Guardrails

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It was good to be in the pulpit Sunday closing out the “Pause” series.  This past Sunday we focused on pausing for cleansing. Saying unto God, “Have mercy on me oh God” and coming to Him with a contrite heart to make us clean is the place to start. Having six people come forward for prayer let me know God’s Spirit was moving in this church. Having Noah and Caleb Mayer baptized that afternoon was also a great example of how we can experience God’s cleansing. This week, go to God for cleansing. Bear your soul to the Lord for sins committed. Confess your sins to the Lord and receive His cleansing. 

This week we start a new series called “Guardrails.” Guardrails are a system put in place to keep vehicles from straying into dangerous or off limit areas. We are going to talk about God’s guardrails for our lives and putting them into place for our protection. This Sunday we’re going to look at God’s wisdom and having that in place in your life. This series could impact your thinking for years to come. It has the potential to help you with the definition for your sexuality. It has the potential to alter the way you think about money and your habits with money. It has the potential to change the way you speak and communicate. The goal is for us to be Christ-like. As followers of Jesus we should act like, talk like, live like, and love like Jesus did. We strive to imitate Him. This series is going to help you to do that. 

Sunday afternoon, you’re invited to join us for a pool party at Wilson’s Beach Club from 4-8. This is a no cost event for you and your family. There will be free food at the event as well. Also, get your life group or other friends together and register online to compete in the sand volleyball tournament. 

As ever, I’m looking forward to a great Sunday worshiping with you. I look forward to this new series of teaching that will be so very practical and insightful for your life. I look forward to the full tilt worship that we experience each Sunday. I look forward to it all. 

Can’t wait to see you Sunday,

Scott

Renewal and Cleansing

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Are you looking for renewal from God? This past week, Tyler Hensley did a terrific job speaking on pausing for renewal. Pausing for renewal helps us renew our strength like the eagle’s to the point where we walk and will not fall, and we run and do not grow faint. He talked to us about scheduling a sabbath because unless we plan it, it won’t happen. One of the best ways to pause for that kind of renewal is coming to church, being active in the Word and in praise in a corporate fashion. Don’t you feel rejuvenated after you’ve been in worship? Don’t you sense refreshing from that event? 

Speaking of getting out of the world and into the scriptures, I went out to High Hill camp yesterday and saw middle school camp in action. Our Forum team was doing exceptionally. Campers were having a blast playing games, worshiping, and hearing God’s word preached. It was a joy to see! This camp week arose because our middle school group was so large that the camp could not fit them all into the originally scheduled week early in the summer. Blake Cohea took the initiative to step forward and say he would put this later week together for our kids. It’s been dynamite for the roughly 90 kids who are attending camp. That wouldn’t have happened had Blake not stepped forward to put it together. Well done!

This Sunday, we conclude the Pause series looking at pausing for cleansing. God is in the business of forgiveness, and it’s important for us to confess and receive cleansing from God’s hand. This Sunday we will focus on this type of cleansing. We’ll take action steps towards this type of cleansing. 

Because of the topic we’ll be covering, this Sunday would be a great Sunday to invite a friend or family member to come to Forum. As ever, I can’t wait to worship the Lord with you this Sunday.

-Scott

 

Fresh Mercies

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Wasn’t Sunday a great encounter in worship and the Word? Bradley brought us to the cross in the sermon on pausing for confession and he reminded us that our sins are nailed there. I was having a talk with a congregant on Monday about the sin he needed to confess and in so doing, he found renewal. There is freedom in Christ taking our sins as far apart as the east is from the west. We pause for this kind of confession and cleansing. 

This Sunday we “Pause” for renewal. Psalm 103:5 says, “He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!” God is good to renew us. When we pause in worship, when we pause for confession, when we pause to be in the Word, when we pause to pray, God renews our strength daily. Isn’t God great? Isn’t His grace in your life phenomenal? Isn’t it awesome God so demonstrates His love for you? His mercies are new every day. His love for us demonstrates and actualizes His forgiveness in your life. 

