September 16, 20181 John 2:15–17 — Not of This WorldDon't fall for the illusion. The world, and the things it holds, are passing away. The things of God, however, are eternal. This week, let's look to the One who is the source of true satisfaction — true life. SERMON ARCHIVE September 9, 2018 1 John 2:12–14 — EncouragementLooking to the cross, we see how serious our sin is and how much bigger God's grace and mercy is. Seeing God's grace and mercy leads us to confession, first to our Father and secondly to those around us.September 2, 2018 1 John 2:7–11 — No More Stumbling1 John 2:7-11 presents some dynamic contrasts - light and darkness, love and hate - and even as believers, we can be disturbed by the questions John raises. Am I really walking in the light? Do I love others the way should? Have I done enough? What do I need to do to fix myself and my situation?August 26, 2018 1 John 2:1–6 — CertaintyGod's light exposes sin and leads to genuine conviction. In Christ, we draw near to God to receive mercy and find grace.August 19, 2018 1 John 1:5–10 — God Is LightOur daily personal walk with God, including our confession and repentance, has dynamic impact on the community around us. God’s plan is for believers to shine forth His light, becoming more like Christ every day.August 12, 2018 1 John 1:1–4 — More JoyAs 1 John begins, the Apostle John points to the reality of Jesus Christ. John passionately wants us to see the One he’s seen, to hear the One he’s heard and to have our lives forever touched by the One he’s touched.August 5, 2018 Ephesians 2:4–7Paul wrote to the Ephesians to proclaim the greatness of God, to remind believers of their position in Christ and to encourage them to live out their faith.July 29, 2018 2 Peter 1:3–4July 22, 2018 James 1:5–8God wants us to ask Him for what we need. He knows what we need and wants us to come to Him and ask so that He can provide what is best for us, right when we need it.July 15, 2018 James 1:2–4All of the promises of God are intended to encourage us in such a way that we would never give up.July 8, 2018 Matthew 16:13–18July 1, 2018 Ephesians 4:11–13FBG will only become the kind of church that God intends when those who consider themselves to be a part of the church find their places of service within the church. Find your place.June 24, 2018 Luke 9:57–62In a culture where comfort is of primary pursuit, pain and suffering become obstacles to be avoided. But what happens when they cannot be avoided?June 17, 2018 1 Peter 3:7In the passage in 1 Peter in light of the end of Chapter 2, Jesus Christ's suffering and dying that we might die to sin and live to righteousness, what principles apply to how you choose to live your life?June 10, 2018 Mark 4:35–41When the Scriptures provide a description of an individual who sees the Lord in some special way, that description is often accompanied by some change in the person who sees the Lord. The previous perceptions of the individual are often changed to match reality.June 3, 2018 Hebrews 4:14–16; 10:19–25When going through trials, testing and temptation, is your tendency to draw near to God and other believers or to withdraw and isolate from God and other believers? Do you practice the habit of gathering for worship with your FBG family no matter how you feel or how busy you are?May 27, 2018 Ephesians 5:15–16God gives us some direct expectations in discipling our families and His plan is for it to be built into the rhythm of our life. Think through how you can be intentional with your family when you are sitting together (in the car, eating, etc.), when you are walking (grocery shopping, walking around between ball games, etc.) and when you are getting ready for bed.May 20, 2018 Hebrews 9:11–28Jesus is the once-for-all sacrifice that provides a way for you to be made right with God. This sacrifice opens the door of forgiveness and relationship with the Lord that would never have been possible for you without it.May 13, 2018 Philippians 4:4–9Paul tells the people to rejoice in the Lord always. Even though they were enduring great hardship and difficulty, Paul wanted them to see they can celebrate in the Lord no matter the circumstances they are enduring.May 6, 2018 Revelation 22:10–21The book of Revelation is the final piece in the “puzzle” of the Bible, the piece that provides the revelation of who Jesus is, the King of kings, ready to return in His glory to rescue His bride the church.April 29, 2018 Acts 17:16–34If the object of our hope is our job, our family, our bank account, our reputation, etc., then we will spend time and energy and emotion on these things. If the object of our hope is Jesus, however, then His love so fills our heart that it spills into the lives of others and it becomes contagious. It is a hope that causes us to care less about ourselves and more about