Messages by Pastor John Fairchild
If the disciples had remained focused on looking for Jesus they would never have spread the good news throughout the world. Do we spend our time looking up, waiting for Jesus’ return, or are we engaged in the world and taking Jesus everywhere we go?
We are easily distracted from our focus on God’s plan and will for our lives. Like the Romans, we may be worshiping an “unknown” god or allowing the world to pull us away form worship of the living God. This season of isolation is a good time to reorient yourself and your priorities.
How much is prayer worth to you? What would you do if you couldn’t pray? Either struggling to know how to pray and having motivation to pray might be contrasted against our taking prayer for granted. God has given us the incredible gift of being able to communicate with him directly and to call on the power of all heaven.
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common.
Jesus finds us where we are Today’s Scripture – John 20:19-29 We typically focus on Thomas as the doubter, the one who dares question the resurrection. We ought to see him as who he is, one who loved Jesus and was in deep grief following the resurrection. The notion that Jesus actually was alive and had come back was shocking. For Thomas this was a pivotal moment of faith for him and affirmed him worthy of Jesus’ love and affection…
The disciple whom Jesus loved tells the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection, a story of the power of God to forgive sin.
The act of foot washing depicted in John teaches us about God’s character of service, grace, love and calls us to humility. Not only is our Creator God all powerful, but also gentle and capable of humility with us demonstrating his great love.
God is listening, but do we take time to speak? God is still speaking, but do we take time to listen? This time of isolation is a perfect time to practice our spiritual discipline of prayer; speaking AND listening. What does God want to tell you during this season?
John 3:5 Titus 3:5-8 The Nicene Creed declares the identity of Jesus based on scripture and the witness of the Apostles and early church fathers. It is that declaration of our hope though Jesus and that gives us joy even in difficult times like the present. Make your donation today Paul and the other early disciples understood what Christ had done on the cross and just how important is is that we realize Christ died for us even while we…
The Nicene Creed is important because it grounds us into one of the essentials of faith; the Holy Trinity. It spells out the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the nature of God and the Holy Spirit and the co-equal nature and unity of God. It is a way for us to understand how God interacts and to see his character in human terms.
Acts 1:8, John 15:4-5, Romans 5:8 Making Disciples in the Wesleyan tradition means that it is practical and accountable. Practical in that we are engaged in the world in good works and sharing the gospel of Jesus and accountable in that we are engaged in small groups where we encourage, pray, study, and hold one another accountable. Wesley, through his formation of the “Holy Club” developed a way to be practical in faith, not just in worship and the sacraments.…
Making disciples means we have to get off the sidelines of our faith and bear down on the work of sharing the good news and mentoring others into faith. This is the ‘stuff’ of kingdom building and is Jesus’ last command for us.