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FBC E-Blast - May 14, 2012
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May 14, 2012

You Are All One

Galatians 3

Galatians 3:26-29 says, For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Jesus said that the world would know that we are disciples because of the love we have for one another. Later, He prayed that we would be one just as He and the Father are one. Jesus cared a lot about our unity. Our unity shows the world that God sent Jesus into the world. But simply look around and you'll find plenty of disunity and discord among the people of God in the form of age-old debates, denominational differences, and church splits. Why is unity so difficult for church people? Maybe Christians are more interested in being right about some issue than seeing lives changed through the gospel. Maybe we have detached ourselves from anyone who is slightly different than us. Maybe we have not fully repented of racism. Or, maybe we have an attitude of elitism or entitlement.

In any case, the message of the gospel is hindered when Christ-followers fight. Can we come together and at least say, "If they are not against us, they are for us"?

Politics or government will not save the world. Education will not save the world. Morality will not save the world. Only Jesus will save humankind. The world is waiting for the church to unify around the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.

Jesus' prayer was this in John 17:22-23, And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. Lord, unify us.

Used by permission from NewSpring Church

Upcoming Events

May 20 - Two special meetings following AM Worship Service. We will be having a VBS meeting as well as Small Groups Meeting.

May 27 - Special Service and Picnic at the Caldwell's pavilion at 11 AM. No Sunday School or Sunday Night Bible Study. Remember, no service at the church on this day.

Small Groups will be starting again. Please sign up in the foyer. There will be a meeting soon to determine material as well as the times for the meetings.

Special Opportunity

We have been approached by an individual who wants to help our church to be proactive in being prepared for the future. Recently there was a chance to purchase the house behind the church, but we were not in any position to purchase it. They have since taken it off the market, but will most likely be putting it back on the market in a year or so. This anonymous person has offered to match up to $5000 each month (from May through December) that would be given to the parsonage fund over and above your regular offerings. This is a great opportunity to get prepared to purchase some needed property for parking since our church is landlocked. Please consider donating some money towards this fund so we can be better prepared for this possible opportunity.

Upcoming Series:

Forgotten Virtues
      Purity. Honor. Loyalty. Integrity. Gratitude. Are they gone? Did we leave true character behind? Join us as we learn what we can do to restore these Forgotten Virtues.

      We started a new series as we honored our mothers yesterday. The series is called Forgotten Virtues and the message was called Purity. Why is Purity a forgotten virtue? Because we have forgotten who we are, we have forgotten our calling, and we have forgotten our pure behavior.
      Sunday's message is available on our website, just under the calendar, or you can listen by visiting us on iTunes. You can also listen to previous messages.

Next Week:
      We continue Forgotten Values with Honor. We hope to see you here!

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