Faithco Updates:

It has been a busy Summer at Faithco.  I can’t believe Summer is almost over.  Here are some of the happenings here at FCO for the past week:

1.  Pulse Youth ministry has a new worship band.  The prospects of the the up and coming singers and musicians are exciting.  I’m glad to help with the training.   Also Vanz (my daughter) spoke in the last Pulse gathering;  I was proud.

2.  The iServe series has got a lot of people stepping forward to be counted on for His service.   I believe iServe was one of the most powerful message series we’ve ever taught at FCO, and we are already seeing results.  The series may be over but the ripple effect continues.

3.  We dedicated 8 babies yesterday!  WOW!  Dedication of babies simply means as parents, we are committing to raise our children to live for God.  So many new babies; I’m glad we are on our way to building a new campus –we are out of space in every kids area.

Upcoming Events:

This Wednesday we kick off our quarterly Newcomers’/Discovery Series.  If you know someone who wants to get to know more about our church, invite them and/or come with them.  It’s a great learning environment with food and childcare.  This series ends with Baptism and Communion.  Don’t miss these intimate times of celebration and worship.  I believe we get so many complements on these two worship gatherings because this is one of the few “small church” things we still do.  I can’t really explain it, one has to experience it to get what happens at Baptism and Communion gatherings.

September 11-12 the Power Team (the guys that break and bend things) will be ministering at our church.  Big event.

Next FRIENDS of Summer will be September 18 –I think it is the Olympics theme.

FRIENDS ministry new season starts at the end of Summer, or at the beginning of October.

New Sermon Series in 2 weeks –It’s called:  Intervention – -You like it?  Basically, it is about bible characters who’s destructive paths were interrupted by a God sent person (I hope that makes sense).

that’s it

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You don’t have to be baptized.

Throughout my years in ministry I’ve had many people ask me if baptism was required for salvation.

From what I’ve read in the bible, I do not believe baptism is a requirement for salvation.  Romans 10 says to believe in one’s heart and to confess with one’s mouth that Christ is Lord brings salvation to the sinner.  One example in the bible could be the thief next to Jesus who was saved because he believed.   Obviously he was not baptized, but Jesus told him “you will be with me”.   No, I do not believe that baptism is a requirement to be saved.

However, I do believe that baptism is a response to being saved.  For years, I’ve been giving invitations for people to come to Christ and many people have raised their hands and prayed to give their lives to Christ.

I’ve found that there is a difference in the commitment level of a person who raises a hand or speaks a prayer, and the commitment level of a person who wades down into a pool of water in front of an audience of friends, family, and some strangers.

Here’s the point:  people who get baptized mean it.

Isn’t this is the point of baptism? To publicly identify a person as a new creation in Christ.  Doesn’t it say to all who are witnessing a person being baptized:  “I am a follower of Christ, I’m new, I belong to God”?  I believe that it does.

So here’s the deal:  Although it might not be a requirement for salvation, it is however the natural response and the next step for the person who has come to Christ.

By the way, I get the privilege of baptizing at least 9 people tonight.

What are your thoughts on baptism?

Marriage Training?

As I get older and hopefully a little wiser, I believe I gain perspective on a few things.  This month at Faithco, we are spending some time talking to families in a series of messages called “Home Builders”.  We are using the following verse as our theme verse:

Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted.  Psalm 127:1 NLT

To be a professional in any working field in our culture, it will take a person time, training, certification, and sometimes, even apprenticeship.  We grind through all these factors so we can have a chance at being successful in our careers.

Do you know what it takes for two people to be married?  Two willing people and a licence.  Training and counseling are suggested but not required.

Too many times people get married  and have no earthly idea what is in store for them until six months down the road.  Sometimes, people are married for years before they discover what marriage is all about.

I believe the best training for marriage comes from the church, and we (our church teachers)  are speaking up on what it takes to have a strong healthy marriage.

For the next month or so,  we are diving into the subject matter of husbands, wives, kids, and singles.  I believe these messages will be life and marriage changing.

Be at Faithco every weekend, or watch the messages at http://www.faithco.tv.

Change things in your home once and for all.

This Past Week at Faithco…

Highlights from last week:

1.  If you haven’t seen what is going on with Faith Kids, try to slip in and check out the awesome curriculum that our team is writing and will soon be publishing.  It is first-rate second to none, creative teaching.  All the props and video are Demita (you go).  All I can say is WOW.

2.  Butch and the rest of the PULSE youth team are taking it up a notch with a new series about young relationships called “THE GAME OF LOVE”.  I noticed that the youth are split into 4 groups, divided by age and gender as they are going deeper into conversations of what they struggle with every day at home and at school.

