What Did Jesus Just Say?!? (Part 2)

Jesus says the people who are eager to judge/condemn others should take a long look in the mirror and evaluate themselves before they consider going to someone else. No one gives mercy better than the individual who is convinced that they need grace/mercy.

Jesus isn’t saying put your head in the sand regarding people’s action but you/I need to become convinced of our own sin and our need for mercy/grace… when we do that we’ll be a great candidate to speak into someone else’s life.

Scripture: Matthew 7:1-12

What Do We Value at Foothills?

Seth Godin says that “all the promises & explanations in the world pale in comparison with what you do…words keep getting cheaper, which makes action more valuable than ever.” The actions I’m referring to this morning come from our values. Our values are intended to permeate everything we do as a church. Our values here at Foothills are:

  1. The Authority of Scripture
  2. Simplicity
  3. Better Together
  4. Lost People

Listen to the following sermon as Pastor Nate explains what this means.

I’m Thankful For You!

What brings people to a church? For almost every person it’s a place, program, personality or a pastor. What keeps a person at a church? Relationships—every time.

Paul’s words highlight:

  1. the relationship he had with the Philippians and
  2. the joy they brought him.

Scripture: Philippians 1:3-8; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Life In Community

Communities centered on the gospel are God’s plan A to help people discover identity and worth. These types of communities bring hope to a lonely and isolated society. I am not arguing that the local church is the hope of the world as many would. Jesus is the hope of the world and in His sovereign plan; God has always had a people who represent Him and the good news He brings to a wandering world. Isolation and loneliness are contested through the promise Jesus brings in salvation and through the sanctification that is pursued in and through authentic community. Gospel communities help foster relationship with Jesus and are therefore vital to continual growth and maturity into the new worth, identity and mission that comes through Jesus alone. Gospel communities alone do not bring about identity and worth but they display the one who does.

Scripture: Romans 12:9

Roles and Relationships in the Church

The way we relate to each other in the church, Pastors and members, younger or older, hinges on our relationship with Jesus. So, whatever role God’s given you in the church, live it out with the humility of Jesus.

For Pastors- you go first. “You must be what you want to see” in the church.

For members – if your younger, rather than making assumptions or assertions about the leaders, be teachable, and for all, put on the humility of Jesus.

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:1-5

Report Card: Operation Christmas Child BOXES

The smile of a child, especially during Christmas, is something that will warm your heart. You will be surprised how many children will go through Christmas never receiving a gift or hearing the story of the greatest gift of all, Jesus. Unfortunately, this is the reality of many children in this world. This is where Operation Christmas Child comes in.

By filling a shoebox with some fun and practical items, you’ll get to share the joy of Christmas and the Gospel with a child somewhere in the world. This year, Foothills collected 375 boxes! How amazing is that? Not only that, Foothills volunteers logged 107 hours of service to make the boxes project possible!

You would think that it stops there, but our collection was added to boxes from other churches in Ahwatukee, the South Valley and South Mountain areas of Phoenix for a total of 24,764 shoeboxes. That is a whole lot of shoeboxes for a lot of smiling kids.

The boxes are on their way to the California Processing Center and will be shipped to Peru, Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines, Mongolia and to Native Americans.

Once again, this could not have been possible without every one of you coming together and making this happen. It is your generosity that will bring a smile to a less fortunate child and will allow them to learn about the Gospel.

Report Card: Thanksgiving BAGS

Thanksgiving is the time of year when you are able to get together with your family and friends around a dinner table to share a delicious Thanksgiving feast. As much as our tummy’s are thankful for this, we are also reminded that not everyone is as fortunate. Each year there are families who can’t have a thanksgiving meal simply because they cannot afford it.

At Foothills, we know that we are called to GO and help those in need. As we do every year, we had a Thanksgiving Food Bag Drive to collect food for families who would not otherwise have a Thanksgiving meal. And once again you all came through.

On Saturday, November 21st, 147 Thanksgiving food bags were delivered to Rio Vista for their annual Thanksgiving feast for the neighborhood. These are the food bags that you all donated!

At the end of the feast, each family is given a food bag and a frozen turkey for their celebration on Thanksgiving Day. In addition, Foothills gave $1,000.00 for the purchase of turkey’s for the food bags. In past years, there have been over 700 people in attendance!

This all wouldn’t be possible without your support. It is your generosity that allowed these families to have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. And for that we say THANK YOU!

You Have Become Very Dear to Us

The bond between a Pastor and the congregation cannot be broken by distance.

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2-3