Fellowship Church Knoxville

Biblical quotations are ESV (English Standard Version) unless otherwise stated.

SERIES Stand Alone

YOU are the Light of the World
Matthew 5:14
Rick Dunn

SERIES Easter

close The Story of Light 04/16/2017

SERIES Good Friday description

Good Friday and Easter Sunday are inseparable from one another. They are like two sides of the same coin. When we pray without encountering the person of Jesus, when we try to follow Jesus without the Cross, when we practice loving others without dependence, when we live our new life in Christ without joy and enthusiasm... we face the empty tomb without the risen Jesus, and we can completely miss the fullness of Easter. 

close Good Friday 04/14/2017

SERIES Palm Sunday: O Lauded King

close O Lauded King 04/09/2017

SERIES James description

The Book of James occupies an important and unique place in the New Testament cannon. This uniqueness has, at times, caused James to be ignored or exalted, both of which are out of place. James’ message is simple: the Gospel matters; it impacts; it transforms. James’ impact is massive, an asteroid that hits and causes tremendous consequence. One cannot interact with James and not have to ask—and answer—serious questions, which is exactly why Christians need it. Some mistakenly believe that James undermines the Gospel and nothing could be further from the truth. It brings the Gospel straight into the middle of our hearts and asks the questions a good God would ask of those that proclaim His Gospel. Let us be eager for its work.

close The Ministry of Reconciliation 04/02/2017
close Praying, Praise, and Faith 03/26/2017
close Wait For It... 03/19/2017
close Gilded Cages 03/12/2017
close If The Lord Wills 03/05/2017

SERIES Stand Alone description

Speaker: Clark Stevens

close Cultivating Emotional & Spiritual Resilience 02/26/2017

SERIES James description

The Book of James occupies an important and unique place in the New Testament cannon. This uniqueness has, at times, caused James to be ignored or exalted, both of which are out of place. James’ message is simple: the Gospel matters; it impacts; it transforms. James’ impact is massive, an asteroid that hits and causes tremendous consequence. One cannot interact with James and not have to ask—and answer—serious questions, which is exactly why Christians need it. Some mistakenly believe that James undermines the Gospel and nothing could be further from the truth. It brings the Gospel straight into the middle of our hearts and asks the questions a good God would ask of those that proclaim His Gospel. Let us be eager for its work.

close Humbled Yet Exalted 02/19/2017
close Life-Giving Wisdom 02/12/2017

SERIES Gospel Sunday description

A saving faith is a receiving of Jesus Christ for who he really is and what he really is, namely, more glorious, more wonderful, more satisfying, and therefore more valuable than anything in the universe.

close A General, A Slave Girl, and … 02/05/2017

SERIES (Y)our Footprint description

Like all important topics in Scripture, the subject of money is really about the heart. And it is the heart to which the Gospel speaks, transforms, and redirects and casts (Y)our spiritual footprint. What is your spiritual footprint? What do you hope it would be both now and years down the road. What spiritual footprint do you want to leave to your family, friends, neighborhood, city and world? Let’s wrestle with these questions together and explore what the book of James has to say.

close (Y)OUR FOOTPRINT 01/29/2017
close Wealth and Money in the Book … 01/22/2017

SERIES James description

The Book of James occupies an important and unique place in the New Testament cannon. This uniqueness has, at times, caused James to be ignored or exalted, both of which are out of place. James’ message is simple: the Gospel matters; it impacts; it transforms. James’ impact is massive, an asteroid that hits and causes tremendous consequence. One cannot interact with James and not have to ask—and answer—serious questions, which is exactly why Christians need it. Some mistakenly believe that James undermines the Gospel and nothing could be further from the truth. It brings the Gospel straight into the middle of our hearts and asks the questions a good God would ask of those that proclaim His Gospel. Let us be eager for its work.

close Taming the Tongue 01/15/2017
close Faith Without Works Is Dead 01/08/2017

SERIES Gospel Sunday description

A saving faith is a receiving of Jesus Christ for who he really is and what he really is, namely, more glorious, more wonderful, more satisfying, and therefore more valuable than anything in the universe.

close 12 Days of Christmas 01/01/2017

SERIES WITH description

By now, we all know how distracted driving can be lethal to our bodies. But we are not certain that we have fully embraced how lethal our distracted relationships can be to our souls. A family dinner with everyone checking their cell phones for messages or scrolling through Twitter or email accounts is not a relational experience. A conversation among friends with each person carrying on multiple social media conversations cannot lead to a meaningful dialogue between fully-engaged (“present”) hearts. A busy, distracted life cannot engage WITH God in the deep spiritual relationship He pursues with us. We must learn, in all of our relationships, to be truly present.

As we enter the 2016 Christmas Advent season, we encourage each of you to be increasingly present WITH God. To minimize or, preferably, eliminate distractions. With our families. With our friends. With our Father, God. Through His Holy Spirit, God has chosen to be present with us—to dwell with us. He has chosen to build a very personal relationship with us. He has chosen to pursue whole-hearted engagement with us. All that remains now is for us to respond by learning to be whole-heartedly present with Him.

As we celebrate Christ’s birth, Immanuel—God WITH us, may we learn to live WITH Him, dwelling in the powerful presence of His Spirit.

close WITH Peace 12/18/2016
close WITH Grace 12/11/2016
close WITH Hope 12/04/2016

SERIES James description

The Book of James occupies an important and unique place in the New Testament cannon. This uniqueness has, at times, caused James to be ignored or exalted, both of which are out of place. James’ message is simple: the Gospel matters; it impacts; it transforms. James’ impact is massive, an asteroid that hits and causes tremendous consequence. One cannot interact with James and not have to ask—and answer—serious questions, which is exactly why Christians need it. Some mistakenly believe that James undermines the Gospel and nothing could be further from the truth. It brings the Gospel straight into the middle of our hearts and asks the questions a good God would ask of those that proclaim His Gospel. Let us be eager for its work.

close Mercy Triumphs 11/27/2016
close Graceless Partiality 11/20/2016

SERIES Pursuit description

A disciple of Jesus—a person who knows Jesus through His Gospel and learns Jesus by His Word and Spirit—becomes a person with a radically new and life-changing purpose. That purpose is pursuit.

As we celebrate the impact of our Global and Local Partnerships in 2016, we will focus on God’s pursuit of the world through the presence and power of Jesus in us. “We are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.” (II Corinthians 5:20) As a disciple-making movement, we will ask our Father to give us a clearer vision as well as stronger practical tools to fulfill our purpose in His mission of pursuit, by His grace and for His glory.

close The Immeasurable Benefits of Pursuing the … 11/13/2016
close Missions Week: Stay On Your True … 11/06/2016

SERIES James description

The Book of James occupies an important and unique place in the New Testament cannon. This uniqueness has, at times, caused James to be ignored or exalted, both of which are out of place. James’ message is simple: the Gospel matters; it impacts; it transforms. James’ impact is massive, an asteroid that hits and causes tremendous consequence. One cannot interact with James and not have to ask—and answer—serious questions, which is exactly why Christians need it. Some mistakenly believe that James undermines the Gospel and nothing could be further from the truth. It brings the Gospel straight into the middle of our hearts and asks the questions a good God would ask of those that proclaim His Gospel. Let us be eager for its work.

close Hearers, Doers, and the Righteousness of … 10/30/2016
close Trials and Temptations 10/23/2016
close The Journey of Wisdom 10/16/2016
close The Path of Greatest Resistance 10/09/2016

SERIES Gospel Sunday description

A saving faith is a receiving of Jesus Christ for who he really is and what he really is, namely, more glorious, more wonderful, more satisfying, and therefore more valuable than anything in the universe.

close The Gospel of James - The … 10/02/2016

SERIES Movement description

Rooted in the life of Jesus, the leadership of the Spirit, and the maturity and multiplication of His Body, this vision series will clarify the direction and strategies that will guide our movement for many years to come.

close For the Gospel, for Generations (Vision … 09/25/2016
close Led By The Spirit (Vision Series: … 09/18/2016
close Follow Me (Vision Series: Week One) … 09/11/2016

SERIES Gospel Sunday description

A saving faith is a receiving of Jesus Christ for who he really is and what he really is, namely, more glorious, more wonderful, more satisfying, and therefore more valuable than anything in the universe.

close The Conquered Free 09/04/2016

SERIES The Tyranny of the Sovereign Self (PG-13) description

Important Notes For Parents: This teaching is PG-13: Your student is invited to view if you so choose. There will be reference to sexuality and current issues regarding gender in this teaching. Please be ready to process the message with them.

close The Tyranny of the Sovereign Self … 08/28/2016

SERIES CollegeLIFE description

Welcome Back Students! We desire to walk alongside you during these exciting years and to encourage each of you to take your next step of faith in Jesus Christ. We do this in two ways, CollegeLIFE Gatherings and Groups.

close A Heart for the Next Generation 08/21/2016

SERIES Jesus the True and Better description

Paul tells us in Ephesians that our relationship with Christ began “before the foundation of the world” (Eph 1:4). Christ has always been the plan of God, not plan B or a last resort. All that came before His appearance was leading up to His appearance, preparing the way and prophesying what was to come. He chastised the scribes and Pharisees for reading the Old Testament and yet not believing in Him. How could they? “If you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me” (John 5:46). Adam, Abraham, Abel, the Tabernacle, the Passover Lamb - all had a meaning and place in their own day and time. But they also had a greater role… pointing to the One. Jesus, the True and Better. Join us for this series to be reminded of the power and purpose of scripture, and the role our lives have in pointing to Jesus. 

close Jesus the True and Better Ark … 08/14/2016
close Jesus the True and Better Rock … 08/07/2016
close Jesus the True and Better Joseph 07/31/2016
close Jesus the True and Better Solomon 07/24/2016
close Jesus the True and Better Jacob … 07/17/2016
close Jesus the True and Better Joshua … 07/10/2016
close Jesus the True and Better Passover … 07/03/2016
close Jesus the True and Better Melchizedek 06/26/2016
close Jesus the True and Better Isaac 06/19/2016
close Jesus the True and Better Tabernacle 06/12/2016
close Jesus the True and Better Joshua 06/05/2016
close Jesus the True and Better Abel 05/29/2016
close Jesus the True and Better Adam 05/22/2016

SERIES LIVE description

The Gospel of John repeatedly casts vision for and gives meaning to what it means for us to truly LIVE. John consistently reminds the reader that we can only truly LIVE by taking part in the life of Jesus. Through Jesus’ personal encounters and His practical teachings, John offers a compelling picture of how we as disciples can daily choose to LIVE rather than just exist.