others.April 22, 2018 Revelation 22:1–9If we don’t surrender our lives to knowing and following Jesus Christ, if we don’t die to our own desires and strive after Jesus, if we don’t seek to live our lives for the spread of the gospel, then so much about following Jesus won’t work right.April 15, 2018 1 Corinthians 10:23–11:1In the early church people lovingly gave their possessions and their lives for the sake of other believers and the advancement of the gospel. This was not done out of force by the apostles, it was a response of gratitude and selflessness on the part of the people to the Lord.April 8, 2018 Revelation 21:9–27God will create a new earth where heaven will come down to earth and be one new existence where God, Himself, will dwell with His people. There will be no temple building and we will no longer be the temple of the Holy Spirit. Instead, everything will be made brand new and God, Himself, will be our temple, living with us on a new earth. We will be made brand new so that we might experience the perfect presence of God in all we do forever.April 1, 2018 Revelation 21:1–8As we remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ, there is no better time than today to repent from chasing after worldly pleasures. Place your trust in Him to forgive all of your sins, satisfy all of your desires and grant you eternal life!March 25, 2018 Revelation 20:11–15When Jesus revealed that He is coming as Judge, He is giving an invitation to trust in Him as Savior from that judgment.March 18, 2018 Revelation 20:1–10One day, God will judge Satan and cast him into the lake of fire. Until that time, Satan acts as a deceiver — whose goal is to prevent as many people as possible from becoming disciples of Jesus and to stifle the efforts of those who are. The Bible warns us to take our stand against the devil and to resist his schemes.March 11, 2018 2 Corinthians 1:3–11When faced with challenging circumstances in life, you may have heard the phrase, “God will not give you more than you can handle.” Paul, in 2 Corinthians 1:3–11, would argue that God indeed gives us more than we can handle so that we may experience the comfort of God.March 4, 2018 Revelation 19:11–21The vision of Jesus in Revelation 19 is the final vision of Jesus in the Bible, the way that Jesus wants us to see Him, so that we might put all our hope in Him, standing firm in our faith until He comes again to save those who trust in Him.February 25, 2018 Revelation 19:7–10Have you considered how much Jesus Christ loves the church? He laid down His life to wash us clean from our sins and now clothes us with honor as His bride.February 18, 2018 Revelation 19:1–6God is both the Judge of the universe and the Savior of mankind. His justice and mercy may initially seem at odds with one another, until we see how they meet in Jesus’ death on the cross. Jesus faced God’s justice in our place, so we can now be forgiven and made right with God.February 11, 2018 Revelation 18:1–24Sometimes as Christians we can be tempted to look away from Christ and pursue the things of this world at the expense of knowing and following Jesus Christ.February 4, 2018 Revelation 17:1–18Even in moments when we might feel like we have reason to wonder where God’s faithfulness can be seen and experienced, we must hold fast to the truth that God is faithful. Holding fast to Jesus is the wisest decision we could ever make in life.January 28, 2018 2 Corinthians 5:17–18Are you living in isolation or in genuine community with trusted fellow believers who know you as you really are? New life in Christ is experienced in open, honest relationships with other members of the body as we walk together in the light of Christ.January 21, 2018 Matthew 18:21–22Forgiveness can sometimes feel like a rollercoaster as we try to die to self and follow Jesus each day. If there is someone in your life that the Holy Spirit is calling you to forgive, make that a priority this week.January 14, 2018 2 Corinthians 7:8–11Spend some time searching your heart this week and see if you have moved from admitting your brokenness to turning away from your sin and running toward Jesus Christ. Decide this week that you are going to daily abide in Jesus Christ by spending time reading the Bible and praying. A good place to start would be to read one chapter of the book of John a day and spend a few minutes in prayer.January 7, 2018 2 Corinthians 5:17–18Decide today that you will seek to know and follow the Lord, completely trusting Him with your life. A helpful step in your journey can be sharing your decision to trust the Lord with another follower of Jesus Christ.December 31, 2017 Paul conveys to the Christians in Colossea that he prays for them and he desires that they walk in a manner worthy of Lord, fully pleasing to God. Paul’s prayer for the Colossians