El-Shaddai

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Elohim  - our God, the Creator. Isn’t it great to know you follow the God who created the world? Isn’t it wonderful knowing He has a design and purpose for your life? Isn’t it astounding to align your life with His pattern and design for it? This past week we started our study on the names of God and saw that “Elohim” is the name given to God in the first chapter of Genesis. We saw that it’s the plural form of “El”- which is the singular form of the word for God. We discovered that Elohim was used over 2300 times throughout the scriptures and signifies God as our Creator. We learned that He created marriage and designed marriage as a cornerstone relationship for society. We see how the Spirit of God hovered over the waters. God didn’t step away from creation, but He actively cares for and watches over His creation. We can cry out to Elohim and ask Him to speak into our lives and situations. He can make something meaningful in the midst of brokenness. God gives to us purpose for how we live life in the midst of darkness and brokenness because He is our Creator. We should communicate this truth into the lives of people around us and put hope out there for people to embrace.

This Sunday we will explore the name of God as “El-Shaddai” which means “God almighty.” It’s in God’s power and His sovereignty that we can gain comfort and insight in life. God revealed this name to Abraham as He made this promise to Abraham, “I will make a covenant with you, by which I will guarantee to give you countless descendants.” As we see the unchanging character of God and His providence and purposes, we gain knowledge in knowing that He orchestrates our lives and our steps. Abraham trusted God and built his faith walk on God. He saw a future that rested in God and realized he could trust God in all ways. Abraham  trusted God with his life. Abraham trusted God with the way he lived, walked, and talked. We can do the same.  

We turn to God and call on His name “God Almighty” as we live daily. We center and orient our lives upon Him. God deserves our unfailing and unflinching obedience. He is God Almighty who orchestrates and providentially leads our lives just as He did in the Bible. 

We look forward to being in worship in His presence this Sunday. This would be a great Sunday to invite a friend to come and hear about God Almighty - El Shaddai.  Why not take a moment to pray for your friends to come under God’s sovereignty and His rule in their lives?

-Scott

The Names of God

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This past week we learned to love our enemies. This is one of the most provocative statements of Christ. It pushes us all to the brink of our wherewithal because it’s so counter-intuitive. The world says, “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy.” Yet, Christ says to go beyond this and demonstrate love for those who persecute you and speak poorly of you or treat you with contempt. This mindset and shift in behavior demonstrates the attitude of God who sends the rain to fall on the good and the bad. If you only love those who love you, how are you any different than anyone else? God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were sinners, He sent Christ into the world to save us from our sin. That’s a world-changing reality thought up in the mind of God. 

This week we start a new series called “The Names of God” in which we focus on the different names of God and how each name reveals His nature and character to us. We tend to think simply of God being God and leave it at that, but there’s much more to His nature than that. The names of God help to define Him to us. They reveal who He is and how He cares for His creation. This Sunday we’re going to see God as our Creator and how He demonstrates His power and dominion in the action of creation. Do you realize you follow the plans of a master architect?  God is an architect who designed and created you with great purpose in His mind. Do you realize that when you are in His presence worshipping Him, you order your life around His power and dominion? This Sunday we start this new series highlighting the names of God and discover how each name has meaning for us today.

We look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday. This would be a great time to invite a friend to come to church and help them get to know about God and His nature. See you Sunday! 

-Scott

2018: A Great Year of Growth

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This past week we looked at the provocative and counter-intuitive teaching of Christ where he tells his followers to “go the extra mile,” “to turn the other cheek,” and “to give the cloak off of your back.” This is an attitude of extravagance, an attitude and action of grace that is undeserved. It’s a sacrificial generosity that goes beyond human attitude. This takes an obedience to the Holy Spirit of God that comes from supernatural power working in your life. But when you are wronged, ask yourself this question, “How would Christ respond to this wrong doing?” You then put that action into play in your life. Christ was God’s earthly demonstration of the love of God working on this earth. We strive to replicate that with our actions. 

This Sunday we look at one of the hardest application sections of scripture that there is when Christ says, “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:43-45) To go to the place of love in your heart for your enemies is completely counter-culture. To pray for those who persecute you is an action of Christ’s work in your life. 

When Christ says something, we replicate that and go into action. We love because Christ first loved us. While we were sinners, Jesus loved us. He went to the cross. As he died he prayed for us, “Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing.” Talk about going the other direction and unleashing a love for those who persecute you! It doesn’t get any more counter-intuitive than that. We’ll be studying the challenge of Christ this week. 