Read the full description here.

close Follow Me 05/15/2016
close Freed to Feed 05/08/2016
close Faith & Its Fruit 05/01/2016
close They Were Not Able 04/24/2016
close Seeing and Believing 04/17/2016

SERIES Power description

In our social landscape, not a day goes by where the latest feed, twitter update, scandal or commentary doesn’t revolve around the breadth of power. In our daily lives, work and relationships, we have the capacity to direct or influence the behavior of others. However, without the humility highlighted and demonstrated in Philippians 2, we are bound to misinterpret the idea of our power, and as a result, can abuse that power in a way not found in the example of Jesus. Join us Sundays, April 3 & 10 as we explore The Purpose and Practice of Power.

close The Practice of Power 04/10/2016
close The Purpose of Power 04/02/2016

SERIES Easter 2016 description

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” I Peter 1:3

Peter, an eyewitness to Jesus Christ’s betrayal and crucifixion, begins his first letter to persecuted believers by celebrating the “living hope” of Christ’s resurrection. The resurrection literally changed everything for Peter—and it does the same for us.

close A Bright Hope 03/27/2016

SERIES LIVE description

The Gospel of John repeatedly casts vision for and gives meaning to what it means for us to truly LIVE. John consistently reminds the reader that we can only truly LIVE by taking part in the life of Jesus. Through Jesus’ personal encounters and His practical teachings, John offers a compelling picture of how we as disciples can daily choose to LIVE rather than just exist.

Read the full description here.

close That You May Believe 03/20/2016
close Life Viewed Through the Lens of … 03/13/2016
close He Was Crucified and Died 03/06/2016

SERIES Worldview Conference description

Identity. Intimacy. Gender. Sex. Orientation. Our world is living in sexual confusion. How are we to make sense of human sexuality in light of our current culture? How can we help others make sense of it? What does God have to say about who we are, our sexual desires and our intimate lives? Is it even possible to view and use our sexuality for God’s glory and Christ’s purposes in our world? Join us as we explore a biblical worldview of sexuality and how to reflect this worldview to those around us.

close Worldview Conference 2016 (PG-13): Session IV: … 02/28/2016
close Worldview Conference 2016 (PG-13): Harvest USA: … 02/28/2016
close Worldview Conference 2016 (PG-13): Harvest USA: … 02/27/2016
close Worldview Conference 2016 (PG-13): Q&A Panel … 02/27/2016
close Worldview Conference 2016 (PG-13): Session III: … 02/27/2016
close Worldview Conference 2016 (PG-13): Q&A Panel … 02/27/2016
close Worldview Conference 2016 (PG-13): Session IIb: … 02/27/2016
close Worldview Conference 2016 (PG-13): Session IIa: … 02/27/2016
close Worldview Conference 2016 (PG-13): Session I: … 02/25/2016
close Worldview Conference Introduction (PG-13): The Story … 02/21/2016

SERIES LIVE description

The Gospel of John repeatedly casts vision for and gives meaning to what it means for us to truly LIVE. John consistently reminds the reader that we can only truly LIVE by taking part in the life of Jesus. Through Jesus’ personal encounters and His practical teachings, John offers a compelling picture of how we as disciples can daily choose to LIVE rather than just exist.

Read the full description here.

close A Kingdom Not Of This World 02/14/2016

SERIES Gospel Sunday description

A saving faith is a receiving of Jesus Christ for who he really is and what he really is, namely, more glorious, more wonderful, more satisfying, and therefore more valuable than anything in the universe.

close The Satisfied Wrath of God 02/07/2016

SERIES LIVE description

The Gospel of John repeatedly casts vision for and gives meaning to what it means for us to truly LIVE. John consistently reminds the reader that we can only truly LIVE by taking part in the life of Jesus. Through Jesus’ personal encounters and His practical teachings, John offers a compelling picture of how we as disciples can daily choose to LIVE rather than just exist.

Read the full description here.

close Shall I Not Drink The Cup? 01/31/2016
close Why One? 01/24/2016

SERIES LIVE invested description

The financial principle of compound interest causes a small investment made early in life to pay great dividends many years later. The principle of compound interest is not, however, limited to the financial realm.

When the farmer plants a seed, the farmer trusts that one seed will yield a vegetable or fruit that will bear many more seeds. When an athlete begins a workout regimen to build power and speed, the athlete trusts that the work done today will become the body’s foundation for greater work the next day. When the University of Tennessee’s Education Department equips teachers, the faculty trusts that their students will one day reproduce their learning in the lives of other students. The principle of compound interest applies to agriculture, physiology and education.

God purposefully created a physical world where the principle of compound interest pays huge dividends. He created the spiritual world in the same way. To the Corinthians Paul writes,

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all suficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. II Corinthians 9:6-8

To LIVE Invested spiritually, we require spiritual vision for seeing the Kingdom potential of a small investment made today. To LIVE Invested spiritually, we also need wisdom for where and how to make that investment today. To LIVE Invested spiritually, we all depend on encouragement so that we do not lose heart when we lose sight of the impact today’s investment is making over the long haul.

The Apostle Paul recognized how tempting it is to take short cuts when we cannot yet see the power of the principle of compound interest yielding results:

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

Join us on a journey of discovery and encouragement as we explore LIVE Invested January 10 & 17. We urge you to take advantage of the teaching and resources provided so that you can begin the new year taking full advantage of the spiritual wisdom of compound interest.

close Live Invested: One Chicken Generosity 01/17/2016
close LIVE Invested: Sowing Life 01/10/2016

SERIES Live description

The Gospel of John repeatedly casts vision for and gives meaning to what it means for us to truly LIVE. John consistently reminds the reader that we can only truly LIVE by taking part in the life of Jesus. Through Jesus’ personal encounters and His practical teachings, John offers a compelling picture of how we as disciples can daily choose to LIVE rather than just exist.

Read the full description here.

close The Great Divide 01/03/2016
close The Hour Come 12/27/2015

SERIES Dwell description

By now we all know how distracted driving can be lethal to our bodies. But I’m not certain that we have fully embraced how lethal our distracted relationships can be to our souls. A family dinner with everyone checking their cell phones for messages or scrolling through Twitter or email accounts is not a relational experience. A conversation among friends with each person carrying on multiple social media conversations cannot lead to a meaningful dialogue between fully-engaged (“present”) hearts. And a busy, distracted life cannot dwell with God in the deep spiritual relationship He pursues with us. We must learn, in all of our relationships, to be truly present.

As we enter the 2015 Christmas Advent season, we want to encourage each of us to be increasingly present with the Presence of God. To minimize or, preferably, eliminate distractions. With our families. With our friends. With our Father, God. Through His Holy Spirit, God has chosen to be present with us—to dwell with us. He has chosen to build a very personal relationship with us. He has chosen to pursue whole-hearted engagement with us. All that remains now is for us to respond by learning to be whole-heartedly present with Him. To dwell with God.

As we celebrate Christ’s birth, Immanuel—God with us, may we learn to live with Him, dwelling in the powerful presence of His Spirit.

close Dwell in Peace 12/20/2015
close Dwell in Truth 12/13/2015
close Dwell in Hope 12/06/2015
close Dwell in Love 11/30/2015

SERIES LIVE description

The Gospel of John repeatedly casts vision for and gives meaning to what it means for us to truly LIVE. John consistently reminds the reader that we can only truly LIVE by taking part in the life of Jesus. Through Jesus’ personal encounters and His practical teachings, John offers a compelling picture of how we as disciples can daily choose to LIVE rather than just exist.

Read the full description here.

close The Trinity and the Believer 11/22/2015
close If You Love Me 11/16/2015

SERIES FIELDS

close A Personal Response Rooted in the … 11/08/2015
close A Passionate Calling Motivated by the … 11/02/2015

SERIES LIVE description

The Gospel of John repeatedly casts vision for and gives meaning to what it means for us to truly LIVE. John consistently reminds the reader that we can only truly LIVE by taking part in the life of Jesus. Through Jesus’ personal encounters and His practical teachings, John offers a compelling picture of how we as disciples can daily choose to LIVE rather than just exist.

Read the full description here.

close By This... 10/25/2015
close Behind But Not Following 10/18/2015
close No Servant Is Above His Master 10/11/2015

SERIES Gospel Sunday description

A saving faith is a receiving of Jesus Christ for who he really is and what he really is, namely, more glorious, more wonderful, more satisfying, and therefore more valuable than anything in the universe.

close Rich In Mercy, Abounding In Grace 10/04/2015

SERIES LIVE - Sent description

According to the teachings of Scripture, we are both an “everyday” people and an “extraordinary” people. We are sent by Jesus to express and expose His extraordinary life in us. Yet we are to do so in the midst of what appears to be very normal, everyday lives of working, studying and building relationships; our remarkably unspectacular lives of fulfilling responsibilities to families and friends.

