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
Faithco is a blessed community of believers. God continues to do great things through our church. Here are a few reflections and upcoming events:
1. Last week we introduced Destry to our Pulse Youth team members. Butch is going back to PT school so he resigned. We hate to see him resign, but we are happy for Butch’s opportunities and Godly direction. In the mean time, Destry will be stepping up to serve as youth minister.
2. The feedback from the last two weeks of weekend messages called “Stand Your Ground” have been completely positive and overwhelming. I did not realize just how impacting this message to men would be. If you weren’t with us this last week or two, you can view the messages at http://www.faithco.tv. I strongly recommend that every man watches these messages.
3. In a couple of weeks, we kick off a series that I’m really excited about. It’s called iServe, and I am believing that it will change our ministry forever. You don’t want to miss this one.
4. This Wednesday Pulse (our youth ministry) will be meeting at John and Dawn Little’s home for a swim party. Thanks to the Littles for opening up their home and pool. I think I will be attending that night (sacrifices we make in ministry).
Here are some thoughts/reflections for some of the things that happened last week at Faithco, and some up-coming news:
1. Last Sunday our Faith Kids kicked off one of the most important series of the year called iServe. This series will end with our kids attending iServe day camp where they will be serving our community in various ways. This is a powerful time to impact our kids as we teach them to serve God and our community. Make sure your kids are a part of this. It’s huge!
2. Last Wednesday, Discovery 123 had its second session with our new people. They were asked to complete a personality test which will be reviewed this week to find out how each person is “wired” for life and relationships. These sessions are taught by Deana and are always a blast as people learn things about themselves and their spouses that they never knew.
3. Pulse was off the chain last Wednesday as Butch rolled out the largest slip and slide I’ve ever seen. You’ve got to see the pictures. Go to Pulse Facebook and check them out. I think they are doing the same thing this Wednesday night at 7Pm….be there.
4. Sunday was a good day. From the praise and worship, to the message, I believe lives were changed. I know I was direct and sometimes a little rough as I was talking to the guys. However, if you want men to change, you have to speak their language. I believe the Home Builders series will be life changing for so many families. I look forward to speaking to the girls this weekend. Don’t miss a single week. It’s too important to our families. If you have to miss, you can always watch the messages online at http://www.faithco.tv.
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