2016 Sermon Schedule

Below you’ll find the sermons for 2016 into the beginning of 2017, along with Scripture passages. Sermons are by Senior Pastor Doyle Sager except where noted. Schedule is subject to change.

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January 3 In Christ’s Light–What Do You See More Clearly?  Matthew 2:1-15
When the light shines on us, it also shines around us
Sermon series January 10-Janaury 31: OVERCOMING SPIRITUAL BURNOUT
Theme verses, Romans 12:11-12: “Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame.”
January 10 When Love Fades   Revelation 2:1-7
God’s people can do many things right yet suffer from hard hearts.
January 17 When Church Takes More Than It Gives   2 Corinthians 11:22-30
Serving Christ through his church can be painful!
January 24 Jesus, The Pause That Refreshes   John 15:1-11
Being attentive to our inner life creates space for Christ to correct and nourish us.
January 31 From Surviving to Thriving Spiritually   Acts 18:5-11; Romans 12:11-12
Experiencing fresh energy for service can occur in surprising ways.
February 7 Only Jesus   Luke 9:28-36
Jesus’ transfiguration gives us hints about his authority and sufficiency.
Lord’s Supper served (More about the Lord’s Supper)
Lenten series Feb. 14-March 20:
THE PATH OF FORGIVENESS
February 14 Confession and Forgiveness (1st Sunday of Lent)   Psalm 51:1-12
[Confession is the doorway to cleansing, and the ground of forgiving others]
February 21 Forgiveness and Family (2nd Sunday of Lent)   Genesis 45:1-15
[Family systems often need to be purged of secrets, deception and betrayal]
February 28 Youth Sunday (3rd Sunday of Lent)
March 6 Building Forgiveness Muscle (4th Sunday of Lent)   Matthew 18:21-35
God’s forgiveness is beyond calculating, so ours should be also.
March 13 Personal and Corporate Forgiveness (5th Sunday of Lent)   Acts 7:51–8:1
How do we forgive not only individuals, but systems and structures which oppress and abuse?
March 20 Forgiveness…When I Survey The Wondrous Cross (6th Sunday of Lent, Passion or Palm Sunday) Colossians 2:11-15
At the Cross, God’s mighty work in Christ is sufficient to erase all our sins.
March 27 Under New Management (Easter Sunday)  1 Corinthians 15:19-26
All heaven and earth, including our lives and our crises, are under the lordship of the Risen One.
Sermon series April 3-17:
DREAMS THAT TAKE ON LIFE
April 3 Can These FBC Bones Live?   Ezekiel 37:1-14
The God of the resurrection can make dry institutions alive with spiritual power.
Lord’s Supper served (More about the Lord’s Supper)
April 10 Everyone!   Joel 2:23-32
Everyone is called, invited and challenged to be a part of God’s miracle-making.
April 17 The Metrics of Eternity   Ephesians 3:14-21
Who can measure what God’s love and power can do when the church is truly the church?
April 24 Mission JC – Services canceled as we serve throughout the community
May 1 Children’s Sunday
God’s Resounding Answer to Grief    Revelation 21:1-6
God’s eternal plan envelopes us in healing care.
Sermon series May 8-22:
HOW FAMILIES WORK (SOMETIMES)
May 8 Transmitting Faith Within The Family (Mother’s Day) Acts 16:22-34
Since every family system is being evangelized to some worldview, our home becomes our first mission field.
May 15 Re-rooting The Family Tree (Pentecost Sunday) Romans 8:14-17
Through spiritual adoption in Christ, we have opportunity to change the family story and direction.
May 22 Developing Your Family’s Coping Skills   Romans 5:1-5
All family systems learn to deal with adversity–some do it well, others–not so much.
May 29 People Pleasers and the Gospel of Grace  Galatians 1:1-12
Confidence in God’s love frees us from needing others’ approval.
June 5 Summer Music Celebration
Lord’s Supper served (More about the Lord’s Supper)
June 12 Proper Posture Matters  Psalm 5
What changes await us if we daily lay our lives before God?
June 19 My Name Is Riot (Father’s Day): Luke 8:26-39    Rev. Melissa Hatfield
Jesus can heal the violent raging within and make us fit for family, witness and service.
June 26 Costly Discipleship   Luke 9:51-62
Jesus directs our attention away from judging others and toward our own need for faithful following.
July 3 What I Thought I Wanted…What I Got Instead  2 Kings 5:1-14
Rev. Hannah Coe
July 10 Mercy  Luke 10:25-37
Rev. Hannah Coe
July 17 Balance, Burnout and Blessings  Luke 10:38-42
What happens when we focus on working for Christ while neglecting a relationship with him?