should prompt us to evaluate our own walk with the Lord and have clarity on what it means to live in a way that is worthy and pleasing to the Lord.December 24, 2017 Jesus was born so that He might give His life for each of us. Jesus Christ is the greatest gift of all that each of us needed beyond our imagination.December 17, 2017 Revelation 16Trusting in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior places us on the path of who and what we don’t deserve. On the cross, Jesus took on Himself what He didn’t deserve, so that we might escape what we do deserve and spend eternity enjoying who and what we don’t deserve.December 10, 2017 Revelation 15The events in Revelation 15 point to an awesome celebration of the Lord’s victory. Talk about a story worth sharing! Perhaps you’ve had more than a few conversations where someone mentions how the world is declining in its moral standards. Use this topic as a springboard to sharing the good news of the gospel and the story of God’s amazing rescue of His people and care for them for all of eternity.December 3, 2017 Revelation 14:14–20In the case of Jesus’s warnings, the stronger the warning, the louder the invitation to draw near to Him, to trust in Him and keep on trusting Him. On Sunday, God’s Word to FBG was the strongest of warnings and, therefore, a timely invitation to each of us to draw nearer to Jesus, to cling to Him, to adjust our lives afresh to who He is and what He says. Sunday was a moment of profound invitation that we must not miss.November 26, 2017 In Luke 2:30–32, Simeon took baby Jesus into his arms and blessed God saying these words, “For my eyes have seen Your salvation, Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light of revelation to the gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel” (NASB). Jesus is the light of revelation to the nations, a message of hope for the world. As followers of Jesus, we have the message of hope for the world.November 19, 2017 2 Corinthians 5:14–21Paul makes clear to the Christians in Corinth that they should no longer live for themselves but for Jesus Christ. Their purpose in life has been reset. They should no longer pursue their own desires and build their own “kingdoms;” they are positioned to pursue God’s desire.November 12, 2017 Romans 1:13–17Paul’s life was forever changed after his encounter with the risen Jesus on the road to Damascus. He became a follower of Jesus and a man with a mission.November 5, 2017 Revelation 14:6–13Choosing to follow Jesus also comes at a cost. Jesus Himself promised that if you live for Him, you will face persecution. There are trials and temptations that are uniquely faced by Christians. But the motivation to live for Him even in the face of danger is found in the good news of the gospel and that we are awaiting an eternal reward because of what Christ has done for us on the cross.October 29, 2017 Revelation 14:1–5Following Jesus no matter where, no matter what, characterizes those who are marked as belonging to God. How can you follow Jesus this week with a “no matter where, no matter what” attitude?October 22, 2017 Ephesians 2:1–10In Ephesians 2:4 there is a shift from the hopelessness of man to the hope found in God. The key phrase of “But God” leads to a thread of descriptions about God’s character and work that only He could do. We see three specific traits of the Lord in this section: His mercy, love and grace.October 15, 2017 Revelation 13: Part TwoThe Holy Spirit’s presence and witness in your life is to continually bring you to the place of fresh surrender (repentance) before Jesus Christ so that you will follow Jesus every single day for the rest of your life.October 8, 2017 Revelation 13: Part OneSatan is a liar and a deceiver who seeks to spiritually deceive people to their own spiritual destruction. The efforts of our enemy are intended to harm our church, our families and our lives but we can fight the deception of the enemy. The two ways that we can combat the enemy’s tactics of deception seen in Revelation 13 are the knowledge of the truth of Jesus Christ and perseverance in that truth.October 1, 2017 Ephesians 4:1–6Ephesians 4:3 called the Ephesian believers to be diligent (to make every effort) in maintaining church unity. Do we as believers today have the same responsibility? If so, would you describe yourself as one who is being diligent to maintain the unity of FBG?September 24, 2017 Luke 13:1–9In this passage, Jesus makes the point that we are all sinful and broken and for that reason, no one is really better than anyone else. Only through faith in Jesus Christ can anyone experience forgiveness. Since salvation comes through faith in Christ alone, we are all in the same position of needing salvation from our sin.September 17, 2017 Revelation 12: Part TwoMake a plan to share with someone