I believe our current series BLIND FAITH: (www.faithco.tv) is probably one of the most powerful message series we’ve ever taught here at Faithco. Over the past three weeks we’ve defined faith and we have taken a look at what it is to walk by faith. In addition, last week we explored how Noah obeyed by faith. Next week we will discuss one of the most important attributes of faith that is many times over looked. This entire series has led up to what I will be speaking about this weekend. It will be the final message in this series and I believe it will be the most impacting of all four messages. In fact, several months ago when I decided to teach this series, this message was the one message that gave me the idea to teach on and name this series Blind Faith. Whatever you do, don’t miss this message. If you know me, you know that I don’t say this about every message. I feel strongly that this message will change people. It has already changed me.
While Hebrews 11 defines faith, I thought it might be beneficial to talk about what faith is NOT, and what faith DOES NOT do:
First, Faith does not deny reality: I believe words matter. I believe we should speak words of faith. However, calling things what they are is not a lack of faith. It is simply an admission of reality. If you are sick, there is nothing wrong with saying “I’m sick”. How can a doctor diagnose you if you do not let him know the symptoms? If you have no money, don’t tell people you do –that would be a lie.
I believe that acknowledging and admitting where we are is the first step of faith and to receiving what we need from God. For example, if I were a non believer, the first thing I must do is admit that I am a sinner and confess my sins. (Romans 10)
However, faith does not end where reality leaves us. Faith takes us beyond reality to limitless possibility by believing in God’s word. Instead of just stating the obvious reality, we can speak words of faith into our lives and future:
“I may be sick, but I serve a God who can and will heal me. I may be broke, but Christ came to this world that I might have an abundant life. It is in his plan that I walk in heath and prosperity; therefore I can and will walk in health and prosperity.”
We live in a real world but never forget we serve a limitless supernatural God.
If you haven’t had a chance to attend the BLIND FAITH series, you can check it out here: http://www.faithco.tv
I’ve been either out of town or out of pocket lately and haven’t been posting. I thought today would be a good day to get back in routine and let you know what has been going on lately at Faithco. Also, I want to give you some updates on what to expect over the next few weeks:
1. Pulse has started a fifth quarter event here on Friday nights after the home games. The last fifth quarter was awesome and the next one will be this Friday after the SHS home game against Norman. Although it is scheduled for high school and middle school kids, we always are looking for adult volunteers for set up, break down, clean up, and over all supervision. Think about it, you’ll have a blast.
2. We concluded the series INTERVENTION this past Sunday. Deana did an amazing job communicating just how God speaks to us. If you weren’t here, try to go watch this message at http://www.faithco.tv. Really, it was an amazing message (ignore the stories about me).
3. FRIENDS OF SUMMER was the best Friends event we’ve had. It was a great way to kick off our new Friends season. Make sure you are a part of a Friends small group. Being a part of a Friends community group has got to be a top priority for all of us at Faithco.
This Sunday we will revisit what we are planning to do in our future and receive our monthly Building Faith Offering.
BLIND FAITH -New series in October; don’t miss it. The subject of faith is one of my favorite. Get ready to change; I know we all will.
One more thing, there is a Dream Girls event tonight at 6:30pm. These events draw women from our entire community, not just from our church. If you are a chic, be there and bring a friend….life changing stuff.
that’s it for now…
Last week at Faithco was pretty eventful:
1. Pulse youth continues to grow: I think they are approaching 60 kids for attendance now. We believe this number will grow to 80 before the end of the year. Also, Pulse took a trip to Lake Eufala to enjoy some fun in the sun at Jellystone Park. You might check out the Pulse facebook wall to see some pics.
2. Weekend Worship was awesome. People are headed back to church from Summer activities and vacations. It’s great to see everyone again and great to see a full house.
3. Intervention continues to be a life changing series. We intervene for the people around us more than we think. The story of Jonah was familiar to us in more ways than one. If you didn’t get to be in one of our weekend worship experiences, you should check our http://www.Faithco.tv.
4. I’m excited about some of the things coming up: This Wednesday we will have Baptism Celebration at 6:30pm. Next weekend we are receiving our monthly Building Faith offering. September 11-12 Faithco will be hosting Power Force Team. FRIENDS Connect groups kick off at end of September. If you are not connected to Faithco, GET CONNECTED! it will change your life….really.
