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FBC E-Blast - January 22, 2018
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January 22, 2018

The Hope of Peace - Romans 15

Despite man's best efforts, the world's longing for peace remains unfulfilled. Each new generation has high hopes for reconciliation among people and nations but in the end faces disappointment.

One day Christ will return and make everything right. Until then, believers are called to be His ambassadors of peace. However, becoming a Christian does not automatically change us into people who pursue kindness and unity.

At times we're quick-tempered and impatient and find it hard to live in harmony with others. We may have trouble letting go of attitudes or habits that hurt those around us—and occasionally we don't even want to. God knows our true character and has provided the Holy Spirit to transform us into Jesus' likeness. The Spirit opens our minds to understand and apply Scripture. He gives us the power to say no to ungodliness and to replace me-centered thinking with a Christ-centered viewpoint. He patiently produces His fruit in us, which includes love, joy, and peace (Galatians 5:22-23). With His help, we can become peacemakers who work to bring about reconciliation between God and others (Matthew 5:9).

While our world keeps hoping for peace through man's solutions, we know the only source of lasting unity is Jesus Christ.

The Lord wants our hearts to be ruled by His peace (Colossians 3:15) and our relationships to be marked by a spirit of oneness. How encouraged other people will be when they realize it's the transforming power of God in our lives that brings about reconciliation in our marriages, families, and churches.

Current Sermon Series
      In this series we will discuss the believer's peace with God, standing in grace, hope of glory, possession of love, certainty of deliverance, and joy in God. But we will also address two significant questions about assurance.

Last Week:
      Hope is the joyful anticipation of a future guaranteed event. We have that in Christ. That is another reason we are secure in our salvation. God promises to promote us to His glory, one day in heaven. God doesn't renege His promises, we can trust Him.
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

Next Week:
      We will continue our series Eternal Security by looking at the next link in the chain of our eternal security..

Upcoming Events

January 23 - Dartball Game at Hickory. Be there by 7:30 PM

January 28 - Men & Boys Dinner at Eat'n Park at 4:30 PM

February 4 - Lord's Supper & Deacon's Fund Offering
                      Carry-in Fellowship Dinner after AM Worship Service

February 10 - Trustee Meeting at 8 AM
                        Salad Mix-Off & Dessert Bake-Off at 6 PM, main course provided by the church

February 11 - Deacon's Meeting at 8 AM

March 2 - Church-wide Bowling more details to come

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