’s rescue through the gospel began long ago with Abraham. The prophets are the key witness. Israel time and time again rejected by God’s servants and his word. Nothing changes with Jesus. Except Jesus is the true and greatest prophet. As he draws to a conclusion, he offers an invitation through rebuke. You can continue to reject Jesus and resist the Spirit. He implicitly invites them to receive Jesus as Savior and yield to the Spirit. Resistance leads to rejection. Stubbornness, pride, and rebellion has so hardened their hearts they once again kill one of God’s choice messengers. Stephen becomes the first martyr. Like Jesus, he dies outside of the city with grace on his tongue. He is a witness in his life by his words and in his death.
Use these questions to read, reflect, and live out Acts 07 this week:
How did God change Abraham’s life?
What happened to Joseph & how did God use it?
What did Moses’ learn about God and his plan?
How God’s people respond to God’s redemption?
What was God’s design for the tent and temple?
How are you resisting the Spirit?
How does Stephen make much of Jesus?
The Small Groups will study Acts 06 beginning Aug 05.