SFFC Newsletter – December 2018
Dear Strong Faith Family,
Welcome to our first church newsletter!
COME LOOK WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE!
It has been a wonderful year for SFFC, full of joyful Sunday morning worship and inspired teaching from God’s Word. We’ve had the opportunity to enjoy great fellowship and ministry opportunities in our Men’s, Women’s, and Youth Ministries, as well as in our Small Groups throughout the year. Best of all, in October, our church moved into an awesome new facility. No more setting up and breaking down! God blessed us with the entire second floor of a beautiful building in the Bellaire Business Center; which is handicapped accessible and has it’s own private elevator. Praise the Lord!
This new facility is amazing! If you have not yet seen our new location we invite you to come look what the Lord has done! You won’t be disappointed!
We look forward to many more of God’s blessings, and opportunities to serve our Lord Jesus, in the coming year.
YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
This month, Pastor David has been sharing a series of messages entitled, “YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE.” The world teaches us “You Only Live Once,” so do what you feel like doing, live carelessly,don’t worry about tomorrow, be reckless in pursuing what gives you a thrill. They even have a hash tag for this “#YOLO” – You Only Live Once.
However, Jesus would have a different hash tag “#YOLT” – You Only Life Twice! The truth is NOT that you only live once, it is that you only die once.
Hebrews 9:26 (NLV) It is in the plan that all men die once. After that, they will stand before God and be judged.
There is another life to come. You will live again, either in God’s presence or separated from His presence. What you do on earth matters! How you live your life here impacts your eternity.
You must keep in mind that this earth is not your home; you are just passing through and your time here is very short. If you think you have a lot of time, you will squander it. If you know your time is limited, you will make the most of every opportunity. You will not be seeking earthly things (money, possessions, thrills) but things of true value, things which survive into eternity. In fact, we can become enemies of the cross if we only focus our lives around earthly things.
Philippians 3:18-20 (NIV) Many live as enemies of the cross of Christ . . . their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven . . .
Colossians 3:2 (AMP) Set your minds and keep them set on the higher things, on things above, not on things of the earth.
Life on this earth will never be your best life, so live for your forever life.
Hebrews 12:2 (MSG) Keep your eyes on Jesus, Who both began and finished this race we’re in . . . He never lost sight of where He was headed [therefore] He could put up with anything along the way, The Cross, shame, whatever, and now He is there in the place of honor right alongside God. When you find yourself flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item.
Do as Jesus did and go through life looking up, not around. Stop looking at others and what they have. Stop looking at your hurts and disappointments. Things on this earth will always let you down, because things here are broken (lost, sin-cursed). But the hope we have in Jesus never lets us down. This is why we must keep our eyes on Him.
Get your priorities right: heaven over earth. The rewards you receive in heaven depend on how you serve Jesus here. What do you want your heaven to look like? Jesus will be handing out mansions, thrones, and crowns of life to those who are faithful to the end. I don’t know about you, but I want to hear Him say, Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things (on earth), I will make you ruler over many things (in heaven): enter into the joy of your Lord. – Matthew 25:23, NKJV
Be faithful in little here, and you will be given much there. Be faithful in using what God has given you for eternal purposes. You do this by intentionally sharing your resources and your time, but most of all by intentionally sharing Christ with a hurting world. Don’t just do good, do good in The Name of Jesus. Tell people about Jesus’s love for them and His sacrifice for them, and you will store up wealth for yourselves in heaven, where it cannot be turned to dust and where thieves do not come in and take it away. – Matthew 6:20, BBE
If you’ve missed any of this teaching, you can view the archived sermons here.
DON’T MISS OUT!
January is our prayer month! The determining factor for victorious Christian living is
being skillful in the art of prayer. Come learn how to pray and get results! To help you
grow in prayer January offers:
- A Message Series on Prayer every Sunday in January.
- “21 Days of Church Wide Prayer” starting January 6th thru January 26th.
- Corporate Prayer EVERY Saturday in January @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am.
It is true for individuals and it is true for churches . . . no prayer, no power! Learn how to
make prayer your first response instead of your last resort. Plug into the power of prayer!
Other Upcoming Events:
Nursing Home Ministry – Praise, Worship & Ministry to the Elderly – 2nd & 4th Wednesdays @ 6:00 pm – 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) – Women supporting women through the power of the Holy
Spirit.We share the bond of love through intimacy with Christ and each other. WOW
meets the 2nd Saturday of each month @ 10 am at the church.
GOD’S FAMILY — LOVING ONE ANOTHER!
I Peter 4:8 (NKJV) . . . and above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”
At SFFC we strive to be the kind of church that is built on the agape love of God. This verse may raise the questions, “How are we to love one another?” or “How does love cover a multitude of sins?” To accurately answer these questions, we must understand the difference between human emotional love, and the pure agape love of our Father. The definition of agape love is, “selfless, sacrificial, and unconditional love.” It is the kind of love that would cause a Father to send His only begotten Son to Earth to die on a cross, in order to redeem us. Church should be a place where people can experience this kind of love.
Within the walls of SFFC you will find family . . . God’s family . . . loving one another, accepting each other unconditionally, and serving together in the Spirit of Unity. So come be a part! Invite your friends and family to experience the love and acceptance that is the foundation of our church. We promise you a sense of belonging, love, and a warm welcome.