I got an email this week that says, “I LOVE the pause button, amen!” That is all the email said. I love the pause button too, because when I push pause to think about and to prioritize the right things, my world view comes clearly into focus. Suddenly God and the world make sense and all things are right with the world. I think through how many people are groping and in need of this type of focus. 

Sunday would be a great day to invite someone to come to church - so they can encounter the richness and fullness of God’s tender mercies. So they can “Pause” and worship. So they can “Pause” and meditate on God’s Word as it is preached. So the grace of God can be poured out on their life. 

As ever, I’m looking forward to worshiping with you this Sunday. 

-Scott

Let's Worship

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We push “Pause” to worship. This past Sunday we were instructed by the word of God to actively worship Christ in any given moment. Bradley took us through the word of God to watch and worship. Worship is a daily practice that can be ushered in at any given moment where we turn our hearts toward the Lord and express thanks to God for life and purpose.

 Speaking of worship, did you know we have a group of teens who lead worship for brothers and sisters at South Hampton Nursing Home the third Sunday of each month? I think it’s cool that we have this ministry that is an ongoing expression of worship in our community.

 Additionally, our senior ministry has a choir that performed a patriotic program at different assisted care centers around town over the past two weeks. We, as a church, exist to intentionally connect people to Jesus. We do this both on our campus and off of our campus in purposeful ways. Thanks to Tarry and Poppy Koutz for putting this into place. Join in prayer for the seeds of the gospel that were sown.

This Sunday we’re going to look at pausing to confess. Coming clean before the Lord is a beautiful thing. To know you’re completely and totally forgiven for sins committed is a freeing and audacious thing. We’ll look at Psalm 32, lay out our sins before the Lord, and rejoice in His forgiveness and renewal. There are times when I think we take this action of God for granted. I think we don’t contemplate our sins and need for confession enough. This Sunday will be a time of introspection, forgiveness, and transformation.

It would be a good Sunday to invite a friend to attend church because of the transformative power of healing and forgiveness being poured out. As ever, I cannot wait for us to worship God together.

-Scott

Are You Listening?

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This past week, we were encouraged to “Pause” for prayer.  Prayer is a God-initiated event. We should come in to listen to God. We should actively seek His Holy Spirit and walk in His confidence. Blake did an exceptional job encouraging us to listen for God’s prompting. First and foremost, God communicates to us through His written word. Psalm 62:1 says to us, “I wait quietly before God.” God speaks to us in His word, through people, through dreams, through promptings, through pain, and through creation. Blake asked in reference to our need for God, “Are you striving for God as much as you strive for the air you breathe?” Are you listening to Him? Are you hearing His voice in your life? Are you seeking that divine presence in your life?  I sure hope so. 

As a ministry, let’s be in prayer for the over 70 high school students from Forum attending Christ In Youth this week. Pray they encounter God and listen to Him. Pray they bond with one another. Pray for their leaders who are pouring into them. Pray for the unity of the group. Pray for safety as they travel. 

As I was typing this, our Senior Choir was in the lobby between gigs. They had just performed at one of the local assisted care facilities and were heading to another one. I think it’s awesome they are striving to intentionally connect people to Jesus through the gift of music. 

This Sunday we are going to “Pause” for worship. We are in the book of Psalms studying the heartbeat of God. The Psalms are a compilation of hymns, prayer, and expressions of worship to God, and we are looking at some of the major components of the Psalms. The Psalms were used as the book of hymns by the Hebrews as they corporately worshiped together.

I can’t wait to worship with you this Sunday. Nothing gives me greater joy on this earth than to be in worship with the church body at Forum. Nothing is as satisfying as the moments that we are gathered together as His church lifting up Christ, pouring our hearts out in worship. Nothing is finer than encountering His body and blood in communion. Nothing brings more meaning to my soul than His preached word. As I say, “I can’t wait to worship with you this Sunday!” 

-Scott

Helping Build Hope

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What a great weekend we had as a ministry! First, we had Crossroads Mission here to help us build a house for Habitat for Humanity. Over 160 people turned out to help build the walls of the three bedroom home in a little over three hours. The project was so very well done and the recipients of the house will be doubly blessed because their home has been prayed over. It was tremendous to see the outpouring of faith and service on Saturday morning. Thanks to all those workers who prepared the meals and orchestrated the site for the rest of us to come and participate. 