So, how do we do that? More significantly, how do we do that together?

We look to Jesus. We see that Jesus’ concept of being “sent ones” radically transformed the disciples’ first century views on reality, religion and relationships. His teachings and life were unfamiliar and unnerving. Lovingly and patiently, he ultimately led his disciples far beyond what they had imagined.

As we read in the book of Acts, their Spirit-empowered lives transformed the first century world of Palestine and beyond. Looking back over the twenty centuries of history since, Jesus’ vision, values and life have led His disciples beyond what every culture and generation of the world would expect—and, in many cases, what the world would accept.

In His prayers to the Father, Christ prayed “As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” (John 17:18) and, “As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.” (John 20:21) Our Fellowship of Churches: Middlebrook, North Knox, Pellissippi live in the 100th generation of disciples of Jesus Christ (counting generations as twenty year cycles). And we are still just as sent as the first generation of disciples.

LIVE: SENT is a three-week series for us to explore prayerfully and intentionally, how we will live together as disciple-makers sent into the world to express and expose the life of Jesus within us.

May this be a season when we learn on a much deeper level what it means to live our everyday, extraordinary lives as the people of God.

close Antioch, Ephesus, Middlebrook 09/27/2015
close A Disciple-Making Movement 09/20/2015
close Even So 09/13/2015

SERIES LIVE description

The Gospel of John repeatedly casts vision for and gives meaning to what it means for us to truly LIVE. John consistently reminds the reader that we can only truly LIVE by taking part in the life of Jesus. Through Jesus’ personal encounters and His practical teachings, John offers a compelling picture of how we as disciples can daily choose to LIVE rather than just exist.

Read the full description here.

close Completely Clean 09/06/2015
close The Journey To A Better Country 08/30/2015
close Become Children of Light 08/23/2015

SERIES Engaging the World

close Navigating Sexual Ethics PG-13 08/16/2015

SERIES LIVE description

The Gospel of John repeatedly casts vision for and gives meaning to what it means for us to truly LIVE. John consistently reminds the reader that we can only truly LIVE by taking part in the life of Jesus. Through Jesus’ personal encounters and His practical teachings, John offers a compelling picture of how we as disciples can daily choose to LIVE rather than just exist.

Read the full description here.

close Now... 08/09/2015
close It Is Better 08/02/2015
close If You Had Been Here 07/26/2015
close They Will Not, They Cannot, They … 07/19/2015
close The Good Shepherd 07/12/2015
close The Blind See 07/05/2015
close Before Abraham Was 06/28/2015
close A Father’s Impact 06/21/2015
close You Shall Know the Truth 06/14/2015

SERIES Gospel Sunday description

A saving faith is a receiving of Jesus Christ for who he really is and what he really is, namely, more glorious, more wonderful, more satisfying, and therefore more valuable than anything in the universe.

close A Man Like This 06/07/2015

SERIES LIVE description

The Gospel of John repeatedly casts vision for and gives meaning to what it means for us to truly LIVE. John consistently reminds the reader that we can only truly LIVE by taking part in the life of Jesus. Through Jesus’ personal encounters and His practical teachings, John offers a compelling picture of how we as disciples can daily choose to LIVE rather than just exist.

Read the full description here.

close The Light of the World 05/31/2015
close The Hour Now Come 05/24/2015
close A Well-Watered Life 05/17/2015

SERIES LOVE fearlessly description

James Baldwin wrote, “Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” Baldwin describes the dilemma of every human heart. We long to love. We were made to love. In fact, nothing moves us more than love. The will to love, however, faces a powerful opposing force: fear. Fear bullies us into power and manipulation, pushing us far away from love’s humility and authenticity. Fear undermines trust and masks vulnerability—two attitudes of the heart that are essential for love. The result? A world filled with broken families, broken friendships, broken hearts and broken lives. How do we escape fear’s fierce power? John offers great hope for us in 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.” Join us as we explore a grace-empowered, perfect love that enables us to receive—and to give, fearlessly.

close Learning to Love Fearlessly 05/10/2015
close Empowered to Love Fearlessly 05/03/2015
close Redeemed by Fearless Love 04/26/2015
close Seeking Truth, Speaking Truth, Finding Life 04/19/2015
close True Love Wills 04/12/2015

SERIES Easter 2015

close Easter Sunday 04/05/2015
close Two Roads to Glory 03/29/2015

SERIES LIVE description

The Gospel of John repeatedly casts vision for and gives meaning to what it means for us to truly LIVE. John consistently reminds the reader that we can only truly LIVE by taking part in the life of Jesus. Through Jesus’ personal encounters and His practical teachings, John offers a compelling picture of how we as disciples can daily choose to LIVE rather than just exist.

Read the full description here.

close This Is the Work of God 03/22/2015
close > (Greater Than) 03/15/2015
close The Life of God 03/08/2015
close 31 Days to LIVE the Gospel 03/01/2015
close The Lame Shall Leap with Joy 02/22/2015
close The Official's Son 02/15/2015
close True Worshippers 02/08/2015
close The Light of the World 02/01/2015

SERIES Designed to Give description

As the Father has loved me,
so have I loved you.
Abide in my love.
If you keep my commandments,
you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.
These things I have spoken to you,
that my joy may be in you,
and that your joy may be full.

John 15:9-11

One of the greatest and, sadly, most common misconceptions about God is that He primarily motivates people out of guilt, shame, and fear. The reason for this widespread misconception? Most people develop their ideas about God in the midst of—or in response to—highly religious settings in which the teachings and the leadership are focused on “getting people to do the right thing”. When it comes to manipulating behavior, you cannot find better tools than guilt, shame, and fear.

But, thanks be to God, the Gospel liberates us from guilt, shame, and fear and instead motivates us with forgiveness, hope, and love. The Gospel unites us with the heart of God through Jesus Christ. The Gospel teaches us how to be well-loved and filled with joy. The Gospel offers its call to obedience as a path to LIVE.

What if we learned how to invest our time, money and material resources in response to the Gospel? What if the journey of generosity followed a path of love and joy? What if our giving was an expression of worship and love—the way God designed it to be? The way God designed us to LIVE?

Join us as our LIVE series introduces us to the generous lifestyle through a series we are calling DESIGNED TO GIVE: The Journey of Generosity. Through this unique perspective on giving, it is our hope that you will be fully liberated from guilt, shame, and fear regarding your time and your finances. And in that liberation, we are confident you will find the deeper love and a greater joy that the Gospel offers to all of us. 

close Trusted, Entrusted 01/25/2015
close The Personal Benefits of a Generous … 01/18/2015
close Generous in Love 01/11/2015

SERIES LIVE description

The Gospel of John repeatedly casts vision for and gives meaning to what it means for us to truly LIVE. John consistently reminds the reader that we can only truly LIVE by taking part in the life of Jesus. Through Jesus’ personal encounters and His practical teachings, John offers a compelling picture of how we as disciples can daily choose to LIVE rather than just exist.

Read the full description here.

close Joy Complete 01/04/2015
close Born Again 12/28/2014

SERIES LIGHT description

This Christmas season we celebrate the Light of Jesus Christ, the One whose Life we have been given to LIVE. Each Sunday we will celebrate Him with the teaching of His Word that expresses Christ’s Life among us, with corporate worship that expresses the fullness of God’s gift of Life through music and song and with unique artistic visual creations that express the depths of His love toward us in Christ. With each of these expressions we engage Him personally through the greatest created instrument of worship: the human heart filled with His Spirit.

close The Light of the World 12/21/2014
close Pursuing The Glorious Life 12/14/2014
close The Light Reveals 12/07/2014
close The Light Shines 11/30/2014

SERIES LIVE description

The Gospel of John repeatedly casts vision for and gives meaning to what it means for us to truly LIVE. John consistently reminds the reader that we can only truly LIVE by taking part in the life of Jesus. Through Jesus’ personal encounters and His practical teachings, John offers a compelling picture of how we as disciples can daily choose to LIVE rather than just exist.

Read the full description here.

close The Path to Hope Part II 11/23/2014
close The Path to Hope 11/16/2014

SERIES Listening to God Seminar description

Led by Herman Rohde, a member of the Ring Church, Leipzig, Germany, this seminar focuses on how to draw closer in your relationship with God through learning how to listen to Him.

Some topics:

  • Ways in which God speaks to us
  • Obstacles to hearing God
  • Voices from within
  • Process of listening
  • Practical exercises
close Listening to God Seminar 11/15/2014

SERIES Missions Week 2014 description

Hear the challenges of living and serving in a post-christian society first-hand through the stories of our local and global partnerships.

close Live: On Mission - Week Two 11/09/2014
close Live: On Mission - Week One 11/02/2014

SERIES LIVE description

The Gospel of John repeatedly casts vision for and gives meaning to what it means for us to truly LIVE. John consistently reminds the reader that we can only truly LIVE by taking part in the life of Jesus. Through Jesus’ personal encounters and His practical teachings, John offers a compelling picture of how we as disciples can daily choose to LIVE rather than just exist.