about the wonderful news of the gospel. You will be amazed how much sharing the gospel with someone helps put everything else in life in a better perspective. The challenges won’t seem as big, the difficulties won’t seem as hard and the hurts will experience healing. The gospel has the greatest affect in your own life when you care about the gospel affecting others than when you care about your own comfort or life.September 10, 2017 Revelation 12: Part OneSince the return of Jesus is imminent, we can anticipate His return by striving to live ready for the return of Jesus Christ. One of the best ways to live ready for the return of Jesus is to help others be ready.September 3, 2017 Revelation 11:15–19Our community needs our church to be totally captured by the promise of Jesus’s future reign. Remember that our hope is not for this life only. As followers of Christ, we are seeking to make an eternal impact on the world around us.August 27, 2017 Revelation 11:1–14Through faith in Jesus, His obedience is credited to our lives. On the basis of the truth that through faith in Jesus Christ we are declared righteous, consider a few ways that you will adjust the way you think or what you believe or how you act this week.August 20, 2017 Revelation 10:1–11Every single day that God gives us to live where we live is an opportunity to make the most of the delay in His return.August 13, 2017 Revelation 9:13–21Ultimately, we all worship something. A constant theme in the Bible is for us to get rid of idols in our lives and worship the one true and living God. Before we have a relationship with Christ, our minds are blinded by sin and we don’t realize how much we cherish idols. After trusting in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, the Lord will help us fight against idolatry.August 6, 2017 Haggai 2Some of the people had a hard time with comparing what the new temple would be with what the old temple had been. Comparing and looking back became a burden for them. What are some areas of your life that you compare to others? Is there anything in your life that you look back and long for what was different then to what it is now? The Lord encouraged the people in Haggai 2:4–9 in how to respond in the comparison. What steps can you take this week to “be strong” and “not fear” in the face of these comparisons in your own life?July 30, 2017 Haggai 1Haggai was focused on the people living out the conviction that the Lord is worthy of everything and rebuilding the temple was a way of expressing this conviction in the supremacy of the Lord. As a believer in Jesus Christ, what are some outward ways of living that can be reminders and reflect a heart of reverence and honoring of the Lord?July 23, 2017 Ephesians 5:21–33Standing in stark contrast to the ways of the world, devotion in Christian marriage is based more on an individual’s relationship with Christ than it is on the behavior of their spouse. This is a profound testimony to those around you that your marriage is a picture of the good news of the gospel. This week during your prayer time, ask the Lord to instill in you the desire to honor your spouse by submitting to Jesus and His plan for marriage. Make a plan this week to display honor and value to your spouse in some very specific and measurable ways. Ask your spouse what he or she thought of your efforts. Plan a date night to talk about how to keep on growing in your marriage relationship.July 16, 2017 Revelation 9:1–12God created us to want life and He has provided life through faith in Jesus Christ. The devil would much rather we miss out on life, especially eternal life. John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” How might you intentionally remind yourself that true life is only found in a relationship with Jesus Christ this week? How might you remind your family or some friends? Make a plan today for the week to come.July 9, 2017 Isaiah 6:1–9July 2, 2017 1 Peter:13–20Freedom is best experienced when we live by faith in Jesus Christ, under His authority, as a servant of Jesus Christ. In what ways do you need to adjust your life (to be under Christ’s authority, to be living as His servant) this week and over the summer so that you might experience more freedom in Jesus Christ?June 25, 2017 Hebrews 10:24–25Take a moment and write a note of encouragement to a fellow believer here at FBG. What are some things you’ve observed in them that are glorifying to God? Affirm in that person what God affirms in them. Make sure to give the note to that person the next time you see them!June 18, 2017 Colossians 3:1–17As you seek to allow the Word of Christ to dwell in you richly, you can begin by reading the Bible on your own. A good place to start is the book of John in the New Testament. You can read a few verses or a chapter a day and answer the following