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Friday

February 3, 2017

Peace, Love, & Rock Your Role

Read

Ephesians 2:21-22, “In Christ the whole building is joined together, and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in Him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by His Spirit.”

Think

Who we are outside of church represents our relationship to the church, and ultimately to Christ Himself. Spiritual growth comes to an abrupt halt if we are not actively serving and engaging in the body of Christ. And sadly, the majority of our culture thinks of church in geographical terms, a specific location. However, in Matthew 16:18, when Jesus said, “On this rock I will build My church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it”, He was obviously referring to something far greater than a building with a physical address. Rather, He was casting vision for the unity of all Christ followers worldwide. In today’s verse, when Paul describes the church as a holy temple he’s talking about us! We are the temple; a dwelling place for God fortified and empowered by His Spirit. So, the body of Christ, both corporately and individually, is purposed to extend the reach of the local church.

The phrase “one another” appears in the New Testament fifty-nine times. We are to serve, love, submit, greet, encourage, make peace with one another and the list goes on. Each part of the body of Christ matters greatly to God, because He gifted us with unique talents and abilities that no one else can do. If we’re not leveraging our individual giftedness, then the body of Christ is incomplete. Are you rocking the house playing your vital role within the local church?  Are you inviting people to experience life change on a regular basis?

Pray

Praise God for the local church. Thank Him for the great relationships in your life. And pray for the FC staff and volunteers that will be working together to make the C3 Conference 2017 a smashing success!

Act

If you’re not already signed up to serve at the upcoming C3 Conference click here

 

 

Wednesday

January 25, 2017

By, Through, and Don’t Forget the For

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Ephesians 2:8-10, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Think

The sinfulness of sin—the world, Satan, and the indulgence of the flesh—can only be eradicated by the greatness of God’s grace. After the basic tenets of the gospel foundation and acknowledging our need for repentance, it is crucial to understand how we are saved. We are saved by grace through faith—that’s it! God needs nothing from us. And there’s nothing within the human realm that can save us from His wrath. We’re sinners deserving of eternal death. Grace simply means unmerited favor, and it’s a gift from God when we choose to make Jesus the Lord of our lives. This, of course, means we have faith in Him and believe that His promises will be fulfilled. Here we must note—especially for new Christians—the marked difference between faith and belief. We can believe in something without repentance and transformation. The Bible says that even the demons believe in Jesus, and they are definitely not recipients of grace. This is the point Paul is making in Ephesians 2:8-9, but that’s not all when we continue reading.

Knowing they are saved by grace through faith, too many Christians conveniently gloss over verse 10. We’ve got the why and the how, but what about the “for” factor? We were created for works. True faith requires action. Because we are now alive in Christ we should strive for obedience, transformation, and growth. We aim to please God. We are here to serve Him and fulfill His plans and purpose for our lives that will continue in heaven. We are God’s handiwork created to do the good works we were intended to do before He laid the foundations of the earth. If we love God, if our faith is in His strength and promise, then we do the work. We should be trophies of God’s grace on display for the world to see. And we’re here to push the ball downfield for the glory and praise of God.

Pray

As a reminder that you are God’s handiwork, pray through Psalm 139:1-18. Then ask God to use you in great ways to further His purpose, and once again thank Him for the gift of grace.

Act

Read Ephesians 2 in the Message Translation Bible (MSG). If you are not currently serving in the house or are interested in additional serving opportunities click here: Start Serving

 

Tuesday

December 6, 2016

The Essence of Christianity

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I Timothy 6:18, "Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share".

John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life".

Think

Imagine if we only had what we thanked God for. We can't! It's unfathomable to even scratch the surface of just how generous our great God really is. No one can out give God, because He is the very essence of generosity. Our entire faith is founded upon the fact that He sent His only Son to die a terrible death for us to receive an eternal inheritance in heaven. In today's verse, Paul is instructing Timothy to not only encourage generosity, but to command it. So, as Christ followers striving to emulate Him in every way, generosity should always be in our hearts and minds, because it's not just something we do, it's a way of life.

The late great evangelist, Charles Spurgeon, said, "Giving is true having". What a wonderful thought as we kick off the Christmas season. Everyone—believers and non-believers alike—is far more generous at this time of year. So as we approach the celebration of our Savior's birth, let us consider giving above and beyond by serving, sharing, and sowing into the only thing Jesus ever built—the local church. And remember, God loves a cheerful giver.

Pray

Thank God for things you might usually forget to thank Him for. Then ask Him to place on your heart a specific act of generosity.