Read the full description here.

close The Death of “Good Enough” - … 10/26/2014
close The Forerunner 10/19/2014
close He Came to Save 10/12/2014
close A Man of Flesh and Blood 10/05/2014
close God Our Creator, God Our Redeemer 09/28/2014
close Generous in Love, Fruitful in Disciple-making … 09/21/2014
close Grounded in Truth, Faithful in Obedience … 09/14/2014
close LIVE: An Introduction 09/07/2014

SERIES Gospel Sunday description

A saving faith is a receiving of Jesus Christ for who he really is and what he really is, namely, more glorious, more wonderful, more satisfying, and therefore more valuable than anything in the universe.

close Generosity: Sharing Our Lives 08/31/2014

SERIES Church Imagined description

The challenges of this generation are forcing individual Christians and local churches out of places of comfort and complacency, demanding that we re-imagine what it means to be a people made by and marked by the Gospel. In this series, we seek to both cast vision for what is to come and rejoice in who we are already becoming. May God grant us grace and favor to not only see His vision but to also follow His heart.

close From Impression to Impact 08/24/2014
close Church Imagined 08/17/2014

SERIES ONE description

Reading, praying and teaching through Paul’s letters to the Ephesians, we explore what it means to love, live, and lead as partners in the Gospel. To the Glory of the One to whom we belong, we seek to become an increasingly healthy, highly-functioning Body. We trust that He will strengthen us for the challenge of sustaining the prevailing global disciple-making movement. He has created us and called us to be “ONE: In Christ, With Christ, For Christ.”

close This Present Darkness Filled With Light 08/10/2014
close A Family Guide to Knowing the … 08/03/2014
close Servants All 07/27/2014
close An Ascending Love 07/20/2014
close Seize the Day 07/13/2014
close Offended by Grace 07/06/2014
close Walk as Children of Light 06/29/2014
close Empty Words, Dangerous Words 06/22/2014
close Sexuality & The Reign of Grace 06/15/2014
close Habits of the Heart 06/08/2014
close Faith's First Fruit 06/01/2014
close From Futility To Freedom 05/25/2014
close Is Fellowship the Right Fit? 05/18/2014
close Walk This Way 05/11/2014
close He Will Sing Over You 05/04/2014
close A Father of Life 04/27/2014

SERIES EASTER 2014

close Forever the Hope in My Heart 04/20/2014

SERIES ONE description

Reading, praying and teaching through Paul’s letters to the Ephesians, we explore what it means to love, live, and lead as partners in the Gospel. To the Glory of the One to whom we belong, we seek to become an increasingly healthy, highly-functioning Body. We trust that He will strengthen us for the challenge of sustaining the prevailing global disciple-making movement. He has created us and called us to be “ONE: In Christ, With Christ, For Christ.”

close A Mystery Made Known 04/13/2014
close Get Out Of The Boat 04/06/2014
close Lethal Grace 03/30/2014
close And Miles To Go Before I … 03/23/2014
close How Great the Love 03/16/2014
close So Far the Fall 03/09/2014

SERIES Worldview Conference 2014 description

We live in a world that is increasingly asking questions about the Christian worldview. How can a good God allow children to die of starvation? Who are you to tell someone else that they are wrong? Isn’t it intolerant to think that Jesus is the only way to God?

It is hard enough to answer these kinds of questions for ourselves, much less defend our faith in an attractive manner. How can we understand and share our faith in a way that looks more like diplomacy than D-day?

close Ambassadors for Christ: Essential Skills 03/02/2014

SERIES The Hunger description

What does it look like to be transformed from darkness into light in our own lives as disciples of Jesus? Our 3-week series walks through the nature of our profound longings expressed in Sex, Power, and Money.

close The Value of a Dollar 02/23/2014
close Entrusted with Power 02/16/2014
close God’s Glory in Human Sexuality 02/09/2014
close Darkness & Light: The Desire for … 02/02/2014

SERIES ONE description

Reading, praying and teaching through Paul’s letters to the Ephesians, we explore what it means to love, live, and lead as partners in the Gospel. To the Glory of the One to whom we belong, we seek to become an increasingly healthy, highly-functioning Body. We trust that He will strengthen us for the challenge of sustaining the prevailing global disciple-making movement. He has created us and called us to be “ONE: In Christ, With Christ, For Christ.”

close Called to Hope 01/26/2014
close Before the Foundation 01/19/2014
close To the Praise of His Glory 01/12/2014
close By the Will of God 01/05/2014

SERIES God Made Known description

Christmas uniquely opens our eyes to a revelation that can only be found fully in the Person of Christ. The fullness of God’s humility would be hidden were it not in His character of justice and mercy, righteousness and grace, judgment and love; and all delivered, surprisingly, in the form of baby born in a manger who came to bring us back to the Father. Our hope is that you will encounter God revealing Himself in new ways to you as you celebrate Christmas this season with us.

close How to End Well 12/29/2013
close Christmas Eve 12/24/2013
close Christ Exalted 12/22/2013
close God Made Known: Sacrifice 12/15/2013
close He Being Man 12/08/2013
close He Being God 12/01/2013

SERIES United description

The book of Philippians provides us with an up-close and personal look at the heart and mind, the challenges and opportunities, as well as the purpose and passion that are found when God’s people are UNITED as partners in the Gospel. 

close In Every Circumstance 11/24/2013
close Gospel Shaped Relationships 11/17/2013

SERIES Missions Week 2013

close Citizens on a Mission 11/10/2013
close Chosen Children 11/03/2013

SERIES United description

The book of Philippians provides us with an up-close and personal look at the heart and mind, the challenges and opportunities, as well as the purpose and passion that are found when God’s people are UNITED as partners in the Gospel. 

close Not Already Obtained 10/27/2013
close I Consider It Worthless 10/20/2013
close UNITED Partners in the Gospel 10/13/2013
close The Work of the Gospel 10/06/2013
close Gospel Partnerships: 21st Century Strategies 09/29/2013
close Community Not Yet Imagined 09/22/2013
close Partners by Grace 09/15/2013
close UNITED: Partners in the Gospel 09/08/2013

SERIES Gospel Sunday description

A saving faith is a receiving of Jesus Christ for who he really is and what he really is, namely, more glorious, more wonderful, more satisfying, and therefore more valuable than anything in the universe.

close So We Might Become 09/01/2013

SERIES Hope Prevails description

Peter was, in many ways, a perpetual struggler. Full of passion and promise, Peter stumbled his way through walking out with Jesus, before and after the resurrection. However, though he may have stumbled, he never stopped moving forward. He never stopped growing, changing, and serving. He never gave up on or walked away from his love for Jesus. As a result, he became a leader with a rich heritage of hope in the grace and power of Christ. He became a leader whose hope in Christ fueled courage and passion for the Gospel. That prevailing hope drives the message of the book of I Peter and prepares us to deepen our courage and passion for the Gospel in the midst of our most difficult challenges in life. The summer series “HOPE PREVAILS” will build all of us up in our confidence in His grace and power for the places we have been led to walk. 

close The Hidden Things 08/25/2013
close High Hopes 08/18/2013
close A Biblical Vision for Suffering 08/11/2013
close He Suffered for Sins 08/04/2013
close #PeopleProbs 07/28/2013
close The Gospel and Marital Mysteries 07/21/2013
close Subject for the Lords Sake 07/14/2013
close My Sin, His Son: the Gospel … 07/07/2013
close Unchained 06/30/2013
close Christ, the Chosen Cornerstone 06/23/2013
close More Precious Than Gold 06/16/2013
close Concerning This Salvation 06/09/2013
close The Power of Hope in Christ 06/02/2013

SERIES Acts of the Apostles: Unleashing the Gospel

close Two Forward, One Back 05/26/2013
close An Open-Hearted Conflict 05/19/2013
close The Gospel in Conflict 05/12/2013
close For the Sake of His Name 05/05/2013

SERIES POWER: Life in, through and with the Holy Spirit description

Read Acts 4:33. What does it mean that God gives us power? What about the supernatural parts of that power? Is that stuff for real? What about the way we handle power in our daily lives—like positions of authority or influence?

close In Step 04/28/2013
close Human Power & The Power of … 04/21/2013
close The Mysterious Goodness and Greatness of … 04/14/2013
close The Holy Spirit 04/07/2013

SERIES Easter 2013

close Once for All 03/31/2013

SERIES Strong Relationships: Marriage & Singles Conference description

In all marriages there are challenges, but when you face these challenges "together", strength can be renewed, unity repaired and you can become intimate allies. Learn how you can face together the "Four Greatest Challenges in Marriage" with insight and expertise from Rick & Teresa Dunn.

close Marriage - Session III: Deepening Oneness … 03/09/2013
close Marriage - Session IV: Protecting Oneness … 03/09/2013
close Single - Session II: Choosing a … 03/09/2013
close Marriage - Session I: Two Shall … 03/08/2013
close Marriage - Session II: Creating Oneness … 03/08/2013
close Single - Session I: Choosing to … 03/08/2013

SERIES Acts of the Apostles: Unleashing the Gospel description

The last recorded words that Jesus spoke to His disciples are recorded in Acts 1. “‘…when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.’ And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.  And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” (vs. 8,10,11)
“Why do you stand looking into heaven?” In other words, “Get going!” The Spirit of God was about to unleash the gospel into the world—and the unleashing would transpire through their Spirit—empowered lives. The spontaneous movement of the Spirit would lead them to places and experiences they had never imagined. The strategic movement of the Spirit would lead them to press through one religious, cultural, and personal barrier after another.
This same unleashing continues to this day, as the Spirit moves in each of us, spontaneously and strategically, to fulfill His vision of a global disciple-making movement. Join our study of the Book of Acts with a heart prepared to fulfill your unique role in the gospel unleashed.

close Following Christ 03/24/2013
close Wooly Wolves 03/17/2013
close The Rended Kingdom 03/10/2013
close God’s Eternal Kingdom 03/03/2013
close See These Things Are So 02/24/2013
close Gospel Transformation 02/17/2013
close The Gospel and Context 02/10/2013
close A Fellowship of Servants and Witnesses 02/03/2013
close Visiting Missionary Interviews 01/27/2013
close Generosity in the Midst of Poverty 01/20/2013
close The Prevailing Heart of Generosity 01/13/2013
close The Fiscal Summit: A Vision for … 01/06/2013
close The Greatest Story Never Told 12/30/2012

SERIES Glimpse: A Christmas Series description

BLACK FRIDAY SALES !! THIS YEAR’S “MUST HAVE” ELECTRONICS AND TOYS !! SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP !!

