SFFC Newsletter – January 2019
Hello Strong Faith Family,
We want to highlight some amazing events
and resources available to you!
BOOK OF PRAYERS
January has been a month of prayer for Strong Faith Family Church. We have enjoyed some awesome times of corporate (whole church) prayer on Saturday mornings from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM. We invite you to come join us for our concluding session on January 26th. Starting in February, we will resume our once-a-month corporate prayer on the first Saturday of each month.
Pastor has been sharing a series of lessons called BOOK OF PRAYERS. Here is a summary of what we’ve learned so far:
Prayer is power! Pouring out your heart to God, telling Him how much you love Him and His Son, Jesus, is the kind of prayer that connects you to the Father’s heart. But another type of prayer is the powerful, darkness-destroying, situation-changing prayer spoken of in James.
James 5:16 (AMP) The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available.
In every situation, prayer should be our first response, not our last resort.
The Bible is a Book of Prayers and there are a number of prayer models outlined in God’s Word. The first one we looked at was the prayer model of Moses. The Tabernacle, or Tent of Meeting, which Moses built was a place to meet God through prayer; a place to both speak to Him and hear from Him.
Exodus 33:11 (NLT) Inside the Tent of Meeting, the LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.
Moses’ prayer model is a progression into the presence of God. In light of the New Testament (through the teachings of Jesus), we can better understand the Old Testament’s true meanings. The following is the progression:
The Outer Court: This represents giving God thanks. Being grateful and thankful to God is the starting place to enter into His presence.
Psalms 100:4 (NIV) Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.
The Brazen Altar: This represents focusing on the Lamb, Jesus, who was slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8) to free us from sin, guilt, shame, condemnation, etc.
Isaiah 53:5 (KJV) He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.
The Laver: This represents offering every part of your life to God. The laver was a wash basin. We need to look and see what needs to be “washed out of” our lives in order to have a pure heart before God. After you’ve given thanks, received the righteousness Christ provided, and offered every part of your life to God, then you enter the Inner Courts.
The Candlestick: This represents inviting the work of the Holy Spirit into your life. The fire represents the fire of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 8:26 (CW) The Holy Spirit is always ready to help us [pray] . . . . The Holy Spirit takes our deepest emotions and longings and puts them into the beautiful language of heaven.
Praying “in the Spirit” is 100% effective because the Holy Spirit always prays the perfect will of God.
The Table of Shewbread: This represents claiming the promises of God’s Word. God’s Word – both the Bible (the written Word) and Jesus (the living Word) – is The Bread of Life.
Matthew 4:4 (NIV) Jesus answered, “It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
The Altar of Incense: This represents worshiping God’s Name. It is worshipful prayer that rises to heaven, not griping and complaining prayers. Therefore, exalt who God is in your life (your Creator, Master, Provider, Peace, Healer, etc) by worshiping His multi-faceted Name: El-Shaddai, Adonai, Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah-Shalom, Jehovah-Rapha, etc. Tell God who He is to you!
Proverbs 18:10 (NIV) The Name of the LORD is a strong tower, the righteous run to it and are safe.
The Ark of The Covenant: This represents interceding for others. This is the highest form of prayer. Do not allow prayer to become a selfish thing; only about your wants and needs.
1 Timothy 2:1 (KJV) I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.
When you enter God’s presence it changes both your perspective and your petitions – your attitude and your prayers. Follow this progression, outlined by Moses in the Tabernacle, and you will come into the Holy of Holies where you will be praying God’s heart.
The second prayer we looked at was the prayer of Jabez, which represents the heart of prayer. If you’ve missed any of this teaching, you can view archived sermons on our website, at www.strongfaithchurch.com/media.
Don’t miss this week as Pastor David concludes this series. This week you will learn how the types of prayer fit directly into your life and how to have the power to change the situations you are currently facing.
Corporate Prayer – 1st Saturday of each month @ 9:00 – 10:00 am. February 2nd, 2019
Small Groups Launch – February 3rd, 2019 Check online to sign up for the Spring Semester Small Group at http://strongfaithchurch.com/groups. Our website will be updated by January 30th.
Souper Bowl Party – February 3rd , 2019. The fun starts at 5:30 pm as SFFC will be hosting the Super Bowl Game and enjoying a variety of soups during the pre-game fellowship. Sign-up list is on the information table.
Nursing Home Ministry – Praise, Worship & Ministry to the Elderly – 2nd & 4th Wednesdays @ 6:00 – 7:00 pm. 2nd – St. Martha’s (470 Manor Ave, Downingtown, PA 19335). 4th – Harrison House (300 Strode Ave, Coatesville, PA 19320).
Women of Worth (WOW) – 2nd Saturday of each month @ 10 am at the church. February 9th, 2019. Women supporting women through the power of the Holy Spirit. We share the bond of love through intimacy with Christ and each other.
Fire & Ice Festival – February 15th, 2019 @ 6-8 pm Downtown Lititz & Lititz Springs Park, Lititz, PA 17543. Sign up on the information table at church.
OKAY, I’M SAVED… NOW WHAT?
We know that salvation is a free gift. It is something that cannot be earned by working for it, and it is the necessary first step in our walk with God. But once we are saved, we are to become Christ-like, and Christ came to serve.
John 13:14-15 (KJV) If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.
So, you’ve taken the first step. You’ve accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Where do you go from there? The answer lies in the following verse: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister. – Matthew 20:28, KJV.
You are a child of God, and your life has a divine purpose. God has already equipped you with the spiritual gifts to fulfill your purpose, but you may not be aware of what your spiritual gifts are yet. This is the purpose of Strong Faith Family Church’s Growth Track. The Growth Track is a four-step process to guide you into discovering your purpose and spiritual gifts, equipping you to:
- Connect to the church
- Discover the strengths of your purposeful design
- Develop your personal leadership
- Use your God-given gifts to make a difference in the lives of others
Growth Track sessions are offered weekly, on Sunday mornings from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. They are conveniently scheduled to coincide with the Sunday morning service, so there is no need to add something else to your already busy schedule.
Now, the final question is: What are you waiting for?