Sunday Morning Sermon Series
"Did Jesus Really Say That?"
Jesus shared some challenging teaching. Teaching that even seems shocking and “non-Jesus-like” at times. What can we learn from these teachings and how can they change our lives? Come and join us on Sunday morning’s at Fairlane to find out.
The Heart of the Matter (October 15, 2018)
"I've been trying to get down to the heart of the matter. But my will gets weak and my thoughts seem to scatter. But I think it's about, forgiveness, forgiveness. Even if, even if, you don't love me. - Don Henley"
Sometimes, the secular connects to the spiritual. I enjoy the music of The Eagles and their drummer and singer, Don Henley. He released a song in 1989 entitled “The Heart of the Matter”. In the song, he sings about finding what is at the “heart of the matter” in life. In our romantic relationships, in our dealings with others in our community, in our interactions in life, Henley concludes that forgiveness lies at the heart of it. We must choose to forgive even if love is not reciprocated by others.
and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Jesus)
Jesus also believed that forgiveness lies at the heart of the matter. As he teaches his disciples to pray, he instructs them to ask for forgiveness as they have forgiven others. He later teaches them that unless they choose to forgive others, they will not be forgiven by the Father. Forgiveness, according to Jesus, is essential for the disciple.
It shouldn’t surprise us that forgiveness lies at the heart. God forgives us our sins through the sacrifice of His son, Jesus Christ. We are called to follow His example. Forgiveness stands out in an unforgiving world. Jesus knew this. He knew we would live in world of harshness and cruelty. He knew we would live in a world where people would look out for their own interests above the interests of others. He knew we would live in a world where forgiveness was seen as a weakness and where forgiveness would stand out as a light in a dark world. Forgiveness always shines bright.
We must choose to forgive. We must choose to forgive even when we don’t feel like it. We must choose to forgive even when those we are forgiving express no remorse or regret for their actions. We must choose to forgive as we have been forgiven. We are the bearers of forgiveness in an unforgiving world. By choosing to forgive we reveal what lies in the heart of the Father and get to the heart of the matter. Forgiveness lies in the heart of God and we must share it with others.
Get to the heart of the matter and choose to forgive.
Wednesday Night Series
So What's Next? | Teacher: Lance Bennett
This life on earth is going to end for all of us. Unless Christ returns first, we will experience death and then move on to what is next. But what’s next? Where do we go when we die? What is heaven going to be like? What will we do there for eternity? What will our relationships be like? Will we know our loved ones? If we don’t go to heaven, what will hell be like? What will be experienced there? Is there even a literal hell? What’s next? Come and join us as we continue to study and discuss heaven, hell, and what comes next.
Faith @ Home (October 15, 2018)
Our Teen Lifegroup on October 28th will meet during our Parent Meeting. This meeting is for families with students in the 6th-12th grade. Mr. Jimmy Burton will lead the Teen LifeGroup that day and they will be working on packing the “Bags of Hope” that we collected items for over the last several weeks. We hope to have these available for folks to pick up soon. They will also work through the next section of our Discovery Bible Study on James if there is time.
We will begin immediately after Bible Class that day and start by sharing a meal together. We would like to do soup/chili, salad, and desserts. Please communicate with us through the Office and let us know what you plan to bring that day as we meet together. Let’s sit down at the table together and plan for the good things to come for this ministry.
Remember that all LifeGroups on October 21st will consolidate efforts in order make the Chili Supper at the Parkers a huge success. We encourage you to attend and to sign up to bring something for that night. Thank you to the Parker family for hosting this each year.
Connecting Church and Home
There are two powerful influences on this Planet ... the CHURCH and the HOME. They both exist because GOD initiated them. They both exist because GOD desires to use them to demonstrate His plan of redemptions and restoration. If they work together they can potentially make a greater impact than if they work alone. They need each other. Too much is at stake for either of them to fail. Their primary task is to build God's Kingdom in the hearts of Men Women, Sons and Daughters.