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These are unique days. We live in a time when God’s kingdom is already present in many ways. But it’s also obvious that the full reign of God is not yet here on earth. We have an important choice to make: will we live in the “already” or the “not yet.” As we begin a new year, we will look at what it means to live in a reality that is already here in some ways and not yet here in others.
January 28 – Not Yet Already – Life
The countdown to Christmas officially begins as we enter the season of Advent. To prepare us to celebrate Christ’s birth we will experience a series of services called, “Heaven Comes to Earth.”
December 24 – Christmas Eve Service
December 31 – Memorial Service
Earlier this year we began working our way through the letter of James to the Church. It is a letter filled with pointed, practical instruction for living out our life in Christ. Next Sunday we will pick up where we left off in chapter four with a lesson in astronomy.
October 29: James – Plans (no recording available)
November 5: Here I Am (Rev. Jeff Boersma)
November 26: Margin Call (Rev. Jeff Boersma)
One of the most important ways that we can become like Jesus is by announcing God’s kingdom to the world around us. That’s what Jesus did throughout his ministry. He taught. He healed. He forgave. He provided. This fall we will explore practical ways that we can announce God’s kingdom and grow louder in God’s world.
One of the most overlooked letters in the New Testament is Paul’s letter to Titus. It sort of gets overshadowed by his letters to the Romans, Ephesians, and Philippians. Yet this short letter is filled with all kinds of wisdom for the church today – even for our church today. For the remainder of the summer we will work our way through this letter.
- Full Worship Service (Do You Know Where You’re Going? meditation begins at 7:49; Growing Closer to God 23:28; Growing Deeper in God’s Family 46:47; Growing Louder in God’s World 1:15:42)
August 13: The Foolish Gospel of the Cross (Rev. Gerrit Koedoot)
The easiest way to tell an apple tree is to look for the fruit. That’s the proof. That’s the evidence. Followers of Jesus also show evidence. It’s called the fruit of the Spirit. This summer we will be working our way through these fruits to understand better how our life in Jesus is expressed.
July 16: Evidence – Goodness (Rev. Howard Vugteveen)
A new series of messages begins this Sunday: “Sticker Shock.” We will spend three weeks exploring the cost and value of following Jesus.
Why? As we move toward Good Friday and the death of Jesus, this is one of the most important questions we can ask. Why did Jesus do it? Why did he put himself through the agony, the abandonment, and death? Over the next several weeks we will raise and answer the “Why?” questions at the end of Luke’s gospel.
One of the most applicable and practical books in the Bible is the book of James. It shows what faith looks like. It’s faith with hands and feet. Throughout January and February we will be working our way through the Book of James.
March 12: testimonies by Western Michigan Teen Challenge
February 26: James – Both Sides of Our Mouth (GEMS Sunday)
February 5: James – Remember (Becky Tjapkes)
For most people the birth of Christ is a mythical event with the following implications: gifts, family, and food, as well as credit card bills and traffic jams. But the birth of Jesus has implications that reach much farther than a roughly one month festival. The real meaning of Christmas is found in God becoming a human being – one of us – and dwelling among us. That profound and simple fact means so much more than what we typically celebrate at Christmas. This series explores four powerful implications of the incarnation.
Our vision is to be a community where all kinds of people are becoming like Jesus. We’ve spent a lot of time looking at what it means to become like Jesus. But who are “all kinds of people” and what does it mean to be a community of them? For the next two Sundays we will look at what it means to be a place for all kinds of people.
A rendezvous is a meeting of two people at a specific time for the purpose of growing in a relationship and enjoying each other’s company. Rendezvous is also the series of services we will be experiencing this fall. It’s based on the idea that Christianity is far more than a religion. It is more than a set of behaviors or rituals. It is most of all a relationship. God loves us and we respond by loving Him. For the next 6 weeks we will be focusing on growing closer to God through a series of rendezvous.
November 6: Rendezvous – Encountering Christ in the World (Rev. Howard Vugteveen)
They say hindsight is 20/20. So wouldn’t it be great if we could see our lives with that kind of clarity? For the rest of the summer we are going to attempt to look at our lives with a view from the end. Fast-Forward: Living with the End in Mind will help us see our fears, finances, and families with a kind of hindsight that we get from Jesus in Luke 12.
September 11: Vision Sunday part 1
(Becoming Like Jesus meditation begins at 0:01; Growing Louder in God’s World meditation begins at 7:30)
September 11: Vision Sunday part 2
(Growing Louder in God’s World continues at 0:01; Growing Closer to God begins at 18:05)
August 28: Fast-Forward: Family (sermon begins at 5:20)
August 14: Fast-Forward: Fear (Jeff Boersma)
August 7: Fast-Forward: People Get Ready (sermon begins at 3:15)
Have you ever noticed that the book of Acts has no formal ending? That’s because the 28 chapters of Acts are just the start of the awesome story God is writing through His people. This summer we will commit ourselves to being a part of that story by claiming the power of God in our lives, church, and community.
July 31: Acts 29 – The Beautiful Mess (sermon begins at 05:35)
One of the new year resolutions we’re making is to do more together. It’s so easy to stay busy and insulate ourselves from true relationship. We do life next to people, but not with people. Our paths cross, but they don’t really ever merge. For a follower of Jesus, this isn’t the way God designed it. When Jesus declared that he would build his Church, he wasn’t talking about a bunch of individuals. He was talking about a community, a family that would encourage each other, forgive each other, and comfort each other. That’s what we’re shooting for at FCC.