On some level we all recognize that the core message and meaning of Christmas have been lost in the commercialization of the season. The dominance of the “cultural Christmas” that surrounds us eclipses our vision of the glory, the majesty, and the mystery that is the reality of Christ’s birth.

With this in mind, we developed a teaching series for this Christmas Season that will uncover the hidden depth and power of the story of Christ’s incarnation. Our series, entitled “Glimpse”, will begin with Peter’s sermon in Acts 3 and will look both backward and forward in time to offer new glimpses of the depth of the grace and truth of God dwelling among us in flesh. We will open our eyes to glimpse the glory of Christ as the Promise, the Name, the Gift, and the King. Please join us in praying that we may see beyond the demands and trappings of a “cultural Christmas” in order to catch a glimpse of the Savior, Christ the Lord.

close Glimpse: The King 12/23/2012
close Glimpse: The Gift 12/16/2012
close Glimpse: The Name 12/09/2012
close Glimpse: The Promise 12/02/2012

SERIES Acts of the Apostles: Unleashing the Gospel

close The Sons of Abraham 11/25/2012
close What God Has Made Clean 11/18/2012

SERIES Student

close The Keys to Advancing the Gospel … 11/11/2012

SERIES Gospel Sunday description

A saving faith is a receiving of Jesus Christ for who he really is and what he really is, namely, more glorious, more wonderful, more satisfying, and therefore more valuable than anything in the universe.

close The Pursuit of Renewal 11/04/2012

SERIES Acts of the Apostles: Unleashing the Gospel description

The last recorded words that Jesus spoke to His disciples are recorded in Acts 1. “‘…when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.’ And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.  And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” (vs. 8,10,11)

“Why do you stand looking into heaven?” In other words, “Get going!” The Spirit of God was about to unleash the gospel into the world—and the unleashing would transpire through their Spirit—empowered lives. The spontaneous movement of the Spirit would lead them to places and experiences they had never imagined. The strategic movement of the Spirit would lead them to press through one religious, cultural, and personal barrier after another.

This same unleashing continues to this day, as the Spirit moves in each of us, spontaneously and strategically, to fulfill His vision of a global disciple-making movement. Join our study of the Book of Acts with a heart prepared to fulfill your unique role in the gospel unleashed.

close First Fruits 10/28/2012
close You Will Be My Witnesses 10/21/2012

SERIES Gospel Sunday description

A saving faith is a receiving of Jesus Christ for who he really is and what he really is, namely, more glorious, more wonderful, more satisfying, and therefore more valuable than anything in the universe.

close A New Spirit 10/14/2012

SERIES A Biblical Worldview of Sexual Orientation: PG-13 description

In the midst of all the radical and extreme media sound bytes, what is sadly lost are the depths of the Bible’s actual teachings on homosexuality and the Bible’s compelling message of how followers of Christ are to engage the world. With a desire to be the compassionate disciples who offer the fullness of Christ’s grace and truth, we will explore His Word on this challenging subject.

close Water, Sand & Stone: The Gospel … 10/07/2012
close Homosexuality and the Bible PG-13 09/30/2012

SERIES Life Squared description

Ever had one of those moments—when you just needed to be refreshed on the purpose and meaning of what you are doing? What do we hope to accomplish? One, Five, Ten years from now, what will be the measure of our effectiveness? What are we aiming for? Explore what is required to become a global disciple-making movement.

close A Life of Passion and Purpose 09/23/2012
close Chosen For Glory 09/16/2012
close Created In His Image 09/09/2012

SERIES Gospel Sunday description

A saving faith is a receiving of Jesus Christ for who he really is and what he really is, namely, more glorious, more wonderful, more satisfying, and therefore more valuable than anything in the universe.

close Made Alive with Christ 09/02/2012

SERIES Living With the End in Mind description

According to december212012.com, 15% of people believe the world will end in their lifetime and 10% believe it will happen on 12/21/12. In the ancient Mayan’s astrological calculations, 21/21/12 marks the end of a 5,125 year cycle, leading some to interpret this as a prophecy of the end of human existence. While there is no reason to believe this theory (which means you still need to be saving money for Christmas), the questions of humanity’s future are significant to all humanity, especially Christians who anticipate Christ’s return as the marker of the end of this age.

From the first generation of the Church until today, Christ’s followers have wondered, “When will he return? How will he return? What should we do to prepare?” During the summer of 2012 we will explore key issues regarding the “end times”. We will do so through our study of I and II Thessalonians, where Paul addresses Christ’s return (“the Day of the Lord”) in the context of faithfulness to the Gospel and disciplemaking. This series, Living with the End in Mind, promises to be one of our most unique and most debated sermon series to date. We hope you will join us, not just with a curiosity about the “end times” but with a heart fully opened to His calling to live each moment in anticipation of His return.

close Working with the End in Mind 08/26/2012
close Let Love Be True 08/19/2012
close Established, Guarded, Going 08/12/2012
close Called Through the Gospel 08/05/2012
close Final Judgement 07/29/2012
close Apocalyptic Preppers 07/22/2012
close Eschatology: Why Study The End Times? 07/15/2012
close Concerning Times and Seasons 07/08/2012
close The Coming of the Lord 07/01/2012
close A Life Pleasing to God 06/24/2012
close Established in Holiness 06/17/2012
close A Worthy Life 06/10/2012
close The Gospel in Power 06/03/2012

SERIES Gospel Sunday description

A saving faith is a receiving of Jesus Christ for who he really is and what he really is, namely, more glorious, more wonderful, more satisfying, and therefore more valuable than anything in the universe.

close Divine Jealousy 05/27/2012
close The Fight and the Arena 05/20/2012
close A Nation of Victims 05/13/2012
close Grace as a Gift 05/06/2012

SERIES The Gospel and Sex, Power & Money description

The Gospel speaks hope to our lives, teaching us and inspiring us with the Truth that we will conquer death through the life of Christ. But how does the Gospel speak hope into our daily, earth-bound lives? Even more so, how does our present life in Christ speak hope to the core issues we wrestle with every day? Through our teaching series, The Gospel: Sex, Power, & Money, we will experience a deeper understanding of how our Life in Christ redeems all of life by His grace and for His glory.

close Entangled or Engaged 04/29/2012
close Leadership and Power 04/22/2012
close The Gospel and Sex - PG-13. … 04/15/2012

SERIES Easter 2012

close HOPE: Making All Things New 04/08/2012
close The Old and The New 04/01/2012

SERIES Worldview Conference 2012 description

We live in a world which increasingly is unable to answer the questions: “Who is God?” “Who are we?” and “How do we fit into this world?”

Join us to grow in understanding your neighbor's worldview and how to explain your own.

worldview.fellowshipknox.org

close Session 3: Eye Of The Beholder 03/04/2012
close Session 2: How Do We Let … 03/03/2012
close Session 1: What's In A Worldview? 03/03/2012

SERIES Sermon on the Mount description

The Sermon on the Mount is the most famous sermon of Jesus. It is quoted by believer and non-believer alike. But do we understand it? What was He getting at? Who was it for? If it was such a big deal, why do all the Gospel writers except Matthew basically ignore it? Come find out.

close Who Hears These Words 03/25/2012
close A Beggar's Life 03/18/2012
close Judge Not 03/11/2012
close Losing Your Religion 02/26/2012
close Their Hearts are Far 02/19/2012
close The Impossible Sermon on the Mount 02/12/2012

SERIES Missions Week 2012

close On Mission 02/05/2012
close I Will Build My Church 01/29/2012

SERIES Entrusted

close A BIG Life 01/22/2012
close Entitled or Entrusted? 01/15/2012
close Gifts 01/08/2012
close A Biblical Definition of Success 01/01/2012

SERIES Christmas 2011

close The Gift of The Gift 12/24/2011

SERIES Behold The Lamb description

God becomes man. It is the single most important event in human history. God became flesh and walked among us. The appearance of Jesus changed things not just for Israel but for the whole world. We will take 4 weeks to look at the coming of Christ and its impact on those who witnessed it. Christmas is the holiday in which we celebrate the coming of the Lord. This season we echo the words of John the Baptist when he saw Jesus coming to be baptized - “Behold the Lamb!”

close The Dwelling Place 12/18/2011
close They Have No Wine 12/11/2011
close Behold the Lamb of God 12/04/2011
close The Word Became Flesh 11/27/2011

SERIES Student Sunday

close Proclaiming The Gospel to The Next … 11/13/2011

SERIES Gospel Sunday

close The Blessed Ones 11/20/2011

SERIES Pray Like Jesus description

What would it be like to "pray like Jesus"? What would you
pray? How would you pray? When would you pray? Even
more importantly, why would you pray? From October
9-November 6 we will consider together the prayer life of
Jesus, trusting the Scriptures to teach us and the Spirit
to guide us to deeper relationships with God, our Father,
through prayer. Check the bulletin and website for weekly
prayer guides to lead you to "Pray Like Jesus".

close Prayerlessness vs. Prayerfulness:What Difference Does It … 11/06/2011
close The Posture and Practice of Prayer 10/23/2011
close What’s the Point? Praying When You … 10/20/2011
close When the Answer is No 10/16/2011
close Pray Like Jesus Series Intro 10/09/2011