I’m looking forward to another great day of worship in God’s house with you Sunday! See you then! 

-Scott

Annual Meeting

This Sunday is our annual information meeting. Darren Grayson, chairman of our elders, will be giving an update in all 4 services. Then at 1 p.m., there will be a meeting in the lobby for those people who want to hear a more detailed report. 

Turn the Other Cheek

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This past week we looked at Jesus telling us to let our “Yes” be yes and our “No” be no. We talked about being people of our word and being promise keepers. We looked at how Christ was the all-time promise keeper in terms of what He said, He did. We can take God’s word at face value and know that what He promises comes true. Christ said He would go to the cross and come back 3 days later. He did. Christ said He would make a way for you and I to be saved. He did. Christ said He would distribute his Holy Spirit into the church. He did. His promises come true. He never will leave or forsake you. Here’s one of those great promises we have from His word: 

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8: 38-39 

This Sunday we look at Christ saying, “But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.” Human nature demands an action for an action. It’s completely counter culture and counter intuitive to go in the other direction. It’s in the nature of Christ’s action as He went to the cross. As they spat upon Him, He did not retaliate. As they mocked Him, He was like a lamb to the slaughter. Christ laid down His divine rights and took on the form of a servant of humanity. He exemplified the best humans we can be. He lays out those attributes as He tells us the “I say” elements of His teaching.  

 We had one of our biggest attendances this past Sunday. It was great to see a packed house. Let’s continue reaching our community and intentionally connecting people to Jesus. It was great to see Megan Gillespie baptized into Christ during our 10:15 service. It was also great to dedicate 11 babies to the Lord this past Sunday. What a joy it is to serve a growing, thriving congregation! 

 I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday. I look forward to Christ’s challenge unfolding in our lives. I look forward to each Sunday that we get to throw our hearts into encountering Jesus Christ. See you Sunday.

 

-Scott

Are You a Promise Keeper?

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This past Sunday was a great encounter in God’s word. We looked at one of the toughest teachings of Christ for our society. In Matthew 5:32, Jesus tells his audience that to give a wife a certificate of divorce for any reason other than adultery causes her to commit adultery. We looked at the cultural significance of that mandate and the present application of that passage. The bottom line is God is doing something mysterious in every marriage. So whether you are recently married or have been married for fifty plus years, you continue to be knit together as one in the eyes of God. In marriage, God makes two people into one. This is a beautiful mystery that is a work of God in marriages. So maybe you feel as though you are married, but you are far apart from your spouse. Listen to this message and glean insight from it. Allow God’s word to refine you and shape you. God intends for our marriages to stay together.

This coming Sunday, we will look at being people of integrity and keeping our word. We will look at Jesus’ “I say” statement regarding vows. Jesus challenges us to let your “Yes” be yes and your “No” be no. Christ would have his followers to be truth tellers and people of integrity. Christ would have us to keep our word even when it hurts us to do so. Our word should be the gold standard by which people can count on us to deliver and produce. Are you one who keeps your word and your promises? Can your work place count on you to keep your word? What about your family? Can they count on you to keep your word? Christ’s challenge is going to cause us to examine ourselves and our lives in terms of truth telling and having integrity. This will help you to focus and make better, insightful decisions as to your saying “yes” and “no.”

This would be a great Sunday to invite friends and family to attend because it’s a simple, yet hard-hitting truth.This truth will challenge all hearers to examine their word and figure out if they are a promise keeper or not. I’m looking forward to worshiping with you this upcoming Sunday. 

-Scott


January 27 is our Sunday for Baby Dedication!

If you would like the church to pray over your child, please contact Leslie Potter at leslie@forumchristian.org and make arrangements. This is a great practice we do as a church to encourage you as parents to prioritize the upbringing of your child. 

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Christ Challenges Us

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This past Sunday, for those who braved the snow or watched online, Bradley spoke on Christ’s “I say” regarding our hearts. Christ said, “But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” To embrace this fully means we make a covenant with our eyes not to look lustfully at people around us. Christ challenges our thinking and behaviors in this way. He forces us to think about and guard our thoughts and intentions. He completely examines our hearts and forces us to purify them. Christ doesn’t dally with our sexuality. He calls us on our sin and challenges us to put it in perspective. He calls us to purity. He desires for us to deal radically with ourselves and live above reproach, especially when it deals with our sexuality. If Christians embrace this teaching, they would put an end to sexual sin in their lives. Adultery would not be a thing in the church. Honoring God with purity is the goal that Christ wants us to hit. 