Authenticity and relevance are critical to reaching teenagers.  I think our leaders in Pulse exhibit both attributes.  Also, we believe the small group setting is key to life change for kids this age.

3.  Sunday was one of the most amazing days we have experienced at Faithco.  I know I use the work amazing too much when I talk about our weekends, but this is truly the way I feel.  God continues to do AMAZING things every weekend in many different ways through our worship experiences.

We had our annual Grandparent’s day and it exceeded any expectation we had imagined.  First, the old school music was a big hit (as always).  We have decided to bring this music to our weekends more often (I’ll keep you posted).  People came to Christ, I believe people were healed in the service, and the overall honor of our grandparents was the key to such a great weekend worship.  What a day….what a day.

This coming weekend, will be just as amazing with our Easter celebration service.  Get ready for something different and invite someone to come with you.

Pay attention to your email and facebook this week as we will be sending out some announcements for this weekends celebration.

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This Past Week at Faithco…

Here are a few of my thoughts concerning last week:

  1. It is incredible to see all the Friends Community groups coming together to do some spring cleaning on our facilities.  This place needed some attention.  From painting and repairing the walls, to washing the outside of the building, this place is becoming spic and span (a term my mother used to use).
  2. Pulse not only met Wednesday night, but also went to a concert in down-town Shawnee Sunday night.  I heard there was lots of head-banging.  My kids came home pumped last night.  Kids.
  3. Yesterday was Bring a Friend Sunday and it was the kickoff of our annual Reach One Outreach event.  It is nice to know I pastor a church where people are comfortable bringing their friends.
  4. This is Jesus…The Man.   I think the message stirred some thought on His humanity.  I know it messed me up.
  5. The on-stage interviews of people who are committed to the Building Faith campaign are priceless.  Jim and Kay Doolin are amazing people, and we got to hear their story yesterday.  It was amazing and heart-felt.
  6. Two words: Penny Wars.

Don’t forget, Grandparents day is next Sunday, this will be an unforgettable experience for the whole family so make sure you are there.

 

Whew, we are doing a lot right now.

 

This Past Week…

What an amazing week and weekend at Faithco.  Here are a few of the highlights:

1.  Last Wednesday, we brought all our Friends community groups leaders together for a “thanks for your leadership” dinner.  We have about 10-12 groups that meet all over this county every other Sunday night.  So much life-change happens in these groups.  If you are not yet part of a Friends community group, you can find out more by sending Landon a message here:  landon@faithco.org.   Our Friends community groups have one more month of meeting until this season is over.  Wow, it went by fast.

2.  Pulse, which meets every Wednesday at 7pm, is always a blast for everyone who attends.  The best way to keep up with what happens at Pulse is through our Pulse Facebook page.  It’s easy to find.  Just type in “Pulse” on the Facebook search engine and look for our logo.

3.  You may have noticed, we are using various people on Sundays for various reasons.  You may have noticed Brandon as our emcee this past weekend.  He is an OBU intern student who has been with us a couple of years.  We love him and know God is going to use him in ministry wherever he ends up.  Also, we have been interviewing some of our people who have committed to the Building Faith campaign.  Over the next few weeks, we are going to hear from more couples and individuals who have stepped out in faith to commit to help us build our new campus.  The stories have been amazing, and they keep getting better.

4.  Penny Wars….our kids are fun.

5.  We kicked off our Easter series called “This is Jesus”.  If you missed the first part of the 4-part series you can check it out here:  www.faithco.tv.

6.  This weekend is our annual Bring a Friend Sunday.  We will have prizes to give to a few of our guests and a to a few of the people who brought them.  Be there and bring a friend.

Okay, that’s it.

This Past Week…

I believe February was probably the busiest month of my life.  Between flying to Utah to finalize our church design and my wife’s surgery, I’ve been stretched.  However, all the great things that God has done is keeping me charged and excited.  Here are a few of those things:

1.  We are beginning a 60 day season of giving.  About 30% of our church has committed to the Building Faith Campaign.  Over the next 8 weeks, as our people become more aware of what we are doing and how they can contribute, we will definitely see that number grow.   I can’t tell you how excited I am to see what is going on in our church.

2.  The new campus design is a big hit.  I think we exceeded expectations with the help of the BGW architect team.  This structure will be a dream come true.

3.  People continue to come to Christ through our worship experiences.  I don’t care if it is 1 or 20 on a given weekend.  I never get used to it, and I never take it for granted.  It’s always fresh and amazing to me when someone lifts his/her hand and receives Christ.

If you don’t follow us on facebook, you can find us at Faith Christian.  Also, go to our website (www.faithco.org) and sign up on CCB if you would like weekly updates and messages sent to your email.  I get them and they are pretty informative and encouraging.

Okay, that’s all I’ve got.