This Sunday is Faith Promise – Sermon: Tearing Down Strongholds

                                                                                                                                                                                                  October 4, 2018

Dear Church Family & Friends,

This Sunday is Faith Promise Sunday! We also will be having a Fellowship meal! Please come prepared to participate and plan to stay following the service for good food and fellowship!

What is faith Promise? Faith Promise is a way that God can use you to support World Missions! Prior to Sunday, I would like to encourage EACH one of you to set apart time to seek the Lord about what He would have you give this coming year to world missions. Sending missionaries into the harvest is a primary call for each believer. The last command of Jesus (often called the great commission) mandates that EACH believer participate in reaching out to share the gospel and disciple others first locally and then in all the world! (Matt. 28:18-19) This call to missions is not just about “having a missionary program.” It is the mandate of God that every believer participate in missions at home and also all over the world. Obedience to this commandment is accomplished when we send and support missionaries and Faith Promise is how we do this!

Please prepare for Sunday by discerning in prayer what God would have you give to missions in this coming year. Engage in faith this week! God can use you to change the lives of people around the world as you walk in faith. The amount that you choose to give is not based on “sight” (your ability to give) it is based on faith (believing what God will provide!) In this discernment process, the believer looks to the Lord “in faith” asking how much to give; then agrees with God to step out in faith to give as the Lord provides. It’s that simple! This method is biblical and is found in 2 Corinthians 8:3. Believers in the early churches gave to missions not only according “to their ability” but also “beyond their ability.” (2 Cor. 8:3-5) Faith Promise is the correct way to steward God’s resources. Rather than restricting God by deciding what I want to give, we ask God what HE wants us to give and then we give it when He provides. It requires faith to discern and give as God directs! That is why we call it Faith Promise. There are many powerful testimonies that we want to give related to this on Sunday!

This Sunday our main event will be to worship God. Worship is what we were created for and worship is what we will do forever. God draws near to us when we worship. In fact, the Bible says that God is seeking after people who will worship Him in Spirit and truth (John 4:23.) I want to encourage each of you to invest in worship – on Sunday, at home, in the car etc… Worship is why we meet on Sunday!

This Sunday we will continue with our sermon series on the Battlefield of the Mind. This week we will learn how the Bible teaches us to tear down strongholds that exist in our minds. The Bible says: “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” (2 Cor. 10:3-4)

This Sunday we want to look at the nature of “strongholds.” Strongholds are demonic patterns of thinking that the enemy uses to oppress believers. True believers who have given their lives to Jesus cannot be “possessed” by a demon but the Bible does describe how believers can be “oppressed” by the enemy. Sometimes this oppression can be so severe that it may even look or feel like possession but there is good news! The Bible also teaches us how to destroy these strongholds! This battle takes place in the mind! Because of the power of God we live powerful lives as we follow the plan of God to destroy and repel the attack of the enemy. It is with our minds that we engage and defeat the enemy so that we can be freed to live in the power and peace of God. We will unfold the biblical plan for victory on Sunday!

Our annual Harvest Party will be on Wednesday, October 31st 6:30-8:30pm. Please save the date and plan now to invite your friends and neighbors to this evening of food, fun and games. There will be something for everyone – especially the kids! Please plan to bring your favorite harvest treat to share with others!  More information will be available next week.

The family life group that we was scheduled for the first and third Tuesday evenings of each month has been cancelled due to lack of participation but the men’s and women’s life groups will continue to meet twice each month. Attending a Life group is the way that members at RCC can participate in true community. Without the development of intimate friendships we experience isolation and lack the capacity to love each other and encourage one another as the Bible teaches us to. Please be prayerful to discern which life group God is leading you to join.

See you on Sunday! Pastor Jon Quesenberry