SERIES Church On Purpose description

The Apostle Paul envisioned first century churches as
communities of believers living on purpose in response to
and fulfillment of the Gospel. To the Philippian church, he
wrote:
"Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of
Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I
may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with
one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel."
Philippians 1:27
Our Fall Vision series “Church ON Purpose” calls us to be a
twenty-first century fully-repurposed Church to engage the
world with the gospel of Christ. May God grant us the favor
to join our hearts “in one spirit, with one mind striving side
by side for the faith of the gospel.”

close The Moved Mover 10/02/2011
close Mission 09/25/2011
close Transformation 09/18/2011
close Community 09/11/2011

SERIES Proverbs description

Solomon prayed for it. He knew it was the greatest gift a
king could possess. The Galatians lacked it. Its absence
caused them to abandon grace for legalism. The possession
of Wisdom will lead God’s people to gain spiritual strength
and blessing. A lack of Wisdom, however, causes God’s
people to stumble into spiritual weakness and foolishness.
Wisdom is God’s gift to rescue us from foolishness. Join
us this summer as we seek the gift of this great spiritual
possession through our study of the book of Proverbs. 

close Jesus: The Wisdom of God 09/04/2011
close Biblical Outliers 08/28/2011
close Occupation Preoccupation 08/21/2011
close 1500 Lives 08/14/2011
close Bound 07/31/2011
close Scorched 07/24/2011
close The Glory of Strength and Splendor … 07/17/2011
close Taming the Tongue, Taming the Heart 07/10/2011
close Confession is Good for the Soul 07/03/2011
close Life (and Lives) Rescued from Foolishness 06/26/2011
close Life with a Father 06/19/2011
close Life on Purpose 06/12/2011
close Life For Your Soul 06/05/2011
close Wisdom: Its Beginning 05/29/2011
close Clear Eyes, Full Heart 05/22/2011
close Rescued from Foolishness Introduction 05/15/2011

SERIES Hebrews description

The author of Hebrews summarizes the book’s one great truth saying, Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man.   Hebrews 8:1-2 For 21st century American, evangelical Protestants, these two verses probably do not evoke much personal response. No real mental or emotional impact from thinking about Jesus as a seated High Priest.  Sounds lofty, maybe even inspiring, but not necessarily life-changing. That’s okay—for now. As we begin our series “Christ Alone”, I am praying that the Spirit of God will stir our hearts to worship Christ, will expand our minds to grow in Christ, and will call our souls to serve in the humility and sacrificial love with which we have been loved by Christ. I pray this prayer for each of us:that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,  far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. Ephesians 1:17-21

close Endure and Engage - In Christ … 05/08/2011
close The Gospel & Leadership in the … 05/01/2011

SERIES Easter 2011

close The Gospel Truth 04/24/2011

SERIES Hebrews

close Expectations 04/17/2011
close Outside The Camp 04/10/2011
close The Heart-Healthy Spiritual Life 04/03/2011
close Jesus: The Same Yesterday, Today, and … 03/27/2011
close By His Grace, For His Glory: … 03/20/2011
close The Kingdom Unshakable 03/13/2011
close The Call to Community 03/06/2011
close Discipline: The Gracious Gift that Nobody … 02/27/2011
close Discipline: The Gracious Gift that Nobody … 02/20/2011
close A Long Obedience in The Same … 02/13/2011

SERIES 2011 Missions Conference description

We live in a unique time. Never before in history could the words “world” and “neighbor” be put in the same sentence. Like it or not, technology has now made this possible. The world is coming to us.

How are we responding? How do we as Christians live as world neighbors? How does this issue impact the next generation, my ministry, my life and my family? We have asked Paul Borthwick to come to especially address this topic. Discover more about Paul here: www.borthwicks.org

close My Family: Becoming a World Neighbor 02/06/2011
close My Ministry: Becoming a World Neighbor 02/05/2011
close My Life - Part 1:Becoming a … 02/05/2011
close My Life - Part 2:Becoming a … 02/05/2011
close Next Generation: Becoming a World Neighbor 02/04/2011

SERIES Missions Week 2011

close Missions Week: Generation Next 01/30/2011

SERIES The Economics of Generosity description

For those who remember the impact of our 2009 series,
"The Economics of Contentment," we anticipate God, in a
similar way, to open our hearts and transform our habits
as we surrender all of our resources to His Kingdom vision.
Rick and Greg will be teaching through the topics from the
"Generosity" book through these first four Sunday's of 2011.
Additional opportunities for growth and guidance will be
provided along the way as we all--as one--walk through the
giving journey of generosity. 

close Out of the Fog: Following Christ … 01/23/2011
close God's Economic Entitlements 01/16/2011
close Playing Hard With God's Money 01/09/2011
close Praise God From Whom All Blessings … 01/02/2011

SERIES Things Hoped For description

Next week, December 5, we begin a new teaching series
entitled "Things Hoped For." We will look at Hebrews chapter
11 and its implications leading to the birth of Christ. "Now
faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of
things not seen." 

close A Faith that Leads to Something … 12/26/2010
close Faith Conquers Fear 12/19/2010
close Promised Though Unseen 12/12/2010
close Life Among the Dead 12/05/2010

SERIES Hebrews description

The author of Hebrews summarizes the book’s one great truth saying, Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man.   Hebrews 8:1-2 For 21st century American, evangelical Protestants, these two verses probably do not evoke much personal response. No real mental or emotional impact from thinking about Jesus as a seated High Priest.  Sounds lofty, maybe even inspiring, but not necessarily life-changing. That’s okay—for now. As we begin our series “Christ Alone”, I am praying that the Spirit of God will stir our hearts to worship Christ, will expand our minds to grow in Christ, and will call our souls to serve in the humility and sacrificial love with which we have been loved by Christ. I pray this prayer for each of us:that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,  far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. Ephesians 1:17-21

close The Full Assurance of Faith: The … 11/28/2010
close The Full Assurance of Faith: Good … 11/21/2010

SERIES Student Ministries Sunday 2010

close The Gospel for A New Generation 11/14/2010

SERIES Hebrews description

The author of Hebrews summarizes the book’s one great truth saying, Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man.   Hebrews 8:1-2 For 21st century American, evangelical Protestants, these two verses probably do not evoke much personal response. No real mental or emotional impact from thinking about Jesus as a seated High Priest.  Sounds lofty, maybe even inspiring, but not necessarily life-changing. That’s okay—for now. As we begin our series “Christ Alone”, I am praying that the Spirit of God will stir our hearts to worship Christ, will expand our minds to grow in Christ, and will call our souls to serve in the humility and sacrificial love with which we have been loved by Christ. I pray this prayer for each of us:that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,  far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. Ephesians 1:17-21

close The Full Assurance of Faith: The … 11/07/2010
close Now Those Draw Near 10/24/2010
close A Body Prepared 10/21/2010
close Once For All: Good Things Now … 10/17/2010
close The Priest of Better Promises 10/10/2010

SERIES Making Room for One More description

What does Scripture teach regarding how we engage
the world? What does a seemingly outdated concept like
“hospitality” have to do with engaging the world? How do
we, as a church, “make room for one more” when our church 
-- and our lives -- are already strained by overcrowding?
These are the questions we will explore as a church as we
reignite our ENGAGE vision over the next 4 weeks and
discover together how practicing the lost art of biblical
hospitality is really the first step to changing our world and
making known Christ and his Gospel

close Christ Reaches One More 10/03/2010
close Opening The Father's Heart To The … 09/26/2010
close Increasing FEFC'S HQ 09/19/2010
close Subversive Hospitality 09/12/2010

SERIES Engage description

The next 3 weeks will be a little different than our regular
flow of Sunday morning. You will have several opportunities
to learn about the progress of Engage and how you can
participate. Community Groups will walk through a review
of the Engagement Planner TODAY and Rick will discuss
the planner in service on August 22. On August 29, you
will hear an update on specific pathways that we have been
pursuing this year as well as our focus areas for the rest of
2010 and 2011. Also, if this is your first exposure to Engage
we encourage you to pick up a copy of our Engage launch
brochure located on the tables at the back of the worship
center this morning.

close Gospel Basics: Grace 09/05/2010
close Gospel Basics: Humanity 08/29/2010
close Gospel Basics: God 08/22/2010
close Our First Year - Engage 08/15/2010

SERIES Celebration Sunday 2010

close Celebration Sunday 08/08/2010

SERIES Christ and His Bride: A Biblical Vision for Marriage description

This short series introduces a position paper from our elders presenting Fellowship's view on Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage. In addition, some of our elders & pastors will host a workshop to present and discuss our church's new Marriage Position Paper during the 9:15 am & 11 am services on August 1. This workshop is open to anyone in our congregation who desires to know more about the biblical teaching and our church's position on these topics. We encourage everyone in our congregation to visit fefc.com to read our new position paper. 

close One Flesh 08/01/2010
close Christ and His Bride (part 2) 07/25/2010
close Christ and His Bride (part 1) 07/18/2010

SERIES Hebrews description

The author of Hebrews summarizes the book’s one great truth saying, Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man.   Hebrews 8:1-2 For 21st century American, evangelical Protestants, these two verses probably do not evoke much personal response. No real mental or emotional impact from thinking about Jesus as a seated High Priest.  Sounds lofty, maybe even inspiring, but not necessarily life-changing. That’s okay—for now. As we begin our series “Christ Alone”, I am praying that the Spirit of God will stir our hearts to worship Christ, will expand our minds to grow in Christ, and will call our souls to serve in the humility and sacrificial love with which we have been loved by Christ. I pray this prayer for each of us:that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,  far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. Ephesians 1:17-21

close The Perfect Sacrifice 07/11/2010
close Such a High Priest 07/04/2010
close Typology in the Bible 06/27/2010