Today, it seems that Sundays are becoming less and less about honoring God and His Church. I found a great perspective from a blog I’d like to share with you:
I am excited about the things that are happening at Faithco. Here’s a quick look at last week and some upcoming events here at church:
1. Pulse youth continues to grow; Kimmy Huxford delivered a great message to the youth about God’s grace and how it cleanses us. Pulse is always a blast, and the food is always great!
2. I spoke at our Discovery 1 session. We are talking to 5 new families who are exploring church membership, church volunteerism and service, FRIENDS connect groups, and all the other topics of Newcomers and Discovery123. People continue to join our church. A healthy church is a growing church.
3. I kicked off a new series called INTERVENTION. This series explores how God sends people into the lives of others to confront them where and how they need to be confronted. Last weekend we discussed how Abigail intervened in David’s life and kept him from murdering an innocent man. This was a powerful message; I recommend that you check it out at http://www.faithco.tv if you were gone on Sunday. Also, don’t miss the next parts of the series. I believe they will be powerful messages.
4. Things to remember:
- August 31 –Baptism Celebration –Always a great time!
- Sept 11-12 Next Generation Power Team — This will be something different.
- FRIENDS Connect groups are gearing up for the new season; make sure you get connected.
- Building Faith, the campaign for our new campus is on schedule. Remember, we receive a monthly offering for commitments on the first Sunday of each month. Be a part of the campaign by committing to give monthly. No pressure…. just think about it. It’s a good cause.
- That’s it.
Here are a few things that are going on at Faithco this week:
1. Pulse this Wednesday night at 6:30pm. Did you know that our kids at Pulse are a big part of the leadership team for the Shawnee High School FCA? They had their first planning meeting in my office yesterday, and I believe they are hosting the “See You At The Pole” event at SHS. Our kids are awesome. If you don’t serve in ministry in any place at our church, Pulse youth is a great place to serve. Our kids are well worth the time we sacrifice to serve them.
2. We will be kicking off a brand new message series called INTERVENTION. I think this one will be a life-changing series. Don’t miss a single week.
3. September 11, we will be having a special weekend worship. I’ll tell you more about it later. You may probable see some of our fliers around town. This will definitely be something we have never done here at Faithco.
4. If you haven’t, don’t forget to take part in the 90 day iServe challenge. iServe = Lead-Serve-Give. Serve God with your life through his church.
5. We received our monthly Building Faith Offering this past weekend. I get so excited when I think of the future of our church and our new campus. Thanks for your continued generosity of Faithco. God is going to do something big financially through those who are faithful. Watch and see.
Last week was as exciting as it was busy around our church campus:
1. Last week all our kids returned from camp –Changed! Really, talk to them; the camps we are sending our kids to are the best in the nation. Dry Gulch and Youth America are the summer kid’s and youth camps our kids attend each year. I actually got to visit our Pulse kids at Youth America last Wednesday, I have never seen a youth camp worship as power-packed as the one I experienced at Youth America. We are fortunate to have these camps in-state. I can’t tell you just how important it is to make sure you send your kids…….I should dedicate a whole blog to the subject…hmm.
2. It is good to see the effects of the iServe series. People are connecting with me at our services and asking where they can get involved. As I said before, this series will change our church forever.
3. I don’t think all our people are familiar with all the things we did overseas last year in Cambodia and in Haiti. I believe it was powerful to see the video footage and documentation of our trips. It was also great to see Jesse McCaul. I especially liked the “your favorite Cambodian Missionary” statement. Bobby did a great job on the video and images.
4. Lastly, Friends of Summer’s Talent showcase was so much fun. From the cookout to the show, it was a blast. It was great to see and to hear Faithco’s up and coming talent.
Here are a few updates from Faithco:
1. We sent about 40 kids to camp this week. It will be quiet around here for the next 4-5 days. We are praying for every one of them to encounter God in some way as they focus on God and each other.
2. Last Sunday we kicked off a new series called iServe. I believe this will be one of the most powerful message series we’ve ever done. We are challenging people to lead, serve, and to give as never before. Every member is a minister; we teach this in our newcomers’ sessions.
3. For some reason, we’ve had a lot of new babies born this summer. What’s the deal? You people need to get a hobby. Just kidding, I love it. We are having a baby dedication July 31st for all these babies. Good times.
4. Finally, Friends of Summer kicks off this Sunday night with FCO’s Got Talent. I believe we have around 8-10 people who have signed up for our annual talent showcase. If you think you’ve got talent, you can still sign up, but there is a limited amount of space since we don’t want to be here all night. Also, we will be having a big cookout before the show. Watch our Facebook page for more info.