three questions: 1. What does this passage say about who Jesus is? 2. What does this passage say about what Jesus does? 3. What does this passage say about how I should respond to who Jesus is and what He does?June 11, 2017 John 13:34–35When someone has wronged you, does the love that Christ has for you come to mind before anything else? Why or why not? Does it change your view of how a situation should be approached? Jesus told His followers that their identity in Him would be exemplified through their love for one another. Based upon how you love others, would people be able to recognize your identity in Jesus Christ? Why or why not?June 4, 2017 Ephesians 4:1–6The Ephesian church was made up of Jews and Gentiles, two people groups from very different backgrounds. What type of people do you come across on a weekly basis that have very different backgrounds than you? Why do you think people tend to move away from people who are different than they are and move toward people who are similar?May 28, 2017 Revelation 8As you spend time alone with the Lord this week, remember that you have God’s full attention when you go to Him in prayer. Your prayers are precious and cherished by Him. When you pray, have faith that God is pleased to hear your prayer and trust that He will act! Spend time praying for at least 10 minutes per day this week.May 21, 2017 Revelation 7:13–17As followers of Jesus, we can expect difficult times of tribulation to come. When we face persecution from the sinful world, feel the rebellious desires of our own flesh or experience spiritual warfare, remember that God has permanently spared us from the penalty of His judgment. If you feel frightened, tempted or weak, think upon Jesus Christ, who is the Lamb of God who shed His blood to spare us from the worst thing imaginable: experiencing God’s wrath. Allow this truth to make you bold when facing persecution, steadfast under temptation and resilient against the attacks of the devil.May 14, 2017 Revelation 7:9–12As you seek to share Christ with those around you this week, look for opportunities to gently correct the commonly held concept that people can escape God’s wrath and make it to Heaven by simply living in the right way. Explain that there is no way for us to justify ourselves to God or to make up for our sins. Share that you are totally depending on Jesus Christ to save you. Salvation comes from the Lord!May 7, 2017 Revelation 7:1–8Since we know that God is currently holding back final judgment from the earth, we know that He wants us to share the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ with people around whom we live. Decide today that you will share Jesus Christ with someone before next Sunday. Pray about this every day. Create conversations that will allow you to talk to someone about Jesus. Ask someone if they believe in Jesus Christ. Ask someone if you can share with them about how Jesus is changing your life. While God is holding back judgment, make every effort to tell others about Jesus and salvation.April 30, 2017 Matthew 9:35–38On your way to work, the grocery store or any other time you’re in the car, pray for opportunities to share the gospel at your destination. You are among the harvest! As a follower of Jesus, you have been sent out into the world to share the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Take some time to examine your life this week. What are some things that are hindering you from living your life in full pursuit of Jesus? Confess these things to God. Discuss some strategic steps you can take to rid yourself of distractions and idols with a friend or accountability partner.April 23, 2017 Revelation 6:12-17When you think of Jesus, remember that He is both a lamb and a lion. Consider that one day He will approach everyone who is ungodly and opposed to Him as a furious lion, ready to pour out His wrath on the wicked. Let this truth propel you into sharing the truth of God with those around you so that they might see God’s grace, receive His forgiveness and be spared from the wrath of the lamb.April 16, 2017 Easter — CelebrateIf you believed in Jesus, His death and resurrection for you, and asked Him to forgive you of your sins and to give you eternal life, He promises you that He will do exactly what you have asked. If you decided to believe in Jesus and ask Him to forgive you then I encourage you to share this decision with a family member or friend who is a Christian and can help you in this decision. Please also consider sharing this decision with one of the pastors at FBG. We would love to help you learn more about following Jesus Christ.March 26-April 9, 2017 Weeks One–ThreePray that our church culture would be one in which making disciples is viewed as an ordinary part of the Christian life. Jesus commands us to be and make