It was also wonderful having Stephen and Alisa Walton sharing about their work in Ireland. It’s encouraging to hear of their work and progress of spreading Christ and His mission in Ireland. 

Additionally, we started the "Pause" series out in strong fashion as Bradley taught from God’s word and gave us some vital tips for pausing for the word of God in our own lives. Are you pausing through the day to prioritize God? Are you taking the time to focus on His word? Are you aligning with Him daily? Remember the words of Psalm 1:3 regarding those who meditate on God’s word: “They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.”

This week we focus in on Pausing to pray. What defines a vibrant prayer life? What aspects of prayer are often overlooked? Where can you recalibrate connected to your prayer life and implement change? Psalm 62 is a good passage to read as a backdrop for this. 

As ever, we’re here to worship Christ and this would be a great series for inviting a friend, coworker, or family member to come and try out church. This series is filled with so many practical applications that it will help anyone with day-to-day and moment-by-moment situations. 

I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday! 

Scott

Israel, Pause, Hope

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Melody and I just got back from Israel. The church gave us this trip for our 10th year of having served with Forum, and we just now got around to taking it. It was stellar! We went with a group from Southeast Christian Church and some friends, and it was wonderful! To walk where my savior walked, to see places He performed miracles, to experience up close and personal battlefields where David met Goliath was overwhelming and life-changing. So I say to you as a congregation “Thank You” for sending us on that trip. We’ll never be the same. 

Last Sunday we closed out our “2:42: Devoted” series with a message on prayer brought to us by Tyler Hensley. He asked, “What are you devoted to?” He talked about what we give our time to. If I’m to give myself over to certain things how am I stacking up compared to the early believers? Tyler did a great job of talking about communication and it’s prominence in a committed relationship. He spoke about the need for prayer being as real as our need to breathe. Do we pray as though our lives are dependent upon this relationship? Prayer changes our hearts to align with the Father’s heart, and we should be devoted to it. 

We start a new series this Sunday called “Pause.” We’ll look at the Psalms and elements of being in God’s word and doing things God’s way. We’ll look at pushing the “pause button” in our lives for the things that are right for us to do. It’s time for you to put a pause in your life. It’s time for you to sit still and soak in God’s word. In this “hurry up and get busy” world we live in, it’s time for you to reclaim elements of rest and pause. 

We have a “Help Build Hope” missions event where we are helping to build walls for a Habitat for Humanity house that will be constructed at the north end of town, but we are building it at Forum. We’ll have breakfast and lunch for you on Saturday starting at 7:30. We’ll finish putting the walls together for the house around noon. Sign up at www.myforum.me  so we can have a head count for the meals. Sunday, after church, we invite you to go out onto the parking lot and write scriptures on the walls of the house and pray over it. 

Also, due to the increase in our parking lot capacity, we are no longer going to run the shuttles from the hospital parking lot on Sundays. There is space in the parking lot now that we’ve gone to 4 services and built another parking bay, so we no longer need to park across the street. 

I’m looking forward to another great Sunday of worship with you. Looking forward to having us “Pause” and focus on His word together. I can’t wait until Sunday. 

Scott

Why Should We Pray?

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Prayer can be one of those enigmatic and even paradoxical components to the Christian life. Ask ten people what their prayers are like, and you very well might get ten different answers. I often hear questions like:

  • "If God knows everything, why do I even need to pray?"
  • "How do I know God will answer my prayer?"
  • "Why does God seem to answer some people's prayers and not others?"
  • "The Bible says that the Spirit of God prays on my behalf - so why do I have to?" 

In all seriousness, I think those are all excellent questions and ones I am sure we have all asked (albeit privately) over the years. They help us to see the honest tension and complexity of prayer. Perhaps this is why the topic of prayer, our practice of it, and how to grow in our use of it is so difficult for us. I mean are any of us actually trying to grow spiritually right now in the area of prayer? 

Sidenote: If so, awesome, send me a quick email telling me what you are currently doing to grow. Email me at bradley@forumchristian.org - I would love to hear from you!