This Sunday we deal with another very hard teaching of Christ related to divorce. Christ focuses on the oneness God designed for marriage. He doesn’t give an easy, disposable out to marriage. This teaching will revolutionize your marriage and your thoughts on marriage. It may also alter your thoughts on remarriage and divorce. God intends for us to get married and stay married. He’s the author of the union, and no human should separate or nullify this sacred covenant. Is your marriage what God intends it to be? Are you living for Christ within your marriage? Are there areas you need to work on within your marriage? This Sunday’s teaching will encourage you to examine your life and marriage through the lens of Christ’s teaching and pull together as a couple for the sake of glorifying the Lord.

This “I say” series has shown us the perfect words of Christ Jesus. Christ causes us to examine our hearts and minds and follow Him in all ways. Christ forces us to look at the heart of the matter with these intentional teachings. He calls us to live for Him with a pure heart.

I look forward to worshiping with you Sunday and lifting up praise to our God. As ever, it’s a great week to invite a friend or family member to come to Forum. We’ll lift our praise to the Lord this Sunday in all 4 services.

Looking forward to worshiping Christ with you,

Scott

2019 Started off Strongly at Forum!

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It was great to see so many of you making church a priority for the new year. In fact, we had over 300 children in the facility that first Sunday, which is awesome! 

This past Sunday, we focused on the phrase which Christ uses, “But I say.” It was His way of stating there’s something new on the horizon. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus turned everything from vertical - meaning the way we relate to God, to horizontal - the way we relate to one another. In this first “I say” teaching Christ pointed out that anger is on par with murder in a person’s life. To say, “You idiot” puts you in danger of the fires of hell itself. This is strong teaching from our Lord pointing us to live uprightly before one another and the Lord. In fact, this teaching said that if you are going to offer an offering before the Lord and remember that a brother has something against you, then you should first be reconciled to that brother. Whoa! That is strong teaching if we apply it to our lives. 

This Sunday we look at Christ’s teaching connected to our hearts and minds related to adultery. Christ says in Matthew 5:27-28 “You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’ But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Christ teaches radically that to peer lustfully at another person is like committing adultery in your heart. Christ then goes into a teaching that can be controversial if we were to apply it literally when He says in verse 29, “So if your eye—even your good eye—causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” If we were all to apply this to our lives, we’d be eyeless and sightless. So Christ is pointing to dealing with sin in a radical way. We strive to live this out each and every day.

Let’s continue to honor Christ in His church with our attendance. Being at church with fellow believers makes a positive difference. It makes a difference in your life. It makes a difference in the lives of your kids. It makes a difference to your spouse. It makes a difference to your friends and family. Your faithfulness actually inspires people around you to catch your excitement and passion for the Lord. Can’t wait to worship with you this Sunday! 

-Scott

Welcome 2019!

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We finished out 2018 and the “Reclaim the Wonder” series looking at Christ interacting with the religious leaders of his day when he was 12 years old. We saw how Christ continued to “grow in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.“ Do you have a game plan for doing that in 2019? Growing in stature and favor is a noble undertaking that God would have you to pursue. 2019 can be the best year of your life spiritually. It can be a year where you come closest to looking like Jesus, talking like Jesus, and acting like Jesus. 

This Sunday we start a new year and a new sermon series called, “I say.”  It comes out of the teaching from Christ called the “Sermon on the Mount.” Christ came to revolutionize life and to teach freedom from the law. In the Sermon on the Mount, Christ Jesus teaches us a new way of living life. He takes the law and the religious interpretations of the day and expresses the spiritual fulfillment of living these things, which will give you life and life abundantly. Christ contrasts the old interpretations of the law with His way of living freely.

This would be a great series to invite a friend or family member to attend because it’s straight teaching from Christ. As a church we teach God’s word, the Bible, without compromise, and we teach it straight up. This won’t change in 2019. By inviting friends and family to come to Forum, you expose them to the word of God and the teaching of Christ. We lift up Christ from our pulpit every week of the year. 