disciples. Pray that God would lead you to selflessly invest in another believer by encouraging them in their walk with Christ, mentoring them and being their friend. Ask God to infuse the prayers of our church with humility, honesty and biblical ambitions as we seek to grow deeper in our knowledge of who the Lord is, who we are and what He desires from us.March 19, 2017 John 11:17–48Align your heart and life with the compassion of God found through faith in Jesus Christ. Spend time this week asking the Lord to convict you of any sin that He wants to help you overcome and leave behind. Ask the Lord to forgive you and then spend some time rejoicing in the Lord’s promise to forgive. Read 1 John 1:9. Being right with God is always first a matter of the heart. Read Luke 18:9–14. This week, intentionally approach the Lord through prayer in a way that reflects the tax collector rather than the Pharisee. Choose humility this week, particularly when you are tempted to choose pride. The exaltation of the tax collector was forgiveness. In your forgiveness through faith in Jesus, demonstrate your joy to someone in your life. Share with them the amazing experience of God’s compassion and how joy has filled your life.March 12, 2017 John 11:17–48Spend some time this week focusing on the character of the Lord and allow the Lord to change the way you worship, interact with others and live because of who He is. Read Psalm 24, Psalm 63, Psalm 147 and Psalm 148 and use these passages as a catalyst for praising the Lord for who He is. Spend time seeking to align your life with the truth that God is in control no matter what the circumstances look like. Ask the Lord to show you the areas of your life where you are holding back and not trusting Him fully. Write them down and pray through them one by one surrendering each one to the Lord and thanking Him that He is involved in every one of them.March 5, 2017 Revelation 6:9-11Seek to be a fragrant aroma of Christ in every place by aligning your life and decisions with the Word of God and by taking opportunities to share the gospel. If those around you call into question the validity of the Bible or the message of the gospel, don’t shrink back from following God’s Word or sharing the gospel. Even in the face of opposition, remain bold in proclaiming the gospel: That Jesus Christ’s perfect life, atoning sacrificial death and victorious resurrection from the dead are the only means of forgiveness for the sins we have committed against a holy God.February 26, 2017 Revelation 6:1-8Recognize that being a follower of Jesus means accurately representing Him to those around you. While it may be unpleasant to speak about, the wrath that Jesus Christ will bring upon the earth can be a great way for you to emphasize God’s patience and desire for people to turn to Him and be forgiven! When you engage in gospel conversations this week, be sure to mention God’s justice along with His grace — and that the two meet at the cross.February 19, 2017 Revelation 5The prayers of believers are pictured as being contained in golden bowls full of incense in the presence of the Lord. Commit to spending the first few minutes of your day in prayer this week. You can also meet up with another believer over your lunch break to spend a few minutes in prayer together. Remember that your prayers are as important to God as the prayers of Moses, Abraham, Peter, Paul and all other believers. Ask your co-workers how you can pray for them, and then watch the Lord work!February 12, 2017 Revelation 4When you encounter resistance or mistreatment because of your faith, remember that God is sitting on His throne with all power and authority. One day, He will set everything right and vindicate those who have loved Him. God’s unfathomable goodness will simply obliterate everything that is wicked and opposed to His perfect will.February 5, 2017 Ephesians 6:1-4; 10-20How can we equip our children to respond to authority, respect leadership and receive instruction? If parenting is a primary arena for spiritual warfare, how can we help our children put on the armor of God in order to join the good fight of the faith? How can we model and share the gospel to the children in this church so that they are captivated by Christ and share His story with others?January 29, 2017 Revelation 3:14-22Let the Holy Spirit work through you by seeking to refresh and be a source of healing to others. Encourage at least three fellow church members by affirming their service and faithfulness in the church. Seek out one person this week to have a gospel-focused conversation with and encourage them to walk with Jesus. If you know someone who has been hurt by others or is in the midst of a conflict, be a source of healing by reminding them of the good news of the gospel and how there is hope for every situation