Click here to watch video from the live service.
Click here to watch video from the live service.
It was great to worship together last Sunday! There was a good group in person and another watching online. The singing, testimonies and Scripture all lifted THE NAME. Thank you for being part of that gathering of FBC.
This week we will continue to meet both in person and online. We hope you can join us again. The “waiting room” for the online service opens at around 10:00 AM. The worship service will begin around 10:30 AM.
If you plan to be with us at 5590 N. Nevada Av. in person, please read the update for last week’s re-opening. We have the specific purpose of displaying our unity in Christ in mind and that requires us to have His attitude of humility toward one another. Let’s love well by putting the needs of the other above our own!
Click here to listen to the live service.
We hope and plan to be worshiping together at 5590 N. Nevada Av. tomorrow, June 21, at 10:30 AM.
This update will give you some details on our purpose for meeting and how we will re-open the facility.
If you cannot, or feel you should not, be there tomorrow, we still want you to be able to be a part of “gathering.” Click here to join us virtually via Zoom. This is the same link that you will find at the very top of the main church site (fbccs.org)
If all goes well, starting about 10 AM tomorrow, when you click the link above (or from the main page), you will be “admitted” into a “waiting room” for the worship gathering. Someone will be monitoring this room and will connect you with the service.
The service will also be recorded and available online soon in the “Sermons and Lessons” section of the site if you cannot connect while it is live.
We are asking folks to share short testimonies that focus on honoring God as a major part of our time together tomorrow. If you do choose to share, please know it will be recorded and available publicly online.
For those who thought these updates were intended to be texts rather than short epistles, I have written here first in my own, succinct texting style utilizing bullet points and emojis for brevity:
If you would like to listen to the detailed version (as opposed to reading it below), you can do so here:
The longer epistle begins here. Please wade through it. The contents are important.
Get those “Sunday-go-to-meeting” clothes out of the closet and get dressed for meeting together at FBC’s building…
We have waited to gather, not because of fear or lack of faith, not because we couldn’t decide, not because we trusted a certain set of experts, not because we forgot about the “1st Amendment” and not because we wanted more time away from one another. We waited to gather again physically until we believed we could do it in a way that would glorify God by showing humble, sacrificial love for one another. Ultimately, that is why we physically gather as the church.
By God’s grace and his power, we will attempt to gather in that way that glorifies God with special attention to putting the needs of others before our own, in humility and love. Our gatherings are always supposed to reflect this attitude as this allow us to “image God” together as part of His “Temple of living Stones.” I am grateful to you that our gatherings usually do reflect this attitude. You folks are pretty good at caring about each other sacrificially. You have shown that while we have been apart on Sundays.
Let’s continue to love one another well.
In preparation for re-gathering please think through and pray about why you/we gather as the Church of Jesus. Then, please consider all of the following points in no particular order (except a poorly arranged sort-of-a chiasm… so where is the emphasis usually found, O, studiers of Genesis?)
You may think of other details. Our main emphasis is on collectively and individually having a humble, loving attitude that puts the needs of the other person before our own. What an opportunity!
There is nowhere in Scripture where we are commanded to gather at the same place and time in a large “auditorium” every week in order to worship God. Please believe me, I’ve checked! However, there are several examples in Scripture that tell me whenever and wherever believers are gathered—in twos and threes or even in larger, citywide groups—the goal is to glorify God by imaging the fullness of the attitude of Jesus Christ. So, I’ll use Peterson’s The Message from the Apostle Paul’s “Philippians 2”…
If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care—then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
We didn’t need to push to open again as quickly as possible to practice “our religion.” Now, we do need to push each other to have the humble attitude Jesus took whenever we come together and wherever we do that. As I said already, “What an opportunity!”