I am so excited that we just celebrated our 5th birthday together as a church. As I look back from where we started, I praise Jesus for where we are now and where I believe that He is taking us. I have never been more excited to be your pastor.
It is a joy to lead you. Thank you for letting me teach you the Bible. I love helping you grow in your knowledge of God’s Word and progress in becoming more like Jesus.
Meditate on these verses this week:
Do not be surprised brothers, that the world hates you. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death.
1 John 3:13-14
Here are the sermon notes from Sunday:
The text for this sermon comes from: Acts 19. The title of this sermon is: The Gospel Changes Cities, A Message of Hope.
FaithPoint is 5 years old today! We praise Jesus that we have been together as a faith filled family for 5 years.
- We have studied the Book of Acts
- We have studied the Psalm 1 man
- We have studied the Proverbs 31 woman
- We have looked at misconceptions of what people in our city think about God, Jesus, the church, and the Bible and we saw how Scripture responds
- We talked about finding your person of peace and pouring your life into them
- We even looked at the gospel through the theme of superheroes
All for the purpose of strengthening and equipping you to reach others.
Well, the time has come to change things up.
To change the culture of a city and the surrounding cities, you first have to change the culture of the church.
So, I would like to share with you where FaithPoint is headed over the next 5 years.
We are going to start by looking at Acts 19.
Paul preaches in the synagogue in Ephesus. Some people repented and turned their whole lives over to Jesus. Others became stubborn and continued in their unbelief. They became uncomfortable and started speaking evil of the Way before the congregation. They started mouthing off to the church and so Paul moved and took the church with him. He continued to pour into the people by teaching and reasoning.
People were being healed from being sick and incurable diseases.
This is no different than what James says in James 5:15-16
“And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”
Where does that power come from? The same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you!
1 John 5:14
“And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”
“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
People starting having a reverent wonder and awe of Jesus that people in Ephesus didn’t even have of their own stupid god, Artemis. Christians came confessing sins, and getting rid of all things that held them in bondage.
You want to talk accountability – they burned everything they were enslaved to…in front of everybody.
People started getting uncomfortable. A significant number of people were getting saved. They were listening to Scripture and obeying. So much so, that they stopped spending their money on sinful things and this impacted the economy. Business owners who made their business in sinful things became frustrated because they are now losing money.
Paul did not say anything against the business owners. He did not call for a boycott. He didn’t even gossip or talk bad about their god that doesn’t even exist. He just kept preaching Jesus.
You should have a holy discontent in your spirit.
- Does it bother you that you work with lost people?
- Does it bother you that you have friends that go to church that are not plugged in to their church?
- Does it bother you that you know people that don’t think church is important?
- Does it bother you that there is an adult pornographic store in Warner Robins?
- Does it bother you that there are wiccans, pagans, and sorcerers in Warner Robins? – There is a “magic store” on the same street as this hotel in which FaithPoint has its services.
- Does it bother you that there is a strip club and a Hindu temple in Byron?
- Does it bother you that there is an Islamic chapter that holds meetings in Centerville?
- Does it bother you that Macon has the largest adult pornographic store this side of Atlanta?
- Does it bother you that Georgia is the hub of sex trafficking in the south?
If none of these things bother you – you need to see if your worldview lines up with the Bible.
If you feel overwhelmed – than this is an area of unbelief in your life. Your Shepherd, Jesus, is the Redeemer King. KING. How long is this crap going to run rampant? How long are we going to let this mess keep going on our watch without doing anything about it?
Our city, surrounding cities and our state are in need of truth and hope.
Matthew 12:21, “And in his name the Gentiles will hope.”
Jesus is the hope of the world.
Not the next governor.
Not the next president.
Not Oprah, not drugs, not YouTube, not Dr. Phil, not Netflix, not your work, not a spouse, not kids, and definitely not money.
Jesus. Jesus is the hope of the world. He always has been and he always will be. Jesus is enough.
2 Corinthians 1:7, “Our hope for you is unshaken.”
The world cannot say that. Their view of hope changes with whatever direction that the wind blows.
The church is the center of hope. If people cannot find hope at a church, they are not going to find it anywhere else.
The church is God’s chosen method to deliver the message of the gospel to our broken world.
Over the next five years we want to build your gospel centered arsenal.
We are going to pray for you by name that your boldness, courage, and faith be increased mightily. We are going to pray that Jesus is made much of in your life. Jesus must increase and you must decrease.
We are going to give you articles and videos to share so that you can have a gospel centered presence on all of your social media channels. Watch our Facebook pages.
We encourage you to open your homes to friends, family and co-workers to have gospel centered conversations.
We encourage you to take notes so that you can be better equipped to share with others what God is teaching you.
All of the sermons are going to be point blank. We want to kick unbelief in the face. We want to call out the fire inside you. You are called to be the city on a hill. We want your light to shine so bright that it is blinding. It would be like looking straight into the sun.
We encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and walk in faith. Be comfortable with being uncomfortable.
We want to attack anxiousness.
We want to destroy doubt.
We want to fight fear.
We want to take the war to worry.
We want to lay the smackdown down on sin.
We want the church to be on the same page. We want to be united in what we believe.
Doctrinally and theologically
We also want to encourage you to pass out invite cards.
How long will we pass out invite cards?
- Until Strippers, Starship, the Hindu Temple, the Islamic chapter, and the “magic store” are gone.
- Until Macon no longer has the largest adult pornographic store this side of Atlanta.
- Until Georgia is no longer the hub for sex trafficking in the south
- Until somebody that you never met invites you to FaithPoint
We will do whatever it takes to
- Make disciples
- Train men
- Develop pastors
- Send missionaries
- Plant churches
1 Timothy 4:10,
“For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.”
Until you stand in front of Jesus and are overcome by the light of His glorious grace.
I LOVE OUR CHURCH!
Happy Birthday FaithPoint!
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