in which Christ is involved.January 22, 2017 Revelation 3:7-13Make the decision to be a faithful follower of Christ in the routine activities of your day. This can be as simple as starting off your day by spending time with God in prayer and reading the Bible. Let the love of God show in your relationships with friends and family by putting others before yourself. Commit to regularly participating in corporate worship and serving some way in the church. Take note of the ways in which these small acts of routine obedience open up opportunities for you to be used by the Lord.January 15, 2017 Revelation 3:1-6Examine yourself to see if you are putting up a religious façade around others. Make a list of the ways you’ve not been authentic about your walk with Christ and confess it to a friend. Make a list of the ways you are striving or plan to strive toward authentic faith and share that list with a friend, asking for prayer that you would continue striving.January 8, 2017 2 Corinthians 2:14-17Lead Pastor Kevin Ueckert recaps what God did at FBG in 2016 and gives his vision for the year to come.January 1, 2017 Acts 1:15-26Are there any resentments in your life as you begin 2017? How will you replace resentment with gratitude? Who do you need to forgive? How do you need to trust the Lord? Strive this year for less regret by increasing your thanksgiving, creating a pattern of reading and applying God’s Word, sustaining a pattern of prayer and confession of sin and walking with others who are striving to do the same.December 25, 2016 If we put our trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we will find forgiveness for sins, guidance in life and hope for the future. Jesus has promised that everyone who trusts in Him will not be disappointed. He has promised eternal life for those who follow Him. One day, Jesus will come again. Our celebration of Jesus’s first coming includes our expectation of His return. We have hope that just as Jesus came the first time, He will come again.December 24, 2016 December 18, 2016 Luke 15If you have never written down your story about being found by Jesus Christ, your salvation story, spend some time over the holidays and write down your story. After you have written down your story, create two other versions of your story. Create one version that you can share in around five minutes. Create another version that you can tell in two minutes or less. Make sure to include clear explanations of how you were found/saved so that someone listening to your story would understand how to decide to follow Jesus.December 11, 2016 Matthew 21:23-32Jesus has all authority over your life. This statement is either very comforting or very offensive, depending on your relationship with Him. He makes the rules, and we are obligated to obey. Submitting to authority isn’t easy. Some people feel stifled or oppressed by God’s commands, so they choose to rebel against Him. Other people merely pay lip service to His authority but then don’t actually obey how they should. This leaves all of us in the same boat — as rebels.December 4, 2016 Matthew 20:1-16The ultimate expression of God’s surprising generosity is the gift of his Son Jesus Christ, whose birth we are celebrating during this Christmas season. When we truly experience the generosity of Jesus Christ in our own lives, it produces in us a heart of generosity. How is your heart when it comes to generosity.November 27, 2016 Matthew 13:44-46The greatest gift that could ever be given is a gift that we celebrate on Christmas day. It is the gift of the kingdom of heaven coming here. It is the gift of Immanuel, God with us. It is the gift of salvation. Yet, Christmas can often be dominated by the consumption of “stuff.”November 20, 2016 Revelation 2:18-29The mercy of Jesus is absolutely stunning. Even when the church in Thyatira was allowing the woman Jezebel to persist in her corruption, Jesus warned them so they could repent. Jezebel and those who committed adultery with her were given opportunities to repent and be spared from Christ’s wrath at every turn. What a merciful ruler Jesus is! No matter what you have done, He is ready and willing to forgive those who repent.November 13, 2016 1 Corinthians 12:14-20If you’re a member at First Baptist Georgetown, God has placed you here for a reason. Regardless of whether you’re someone who teaches a large Life Group or someone who hands out these “Worship Guides” on Sunday mornings, God has uniquely gifted you so that you will serve a special function in the life of this church body. What encouraging and exciting news!November 6, 2016 Revelation 2:12-17Nothing is more important than being in a right relationship with Jesus Christ. He enables us to be overcomers even when we live in a dark and sinful world, where Satan has his throne. Sometimes we can