If you did want to improve spiritually in the area of prayer, where would you begin? Would you read a book about prayer, would you consult a minister, would you just start reading the Bible, would you ask a friend who can pray out loud really well? None of those options are wrong, and none of them would be a wrong choice, but if I could suggest one thing as a matter of first importance - it would be to ask another question, and one I have hinted at already, and the question is, "Why should I pray?"

Start there. It's simple enough, and you don't have to do anything except think to yourself. Ponder that question for a few days before you do anything else. Consider what the purpose of praying is? Then join us this Sunday as we answer that question from a biblical perspective. From there I think you will have a great starting place to develop a plan to grow in the area of your prayer life. 

See you Sunday - Bradley


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

On Saturday, June 30th, Forum will be partnering with Crossroads Missions and Habitat for Humanity, to build a home in our parking lot. Habitat for Humanity will then locate the home in northern Columbia and donate it to a family who is currently living in substandard housing.  Your family can help build a house!
 
ALL AGES ARE WELCOME
BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PROVIDED
NO CONSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE NEEDED
COME AND GO AS YOUR SCHEDULE ALLOWS


Then on the following Sunday (July 1), you and your family are invited to write scripture and prayers on the walls in-between and after services.

The Fellowship

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What a great church! It’s inspiring to weekly gather and worship the Lord. This past Sunday, we looked at being devoted in fellowship. Blake did a phenomenal job of opening up the scriptures and instructing us. He taught us to be openhanded and view everything we have in light of God’s ownership. By doing so, we become collaborators in God’s kingdom agenda to carry out His design for the world. When we live out this principle, God uses us to add to His church daily. 

This week we will focus on being devoted in communion. Communion draws us together in a beautiful way. We are focused on this ancient practice because it centers on Jesus. As we gather around elements that represent Jesus’ body and blood, it gives us deep inspiration to contemplate the life and death of Jesus. It’s imperative that we examine ourselves as we do this each Sunday. Scripture gives us this challenge. “So anyone who eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily is guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.” (1 Cor. 11: 27, 28) That is why we should examine ourselves before eating the bread and drinking the cup. Jesus asks us to remember Him in this way. 

Communion is such a vibrant and integral part of our worship. We are devoted to it and place it centrally in our worship service. May we never lose sight of this vital practice. May we commit ourselves to it each time we gather in the name of Christ. 

CAMP 23: It’s been exciting seeing all the students and sponsors from Forum at Camp 23 at High Hill Christian Assembly. It’s a blessing seeing Tyler Morris leading worship for these stellar kids. We’ve got over 80 kids attending camp this summer which goes to show the solid work Rochelle and Jessie are doing in our children’s ministry. (If you don’t have access to ForHim Children’s Ministry page, simply add it to your Facebook account.)

Come join in the fellowship and share in communion with us this Sunday,

Scott

 

Are You Living a Devoted Life Today?

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When my 2:42 alarm started broadcasting on Monday, it came as a bit of a surprise. But it was great to take a minute and focus on God’s kingdom and His work in that moment. I hope and pray your moments and days are filled with significance. Focus on Christ and they will be filled with Christ at the center of it all. 

Acts 2:42 is at the heartbeat of this church and ministry. It says, “All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.” This past Sunday, we kicked off our 2:42 sermon series focused on being devoted to the apostles’ teaching. As Bradley so poignantly pointed out, the teaching that dominates the book of Acts and the letters, centered on Jesus. Specifically - who He was, what He did, and what He said.  We lift up Jesus. We center on Jesus. We place Jesus as the main element in all of our church life. 

Being devoted to Christ should be all encompassing. It should define your life. Minute by minute, you should be conscious of His presence in your life. 

This Sunday, we continue in this series focusing on the fellowship into which Christ calls us. Fellowship denotes many things to many people. Some people consider it fellowship when people are simply gathered together. You’ll see on Sunday how the fellowship meets many deep needs within your life and within the lives of those with whom you fellowship. You’ll hear some of the responsibility that comes with being devoted to the fellowship. 

Sunday promises to be another great fellowship in the name of the Lord. We gather around Jesus and center on Him. We lift Him up. He is our focal point. We exist to intentionally connect people to Jesus. 