Looking forward to a new year and to new encounters and experiences with God together this year. Let’s start it out this Sunday. 

-Scott

Finish Out 2018 Strong!

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What a great time of fellowship we had on Christmas Eve at Forum. We had over 1400 gathered for the candlelight celebration with over 100 out in the lobby during the 4:00 service. It was truly a sight to behold. We talked about divine anticipation and the eyes of wonder we can all look through to see the world. We celebrated how God sent Christ at the fullness of time (meaning at just the right time). Christ entered into this world to save us and to be the light of the world. He in turn calls us the light of the world. We lit our candles to remind us to share the light of Christ wherever we go. Isn’t it great news that Christ came to save us and to be the light of the world? Let’s make the most of every opportunity to share this truth with those God places in our lives.

This Sunday we close out our “Reclaim the Wonder” series looking at the way Christ interacted with the teachers of the law when He was twelve years old. Christ astonished those seasoned leaders with his questions and knowledge of the scriptures. This instance in Jesus’s childhood points us to the wonder of what’s to come. I’m looking forward to 2019 and a new season of life and ministry. 2018 has been an amazing year of ministry at Forum, and we’re looking forward to what God has in store for us in the year ahead. Let me encourage you to finish out 2018 by being in church this Sunday to worship the Lord.

See you Sunday,

Scott

There's Room at the Manger

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This past Sunday we looked at the grandeur of Christmas coming in common situations. While the birth of Jesus was extraordinary, it was a common birth. Seeing the miraculous in the common is to affirm the movement and orchestration of God in the simple things of life. It ascribes to Him how both the common place and the uncommon make Him the Lord of all of your life. Seeing Him in the uncommon and the common orders your life to see Him at every turn and every situation. You see God at work in all things, and that’s a beautiful life attitude to possess.

This Sunday we see the first visitors to Christ’s manger when He was born. These first visitors are a wonderful addition to view in the Christmas event because they represent all of humanity. We’ll look at the lowly shepherds and how they were hand picked by God to be there. It’s amazing they came to see this newly born infant to welcome Him into the world. The angels had announced Him to the shepherds and given them instructions as to how they would find the baby. It all was as the angels said because our God is a promise keeper. Come this Sunday and be prepared to be challenged by His word.

This Monday at 4 and 5:30, we will have Christmas Eve services lifting up the name of Jesus. They will both be candlelight services with music and communion being served. These are great opportunities to bring friends and family to celebrate the birth of Christ. We hope you’ll do that and possibly change someone’s eternal destiny.

The greatest gift to give this Christmas is faith in Christ. This is an excellent season to spread the good news of Jesus to people around you. Just as the angels announced the birth of Christ, so you can too. Looking forward to worshiping with you this Sunday and Monday in the name of Christ. Won’t you invite someone to attend with you? I look forward to meeting them with you this Sunday or Monday. See you then.

-Scott

Reclaim the Wonder

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We started off the weekend with our Hope for the Hungry event where over 500 people worked together to pack 100,248 meals. We’d set an audacious goal of raising $25,000 to fund this event. I’m so excited to report that nearly $36,000 has been received towards this global effort. Thanks to Blake Cohea for doing such a great job spearheading this event. It turned out for God’s glory!

We also started into the “Reclaim the Wonder” sermon series focusing on God interacting with Zechariah and with Mary at the beginning of Luke. We saw the angel’s five pronouncements over Jesus’ birth: that Christ would be very great (an attribute reserved for God), that He would be the son of the Most High God, that He would sit on the throne of his ancestor David, that He would reign over the house of Israel, and that His kingdom would be eternal. These declarations have proven to be true because our God is a promise keeper. You can rely on God’s word. Every promise He makes, He keeps. When our God gives His word, He fulfills it.

This Sunday we are looking at Christ’s entry into the world, and how there was no lodging available for Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem. We’ll look at how they coped with that reality and how God provided for them in the middle of all of that trouble. We’ll look at how this was a common event, and the uncommon emerged in their midst. When we focus on the common, God shows up in the most common of places.

This past Sunday we had a record number of children involved in the four morning services.  Our children’s ministry does an excellent job of teaching and equipping the children. It’s important to have your kids involved in church weekly and exposed to the teaching of Christ. It shows them consistency, and it honors the Lord. 

