April 2016 – Present
The Apostles’ Creed, having found its origins from the teaching of Jesus’ apostles, is the doctrinal ground upon which the foundation of our faith stands and is sustained. The biblical truths in the creed help us to know the difference between good and bad theology, and root our modern day Christianity as part of a long and rich historical work of God that continues to this day. The creed is more than words to know, but truths that inform how we live as the everyday people of God. Join us at FCC Andover and North Andover as we track through our new preaching series.
January 2016 – April 2016
The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ has the power to transform everything! This is the big, beautiful, and bold truth that Peter conveys to Christians who are asking the question, “How do I live this out in my everyday life? How do I maintain hope as I live in a culture that is hostile to the good news of Jesus?” These questions continue to resonate for us today. As we endeavor to live as the people of God in the world, seeking to be the church in everyday life, chosen in grace and set apart by the work of Jesus, Peter tells us to “set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Join as we track through the biblical book of 1 Peter and strive to be the everyday people of God, on everyday mission, anchored in the grace that is found in Jesus.
November 2015 – December 2015
The world can be a dark place: terrorist attacks, wars, drug epidemics, disease. And it’s not just the world “out there”. If we look honestly into our own hearts we find darkness there as well: sadness, anger, disappointment, brokenness. We are desperate for light to shine into our darkness. That is what Christmas is all about: light coming into darkness.
The virgin, the inn, the manger, the angels, the shepherds, the wise men, the baby. The biblical accounts of Christmas give us the details but it is the gospel writer, John, in Chapter 1 of his account of the life of Jesus, who gives us the big picture view of what was going on that first Christmas: light was coming into darkness. Join us this Advent season as we consider again Jesus, “the true light that gives light to everyone”.
October 2015 – November 2015
PRAYER is natural, almost instinctual. Most religious people pray: Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists. Even many non-religious people pray- surveys show about 41% of non-religious Americans pray at least monthly (atheists, agnostics, and “nones”). As Christians, we see the practice of prayer throughout the pages of the Bible. Jesus expected his followers to pray- “when you pray…” (Mat. 6:5-7). Most of us believe we should be people of prayer. But what is prayer exactly? What does prayer do? What is the right way to pray (or the wrong way for that matter)? This fall, we will be focusing together on what the bible teaches about prayer so that we all might grow and experience all that God intends for us through this great gift of prayer.
September 2015 – October 2015
Why do we exist as a church? Who are we? What does God want us to do? How are we to do it? If we can answer those questions well, we will have a firm foundation and direction for our way of life together. Our hope is to recapture a clear vision of what God desires to do in and through this church family. Join us as we kick off this ministry year with this four-week series from Ephesians 3 and 4 as we focus on aspects our purpose statement.