Additionally, we are excited to welcome Leslie Potter to the ministry team at Forum. With Jessie Spellman moving to part-time, we entertained a search for a new Children’s Minister and God led us to Leslie Potter. Leslie is a 2012 and 2018 graduate of University of Missouri with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in agricultural education. She has served in the Children’s Ministry for several years. Her passion is to help children to know Jesus. We welcome her enthusiasm and energy to the team. 

I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday. It’s another great day to invite someone to the fellowship. Make it a point to be devoted to the fellowship and be here on Sunday.

See you then,

Scott

Devoted

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God is so very good to us. This past Sunday Tyler Hensley concluded “The Elephant in the Room” series by talking about Paul’s devotion. He talked about how Paul was under house arrest yet became the elephant in the room by talking about Jesus all the time.  He spoke about Jesus enough that the whole palace guard heard about Jesus. He was relentless in talking about Jesus. As Tyler emphasized, Paul relied on Jesus and he represented Christ all the while rejoicing about Christ.

We start a new sermon series this Sunday called “2:42”. It’s time to be devoted as the early church was devoted. The verse we’re going to focus on arises out of Acts 2:42 which says, “All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.” It’s time for the church to be serious about these elements of devotion. At Forum, we seek to have a Christ-centered church. We seek to lift Him high in the pulpit. We seek to draw all people to Him by exalting Him in the preaching and teaching. Teaching on Christ is always the right place to start and the right thing to emphasize.

Bring an unchurched friend or family member this Sunday. It would be great exposure for them to come into contact with the living Christ as we worship and adore Him.

Looking forward to worshiping with you on Sunday. See you then.

Scott 

What If You're The Elephant?

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This past Sunday we looked at the elephant of dealing with your own sin. We need repentance that leads to radical change. It means walking away from the sin completely and turning toward God. We looked at John the Baptist calling people to repent and turn toward God on these matters. Bradley brought the word with power and conviction.

This week we’ll focus on someone who went through a radical change and became the elephant in the room. Paul was in chains, yet he was guarded by palace guards. It must have been a long day in the life of that palace guard hearing about Jesus day in and day out from Paul. He boldly communicated Jesus to the captor...to the point that palace guards believed in the name of Jesus. Paul kept the main thing the main thing. He kept Jesus as the forefront of the message. The book of Acts ends saying this proclamation was unhindered. 

That’s what we desire to create within you: a life that honors God in word and action. You can do it. You will never get imprisoned or chained to a guard, but God uses your placement for His glory. Come and soak in His word and allow it to transform you into being a proclaimer of the good news of Jesus.

Looking forward to worshiping the Lord with you Sunday. It’ll be a great day in His all-powerful name. 


Scott

We Can Do Better

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It felt good to me to be back in the pulpit last Sunday. I’m still in recovery and will continue to heal and get stronger. Thanks so much for the love, support, and encouragement given to me; the emails, the texts, and the spoken words were quite overwhelming. I’ve got a ways to go to be restored.

Coming from the sermon, remember you can do better spiritually in the lives of people around you. You can center on Scripture and live it out. You can enact it and watch it come to pass. 

This Sunday, we continue to look at the elephant in the room. We’re going to look at John the Baptist all grown up and preaching. John was the living proof of his parents’ faithfulness. His message was to “repent.” “Repent” means to turn from sin & self and turn towards God in your thinking and actions. It’s an about-face turnaround. You were walking in the way of the world and you about-face and walk God’s way. There are so many things to repent of and turn towards God. Bottom line: we’ve got a long way to go before we look like Jesus. We’ll focus on these things this weekend.

As ever, I can’t wait to worship with you this weekend. We lift the name of Jesus high. He said, “When I am lifted up, I will draw all men unto me.” What a great truth...and that’s what we do. 

Scott

All We Are

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We had a great weekend at church last weekend as Children’s Theatre did its performance of “Back to the Cross.” The 75 kids and families are to be congratulated for their outstanding performance. Well done to those kids and sponsors. 

