September 22, 2019

FIELD GUIDE FOR A FOLLOWER | WEEK 3

A field guide gives us things to watch for that we might otherwise miss. Often important details and defining characteristics. What if there was a field guide to spotting a real follower of Jesus? To be honest, following Jesus today is more difficult than ever.  We experience pressures to conform, to forget, to minimize, and even neglect the day-to-day implications of the Gospel. As our world changes, is it realistic to try and live the profound yet practical way of Jesus? We think so. By journeying through the life of the Thessalonian church, we will reclaim the defining markers of following Jesus. 


WEEKLY GIVING STATISTICS
(Fiscal Year Began June 1, 2019)

Last Week       Weekly Need      YTD

$20,068           $23,396              ($31,333)


UPCOMING EVENTS

BAPTISM: October 6
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BRIAN BLUM | TEACHING PASTOR

Key Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-9 New Living Translation (NLT)

Live to Please God

Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You live this way already, and we encourage you to do so even more. For you remember what we taught you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.

God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor— not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways. Never harm or cheat a fellow believer in this matter by violating his wife, for the Lord avenges all such sins, as we have solemnly warned you before. God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives. Therefore, anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human teaching but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.

But we don’t need to write to you about the importance of loving each other, for God himself has taught you to love one another.


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September 15, 2019

FIELD GUIDE FOR A FOLLOWER | WEEK 2

A field guide gives us things to watch for that we might otherwise miss. Often important details and defining characteristics. What if there was a field guide to spotting a real follower of Jesus? To be honest, following Jesus today is more difficult than ever.  We experience pressures to conform, to forget, to minimize, and even neglect the day-to-day implications of the Gospel. As our world changes, is it realistic to try and live the profound yet practical way of Jesus? We think so. By journeying through the life of the Thessalonian church, we will reclaim the defining markers of following Jesus. 


WEEKLY GIVING STATISTICS
(Fiscal Year Began June 1, 2019)

Last Week       Weekly Need      YTD

$17,440           $23,396              ($28,005)


UPCOMING EVENTS

WELCOME HOME SUNDAY: September 15 | following 11a serivce
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BAPTISM: October 6
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BRIAN BLUM | TEACHING PASTOR

Key Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-9 New Living Translation (NLT)

Live to Please God

Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You live this way already, and we encourage you to do so even more. For you remember what we taught you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.

God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor— not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways. Never harm or cheat a fellow believer in this matter by violating his wife, for the Lord avenges all such sins, as we have solemnly warned you before. God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives. Therefore, anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human teaching but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.

But we don’t need to write to you about the importance of loving each other, for God himself has taught you to love one another.


Zero CollectiveComment
September 8, 2019

FIELD GUIDE FOR A FOLLOWER | WEEK 1

A field guide gives us things to watch for that we might otherwise miss. Often important details and defining characteristics. What if there was a field guide to spotting a real follower of Jesus? To be honest, following Jesus today is more difficult than ever.  We experience pressures to conform, to forget, to minimize, and even neglect the day-to-day implications of the Gospel. As our world changes, is it realistic to try and live the profound yet practical way of Jesus? We think so. By journeying through the life of the Thessalonian church, we will reclaim the defining markers of following Jesus. 


WEEKLY GIVING STATISTICS
(Fiscal Year Began June 1, 2019)

Last Week       Weekly Need      YTD

$25,333            $23,396              ($22,049)


UPCOMING EVENTS

WELCOME HOME SUNDAY: September 15
Sign up at frontlinegr.com/welcomehome

BAPTISM: October 6
Sign up at frontlinegr.com/baptism


BRIAN BLUM | TEACHING PASTOR

Key Passage: 1 Thessalonians 1 New Living Translation (NLT)

Greetings from Paul

This letter is from Paul, Silas, and Timothy.

We are writing to the church in Thessalonica, to you who belong to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

May God give you grace and peace.

The Faith of the Thessalonian Believers

We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly. As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We know, dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be his own people. For when we brought you the Good News, it was not only with words but also with power, for the Holy Spirit gave you full assurance that what we said was true. And you know of our concern for you from the way we lived when we were with you. So you received the message with joy from the Holy Spirit in spite of the severe suffering it brought you. In this way, you imitated both us and the Lord. As a result, you have become an example to all the believers in Greece—throughout both Macedonia and Achaia.

And now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Macedonia and Achaia, for wherever we go we find people telling us about your faith in God. We don’t need to tell them about it, for they keep talking about the wonderful welcome you gave us and how you turned away from idols to serve the living and true God. 10 And they speak of how you are looking forward to the coming of God’s Son from heaven—Jesus, whom God raised from the dead. He is the one who has rescued us from the terrors of the coming judgment.


Zero CollectiveComment
September 1, 2019

ROAD TRIP | WEEK 5

Think back to a road trip and all of the experiences that come with that. Some get excited about different stops, music in the car or maybe even some wrong turns before our phones gave directions! As a church we will be taking a “road trip” through the Biblical regions of Galatia, Ephesus, Philippi, and Collosae and examine what Paul wrote to those cities. Jump in the car this Sunday, August 4th and join us as we explore what was happening in these cities and what it speaks to us today.


WEEKLY GIVING STATISTICS
(Fiscal Year Began June 1, 2019)

Last Week       Weekly Need      YTD

$25,677           $23,396              ($23,986)


UPCOMING EVENTS

WELCOME HOME SUNDAY: September 15
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JEREMY GRINNELL | GUEST TEACHER

Key Passage: Philemon 8-12 English Standard Version (ESV)

Paul's Plea for Onesimus

Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus— 10 I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus,[a]whose father I became in my imprisonment. 11 (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.) 12 I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart.

Colossians 4:7-9 English Standard Version (ESV)

Final Greetings

Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant[a] in the Lord. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts,and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you of everything that has taken place here.



Zero CollectiveComment
August 25, 2019

ROAD TRIP | WEEK 4

Think back to a road trip and all of the experiences that come with that. Some get excited about different stops, music in the car or maybe even some wrong turns before our phones gave directions! As a church we will be taking a “road trip” through the Biblical regions of Galatia, Ephesus, Philippi, and Collosae and examine what Paul wrote to those cities. Jump in the car this Sunday, August 4th and join us as we explore what was happening in these cities and what it speaks to us today.


WEEKLY GIVING STATISTICS
(Fiscal Year Began June 1, 2019)

Last Week       Weekly Need      YTD

$22,089            $23,396              ($26,267)


UPCOMING EVENTS

WELCOME HOME SUNDAY: September 15
Sign up at frontlinegr.com/welcomehome


BRIAN BLUM | LEAD PASTOR

Key Passage: Colossians 1: 13-14, 2:16-23, 3:1-17  New Living Translation (NLT)

Colossians 1:13-14

13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.

Colossians 2:16-23

16 So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. 17 For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality.18 Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things. Their sinful minds have made them proud, 19 and they are not connected to Christ, the head of the body. For he holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it. 20 You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as,21 “Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!”? 22 Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. 23 These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.

Colossians 3:1-17

Living the New Life

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is you ]life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. 11 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. 12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. 16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.


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