How do you feel about change? Some people appreciate the variety, while others fear it. While the Christmas holiday is filled with tradition, the event of Christmas triggered massive change. Christmas changes everything. This advent we will look at some things that have been changed by Christmas – then and now.
All:used to refer to the whole quantity or extent of a particular group or thing. That’s the part of our lives that God asks for: all. This fall we will be looking at how we can be “all” kinds of people – people who are giving all of ourselves to God.
November 1: ALL: OUT including drama
We will close out the summer by spending three weeks looking at Jesus’ final approach to Jerusalem – the place where he would die and rise again.
As America becomes less and less of a religious culture, the challenges to belief have become much more widespread. Atheism gets regular airplay. The numbers of those who identify as non-believers are on the rise. Fortunately truth is not determined by popular opinion. This summer we will look at the logical attacks on Christian belief and present a defense.
The requirements for becoming a naturalized citizen of the United States are laid out clearly. There is a process. But how do we become citizens of God’s kingdom? What requirements must be met? Which process do we follow? Becoming a naturalized citizen of God’s kingdom is both difficult and incredibly easy, simple and complex. Join us as we examine this process on Sunday mornings.
Christians will sometimes refer to each other as brother or sister. It points to an important truth about us: we are a family. Our roots go deeper than genetics and extend into eternity. For the next several weeks we will look at what it means to be a family.
We won’t celebrate the resurrection for another month. But throughout March we will be looking at the story of another person who came back from the dead. Not exactly a resurrection in the strict sense, but a prelude to the resurrection.
February 8: Branded with Christ – Cadet Sunday (sermon begins at 01:25)
The essence of our relationship with God can be broken down into two basic elements: Covenant and Kingdom. Through out the month of January we will be exploring these two strands of our spiritual DNA.
Two thousand years ago, Jesus brought light into a dark world. He is still doing this today. As we anticipate the celebration of his birth, we’ll look at the ways Jesus illuminates our lives on a daily basis.
One of the most compelling stories in the Gospels is a conversation Jesus had with a woman at a well in Samaria. There were all kinds of reasons this conversation should never have happened at all. But it did. And a woman’s life – even a whole town – was changed forever. So gather around the well this month. You just might be changed as well.
It’s not just the younger members of our church family that are going back to school. This fall we’re all going back to school… The School of Prayer. This fall we will look at several different ways and means to connect with God in prayer. We will learn exercises and techniques that can enrich our prayer lives. We begin next week by picking up a few prerequisites.
(sermon begins at 28:00)
December 22: No service due to weather closure.
One of our guiding assumptions at Ferrysburg Community Church is that every child of God is sent. We are sent to people and places and groups to announce and demonstrate God’s kingdom. In this series of messages we’ll look at how that’s happening at FCC and how we can more fully embrace our sent identity.
November 3: Sent – MBC Celebration (Acts 2:42-47)
One of the most important things to God is seeing His children grow in faith. It’s so important that He will use many different things to cause our faith to grow. This fall we will be looking at five things that God regularly uses to make our faith grow. We’ve adapted this series from NorthPointe Church and Pastor Andy Stanley in Atlanta, GA. Click on the titles to listen to the message.
For the past several years we have been working our way through Mark’s Gospel. It is a straightforward, raw look at the life of Jesus. This summer we will resume the series by looking at chapters 8-9.
August 4: Intern Josiah Youngquist
Most of the New Testament of the Bible is a collection of letters. They were written to church communities and individuals. They served to encourage, instruct, and correct. And most of them were fairly long. However, a few of them are very short – just one chapter. This series is a 4-part study of the smallest books in the Bible and the shortest letters written – Postcards.
Postcards – Jude (Rev. Gerrit Koedoot)
When Jesus taught His disciples the Lord’s Prayer it was because they asked Him how to pray, not what to pray. Jesus had an approach to prayer that was dramatically different than what they were used to. At the time Jesus taught His disciples this prayer it was incredibly fresh and innovative. Two thousand years later we’ve turned it into something stale and old-fashioned. It’s become something we memorize and repeat. Over the next several weeks we’ll be taking a fresh look at one of our oldest prayers. We hope to regain the innovation and fire that Jesus intended when He taught us how to pray.
What we believe about God shapes every part of our lives. Our understanding of his power and love and character are determining factors in how we structure our lives. This series will explore four life-changing truths about God and what they mean for us in our daily lives. Each of these life-changing truths about God begin with the letter “G.”
Easter Sunday, March 31:
Grace is more than beauty in motion. It’s the experience of receiving something that we don’t deserve. As we move toward Good Friday and Easter, we see something that we could never earn. Something that was gained at a tremendous cost to the Giver. Click on the message titles below to listen.
Whenever the issue of financial giving comes up in church people get squeamish. And who can blame them? People have been manipulated and guilted into giving too many times. Instead of going right at it, we felt some metaphors might be in order. Click on the message titles below to listen.
February 24: GEMS Sunday
No matter what book or story you are reading, if you don’t start at the beginning it will get confusing. You will miss important facts and plots. The Bible is the same way. The beginning of the Bible gives us critical information about God, our world, and ourselves. These first four messages of 2013 help us uncover these foundational truths.
The Impossible Task – February 3
The Ancient Lie – January 20
In the Image – January 13
What, Not How – January 6