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Messages by Pastor John Fairchild (Page 2)

Within Earshot

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?

Born Anew

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…

I Believe

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.

Sanctification, A Wesleyan View of Discipleship

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.…

The 21st Century Disciple

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.

Wesley’s Three Simple Rules

Acts 26:26-29 The king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was not done in a corner. Message Text Message Study Guide “Charity begins at home but should not end there.” Thomas Fuller Let us gather our gifts together andoffer them to God in gratitude and praise. Make your donation today! Watch the entire service here: 8:00 am Message         9:00 am Service           …

The Grace of Loving Others

Loving Others as God calls us will always challenge and stretch us beyond our comfort zone. Yet, it does not mean that we don’t hold others accountable. In fact, love requires us to help others grow in faith and strength. Love for others will be hard work.

A Wesleyan View of Grace

If God Love us, how does he express that love? It is not through prosperity or physical blessings (though that sometimes happens) but by the “means of grace” which are varied and multi-layered. There is one grace described with the characteristics; Prevenient, Justifying, and Sanctifying. These three components help inform us and help us identify where God is at work.

On God and Black letters – #1 Love God

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Knowing and loving God means struggling with the reality of a God who truly loves us, but also calls us to live for him and this means the black letters of the Bible are just as important to us, challenging as they may be, as the wonderful red letters of Jesus’ teaching. Who do you say God is? God calls us to love him with everything we have and that’s tough language, especially for us who live in…

The First Carols: The Gloria

As we have examined the first Christmas Carols; Zechariah’s Song and Mary’s The Magnificat we see they lead directly to the Gloria at birth of Jesus. Everything from the Old Testament and everything in the New points to this moment of his birth and leads us to his ministry, the cross, and the resurrection. Jesus is not only the center, he is the answer to everything. Find Jesus – find peace.

Unexpected Gift

Christmas challenges us to accept Jesus as a surprising and transformative gift. We expect liberation from earthly powers, just as the Jews expected a revolutionary leader to free them from Roman oppression. Yet, what we get is more, better, greater because it is both a transformation and freedom now but it is also eternal.
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Linus in the Charlie Brown Christmas

Linus leaves his insecurities at the feet of Jesus, and so can we. “Charity begins at home but should not end there.” Thomas Fuller Let us gather our gifts together and offer them to God in gratitude and praise. Give Here