Looking forward to worshiping the Lord with you this Sunday. I’m praying for this to be a Christ-centered Christmas season for you. To focus upon Christ at Christmas is God’s design for your Christmas, and we’ll do our part in helping you keep your focus on Him as we “Reclaim the Wonder” together. 


-Scott

Through the Eyes of Wonder

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This past Sunday we concluded our “Hope” series by focusing on the hope of heaven being lived out today. What if the knowledge of our future hope impacted the way we live today? Bradley laid out what it might look like if we allow this hope to steer our lives today in moment-to-moment daily living. He spoke about the churches John addressed in the book of Revelation and their need to turn toward God and follow His precepts. Bradley asked the questions, “What if Jesus addressed a letter to Forum?” and “What if Jesus addressed a letter to you - what would show up in that?” While we have a hope for heaven, have you considered the hopes God has for you? It was a strong ending to this series. 

This Sunday we start looking at the Christmas story in a new series called “Reclaim the Wonder” where we focus on looking at the Christmas narrative through eyes of wonder. It’s so easy to get jaded and say, “I’ve heard this all before; there’s nothing new in this story” when it’s the timeless story of God interacting with our planet. Did you catch that phrase, “God interacting with our planet?” The Deity that made this entire world became flesh and made His life among us for 33 years. He showed us how to live, showed us how to love, and showed us the way to God. How astronomical is that truth? Let’s see the birth through fresh eyes of wonder this season!

This Saturday is our Hope for the Hungry event in the Family Life Center. We’ve got 500 people ready to pack 100,000 meals for Uganda. It should be a great day of fellowship and purpose as we come together to serve our world. Looking forward to serving in this event this Saturday from 4-6. 

Join us this Sunday as we worship our Savior.  Bring a friend to church with you this Christmas season and let them explore the Wonder - the wonder of Christ and His marvelous birth. 

-Scott

A Big Announcement

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I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me. - Jesus. 

This past Sunday we explored that central truth spoken by Christ. We realized how this is both an exclusive claim and also an inclusive claim. It says that while Christ is the way and the truth and the life - there is no way to the Father except by Him, and He is the only way to heaven. There is no other way to reach heaven than a relationship with Him. It’s exclusive in that way. But in terms of inclusiveness, it says that all who believe in Him will spend forever with God. It means it doesn’t matter who you are, your family status, your religious background, but what matters is your faith in Jesus Christ. It matters that we walk by faith and have the Spirit working in our lives in the here and now. 

This Sunday we are continuing our “Hope” series focusing on heaven and the hope we have there. Heaven is a reality and while Jesus brought heaven to earth, there is the future hope of heaven where things are perfect beyond our ability to measure. Jesus promised to go there to prepare a place for us, and in Revelation 21 we get a glimpse of this reality. Jesus is a promise keeper, and everything He said He would do, He does. 

I need to make an announcement connected to a leadership decision. The elders have unanimously approved a six month plan that will allow me to further recover and heal. I will remain as senior minister, but Bradley Williams will step in as the interim lead minister. This has been a very difficult health year for me and I need time to focus on recovery and healing. Bradley will be leading the staff day to day and leading out in the preaching elements of the church. The elders and staff are all on board with this. We will share this announcement in all services this Sunday. In addition, Bradley, the elders, and I will be available for an informal Q&A following the fourth service Sunday morning.

While we don’t know what the next six months hold, we know God has this church in His hands. I’m excited about the healing and recovery in front of me. I’m more excited about the church’s future and growth that will continue under Bradley’s leadership. Keep the church in prayer as these next steps are taken.  

-Scott

Hope Today

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This past week we looked at Jesus returning home and how amazed Christ was at the lack of faith by those in His hometown. Bradley asked a very penetrating question, “If Christ were to examine my life, what would amaze him? Would it be a lack of faith or would it be a great faith?” I pray we all exhibit and demonstrate great faith in our lives so the world can see Jesus. What would it look like if we all shine the light of Christ into this dark world each and every day? Would more people surrender to Christ? Would there be more people going into ministry? Would there be a revival in the land? You determine this by living out your faith and living for the glory of God. 

