Category: Church Life

Midweek – May 11, 2017

Ephesians 3:8-10

To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.


Online Giving

As you some of you have probably heard over the last couple of months, we are moving our church administration over to the market leading church content management software, Planning Center, and with this migration comes a new online giving platform for us all to enjoy. 

Questions to help you make the switch

When are we finalizing the switch?
We plan on completing the move over to this new online giving system on May 31.

What will I need to do before then?
Please make sure that you have logged into your old account (http://www.churchofficegiving.com/dl/?uid=wils265132) and printed out your up-to-date giving records for tax purposes at the end of this year. Unfortunately your giving records will not migrate over to the new system. We will also print out a copy of those records for you too and make it available you at the end of 2017.

How do I cancel my automatic payment?
Log into your account as you normally would, then choose the option ‘Scheduled Giving’ on the left hand menu. Once your are in that section scroll down to the bottom where it should have an option for you to deactivate/delete schedule. Make sure you click on that option and you should be all set to go.

When should I start giving on the new system?
As soon as possible! Please setup your new account on our new Planning Center platform by clicking this link.

Can I use text giving on the new system?

Yes! If it’s easier for you, our new system accomidates text giving. 

Just “Text any amount to 84321 to give.” That’s it and then follow the rest of the instructions. Setup takes about two minutes, tops. After that, donating is as simple as sending a text. It’s the easiest, most spontaneous way to donate!

Text-to-Give is included in your monthly Giving subscription. Learn more about this feature.

How long will the old donation system be available for?
During the month of May we are transitioning away from the old system. If you haven’t given yet this month, please start using the new system instead.


Ephesians 3:1-7 – Resources

Ian just got done preaching out of Ephesians 3:1-7 and explained how God’s power makes the Son known through the Spirit’s work in us. He spent time examining exactly what Paul says about God’s calling and covered three important points.

  1. Paul’s calling was steeping in Christ’s grace (1-3)
  2. The Spirit always reveals calling (4-5)
  3. Our calling is as limited as our Gospel (6-7)

CLICK HERE to download this weeks Field Guide.


FBC Inside – May 4, 2017 – Midweek

Ephesians 3

For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles—assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.


Ephesians 2:19-22 – Resources

Stephen just got done preaching out of Ephesians 2:19-22 and how in God’s household we’re aliens becoming children; we’re sinners becoming saints and strangers becoming family. He spent time examining exactly what Paul says about God’s household and covered three important points.

  1. God’s household doesn’t make sense
  2. God’s household is empowered by the revealed and resurrected Jesus
  3. God’s household is where God dwells

CLICK HERE to download this weeks Field Guide.


FBC Inside – 4.20.17 – Midweek

Ephesians 2:14-18

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.


Ephesians 2:1-7 – Community Group Connections

Stephen just got done preaching out Ephesians 2:1-7 and he encouraged us that it’s important to remember who we once were in order to treasure who we are now in Jesus. He walked us through 3 realities that Paul offers us from his letter:

  1. In Jesus we go from death to life
  2. In Jesus we go from slavery to liberty
  3. In Jesus we go from wrath to riches

Download our Field Guide below to work through these ideas further before Community Group this week.

FIELD GUIDE – WEEK 8


FBC Inside – 3.30.17 – Midweek

Ephesians 2:1-7

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.


Ephesians 1:19-23 – Community Group Connections

Ian walked us through our last installment in Ephesians; Ephesians 1:19-23. He spent time in the passage explaining how Christ is Lord over all because he gave of himself to all and he used three support ideas to communicate that thought effectively.

  1. God’s power raised Christ from our sin and now He rules 
  2. Christ is over everything that we value…. whether we like it or not
  3. Christ is in us…now no one can stand against us 

Download our field guide below and get stuck into it before Community Group this week.

FIELD GUIDE


Ephesians 1:15-19 – Community Group Connections

Stephen walked us through Ephesians 1:15-19 and it’s main idea: How others respond to God needs to shape our response to them.

We saw Paul responding to the church of Ephesus’ faith and Jesus and love for one another through thankful prayer. He prayed specifically for three things:

  1. Prayers for knowing God relationally
  2. Prayer for knowing hope clearer
  3. Prayers for knowing God’s power more

Download our Field Guide to work through these ideas more in-depth.


FBC Inside – 3.16.17 – Midweek

Ephesians 1:15-19 (ESV)

15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might


Ephesians 1:13-14 – Community Group Connections

Ian spent this morning walking us through Ephesians 1:13-14 and it’s main idea: The gospel saves us, the Spirit seals us, and the Father is glorified by us. Here supported that main idea with three important truths to remember.

  1. Salvation is the first step… not the last
  2. The God who seals us is often ignored by us
  3. Our guarantee inheritance is through God’s guaranteed glory

Take time this week in Community Group to flesh out some of these ideas.

Download our Field Guide & get ready to meet with your group.