SERIES Fathers Day 2010

close The Impact of a Spiritual Father 06/20/2010

SERIES Hebrews description

The author of Hebrews summarizes the book’s one great truth saying, Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man.   Hebrews 8:1-2 For 21st century American, evangelical Protestants, these two verses probably do not evoke much personal response. No real mental or emotional impact from thinking about Jesus as a seated High Priest.  Sounds lofty, maybe even inspiring, but not necessarily life-changing. That’s okay—for now. As we begin our series “Christ Alone”, I am praying that the Spirit of God will stir our hearts to worship Christ, will expand our minds to grow in Christ, and will call our souls to serve in the humility and sacrificial love with which we have been loved by Christ. I pray this prayer for each of us:that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,  far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. Ephesians 1:17-21

close Elle and Melchizedek 06/13/2010
close Foundations: Abraham and Melchizedek 06/06/2010
close Melchizedek and Santa Claus 05/30/2010
close Security of Salvation in Christ 05/23/2010
close Faith and Patience 05/16/2010
close Gospel Fruits or Fleshly Thorns 05/09/2010
close Engage The World: Cretans, Christians, and … 05/02/2010
close The Perils of Disengagement from God … 04/25/2010
close The Journey of Grief, The Greatness … 04/18/2010
close The Great and Perfect High Priest 04/11/2010

SERIES Easter 2010

close Easter Sunday 04/04/2010
close Palm Sunday: Washed, You are Clean 03/28/2010

SERIES Hebrews description

The author of Hebrews summarizes the book’s one great truth saying, Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man.   Hebrews 8:1-2 For 21st century American, evangelical Protestants, these two verses probably do not evoke much personal response. No real mental or emotional impact from thinking about Jesus as a seated High Priest.  Sounds lofty, maybe even inspiring, but not necessarily life-changing. That’s okay—for now. As we begin our series “Christ Alone”, I am praying that the Spirit of God will stir our hearts to worship Christ, will expand our minds to grow in Christ, and will call our souls to serve in the humility and sacrificial love with which we have been loved by Christ. I pray this prayer for each of us:that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,  far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. Ephesians 1:17-21

close Jesus, Son of God, Great High … 03/21/2010
close The Word of God: Living, Piercing, … 03/14/2010
close The Heart and Art of the … 03/07/2010
close Come to Me, Rest You Will … 02/28/2010
close Lest We Be Hardened 02/21/2010
close Counted More Worthy 02/14/2010

SERIES Missions Week 2010

close MIssions: Love Relocated 02/07/2010
close Missions Week 01/31/2010

SERIES Hebrews description

The author of Hebrews summarizes the book’s one great truth saying, Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man.   Hebrews 8:1-2 For 21st century American, evangelical Protestants, these two verses probably do not evoke much personal response. No real mental or emotional impact from thinking about Jesus as a seated High Priest.  Sounds lofty, maybe even inspiring, but not necessarily life-changing. That’s okay—for now. As we begin our series “Christ Alone”, I am praying that the Spirit of God will stir our hearts to worship Christ, will expand our minds to grow in Christ, and will call our souls to serve in the humility and sacrificial love with which we have been loved by Christ. I pray this prayer for each of us:that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,  far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. Ephesians 1:17-21

close The Wrath of God Satisfied 01/24/2010
close The Great Reversal: Part 3 01/17/2010
close The Great Reversal: Part 2 01/10/2010
close The Great Reversal: Part 1 01/03/2010

SERIES Advent 2009 description

Advent is a season that begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, when the Church commemorates the centuries of waiting for the arrival of the Savior promised to the Jews in the Old Testament. For Christians, the season of Advent is a time of quiet meditation in preparation for the Christmas celebration in honor of the birth of Jesus. Each of the four weeks before Christmas in churches, and in many homes, candles will be lit on an Advent wreath. The history of using a lighted wreath of greens to celebrate the anticipation of the birth of Christ dates to the 9th century AD, when Christians adopted the candle-lit wreath as a symbol of the new faith.

The circle is an ancient symbol, used by many ancient cultures to symbolize eternity. The evergreen branches are also ancient symbols for eternal life. Christians took these ancient symbols and “baptized” them, giving them Christian meanings. The candles symbolized Christ, the Light of the World. Together, the Advent wreath then, is a message symbolizing Christ, the Eternal Light of the World.

Traditionally, the Advent wreath is made of four candles in a circle of evergreens. Each week the candles will be lit, one candle the first week, and then adding another each week, until Christmas Eve, when we will light the center candle, representing Christ and His arrival.

Our hope is to create space for each of us to more fully experience the Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace that are ours because of Christ’s advent.

close That's Why There's Grace 12/27/2009
close A Father's Message 12/20/2009
close His Name Shall Be Called 12/13/2009
close Unto Us... A Child Is Born 12/06/2009

SERIES Hebrews description

The author of Hebrews summarizes the book’s one great truth saying, Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man.   Hebrews 8:1-2 For 21st century American, evangelical Protestants, these two verses probably do not evoke much personal response. No real mental or emotional impact from thinking about Jesus as a seated High Priest.  Sounds lofty, maybe even inspiring, but not necessarily life-changing. That’s okay—for now. As we begin our series “Christ Alone”, I am praying that the Spirit of God will stir our hearts to worship Christ, will expand our minds to grow in Christ, and will call our souls to serve in the humility and sacrificial love with which we have been loved by Christ. I pray this prayer for each of us:that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,  far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. Ephesians 1:17-21

close Tripped by the Stone 11/22/2009
close That Which We Have Heard 11/15/2009
close A Call to Attentiveness 11/08/2009
close Footstools 11/01/2009
close Jesus the One and Only 10/25/2009
close Hebrews: Christ Alone Seated 10/18/2009

SERIES Engage 2009

close Invest: The Spiritual Legacy of Economic … 10/11/2009
close Serving the Afflicted: Holy Expressions of … 10/04/2009
close Through Sanctification and Belief 09/27/2009
close Wholehearted Worship: 6 Words, 1 Purpose 09/20/2009
close Engage 09/13/2009
close Rethink 09/13/2009

SERIES Hosea: The Relentless Heart of a Holy God description

“For I am God and not a man,
the Holy One in your midst” Hosea 11:9
Approaching the topic of God’s holiness is, for me, an experience unlike any other. I find each step towards God’s holiness to be increasingly glorious and increasingly treacherous. To come upon His holiness is, I imagine, like coming upon a rare, never before photographed breed of tiger asleep in the jungle brush. You want to get closer—but not too close. You want to pull back the branches to see more—but you absolutely do not want to awaken him!
A.W. Tozer, in the Knowledge of the Holy, writes of the mystery of God’s holiness:
“Neither the writer nor the reader of these words is qualified to appreciate the holiness of God. Quite literally a new channel must be cut through the desert of our minds to allow the sweet waters of truth that will heal our great sickness to flow in. We cannot grasp the true meaning of the divine holiness by thinking of someone or something very pure and then raising the concept to the highest degree we are capable of. God’s holiness is not simply the best we know infinitely bettered. We know nothing like the divine holiness. It stands apart, unique, unapproachable, incomprehensible and unattainable… Holy is the way God is. To be holy He does not conform to a standard. He is that standard.”
God’s Holiness leaves us in silence. God’s Holiness leads us to repentance. And, when “awakened” by His Word and by His grace, God’s Holiness loves His us into the secure dependence we were created to enjoy as His redeemed children.
I pray that God’s Holiness will be awakened in your heart throughout this 4 week mini-series: “The Relentless Heart of a Holy God”. We are preparing for a new season in our journey together—a season that must characterized first and foremost by increasingly moving deeper into the heart of the Holy One in our midst.

close A Godly Grief Caused by Kindness 09/06/2009
close What Can Separate Us? 08/30/2009
close Spiritual Adultery 08/23/2009
close Other 08/16/2009

SERIES Celebration Sunday 2009 description

As we enjoy Celebration Sunday, 2009, may we all be reminded of the hope that is ours in the Christlife. Such hope will continually fuel our lives with courage, passion, and the willingness to risk our hearts for the sake of the Gospel. Fueled by that hope, the world will be transformed by Christ in us, one relationship at a time.

close Celebration Sunday 08/09/2009

SERIES The Good Life

close The Good Life 08/02/2009

SERIES Heaven

close Heaven: Neither Moth nor Rust 07/26/2009

SERIES Daughters of Eve description

The “Daughters of Eve” series seeks to be a first step toward releasing the joy of the dance, according to the design God intended for male and female. In this series we will limit ourselves to understanding the roles of women in the church. In a future series we will explore together more about the relationships of male and female, including the very significant roles of husband and wife. For now, we just want to get the music started and get everyone out on the dance floor. We have much to learn and many verses yet to be played in the years ahead.

