FBC E-Blast - April 11, 2016
FBC E-Blast

April 11, 2016

True Spiritual Growth - John 12

We all know that Jesus walked the road to Calvary, but did you know that believers also journey to the cross? We've all been positionally crucified with Christ, but those who hunger for Him participate in a deeper experience of this reality. Jesus lovingly takes their hand and leads them to the cross. Even though this is the last place anyone wants to go, it's the only way to partake of God's best for our lives.

The trip to the cross is not one you take with family and friends. It's a lonely journey with just you and Jesus. He strips away everyone and everything you've depended on so that you'll learn to rely only on Him. While we're at the cross, He uncovers layer after layer of self-deception until we begin to see ourselves as He does. Soon our self-centeredness, inadequacy, and failures are laid bare.

The cross is a place of brokenness, but it's necessary because there's no other way we'll ever bear fruit. If we hang onto our lives and refuse to take this journey, we'll be like a grain of wheat that is never planted and never grows. But those who willingly die to themselves will produce an abundance of spiritual fruit. The only way Christ can live His life through us is if we've allowed ourselves to be crucified.

God doesn't want you to be content with just your salvation. There's so much more He desires to give you and accomplish through you. Are you willing to take the road to the cross with Him? Yes, it's painful, but the rewards in this life and in eternity far outweigh any suffering you will experience.

Current Sermon Series
      The negative neighbor. The critical co-worker. The manipulative family member. We all have difficult people in our lives. Let's learn how we can live with - and show love to - Those People. We will learn to biblically deal with Overly Needy People, Manipulating People, Hypocritical People, and Critical People.

Last Week:
      There are those in our lives who try to manipulate us. Manipulators will use many things to get us to do what they want. 1) Flattery 2) Threats and 3) Guilt. We learned 3 more prayers to help us to deal with them.
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

Next Week:
      Next week we will continue our series by looking into Those Hypocritical People.

Upcoming Events

April 20, 2016 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7 PM

April 24, 2016 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service

April 28, 2016 - Men's Bible Study at 7 PM at the church

April 29, 2016 - Teen Activity at Flight Trampoline Park. Cost is $5 per teen. Meet at the church at 6 PM. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Ben. church

May 1, 2016 - Carry-in Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service

May 2, 2016 - Ladies Bible Study at 7 PM at Stephanie Robinson's house

May 7, 2016 - Women's Dinner at 4 PM at the church

May 15, 2016 - Special Guest Speaker George Dimakos, missionary to Greece, will be with us this day.

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    Midway, PA   15060
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