Bound for Joy

January 2018 – March 2018

The apostle Paul’s warm letter to his friends in Philippi is one of the most joy-filled parts of the Bible even though the author was bound in chains in a Roman prison. He wrote them a reminder that we all need: keep your faith in the good news of Jesus and you can find joy even in the most unlikely places. Whether you are beginning as a Christian or have been walking with Christ for many years, this letter is a great encouragement to press on in the faith and shine the good news of Jesus in every part of our lives.

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Anticipation (Advent 2017)

There is always a big buildup to Christmas. Some of it is sweet: the anticipation of joy, celebration, and generosity. Some of the buildup is unhelpful: commercial hysteria and incessant activity that brings stress and exhaustion. Jesus came into a world full of anticipation, a world with a deep desire for all to see a fulfillment of God’s promises to save the world and bring His blessing. Join us this advent season as we explore some of God’s promises that build the anticipation of the one who was to come – Jesus the Messiah.

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I Believe

April 2016 – July 2016

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.

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Everyday People of God

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.

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Christmas Light (Advent 2015)

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”.

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Prayer

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.

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On Purpose

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.

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Taste and See

July 2015 – September 2015

Breakfast with a friend, a business lunch, a romantic dinner. Meals connect people to each other. In the same way, meals in the Bible can help us to understand our relationship with God. Think about it. The story begins with Adam and Eve in perfect fellowship with God, eating in the garden. Things then go horribly wrong with a meal of forbidden fruit. But God comes to the rescue and we profoundly remember and proclaim this saving grace through the Lord’s Supper. The story ends with even more eating- a great wedding banquet.

Whether you are just tasting faith for the first time or if you have been long feasting on the bread of life, our hope is that we can all grow in faith as we explore some of the famous meals of the Bible together this summer.

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Way of Life: Part 2

Discipleship is not a church program, it is a way of life. This fall, we will be looking at the apostle Paul’s letters to his companion Timothy, who Paul calls “my true son in the faith”. These letters are vivid picture of life-on-life discipleship- Paul, investing himself in Timothy’s spiritual growth in Jesus Christ. But it didn’t stop there, Paul instructed Timothy to raise up other disciples who in turn could build into the lives of others (2 Tim 2:2). This reminds us of when Jesus told his disciples to “go and make disciples” (Matt 28:19) and the reality that every disciple of Jesus is also to be a disciple-maker. As we journey through these texts, consider your own path of discipleship: how am I being discipled? and how might I be invested in someone else’s spiritual journey?

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In God We Trust

March 2015 – April 2015

“In God We Trust?” It is right there on our money to remind us. And deep down most of us want to live lives of deep faith in God. But do we really trust? Does trust drive how we invest our time, energy, and resources? Why are we so prone to be fearful and anxious? Why are we so slow to turn to God? Why do we try to alleviate our anxieties by clinging to things that make us feel safe: investments, possessions, comforts.

Join us for five challenging messages from the words of Jesus in the gospel of Luke chapter 12 that force us to face up to our fears and point us to the eternal blessings of a deep trust in God.

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