Come Holy Spirit (January 14, 2024)

The new part of the story as we enter the book of Acts is the Holy Spirit. He blends with the personalities and passions of disciples to do the extraordinary. The Holy Spirit was Promised, then Present and Powerful through the church. He is exactly that today. So when we talk about serving, sharing, inviting, teaching, greeting, or worshiping, it’s not just what you can do on your own. You are not just you. You, as a follower of Jesus, you are you and the promised, present, and powerful Holy Spirit. If we can get this, it will change how we live.

Everything for Jesus (January 21, 2024)

It all comes back to Jesus. Jesus promised the Holy Spirit. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit. And now that the Holy Spirit is part of it, He helps us witness for Jesus, respond like Jesus, and point to Jesus. The unexpected, remarkable, and surprising happen through the Holy Spirit. He still works the same way in your life, relationships, and moments. Sometimes, it is noticeable and recognizable. Sometimes, it’s common and ordinary.

Boldness in the Spirit (January 28, 2024)

The Holy Spirit gives us discernment and wisdom and allows us to be boldly limitless when it comes to Jesus. We’ve seen it right here at FCC. When we trust in God, stay connected to God, and trust the Holy Spirit, he exceeds what we think is possible. We will be “filled with the Holy Spirit” when we dare to do what could never be accomplished on our own strength, insight, skills, or boldness. He can do immeasurably more than all we hope or imagine. His name is limitless. So be bold!

Fully Devoted (February 4, 2024)

What we see on display in Acts 2 and 4 as Luke pauses to describe the common activity of the church is special. When the followers participate with the Holy Spirit, we see a Learning Church, a Worshipping Church, a Sharing Church, and a Praying Church, and the result is a Happy Church. They are happy to participate in what’s happening all around them.

Happiness is attractive. Together, they were happy— and people wanted in.

Persecution – Expansion (February 11, 2024)

We know stress, and many of us have lived out the damaging way that stress can affect us. But with the Holy Spirit’s strength, presence, and power, we can weather the storms and be resilient. And God can even use those moments to keep us on mission with him.

Physically, emotionally, mentally, and relationally, Jesus was put through it for you and me. He went through it. He didn’t run from it or cheat his way around. This sounds weird to say, but he weathered the storm of death to save you and me.

God Uses You (February 18, 2024)

The church has continued to increase all these years and is filled and surrounded by similar people. People who were Stubbornly confused. People who were willingly gracious and people who were encouragingly strong. You’re one of those, or your circle may be large enough and diverse enough that you have the potential to be all of those. If you’re stubbornly curious about the truth of God, chase that curiosity. If you are prompted by grace, don’t let it be reluctant grace but willing grace. And if you have the clout to be an encouraging strength for someone, move and prop them up.

Everyone Always (February 25, 2024)

Jesus is good news for all in a world seeking good news. In a world that will go anywhere to try and find belonging and an answer to their loneliness, to fill the void in their heart, and in a culture where the Church seems to be the last option people try, may we be people who carry the love of Christ to the ends of the earth and may we let everyone know that there is the Creator of the universe who KNOWS them, LOVES them, and did the UNTHINKABLE so that they may find them home they are looking for.

Mission Work (March 3, 2024)

Christians out-gave the U.S. Government in addressing global poverty in 2022. Built into the fabric of the church of Jesus’ followers is a mission of others first and the message that Jesus came for everyone. Our nation will be poorer morally and ethically if that ever goes away.

When the mission given to us by Jesus reached stage three and started to spread to the ends of the earth, the church became the hope of the world. And it still is. We have been called to step into the mission and share the message.

Agree to Agree, Agree to Disagree (March 10, 2024)

Conflict and debate can still lead us to good places. Let’s not run from conflict. but if we can all seek to find the best way forward, then we are ready to let the Holy Spirit guide us to the best way forward. Even with the political season ahead and the continued pressure on social issues, I’m not interested in finding the most popular answer or the one that brings the loudest cheer. Stay tuned in to God’s Word, Prayer, and the discernment of the Holy Spirit God to guide you forward in the best way.

Freedom and Flexibility (March 17, 2024)

The momentum of the church and the Holy Spirit is happening in significant ways and crazy ways and unexpected ways. And it is pretty clear that the Holy Spirit still works this way. But it’s not always according to our plan. It’s about flexibility. The longer we have followed Jesus, the longer we are a church in the community, the harder flexibility is, and the more we have to work at it. But the mission and the message never change. But there are still plenty of spaces and places to be flexible.

Truth in a Foreign Land (March 24, 2024)

Walking around this world can sometimes feel like we have stepped off on another planet or gotten out of a time machine somewhere in the future where nothing makes sense. And we get offended. And we can choose to get offended, draw the lines between us and them, decide that this place is just crazy, and hole up only with people who think like us. Or, we can seek to understand, share to be understood, and speak the truth in love.