Liberating the Joy of Your Heavenly Citizenship
November 1, 2020 • Rex Howe
TAP "NOTES" TO TAKE, SAVE, OR SEND YOUR OWN NOTES! “Timeless Truth: Christ is the situation of your citizenship.” Paul's situation was not "in prison (even though that is from where he was writing this letter). His situation was Jesus Christ. Our circumstances do not change our situation. 5 CALLS to Believers in this Passage 1) WALK with Christian leaders. Imitate people who are laser-focused & set on the resurrection & who are pursuing Christ hard. (3:17) 2) WEEP about those who are hostile to the cross of Christ. Don’t forget the mission. Weep about lost people. (3:18-19) 3) WAIT. Hope hopefully for the Savior’s return & for the resurrection. (3:20-21) 4) WELCOME other believers with affectionate fellowship. (4:1) 5) WITHSTAND adversity in the Lord. Stand firm in your situation which is your heavenly citizenship in Christ. There is enough to get discouraged about, but don’t be discouraged. Be encouraged in Christ. (4:1) Since this Tuesday is Election Day, here's some practical advice: Go to the websites of both parties. Study the platforms of both parties. Be self-critical of your party. Pray. Then go vote.
Message by Bryan Hagley
September 13, 2020 • Pastor Bryan Hagley
TAP "NOTES" TO TAKE, SAVE, OR SEND YOUR OWN NOTES! "It's not about you." - Pastor Rick Warren It's easy to get behind that statement, but it's difficult to adhere to what it really means. Humans are naturally "all about us." On our own, humans are selfish. That's why we need a Savior.
Mercy Triumphs Over Judgment
August 16, 2020 • Pastor Scott Duncan
TAP ON "NOTES" TO TAKE, SAVE, OR SEND YOUR OWN NOTES If we claim to believe something and it doesn't impact our lives, then do we really believe? That is what James is challenging believers to consider here: to be not only hearers of the Word of God but to be doers of the Word too. Please note, the meaning of judgment here is related to showing bias or partiality. Pastor Scott will discuss three main points: 1. Pure Religion & Judgment 2. God's Choice & Judgment 3. Mercy, Judgment, and the Royal Law Conclusion: Mercy triumphs over judgment!
Israel Mission Trip
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In February, RC3 sent a team of 10 to Israel where they served alongside Jews for Jesus staff with whom we partner in Tel Aviv. They helped teach children in Shabbat School, encouraged folks at a senior living home, toured biblical sites, conducted spiritual interest surveys with people regarding their thoughts about Jesus as Messiah, and more.
May 17, 2020 • Dr. Larry Greene
TAP NOTES TO FILL IN THE BLANKS & TAKE YOUR OWN NOTES During this service, our congregation celebrated communion "together" in our own homes. We could drive by the church to pick up pre-packaged communion supplies, or use whatever we had in our homes. We encourage you to be prepared for communion as you listen to this sermon, as well. Grab some juice and a cracker (or whatever you have) and participate as Pastor Larry leads us in communion and as we worship Christ in song.
Elizabeth: A Model of Encouragement
May 10, 2020 • Dr. Larry Greene
TAP NOTES TO FILL IN THE BLANKS & TAKE YOUR OWN NOTES All of us need encouragement along life’s journey. It is safe to say that there are plenty of discouragers out there. Moms tend to be our greatest encourager, our loudest cheerleader. There is a mother who appears in only one chapter of the New Testament. Even though there is not much information given, what is said speaks volumes. Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist, shines as a model of encouragement. In a world filled with discouragers, be an encourager.
Ready to Wed
Ready to Wed is a comprehensive, interactive class for marriage preparation. The sessions feature an engaging DVD series, insightful workbook, and handouts for additional resources. From in-laws and finances, to intimacy and chores, Ready to Wed is the perfect pre-marital counseling program to help mentor couples to prepare for the joys and challenges of a lifetime marriage. This class is offered periodically. Please check back to find out when the next class will be offered.
That Incredible Christian
May 3, 2020 • Dr. Larry Greene
*We experienced technical difficulties when recording, so the audio cuts off before the third point in given. You can read it in the notes below, however.* There is a phrase that appears three times in the New Testament: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ . . .” The first time this phrase appears is in 2 Corinthians 1:3 and it goes on to say that we praise Him because He comforts us in all our affliction. The second occurrence is Ephesians 1:3 and it goes on to say that He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ. The final occurrence is 1 Peter 1:3 and it goes on to say that we praise Him because He has caused us to be born again. The believers to whom Peter was writing were suffering. They were being slandered, ostracized, ill-treated, imprisoned, and even killed just for being Christians. Our suffering today is different, but the words of encouragement God gave to these early Christians through Peter can give us encouragement in this present time of suffering. When our lives are difficult, look to God in praise. There are three facets of salvation to which Peter directs our praise. I. Praise to the Author of our Salvation, v. 3 A. Praise for Who He Is -- “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" B. Praise for What He’s Done -- “according to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again …” II. Praise for the Aspects of our Salvation, vv. 3-4 A. Present Aspect: A Living Hope, v. 3 B. Future Aspect: A Glorious Inheritance, v. 4 III. Praise for the Assurance of our salvation, vv. 4-5 A. The Inheritance is Secure for the Heirs, v. 4 B. The Heirs are Secure for the Inheritance, v. 5 Conclusion: When life gets difficult, where do you go? To the bottle? To the pills? That would be throwing fuel on the fire! Try something different during this present trial. Start by giving God praise! Praise the Author of your salvation. Praise Him for the aspects of your salvation. Praise Him for the assurance of your salvation.