This Sunday we look at one of the most endearing passages of New Testament scripture looking at the hope we have in Jesus as “the way, the truth, and the life.” Christ made this very exclusive claim that He IS the way. He IS the truth. He IS the life. No one comes to the Father except by Him. There’s great hope in that teaching and truth. You build your life and eternity upon Jesus. Like the wise man who built his house upon the rock in Matthew 7, you build your life upon the rock of Jesus and His teaching. You apply His life and teaching to your life. There is no alternate route to heaven. It’s only through His death, burial, and resurrection that we have hope and we place our faith in Him. We’re looking this Sunday at “Hope Today” and how Christ builds your life today as you apply His teaching and life example to your life.  

Looking forward to a great Sunday of hope and worship. Invite a friend to worship this Sunday and let them experience the hope and truth of the resurrected Christ. 

-Scott

Not the Same

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This past week we looked at the parable of the prodigal son and the father running  to the son. The son had traveled a great distance away from the father. The son had squandered the wealth given to him by his dad and had run away from home. When the son came to his senses, he worked on his confession, “I’ve sinned against heaven and against you.” The father reinstated him as his son, reclothed him in the finest robe, and threw a party for him.

What an incredible amount of forgiveness the father released, wasn’t it?

We’ve all wandered and sinned. Our heavenly father is waiting and watching for us to come home - to confess our sins and return home. He’s ready to embrace us. He’s ready to throw His arms around us and call us His children.

This Sunday we’re looking at Christ Jesus returning to His hometown; we will see how He is met. This will be a message of hope and insight connected to how we can face the adversity and difficulty in dealing with people who don’t see who we truly are.  This is a message about God’s work in your life in spite of people’s ability to see or notice it. It should be a great message to equip you for family time at Thanksgiving.

Let me encourage you to invite a friend who needs Jesus to church this Sunday. I can’t wait to hear this message. 

-Scott

Also, don't forget about Hope for the Hungry! Go to myforum.me and sign up to pack the meals we will be sending to Uganda on Dec. 8. At myforum.me, you can also donate money to help pay for the meals, as well as, see other ways this event can impact your family this Christmas season.  

Our Hope for Home

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We started our “Hope” series this past Sunday looking at placing our trust and perspective on heaven. This earth is not our home, and we live in eager hope and anticipation of heaven. Speaking of the hope of heaven, Evelyn Smith, mother of Joyce Miller, went home to be with Jesus this past Monday. It gives us great hope to know when we belong to Jesus, we enter into his presence when we leave this earth. Heaven is a wonderful place of hope.

Since our theme for this season is focusing on our hope in Christ, we are having a Christmas seasonal initiative called Hope for the Hungry, which culminates on Dec. 8 with the packing of 100,000 meals for Uganda. In order for this project to be successful, we hope you will participate in one or more of the following ways:

PACK - You can sign up on myforum.me to help pack 100,000 meals on Dec. 8 at 4:00pm in the Family Life Center.

PAY - You can help pay for the meals by giving financially at myforum.me.

PARTICIPATE - You can participate by choosing to share in a meal of rice and beans and be mindful of the poor and hungry throughout the world.

PRAY - You can pray over the meals as they travel and for the lives they will touch. 

For this Sunday, the message will focus on our hope for home. We’ll be exploring the story of the prodigal son found in Luke 15 and seeing the hope we have in coming home to our Lord. We’ll look at the hope we have in the restoration of God and His forgiveness. It’s a great message of repentance, hope for forgiveness, and coming home to the Father. Looking forward to engaging Christ with you and worshipping the Father this Sunday.

-Scott


New Hope

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This upcoming Sunday is time change Sunday so set your clocks back 1 hour. You get an extra

hour of sleep this Sunday!

We finished out our “Thrive” series talking about that you reap what you sow and God’s law of

the harvest. How, if we sow seeds of the flesh, you reap according to the flesh. If, however, you

sow seeds of the Spirit you reap an eternal harvest of righteousness. God won’t be mocked. If

you are sowing seeds in alignment with His axioms you are blessed and reap those blessings. If

you sow seeds according to the flesh, you reap that harvest. Let me ask you, are you sowing

seeds of the Spirit? How are you doing that? How are you reaping that harvest?

We start into a new series this Sunday called, “Hope” in which we are looking at the hope we

have in Christ. We’ll talk about the hope of heaven, the hope of transformation, the hope of

forgiveness, and the hope God puts into our lives because salvation is now part of lives. This

would be a great time to invite friends and family to come to Forum and let them hear about the

hope we have in Christ.

