Posted by: tucsonjefe | July 4, 2009

FCF Family Conference Notes

We recently returned  from the annual Faith Christian Fellowship Family Church Conference in Tulsa. I usually try to write updates to you from the conference to let you in on what God seems to be saying to us as part of the FCF family.  For some reason this year I didn’t have the time or energy to keep up, so I waited to get home. I came home with three strong messages:

  1. One of the real shockers to most folks who enter the ministry is the revelation that God’s people can be so incredibly mean.  Every pastor who stays at it very long has his little portfolio of horror stories.  It is one of the reasons we like to get together with preachers.  Misery loves company.  The message, however, was not the inevitability of misery, but the faithfulness of God :  1Ki 8:56  “Blessed be the LORD, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses.”
  2. The world is in a mess, but we still have the things that brought us to the dance:  the Word and the Spirit.   Thank God for the message of faith in God’s holy, written Word.  And thank God for the Holy Spirit who still manifests Himself to His people.  The outside of the package may change over time, but the Word is true, faith works, and the Holy Ghost is alive and well.  Don’t get sidetracked by fads. Stay on the Word, make room for the Spirit, and expect God to be God.  As we say at FCFT, “the Word and The Spirit… Keepin’ it real!”
  3. We live in a post-Christian society.  In order to reach our world we have to leave the confines of the church building and get out there where the harvest is.  We must be prepared to find creative ways to invade their reality with something other than a theory, a bumper sticker, and a t-shirt.  Just like Jesus, we have to sit down with tax collectors and sinners. They are going to hell out there and we are their only hope. We have a great Message, a great God, and a Great Commission.

 Scripture Reading:   When Jesus heard this, He said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” Then He added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”   (Matthew 9:12-13 NLT)

 Somebody Said Let’s quit fiddling with religion and do something to bring the world to Christ.  Billy Sunday

I believe each of us has a part of the grand plan.  Our passion is to help you find yours, equip you to do yours, and inspire you out to get outof the pew and into the harvest.  We can do this!

vls
http://www.fcftucson.org

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