Evidences of Grace

The “Nones” are the fastest growing part of our population in the US. They’re the people who check the box “None” on survey’s asking, Which religion do you most closely identify with? They’re not closed to faith, they’re “spiritual, but not religious.” They want to know what you believe and why, so they’ll have the conversation. But they also want to see your faith lived out in your life.

In the first century, there was a group of believers who were models of what authentic Christian faith looks like. Paul wrote them a letter we know as 1 Thessalonians. In chapter 1:1-3, Paul points out their “work of faith, labor of love, and steadfastness of hope” are three evidences of God’s grace transforming their lives.

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-3, Acts 17:1-7; James 2:14-17

A Deliberate Blessing

Foothills Church is called to deliberately bless the Ahwatukee community, especially in the face of opposition.

Scripture: Romans 12:14-21 & Luke 6:20-36

A Deliberate Community

We at Foothills Baptist Church are to have a humble service that is characterized by love. We can do this by being a deliberate community that puts Jesus first for the sake of others.

Scripture: Romans 12:3-13

A Deliberate Sacrifice

Christians deliberately seek to have their minds renewed as they offer up their redeemed bodies as living, holy, acceptable sacrifices for the worship and service of God and for the good of others, which results in a supernatural transformation of their affections and actions.

Scripture: Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 4:7-12

Jesus Christ, the Wisdom of God

Life is filled with choices every day. We make most without much thought. But others make us stop, force us to think, consider and weigh the outcome. We need God’s wisdom to live in God’s world. But we have a choice, we can choose God’s wisdom, and take that path, or we can take the path of folly. One ends in life and the other in death. We should seek wisdom, and the good news is that the wisdom of God for life, in Jesus, is already seeking us!

Scripture: Proverbs 8, 1; Corinthians 1:24; Hebrews 1:1-2; Colossians 1:15-16; John 1:1-12

God’s Wisdom for Marital Faithfulness

We live in a sexualized society. Sexual intimacy has been distorted. It’s all about my personal pleasure rather than how I can serve my husband or wife out of love.

Proverbs isn’t prudish about sexual intimacy. God encourages us to “drink the water,” and enjoy the gift He’s given us. It’s meant as a blessing. It’s meant for our flourishing. But he warns us that the desire He’s given us can be misused, so we should “flee the fire.” If we think we know better, if we refuse to listen, we’ll get burned. Our very lives are at stake. In the end, we must “guard our hearts.”

God’s Wisdom for Choosing a Spouse

Overall people are getting married at a much lower number, and at a slower rate than ever before. And the way people make decisions about whom to marry goes from the “old fashioned” way of meeting someone face to face for the first time, and from there moving into a dating relationship, to swiping through images on their phone, to indulging considering that a process like The Bachelor or The Bachelorette is actually wise.

The choice of a husband or wife is the most consequential decision a person can make in their life. Your personal well-being is at stake, the well-being of the next generation is at stake, and the glory of God in the world is at stake. The husband or wife of your dreams is a gift from God, yet He expects you to choose wisely.

Scripture: Proverbs 12:4, 31:10-31, Ephesians 5; Colossians 3; 1 Peter 3

God’s Wisdom for Finances

As a church, we chose years ago to not be afraid of talking about money. In fact, after studying the gospels we decided that one of our measures would be, “Do I live the life of a generous giver?” That’s a discipleship question. How I handle my money, my level of generosity doesn’t begin with my bank account, it starts in my heart.

Proverbs is loaded with God’s wisdom on Money. Today, we’re going to look mainly at chapter 3 to learn four principles on handling our money.

Scripture: Proverbs 3:9-10

Godly Ethics at Work

We all want to work with people who have a solid work ethic, but ethics at work aren’t always clear. People feel the pressure to conform to a culture in the workplace that cuts corners and lacks integrity. Does God care anything about the way we work? And how do we overcome the external and internal pressure to work in a way that lacks integrity?

Scripture: Proverbs 10:9-10, 16:11, 11:1, 20:23; Genesis 25-32, 42-43; Romans 8:28; Matthew 6:31-33

Security Comes From Knowing God

We were privileged to hear from Pastor Nate Millican who used to be our lead pastor and is now a pastor at Graceland Church, as well as serving on the North American Mission Board. Pastor Nate spoke about how knowing God brings security, referencing Psalm 125. Listen to what he had to say about this topic.