close Adorned In Glory 07/19/2009
close 3 Words, 4 Truths and 1 … 07/12/2009

SERIES Hell. Do We Really Need to Talk About This? description

The subject of “hell” often gets lost in the midst of our 21st century teachings on Christ and the Church. One of the prominent arguments for avoiding the subject—besides its controversial nature—comes from pastors who contend that we should be teaching the person of Jesus Christ, staying focused on the positive aspects of the Gospel message. If they—and we—were more truthful, there would be an admission that biblical teachings on Hell are an offense to human sensibilities. We resist the thought of eternal damnation of human beings because it simply does not line up with how we would create God to be.
Those who consider themselves to be Christians, therefore, passively avoid the subject, or—and this is the increasingly popular choice—actively reject the notion of eternal damnation of human beings. Reflecting on these tendencies, Tim Keller writes,
We must come to grips with the fact that Jesus said more about hell than Daniel, Isaiah, Paul, John, Peter put together. Before we dismiss this, we have to realize we are saying to Jesus, the pre-eminent teacher of love and grace in history, “I am less barbaric than you, Jesus--I am more compassionate and wiser than you.” Surely that should give us pause! Indeed, upon reflection, it is because of the doctrine of judgment and hell that Jesus’ proclamations of grace and love are so astounding.”
To teach the person of Jesus Christ well, to highlight truthfully the positive aspects of the Gospel message thus requires that we present a biblical theology of hell—one that leaves us with nowhere to turn but to Him for love, grace, and life. I pray that your heart turns to Him, again or for the first time, as the Spirit soaks the Word into your heart.

close Selfish Freedom 07/05/2009
close Their Worm Does Not Die 06/28/2009

SERIES Entrusting the Gospel... Finishing the Race description

You would be hard pressed to find two better adjectives to
describe the Apostle Paul’s vision for his life. Observe these
qualities as Paul opens his heart to the elders at Ephesus
in Acts 20:24: (Note that Paul is speaking these words just
moments before he permanently parted company with them all.)
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself,
if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received
from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
Clarity of Paul’s vision: to finish his course and ministry.
Singularity of Paul’s vision: to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
As I read Paul’s words, I am left to reflect upon my personal sense
of vision for my life.  At times, I find myself able to define with
extraordinary clarity what God has purposed me to do to honor His
name. At other times, however, I find myself spiritually driving into a
“fog”, wondering how I got there—and, “Why did He lead me here?”
At times, I seem to be filled with strength, courage, and resolve
stemming from the singularity of my commitment to serve others
with the grace of His Gospel. At other times, however, I find myself
spiritually distracted by all the demands and “stuff” of my daily life.
As we finish the book of II Timothy, reflect on what we have learned
throughout our studies of I and II Timothy. Review Paul’s words of
encouragement, challenge, and direction to Timothy. Note the ways in
which Paul leads Timothy toward clarity and singularity—even in the
face of fierce opposition. Note the intensity of Paul’s passion for Timothy
to serve Christ in a manner that, as Paul has done, moves beyond the
inevitable obstacles: “fog” and “stuff” of life.
Finally, reflect on the value of increasingly living your own life in this
manner. Listen with your heart attuned to the Spirit as Paul concludes
in II Timothy 4:7-8:
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the
faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and
not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
Ask the Father for the grace to live with greater clarity and singularity;
the purpose He has for you.

close Paul's Facebook 06/14/2009
close Running, Fighting, Finishing 06/07/2009
close Fulfill Your Ministry 05/31/2009

SERIES Scripture

close The Breath of God 05/24/2009
close God Keeps His Word 05/17/2009
close A Path To Follow 05/10/2009

SERIES All Scripture is God-Breathed description

In ancient history, the Israelites were known as a “People of the Book.”
They were a “Word-centered” people. This was not something they
discovered on their own. Nor was it the result of a particular popular
teacher who captured their imagination. Rather, their Word-centered
culture resulted from the design and leadership of God Himself. In
Deuteronomy 6, God calls the people to this way of life:
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 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.
     Deuteronomy 6:4-9
When the Hebrew spiritual fathers and leaders were faithful to teach
the Word and set the pace by obeying the Word, the people of Israel
flourished. When they failed in this all-important stewardship of God’s
Truth, the people paid the price—for generations.
Recent research reveals that “71% of U.S. adults develop their own
set of religious beliefs rather than accept the teachings of a particular
church. ‘More people now serve as their own theologian-in-residence
- George Barna’.” The spiritual fathers and leadership community of
Fellowship do not want you to blindly accept the teachings from our
church as the Word of God. We do, however, seek to have the teachings
of our church be from and consistent with the Word of God. No one
should be his or her own “theologian-in-residence”.
As we enter into this three week series considering the “ALL” of scripture,
pray that we do not fail in this all-important stewardship of God’s Truth.
The present and future generations of our church are at stake.
On the Journey - Rick

close Scripture: A Path to Follow 05/10/2009

SERIES The Gospel & The Big Three: Money, Power, & Sex description

No topic leaves us more vulnerable than this one. We all have past wounds in the area of sexuality. We all have current weaknesses, too. Each one of us feels the weight of our culture’s confusion, chaos, and idolatry regarding sex. What possible path forward could walk us through the wounds, the weaknesses, the weight?
Jesus Christ. Full of grace and truth. Jesus Christ. Extending an open, nail-scarred hand. Jesus Christ. Wounded for our sins. Jesus Christ. His grace sufficient for our weakness. Jesus Christ. His yoke is easy, His burden is light—even in the midst of the weight of sin upon our culture.
The Gospel is our response to sin—to ours’ and to the world. As you walk through this week, lay down the stones of condemnation. Take the hand of Jesus. Receive the love, the grace, the truth, and the power to be transformed into ever-increasing depths of glorious holiness (II Corinthians 3:18). As you continue forward, take the hand of Jesus, and offer it to someone who is trapped by the deception of sexual sins. You won’t have to look far to find that someone. But you will have to reach. That’s a good thing—because only those who learn to reach with His love ever come to experience the extent of His love.
I am praying for you. Pray for me. We must not fail to move forward on this journey to become a people of intense conviction, of whole-hearted compassion, and unflinching courage.

close Grace & Sexual Purity 05/03/2009
close The Surrendered Strength of the King: … 04/26/2009
close Getting More Out of Every Dollar … 04/19/2009

SERIES The Economics of Contentment description

For the next seven weeks we will be exploring the call to live as
people who are primarily defined by our contentment in Christ. We
will learn this together through the weekly teaching of His Word and
the worship of His Name, through daily devotionals prepared by our
teaching pastors, and through the movement of His Spirit in the
lives of our congregation. In the midst of an entire nation struggling
with uncertain and anxious times, we will learn that contentment
in Christ leads to a great reward: the capacity to glorify Him as a
people of hope who live in joyous generosity.

close With Crippled Feet, Reclined 12/07/2008
close The 'T' Word 11/30/2008
close The Trial of Wealth 11/23/2008
close Life, Love, and Legacy 11/16/2008
close I want it All 11/02/2008

SERIES Stand: Introduction to First Timothy

close Godliness in the Body 05/18/2009
close Stand and Hope: Part Two 07/27/2008
close Effective Faith 07/20/2008
close Stand and Hope: Part One 07/13/2008
close The Father’s Heart Shown in the … 07/06/2008
close The Father’s Heart Shown in the … 07/06/2008
close Spiritually Formed: Becoming God’s Masterpiece 06/29/2008
close Spiritually Formed: Becoming God’s Masterpiece 06/29/2008
close Spiritual Fatherhood: A Lineage 06/22/2008
close Spiritual Fatherhood: A Lineage 06/22/2008
close Spiritual Fathers & Mothers: Calling Out … 06/15/2008
close A Noble Task: Leading and Serving … 06/08/2008
close The Gospel Cosmic 06/01/2008
close Godliness in the Church: A Witness … 05/25/2008
close Pleasing in His Sight 05/11/2008
close King Eternal: The Uncompromising Glory of … 05/04/2008
close Engaging the World with The Christ 04/27/2008
close “Did God Really Say...” 04/20/2008
close 8 Greek Words 04/06/2008
close An Introduction to First Timothy 03/30/2008
close Living With (not in) Sin: The … 03/13/2008
close Living With (not in) Sin: The … 03/13/2008

SERIES Easter 2008

close REDEMPTION: Amazing Grace, Extravagant Freedom 03/23/2008
close Whats So 'Good' About Friday? 03/16/2008

SERIES Extravagant Love description

Extravagant Love:
God’s Design for Our Most Intimate Relationships
Over the next four weeks we will be exploring what the Bible teaches us about healthy, honest, and redeeming relationships through God’s design for marriage. Whether you are single, dating, engaged or married, this series is for you. What makes marriages work the way God intends is the same thing that makes all intimate relationships work the way God intends. Intimate relationships are the main crucible God uses (if we let him) to create in us a heart that loves extravagantly like Jesus Christ’s.
God gives each of us the freedom to choose what blueprint or design we follow when building our intimate relationships. We also have the freedom to change the design if we think the current one isn’t working like we thought it would. With the extravagant resources available to us through Christ we can experience a whole new way to live in intimate relationships with others. That’s what God’s design for marriage shows us. That’s what this series will explore.
As part of this month’s series on extravagant love, we are encouraging all of you to participate in one of two outstanding conferences happening Friday evening and Saturday morning, March 7-8, at Fellowship. For the married and soon-to-be-married among us: The DNA of Relationships for Couples led by the National Marriage Organization. For the singles among us: The Connecting to the Heart Conference, “It’s all about Relationships” led by Author, Therapist and Speaker, Georgia Shaffer. Registration begins TODAY in the lobby for both conferences.
This is a month at Fellowship that can change your life and transform your relationships -- don’t miss any part of it!

close Marital Grace: Naked and Unashamed 03/09/2008
close The Cross and The Ring: Everlasting … 03/02/2008
close The Missing Ingredient 02/24/2008
close Marriages that Work 02/17/2008

SERIES Missions Week 2008

close The Power of Generosity 02/10/2008
close Missions Week 02/03/2008

SERIES 3 Degrees of Separation

close Living a Life of Extravagant Spiritual … 01/27/2008
close Living in Extravagant Spiritual Wealth 01/13/2008
close Three Degrees of Separation 01/06/2008