PRAY THAT EACH FPCB PARTICIPANT DISCOVERS & USES THE GIFT(S) THEY HAVE RECEIVED FROM GOD- USHER, GREETER, BAKER, TEACHER, TECHNICIAN, SMALL-GROUP LEADER, ADMINISTRATOR, GARDENER, MUSICIAN, ETC.
As Christians, we find ourselves in different places on our journey with God. Some are rejoicing in how far God has brought them, or in how God has come to them. Some are quite discouraged, feeling a sense of loss and loneliness. Others are lost this very moment, trying to find their way.
As a community of faith, we believe that Christ claims us, and that we are invited to claim him.
As a community of faith, we believe that God enters into relationship with his people, and that we are invited to converse with him.
This is why we come again to a Season of Prayer, believing that conversation with God makes a difference in our own hearts.
Scriptures, songs, and prayers will be provided to you in this six-week Season of Prayer. And as you read them, engage deeply with God, connect with Jesus, expecting and allowing the Holy Spirit to transform us to be more and more in line with God's thoughts and ways.
"You have not chosen one another, but I have chosen you for one another." - C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
ROMANS 12: 3-8 (NIV)
Humble Service in the Body of Christ
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
1 CORINTHIANS 12:14 (NIV)
One Body, Many Parts
Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
Now if the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!" On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it.
EPHESIANS 4:11-16 (NIV)
Unity in the body of Christ
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
Dearest Father in Heaven,
Thank you for overflowing our hearts and minds with your love. We cannot know you, love people, and serve the world - without complete dependence on you. Set a fire within our hearts, so that we can take our grace filled gifts & talents and use them to reach all believers and non-believers. Please take our gifts & talents and use them for your glory- for in you, Alone Christ-is who we live for and no other place we'd rather be - than in your love.
IN CHRIST ALONE
In Christ alone my hope is found, He is my light my strength my song
This cornerstone this solid ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love what depths of peace
When fears are stilled when strivings cease
My Comforter my All in all, here in the love of Christ I stand
In Christ alone who took on flesh, fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness, scorned by the ones He came to save
Till on that cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid, here in the death of Christ I live
There in the ground His body lay, light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious day, up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory, sins curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine, bought with the precious blood of Christ
No guilt in life no fear in death, this is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell no scheme of man, can ever pluck me from His hand
Till he returns or calls me home, here in the power of Christ I'll stand
Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
COME HOLY SPIRIT, LORD OUR GOD
1.Come, Holy Spirit, Lord our God,
And pour Thy gifts of grace abroad;
Thy faithful people fill with blessing,
Love's fire their hearts possessing.
O Lord Thou by Thy heav'nly
Light Dost gather and in faith unite
Through all the world a holy nation
To sing to Thee with exultation,
2. O, holiest Light!
O Rock adored!
Give us Thy light,
Thy living Word,
To God Himself our spirits leading,
With Him as children pleading.
From error, Lord
Our souls defend,
That they on Christ alone attend;
In Him with faith unfeigned abiding,
In Him with all their might confiding.
3. O holiest Fire!
O Source of rest!
Grant that with joy and hope possest,
And in Thy service kept forever,
Naught us from Thee may sever. Lord,
may Thy pow'r prepare each heart;
To our weak nature strength impart
Onward to press, our foes defying,
To Thee, through living and through dying.
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