be hesitant to acknowledge the significance of our relationship with God to others at work, school or in other activities. This can be especially difficult when you know being a follower of Jesus is unpopular to the people you are around. Jesus encouraged the church in Pergamum to follow the example of a man named Antipas, who belonged to their church and had been killed because he refused to deny God’s truth.October 30, 2016 Revelation 2:8-11Jesus Christ has never promised His church that living for Him will be free of difficulty. In fact, He promises the church in Smyrna that they will have to face tribulation, poverty, slander, imprisonment and even death. Then Christ tells them to not fear what they are about to suffer. How could they remain steadfast and unafraid in the face of such impending difficulty? Christ reminds them to maintain an accurate perspective and vision of His truth.October 23, 2016 150-Year CelebrationGod has continued to confirm His call on FBG to reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. In the midst of civil war, reconstruction and great turmoil in our nation back in 1866, God raised up a church that has touched thousands upon thousands of people from Georgetown to the far reaches of the world. No matter what might happen in the next 150 years in our country, FBG has been placed right here in Williamson County to love God, love people and help others do the same.October 16, 2016 Revelation 2:1-7As we see Jesus walking amongst the golden lampstands (which represent churches), we see that He has complete knowledge of what is going on in the churches. He sees the way the Ephesian church is working hard, patiently enduring, bearing up for His name’s sake and not growing weary. He also, however, sees that they are lacking repentance and have abandoned the love they had for Christ when they first believed.October 9, 2016 Matthew 13:1-23We never know who is going to respond and who is going to reject the gospel. Strangely, that leads us to a position of spiritual passivity. However, in light of the growth of the kingdom, our only position can be spiritual optimism! We sow the seed of the gospel to everyone, everywhere for reasons that we don’t know. We are not God, therefore we have to assume that everyone to whom we share is simply a pre-Christian. We assume this because we don’t know.October 2, 2016 Jeremiah 29:1-14Much like seeing the tip of an iceberg, often only a small part of what God is doing is visible. God chose to send the Israelites into captivity in Babylon for 70 years to accomplish His purpose in them — which was purity and devotion to God. After this difficult yet purposeful time, God promised to return them back to their true home, proving Himself to be truthful and good.September 25, 2016 Jeremiah 29:1-9Some believers choose to isolate themselves from the culture, while others choose to embrace the culture. However, God had an alternate response to the culture in mind when He gave this message through the prophet Jeremiah. Actively seeking the good of the place where we live even though we disagree with the culture is what God desires of us as His ambassadors.September 18, 2016 Revelation 1:9-20Amazingly, when we really begin to fear God as the righteous judge and throw ourselves at His mercy, we understand that we don’t need to be afraid of Jesus. The same Jesus who has eyes of fire and and can lay us open with the sword of His Word is the one who has saved us. He lived the life that we have failed to live and then broke the curse of the law for us by dying on the cross so that we will not face spiritual death but instead experience eternal life!September 11, 2016 Revelation 1:4-8God calls Himself the “First” and the “Last,” which means that He is the beginning, the end and owns everything in between. God is completely sovereign and has all dominion, meaning He owns everything and has the right to do with His creation as He pleases.September 4, 2016 Revelation 1:1-3A bondslave is someone who has willingly committed themselves to one master for the rest of their lives. The book of Exodus says that the only reason why someone would do this is because they love their master and trust them to take care of them. In exchange, the bondslave gives up all of their rights and instead obeys their master’s will. This week, look for an opportunity to deny yourself and serve your Master, Jesus Christ.August 28, 2016 RevelationThe book of Revelation is powerful. Jesus Christ is revealed in such a way that we should stand in awe of His majesty, tremble in reverence at His justice, and rejoice that He is the Savior and Redeemer of His bride, the Church. Ultimately, Revelation is about seeing a clear picture of Jesus Christ that drives us to worship Him.For the full sermon archive, please click here to access our Vimeo page.