Sunday we affirm our elders and deacons. If you are a member of Forum, let me encourage you

to stop in the lobby and give your affirmation. These men have been screened and selected

from among the congregation. They are people you’ve nominated for these roles, so let me

encourage you to cast your ballot to affirm them.

As ever I look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday. As I mentioned, invite a friend to

come and hear about the hope we have in Christ. Looking forward to worshiping with you this

Sunday.

—Scott

Continuing to Thrive

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We had a great Connect Event on Tuesday night. The lobby was filled with guests and families as we spoke to them about the ministry of Forum. What a great church this is! God is working and moving in this ministry! His hand continues to be upon us. His Holy Spirit guides us and steers us down the best paths in ministry. It’s an exciting time at Forum Christian Church. As a church we continue to thrive. 

Towards that end, I want to thank you for the great welcome back to the pulpit I received last weekend. It was great to be back in the saddle again preaching to you from God’s word about the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5. In order to thrive spiritually, you have to be led by the Spirit of Christ. Remember, the Holy Spirit was deposited into your life when you were baptized into Christ. The Spirit led you to your confession that “Jesus is Lord.” The Spirit produces fruit within your life of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. It’s a great thing to be led by the Spirit of Christ. 

This weekend we’ll focus on the law of the harvest. God won’t be mocked, you reap what you sow is the text from Galatians 6 which we’re going to look at. Do you realize your life is like a field to be filled with plants? What are you planting in life? Are you planting a spiritual harvest? Are you sowing seeds of the Spirit? We’re going to look at these elements this weekend. 

I can’t wait to worship with you on Sunday. Worship is my favorite part of the week. Singing and praising the Lord, sharing in communion together, and being in His word all inspire me towards heaven. Heaven is real and we get a taste of it each time we worship together. 

We are thriving in the name of Christ. Let me encourage you to bring a friend to the service this Sunday because the topic will do them good. I can’t wait to see you. 

-Scott

Continuous Learning

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For you to “Thrive” is what God designed for your life. God set up the church to be a place of freedom. You have freedom in Christ. You are freed from sin. You are freed from the law. You are freed from comparisons. You have been set free by Christ and His death. God has made it simple for you to follow Him. You simply love and obey Him and His word. Thanks to Tyler Hensley for bringing us that message last weekend.

This week we continue to “thrive” looking at the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. God sent His Holy Spirit into this world to equip us to follow the Lord’s leading. The Spirit enters your life as a believer when you confess “Jesus as Lord” and are baptized into Christ. Some people will ask, “How do I know the Spirit is working in me?” That’s a great question and we’ll answer it this weekend. 

As a staff we attended a leadership conference this week. It’s great being part of a staff that is constantly learning and equipping ourselves for ministry. The conference themed around family ministry and equipping parents for whatever life phase your kids are in. I want to thank publicly Rochelle, Leslie, Jessie, Blake, and Tyler for the work they do with our students and children. They give 100% of themselves towards ministry. It’s a joy to serve with them. It’s a joy to see their ministries thriving. It’s great to see so many dedicated parents striving to bring their children up knowing and following the Lord. 

Looking forward to worshiping with you this Sunday talking about the work of God's Holy Spirit in our lives. God’s ways, in our lives, are glorious. Can’t wait to share a time of worship with you Sunday. 

-Scott


It's Just the Beginning

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Wasn’t Opening Day just a great way to open up the new facility! Thanks to the over 150 volunteers who made it happen! Saturday, we had the opportunity to interact with people from throughout the community as they came to check out our new building. Sunday, Blake Cohea had a record number of middle school students in their new classroom for Bible study. It was truly a great weekend! 

And it’s just the beginning… 

We are going to continue to intentionally connect people to Jesus. That is God’s mission for us as a church. So please keep inviting people to church and allow God to transform them. We preach Christ with boldness and passion. We are intensely devoted to Jesus Christ and His power to take us and transform us.

We continue in our "Thrive" series this Sunday focusing on running the race of life without restrictions. It was for freedom that Christ set us free. We are not constrained by the law or legalism in following Jesus. We simply love and honor Him with our lives. We’ll talk about that this Sunday. 

And it’s just the beginning…

So I look forward to Sunday because it begins a new week worshiping the Lord. We come together to exalt the name of Jesus. We lay ourselves down as we seek God and worship Him. I can’t wait to worship together this Sunday under the name of Jesus - invite a friend to come with you. 

See you then! 

Scott