25 Sep

Wednesdays at FBC

The fall schedule is underway for FBC Wednesday nights! While the overall schedule for our midweek activities remains the same as the previous year, we have tweaked the programming based on your feedback and hope to see some new faces in the coming weeks.

Perhaps the best part of our Wednesday evenings begins at 5:30 – the Family Night Supper. Our faithful kitchen crew is back and ready to serve you a delicious meal as you fellowship with other FBC members and guests. Let me be clear – this meal is not simply for kids and parents. This meal is open and available to anyone seeking a meal and good fellowship. Even if you cannot stay for the 6:00 program, come and eat!

At 6:00, the kids head upstairs to “Music, Missions and More.” Each Wednesday evening will bring a different activity and focus. Between Bible study, crafts, music and missions, the kids will always be in store for a great evening!

Also at 6:00, I will lead a casual, interactive adult Bible study in the sanctuary. I will commit to making these studies limited (i.e. 4-6 weeks) & intriguing. This should give you the opportunity to invite friends and family to an accessible church activity. We’ll begin on September 20 with “Forgotten Books of the Bible” – a study that will take us into the least-read books of our canon of scripture.

Let me end my thanking our Wednesday night volunteers who prepare/serve meals and help with our children’s activities. We are blessed by your selfless commitment to this church, and we’ll do our best to support your efforts as you seek to minister to this church family and to our neighbors in Black Mountain!

14 Sep

Addendum to the State of the Church

I enjoyed presenting “The State of the Church” this past Sunday. In a nutshell, I challenged FBC to accept and pursue membership expectations regarding regular worship participation, connecting through small groups, directly serving through missional initiatives and giving of our time, finances, skills and other resources for the work of the church. To listen to the entire address, please visit: fbcblackmountain.org/sermons.

I hope you understand that much of my address centered on the “functional” ways we should participate at FBC. That being said, there are three underlying principles I hope you’ll be attentive to as we journey together:

  • Discipleship – Becoming more like Jesus is central to our worshipping, communal and missional efforts. Discipleship is not a program; it is a continual process of growth for us as individuals and as the Body of Christ.
  • Evangelism – You may have been disappointed or confused not to hear “evangelism” as a functional expectation of the church. Truthfully, evangelism pervades all that we do. When we worship – we proclaim the Gospel. When we connect with each other and with our community – we talk about Jesus. When we serve the least of these among us, we share the Good News through word and deed. Evangelism never ceases in the life of a healthy, Christ-centered church.
  • Unity – Not to be confused with uniformity (sameness), unity is the desire to find common ground and shared vision despite our unique personalities. We give explicit testimony to this each time we gather at the Table; we must also live it out in our worship gatherings, leadership meetings, theological discussions and any other point where differences can arise.

Are you prepared to raise the bar as we look towards our future together?