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.

Divine Adoption

God looked down on the hopelessness of humanity, and He took action by sending forth His Son, for the intended purpose of redeeming His people, with the desired result of adoption and affection.

Christian’s are imitators of our Heavenly Father. So when we see the hopelessness of orphans, we take action by caring for them in their distress, with the desired result of their adoption and affection, for the purpose of their eternal redemption.

Scripture: Galatians 4:4-7

Ambassadors for Christ

We were privileged to hear from Pastor Bryan Catherman who is the pastor at Redeeming Life Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, as he talks about being Ambassadors for Christ, referencing 2 Corinthians 5:16. Listen to what he had to say about this topic.

Persistent Prayer

God is a good Father who answers persistent prayer. In this passage, Jesus teaches us how to pray and the daily petitions we should bring before God. We see God juxtaposed with an unwilling neighbor and earthly fathers, both of whom are willing to meet needs, but how much more is God able and willing to answer the prayers of His children.

Scripture: Luke 11:1-13

Lead Elder Installation Service

After months of searching for the will of God, the church has now affirmed Brian McCoy as the new Lead Elder of Foothills Baptist Church. This is the installation service instating Brian into this new position.

What are the responsibilities that accompany the office of lead elder? What priorities should he establish to serve well in this position?

We can ask the same question of the church. What are the church’s responsibilities to Brian to enable him to serve well?

The ceremony of installation is meant to formally inaugurate Brian’s ministry as the new Lead Pastor and encourage both the church and Brian to thrive in this new and sacred relationship.

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:1-5

Unacceptable Love Part 2

Before a parent would die for their child, they die to self. Love is not first found in the big outward acts of dying for another person, but inwardly dying to self. Love, as demonstrated by Jesus in washing His disciple’s feet, is laying aside status and forsaking entitlement to pursue the holiness of another person.

Scripture: John 13:31-35

Unacceptable Love Part 1

Jesus calls His people to love one another with a supernatural love, so much so as to joyfully participate in one another’s pursuit of holiness.

Scripture: John 1:1-17

Pure & Undefiled Religion

God has called His people to pick up the weapon of pure and undefiled religion in the spiritual war that Satan has declared on children. Pure and undefiled religion is care for orphans in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Scripture: James 1:27

Do You Remember the Time?

The Scriptures teach a theology of remembrance, meaning part of our calling as Christians is to daily, hourly remember who Jesus is and who we are in Him. Remembering is a crucial discipline of the Christian.

Scripture: Ephesians 2:1-10

What’s the Mission of the Church?

Over the last 20-30 years, churches and individual Christians have plunged into short-term and long-term missions like never before. Thousands have been deployed: digging wells, building schools, caring for orphans, conducting medical clinics, erecting homes, doing Vacation Bible Schools, serving in the inner-cities or remote, rural villages. Physical suffering, injustice, poverty and refugees are just a few examples of many global problems, and followers of Jesus are rightly motivated to do some good works to address these wrongs and meet these needs in the world.

But, what exactly is the unique mission of the church? In this Great Commission we learn that discipling the nations of the world depends on the obedience of Jesus’ disciples in the church. And so He lays out the mission with 1 core command, 2 great promises, and 3 essential tasks.

Scripture: Matt. 28:16-20