We continued on in our “Elephant in the Room” series as Bradley brought to us “When.” When is the time to call out people for their ‘elephant’? He gave a great template for a decision tier connected to this axiom. The topic dealt with hypocrisy and we’ve all got areas in our lives where we have two sets of standards. The key is to self-recognize this truth and give grace when looking at others’ lives. When it is affecting other believers and people in a negative way, it is time to call a person onto the carpet in love. 

This Sunday we stay in the “Elephant in the Room” series looking at “You’re pregnant…now what?” It’s Mother’s Day and we’ll look at God using two ladies and their pregnancies. We’ll see how God used them as His agents for communicating His truth and His activity to their families. We’ll see how you can do the same.

It’s Baby Dedication Day as well this Sunday. We’ll be dedicating four children to the Lord on this day - always fun celebrating God’s gift of children to our families. Looking forward to a great day this Sunday.

All we are is a house of God who seeks to worship Him. We connect people to Jesus. We center on Him. 

I can’t wait to worship with all of you this Sunday,

Scott

What A Great Place!

“And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on you…Jesus you’re my hope and stay”

Worship at Forum has been stellar. Each week we gather to worship. We celebrate. We confess to Jesus our need for him in our lives. It’s the most meaningful encounter we have during the week. 

We gather around His communion table and take elements that remind us of Christ’s physical body. We examine ourselves and are called back to God’s holy standard. We are cleansed because of the work of Christ in our lives. We are anchored to Christ. 

What a great place church is! 

This past week we looked at God intervening in King David’s life. He had sinned, and sinned, and sinned. God sent His prophet Nathan to confront him on these sins. It turned out these sins arose from David diminishing the Lord. He didn’t think highly enough of God and His word. He thought about the sin, entertained it, and embraced it. His elephant was dealt with head-on. 

This week we’ll look at when to confront a friend who is saying one thing and acting another way. We’ll look at the elephant of hypocrisy and try to rid elements of hypocrisy out of our lives. God calls on our “yes” to be “yes” and our “no” to be “no.” We’ll focus on dealing with hypocrisy in our lives and when to come to terms with it.

We’ll look forward to worshiping together this Sunday. 

Scott

Growing

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The dynamics in play at church right now are so very, very good. We continue to move forward in terms of reaching and connecting people to Jesus. Tuesday night we had a “Connect Event,” and it was wonderful hearing the staff talk about their passion for ministry and what they are doing at Forum. It was exciting to learn how visitors came to Forum and when they started attending. It’s a joy to share how the ministry is focused and growing. It never gets old hearing how our youth and children continue to grow and make an impact. We are so blessed to see how the kingdom continues to expand.

We kicked off “The Elephant in The Room” series focused on “You’re lukewarm: don’t live with one foot in and one foot out!” Blake Cohea, our Middle School Minister, talked about corrective measures you can take to heat up your spiritual temperature. Blake did a great job sharing the scripture out of Revelation 3 and 1 Kings 18 which encourage us to move forward spiritually. Ultimately, God loves you and wants to bless you as you commit to living fully for Christ.

We continue on in this “Elephant in The Room” series. This week we will explore how God deals with the elephant in the room. We can learn a lot from how God approaches the difficult tensions we all face, and this week's message will both challenge and encourage us to mimic God in how we address the sometimes complex relational tensions. 

Looking forward to worshiping with you this weekend, 

Scott

The Hand of God is Moving

God is at work at Forum. We continue to see God’s hand each week in this ministry of connecting people to Jesus. He’s our Lord and Savior and that’s what we want to do – connect others to Him. 

Last week we concluded the “I AM Jesus” series with the passage out of Revelation, “I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.” We talked about how there was never a time when Jesus was not, nor will there ever be a time when Jesus is not. He is with us in all the things we encounter. We talked about how Jesus is the definer of our days on this earth. 

This week we start a new series called “The Elephant in the Room.” We will learn to say the hard thing that no one wants to say, but needs to be said. Scripture is full of confrontations connected to pointing out sin. A good healthy dose of talking about these types of matters will do us good. When do I speak up? How do I speak up? What conditions make it the right time to address an issue? Can I step up and speak out spiritually? What needs to be said in your life? The scriptures will give us insight connected to how to live this out daily.  