Act

Tis the season to be jolly, and there's no greater way to make your spirit bright than by serving others! If you have yet to get connected by serving in the house click here: https://fellowshipchurch.com/volunteer/

 

Thursday

July 28, 2016

Serving

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“…Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” – Matthew 22:37-39

Think

Jesus is amazing at simplifying the complex.  When the religious leaders asked Jesus what commandment was the greatest, it was meant to be a test – a complex question.  After all, there were hundreds of laws.  But Jesus simplified all of the laws by telling them to love God and love your neighbor.  And as simple as that is, we still try to make it complex.  But there is a really simple way to show your love for God and your neighbor at the same time – serving.
God has given us so many unique gifts and abilities.  We have the opportunity to use those gifts to show our love for God and our neighbor by using them to promote His kingdom in His house.  Here are just a few advantages of serving:

  1. It takes the focus off of ourselves.
  2. We can develop our gifts here.
  3. We can be a part of the only institution God created.
  4. It's fun.
  5. You meet a bunch of people.
Take the opportunity to use your gifts to share God’s love.

 

Pray

Thank God for the gifts He has given you.  Ask Him to help you use them to glorify Him.

Act

If you haven’t yet begun to serve, begin by finding your place here: fellowshipchurch.com/volunteer

 

Wednesday

July 6, 2016

Stay Aligned

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"Not so with you.  Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant. , and whoever wants to be first must be your slave- just as the son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom.  Mathew 20: 26-28"

Think

When you think about living a life of purpose, what are your first thoughts? For most people, the idea of serving others is not the first idea that comes to mind.  However, when we look at Jesus’ life and His example of what it means to live on purpose serving others is the central theme.  Because when we identify our God-given purpose, inevitably, we will identify how God wants us to serve others. 

But serving others is not only beneficial to those we serve, serving also brings us satisfaction.  We were created to serve. Through service, we are able to see the big picture, press forward despite difficult situations, and stay aligned in the things of God.  Are you experiencing the benefits of serving?

Pray

When you pray about your purpose, ask God to reveal ways you can serve others. Pray for opportunities to put others first today.

Act

There are a number of ways you can serve other people. But one of the most important is through the local church. If you haven’t signed up to serve yet, you can do it right now. Don’t let the opportunity to serve others slip past you!

 

Thursday

August 20, 2015

Working for the Lord

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“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24

Think

Let’s be honest – sometimes we just don’t feel like working. Maybe we feel overwhelmed with our to-do list, or maybe we don’t feel like what we do really matters. Remember that God does His greatest work through our work. When you are working, no matter what your job may be, you are being used by God to care for creation in ways that it wouldn’t otherwise be cared for.

You may not think your work is significant, but your work is sacred. When you feel overlooked, remember that God knows what you are doing and He will honor your commitment. He is the One you are working for. Wherever you are during this season, you’re there for a reason.

Pray

Thank God for trusting you with the responsibility to care for His creation. Thank Him for the ways He’s blessed and cared for you through the work of others. Pray that He will give you a servant’s heart so that you may serve Him joyfully each day.

Act

Read Colossians 3:23-24 each morning this week before you begin your day. Pray that God will help you to live out this scripture so that you’re working for Him!

Friday

April 17, 2015

Flourishing

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But I am like an olive tree, flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God's unfailing love for ever and ever. I will praise You forever for what You have done; in Your name I will hope, for Your name is good. I will praise You in the presence of Your saints.” Psalm 52:8-9

Think

We all have places, things, and people that make us flourish. Maybe it’s a long bike ride on the weekend or a busy dinner with friends that brings out the best in us. The writer in Psalm 52 teaches us how to really flourish in the long-term through a description that shows us what true love and faith look like. But how does the trusting and hoping in God play out practically in your life?

Take the sequoia tree, for example. They are the giants of forestry. They also live long lives; the oldest is over 2,500 years old! But if you research this tree, you’ll learn it doesn’t stand alone. It lives alongside other sequoia trees its entire life. That’s exactly how we can learn to flourish.

Plant your roots deep in God’s House and you’ll find how easily it can be to grow in the your relationship with Christ, surrounded by others who are planting deep roots as well.

Pray

Thank God that He has given us a place, the local church, to grow tall and strong. Ask Him to encourage you to stay the storm with your roots planted when things get challenging.

Act

Read Psalm 52 in its entirety. What are other differences do you see made between the evil and the righteous?

Tuesday

December 9, 2014

Engage Creatively

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“In the beginning, God created….” Genesis 1:1

Think

Creativity is one of the biggest and most obvious characteristics of God. From the very beginning of the Bible, literally, we see God’s creativity and innovation in action. Everything we see and experience in creation is a result of God’s creative nature.

Every person on earth is a creative genius. We are all made in the image of our creative Creator. We have been given unique abilities and talents to reflect the nature and character of God to the world around us. And the greatest place to utilize that creativity is in the only institution He ever built – the local church.

Are you utilizing your creative gifts to help build the church? Engage creatively with us, and discover the full potential of the creativity God has given you!

Pray

Thank God for the unique gifts He has given to you. Pray for the boldness and courage to step out and use those talents to help build His kingdom through the local church!

Act

Engage creatively in the local church! Sign up to use your talents today to help others experience the love and grace of God at Fellowship Church!