Firmly Rooted

07/28/15 Daily Devotion – “If one part suffers…”


If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. . (1 Corinthians 12:26 NIV84)

I think there are two ways to look at this verse. The first is to view it with our local congregation in focus. The second is to view it with the global church in focus. Let’s look at the second view first. We Christians are so often trained to defend our denominational position against fellow Christians that we fail to work together in the one area we have in common–that being the Great Commission. We seem to be really good at using our spiritual armor against one another but fail to use it side by side against the enemy of the Church. In this respect, I feel that there are parts of the body that are suffering. And as Paul says, if one part suffers, every part suffers. Listen, I am not suggesting dissolving all the denominations. I am smart enough to know that the differences are significant, and Christians need to stay true to what they believe the Word of God teaches. I am all for some healthy debates over our doctrinal differences, but let’s reunite around the Great Commission. We need to gather together to reach the world around us. The Christian Church is growing like crazy in South America and Africa. The Christian Churches in those areas are united to reach the lost. Thousands a day are coming to faith and being won for the kingdom of God. We as a global church should be rejoicing for such growth in our day. We should do what we can to support the growth of the kingdom in those parts of the world through donation of money, time, and talents.

In our second view of this verse, we can apply its meaning to our local congregations. We need to look at our congregations for those parts of the ministry that are suffering and tend to their needs. Some churches need to put healing energy toward its Sunday schools and day schools. Others need to look at their body of elders and leaders and ask whether they have the right people in the right positions, and also, look to see if these men and women are getting the support they should get from the pastor and congregation. The point is that we need to address, not ignore, the hurting parts of our local ministries. Also, we need to celebrate and offer praise together for the successes that ministries within our congregations are having.

Let’s commit ourselves to the proper spiritual health of our local and global church.

Peace!

Pastor Tom


Upcoming “Who am I?” Sermon Series


All,

I am really excited about the upcoming sermon series that begins this Sunday. If you have any doubts or questions about who you are, I invite you to come join us for this series. Don’t come alone, bring a friend!

We meet at Eagle Creek Academy, on Silverbell Rd., Sundays at 11am.

Peace!

Pastor Tom


New bible studies begin this week!


All,

Beginning tonight, we will begin a Summer study on how to witness to, and defend, the Christian faith.  These studies on “Defending the Faith!” will be every Tuesday night at 7:30pm.  The classes will be held at Eagle Creek Academy on Silverbell Road.  On Sunday morning at 9:30am, we will begin a bible basics course.  We will talk about everything from what the bible is to how we can best study it and get something out of that study.

Both of these classes are being offered because you have asked for them.  I am excited to know that the people of God have a sincere desire to be firmly rooted into the word of God so that they can properly believe it for themselves, and also to be able to communicate that faith with others.  These classes are design with you in mind.  Please come with your questions.  Feel free to send me questions at tom@firmlyrooted.org.  See you tonight!  Bring a friend!

Peace!

Pastor Tom


Sermon Series on Truth


Firmly Rooted Folks,

A reminder that we are in our new sermon series on truth. This would be a great Sunday to bring a friend(s) who question and wonder about the Christian faith. Sunday School is at 9:30 and Worship is at 11:00.

Peace!

Pastor Tom


New Sermon Series


All,

On Sunday, May 4th, we begin a new sermon series on Truth. The next two Sundays we will dig into Firmly Rooted’s mission statement (Firmly Rooting God’s people in His eternal truth!). Please come and join us. Bring a friend.

A reminder that our service is at 11:00am at Eagle Creek Academy. Sunday School and Bible class is at 9:30am.

Peace!

Pastor Tom


Updated Sermons and Bible Studies


All,

I pray these are a blessing!

Pastor Tom

10 commandments and sacrament overview

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matthew 26

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willing people + homothumadon + Holy Spirit = WOW!

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Updated Sermons and Bible Studies


All,

I pray these are a blessing!

Pastor Tom

 

Apostles Creed – 2nd Article

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Matthew Lesson 24 (Tuesday Night)

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Matthew Lesson 25 (Tuesday Night)

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Sermon – The presentation of the King! (Palm Sunday)

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Sermon – The resurrection changes everything! (Easter)

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Sermon – We must be Firmly Rooted (Haiti – Adrianne translates)

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Tuesday Night Bible Class


All,

Beginning tomorrow night, our class will be meeting at Eagle Creek Academy (where Firmly Rooted now worships). Please share this with others.

Peace!

Pastor Tom


Have a blessed Easter!


He is risen indeed!

Please listen.

Easter Song

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Peace!

Pastor Tom


Good Friday & Easter Services


All,

A reminder that tonight’s Good Friday service will be at 7pm and our Easter Sunday service will be at 11am. Both services, and all future services, will be held at Eagle Creek Academy at Silverbell & Kern.

Pastor Tom