This is a great series to invite friends because it will hit them fresh. It’s exciting to see so many visitors at church. I know they are coming because you are inviting them - Keep it up!

I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday. 

Scott

It Says Something

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We continue to have excellent attendance - last Sunday was our all-time, non-holiday, high regarding how many people were at Forum. That’s awesome! It says, “There’s something going on there.” And there is. 

We continue to study the Bible and the mission God has us on - to intentionally connect people to Jesus. All of the focus should be on God’s word and that mission. The ongoing challenge is to not waver from this mission which defines our ministry. We spoke this past Sunday about staying focused and not being a predictive prophet saying, “That person is going to act this way, so I’m not going to reach out to them.” This mindset doesn’t align with the goal of intentionally connecting others to Jesus. 

We’ll wrap up the “I AM Jesus” series this Sunday looking at Jesus's statement “I am the Alpha and Omega” out of Revelation. We’ll be talking about how there’s limited time to talk about Jesus and how when it’s over, it’s over. God is the definer of our days and has an ultimate say in our lives. We are subservient to His will and His desire. When we submit to His will, life takes on the mission to connect people to Jesus. 

Looking forward to worshiping with you this Sunday. Bring a friend or family member with you to encounter His word and teaching.


See you Sunday,
Scott

What an incredible day Easter was!

With 1775 in the 4 services, it was an impactful day. It was a joy to see all the services filled with people!

  • The video reviewing the baptisms with “Resurrecting” and “Raised to Life” integrated into it was powerful to witness.
  • Bradley did a great job expounding the scripture and opening up a dialogue in the realm of doubts surrounding the resurrection.
  • The day was fast and fun with Juggling Jeff ministering to our elementary-aged young people.
  • We had a good number of people take advantage of the morning pancake breakfast.
  • Many commented as well about the meaningfulness of the Good Friday Worship Event. Tyler and his team did a great job putting that together.

This Sunday we continue in our sermon series “I AM Jesus.” We will see that Christ’s mission to save the world is not stagnant, but is ongoing. It captures people who don’t want to be near it. It changes people’s lives. This week we’ll see Christ grab the heart of one who hated Christ followers and change him. Life change is what Jesus is about. You may have friends who are “No to Jesus” type of people. This would be a good message for them to hear and experience.

Each week, we strive to set up services that lift up Jesus. We continue to see the scripture played out that when we lift up Christ, He will draw people to Himself. 

Looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday. 

-Scott

A Simple Invitation

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On Tuesday I was talking with Scott about our transition to four services and all the excitement around our upcoming Easter weekend. He was encouraged to hear and see that God is at work in some compelling ways at Forum. As we discussed the upcoming Good Friday service, our conversation morphed into a discussion about the power of an invitation. 

So many of the pivotal moments in life have come as a result of a simple invitation. The first date with my wife was the result of a simple (albeit nervous) invitation. The reason my wife and I started attending Forum over ten years ago came as the result of an invitation. The list can go on and on. I think the same thing is true for all of us. 

Sometimes an invitation can be so much more than a request to attend an event or participate in an activity. It can represent the beginning of a new relationship. It can symbolize belonging and identity. It can even come to represent a new chapter or phase in our lives. The power of invitation can be just that - powerful. 

One of the many joys I have as a pastor is getting to hear the stories of peoples lives being changed by Jesus. That transformation usually finds its origin in a simple gesture, yep, you guessed it, an invitation. Over and over a different story, different circumstances, different outcomes, but the same origin  - an invitation. 

Easter is a time when people are a little more open to the big ideas about God, Jesus, the Bible, and church. Right now, it is still culturally acceptable to attend church on Easter - to some, it might even be a cultural pressure. Regardless, it is a great time to extend that simple invitation. It doesn't have to be complicated or pushy - just a simple, "Hey, our church always has a lot of fun on Easter, and there are some great things for the whole family - if you are interested we would love to have you." You never know if your invitation this year could be the origin story of their transformation. 

This Easter message is going to be accessible and relevant for both Christians and non-Christians. It would be the perfect Sunday to invite someone to church as we explore the resurrection of Jesus. Can't wait to see you all there.  
- Bradley