Life Skills Ministry
Beth L. Calvert, Director
Life often produces overwhelming challenges for which many of us are unprepared. The Life Skills Ministry provides tools for meeting life's challenges from a practical, yet Biblical perspective. We approach problem-solving relying on the truth of Scripture and the empowerment of God's Holy Spirit. Individual, couples, children, and family counseling is available by appointment. Life Skills groups are offered periodically through the year. For more information about counseling, call the church office at 304.736.8197 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Praise to Our God & Savior
April 26, 2020 • Dr. Larry Greene
There is a phrase that appears three times in the New Testament: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ . . .” The first time this phrase appears is in 2 Corinthians 1:3 and it goes on to say that we praise Him because He comforts us in all our affliction. The second occurrence is Ephesians 1:3 and it goes on to say that He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in Christ. The final occurrence is 1 Peter 1:3 and it goes on to say that we praise Him because He has caused us to be born again. The believers to whom Peter was writing were suffering. They were being slandered, ostracized, ill-treated, imprisoned, and even killed just for being Christians. Our suffering today is different, but the words of encouragement God gave to these early Christians through Peter can give us encouragement in this present time of suffering. TAP NOTES TO FILL IN THE BLANKS & TAKE YOUR OWN NOTES.
Servicio en Español (Services in Spanish) El Domingo @ 9:30 AM (Sundays @ 9:30 AM) Meeting Place: Worship Arts Room at RC3. God has given us a wonderful opportunity to reach a people group right in our own community - the Latino population. Our vision is to plant an autonomous, evangelical church to make disciples of the Hispanic population in the Tri-State region. We want to help Latinos know Christ and make Him known.
The Power of a Praying Church
Acts 12:1-17 • February 9, 2020 • Dr. Larry Greene
For too many believers, prayer is totally a private matter. However, the Bible places a strong emphasis on corporate prayer. The very prayer Jesus taught us (commonly referred to as The Lord’s Prayer) is corporate in its wording. “Our Father. . . give us. . . forgive us. . . lead us. . . deliver us. . .” All indicating praying with and for others. In Acts 12 we read a remarkable account of the power of a praying church. TAP ON NOTES TO FILL IN THE BLANKS & TAKE YOUR OWN NOTES
Seeing Clearly a World that Needs Jesus • January 5, 2020 • Dr. Larry Greene
2020 — Not only is it the number of this new year, but it's the number of good vision. The rallying up for our church this year is “20/20 Vision: Seeing Clearly a World that Needs Jesus.” OUR world needs Jesus. Do you see clearly the people in your sphere of influence? Your co-workers, neighbors, relatives, classmates, and friends need Jesus. Our WORLD needs Jesus. Do you see clearly the untold millions of people still untold? This year we want to be challenged to gain a clearer vision of a world that needs Jesus. TAP ON "NOTES" TO FILL IN THE BLANKS & TAKE YOUR OWN NOTES.
Firmly Planted in Christ
FPC is a homeschool cooperative that began in the Fall of 2015. Our goal is to provide a place for homeschooling families to gather in order to grow in Christ, take part in group learning opportunities, as well as support and encourage one another. Parents and students will have their own special role/contribution in the co-op in order to serve the whole group. We believe that if we come together in the name of Jesus we have a foundation for our children where they are firmly planted in the truth and can prosper like the tree described in Psalm 1:3: "He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season."
Snapshots of the Savior
December 22, 2019 • Dr. Larry Greene
Baby pictures are precious. There was a time when you scheduled a photographer for a session every year to trace a child’s growth and development. In our iPhone age we chronicle every day! Pictures are important. God gave us pictures of His Son in the Old Testament through types and prophecies. One of the clearest prophecies is Isaiah 9:6-7. Written almost eight centuries before Jesus was born, we can see in this passage snapshots of the career and character of Christ.
Children's Sunday • October 20, 2019 • Pastor Bryan Hagley
Aren't donuts great! But have you ever wondered about how or why donut holes are made? Contrary to what you may assume, donut holes are not made of leftover donut centers, but rather, they are made with intention and for a specific purpose. As followers of Christ, we too are made with purpose. My challenge for each of us today is to consider if we are living with intention. If we're not, let's begin doing so! By paying attention to and carrying out what God's word teaches us. Heb. 2:1 -- Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. By renewing our minds and not conforming to the world around us but by being set apart/different. Rom. 12:2 -- Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. By working out the salvation that God has provided (NOT working to obtain or keep our salvation, but by intentionally living out our faith in the world around us). Phil. 2:12-13 -- Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Spend time with the Lord in prayer; spend time in His word and apply what you read; model these things to the kids in your life. They are watching us. What are you showing them? Deut. 6:5-9 -- You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. How intentional am I in pursuing the God who pursues me? How intentional am I in modeling my faith to the kids (or adults) in my life? Do they see me not only going to church but also to living out what is taught here? May we represent Jesus well and live with intention today!
50th Anniversary • October 6, 2019 • Dr. Larry Greene
The past 50 years have brought many changes to our church. Our name changed. The inside appearance changed. The Bible translation used in worship services changed—twice. The senior pastor changed—three times. In view of all these changes, one thing remained the same—the faithfulness of God. Last night we celebrated the past. This morning we are looking to the future. How must we move forward for another 50 years or until Jesus returns! In Titus 2:11-15 we are given three paths to navigate life as we move forward both as an individual and a congregation. We must move forward with the proper message, v. 11. We must move forward with the proper lifestyle, v. 12. We must move forward with the proper motivation, vv. 13-14. Verse 15 wraps it up by commanding the pastor to “declare these things; exhort (encourage) and rebuke with all authority.”