July 24 The Prayer Challenge  Luke 11:1-13
Prayer is awesome. Try it!
July 31 The Shiny Bicycle  Luke 12:13-21
How much is enough?
August 7 Wash Your Hands…It’s Supper Time   Isaiah 1:1,10-20
Communion Sunday is a perfect time to seek spiritual cleansing.
Lord’s Supper served (More about the Lord’s Supper)
August 14-September 4 sermon series:
God-Centered Worship: WORSHIP THAT COMES WITH A WARNING LABEL
August 14 Holy Smoke  Isaiah 6:1-8
God’s mysterious presence produces awe and surrender.
August 21 Worship For Thirsty Souls   John 4:7-26
Only God can slake our thirst, even when that longing is not expressed in conventional ways.
August 28 Worship As Risk   Psalm 95
Worship is a barometer of how far we are willing to go with God.
September 4 Hope-filled Worship   Hebrews 10:19-25
In corporate worship, we are refreshed by our Priest, Jesus Christ, and by our priesthood to one another.
September 11 Summer Mission Celebration
September 18-October 9 sermon series:
Life-Changing Faith: BECAUSE OF CHRIST, EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED
September 18 Dying to Live   Luke 9:18-27
Daily dying to ego’s ravenous appetite opens the way to authentic life.
Speaker: Rev. Melissa Hatfield
September 25 An Altar in the City   Romans 12:1-2
The sacred offering of our lives occurs in the hustle and bustle of ordinariness.
October 2 Joining God  Ephesians 2:8-10
What kind of place can FBC become if we join God in His work?
Lord’s Supper served (More about the Lord’s Supper)
October 9 God Is Never Finished With Us   John 21:15-23
Spiritual transformation continues after failure and into every life stage.
October 16-November 6 sermon series:
Authentic Relationships: EMBRACING THE MESS
October 16 Losers of the World, Unite!   1 John 1:3-10
Life happens when there is brokenness and honesty.
October 23 Ampersand Faith  Matthew 3: 13-17; 4: 18-22
Guest Speaker: Suzii Paynter, Executive Coordinator of CBF National
October 30 Fear of Depths   John 15:12-17
The fear of going deeper with Christ and others keeps us from experiencing the “more” of following Jesus.
November 6 Screen Shots of Crazy Grace Acts 2:42-47
What if our church became a demonstration to the community of radical grace, acceptance and transformation?
Stewardship  Sermon Series Nov. 13 and 20: DISMANTLING OUR IDOLS
November 13 False Gods–Visible and Invisible   Exodus 20:1-6; Hosea 13:2-6
Scripture calls us to continually turn from idols.
November 20 The Economics of Idolatry   Acts 19:23-41
Tearing down false gods always has financial consequences.
Advent Sermon Series Nov. 27-Dec. 25: CHRISTMAS HOPE IN A HOPELESS WORLD
November 27 Hope vs. Despair   Isaiah 2:1-5
How to thrive in a culture that has given up on God.
December 4 “Jesus, The Hope of Christmas”
 FBC Adult Choir, Orchestra SonShine Singers and Music Makers Christmas Presentation.
December 11 Hope and Patience   James 5:7-10
What to do when we just don’t have the energy to be hopeful.
December 18 Hope and Trust   Matthew 1:18-25
We often find God at the end of our own resources.
December 25 It’s About Time   Psalm 98; Galatians 4:4-7
Hope always has a local address, in the flesh.
January 8-29, 2017 Sermon Series:
Community Transformation: THE CHURCH WITHOUT WALLS
January 8 Answering Our Own Prayers Isaiah 65:17-25
Picturing a healed creation motivates us to be answers to our own prayers.
January 15 Jesus In Disguise James 1:22–2:7
Jesus invites us to meet him in the stranger and the broken of our world.
January 22 Creative Caring Luke 5:17-26
When it comes to offering hope for broken lives, are we in the way or leading the way?
January 29 Break Every Chain! Luke 13:10-17
The liberating Christ seeks to restore us to wholeness and community.
February 5-19, 2017 sermon series:
Global Partners: THE GLOCAL CHURCH
February 5 Far and Near, As We Go (Lord’s Supper) Matthew 28:16-20
A passion for global mission is not optional equipment; it’s part of following Jesus.
Lord’s Supper served (More about the Lord’s Supper)
February 12 Jesus’ Simple Strategy Matthew 9:9-13
Jesus’ love crosses more than geographical boundaries.
February 19 Partnering The Gospel Romans 1:8-17
Kingdom work is about receiving ministry as well as giving it.
February 26 Guest Speaker: Bill Wilson, Director, The Center for Healthy Churches
March 5 Lent Begins
Sermon series January-February, 2017:
MEETING JESUS AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME