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Two New Sermon Series Start Next Week

Update:  Josh Roach has accepted the offer to join our staff ( Worship Director) here at Five Forks.   We’ll keep you updated throughout the transition period.

Holy Spirit in Our Midst

Pastor Brian
March 5th and 12th  (8:00 in the Auditorium)
March 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th (11:00 in the Chapel)
We often think of the Holy Spirit, when we think of Him at all, in terms of ministering to us personally.  We say things like, “The Spirit led me”, or, “The Spirit spoke to me”, as though it were just the two of us.
There is a sense, of course, in which the Spirit does minister to individuals.  But if the personal connection is the sum of our understanding about the Holy Spirit, we miss out on His full ministry in our midst.  By one Holy Spirit, we have all been baptized into the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13).  Thus, our individuality ought to be engaged for the good of that whole Body.  Frankly, anything less than that is disobedience, for focusing only on a personal relationship with the Spirit thwarts, or “quenches”, His broader focus on the Church.
The New Testament does not teach us that we are on a “personal journey” in this life.  Such language arises out of our vigorously independent, “I-can-do-this-myself”, culture.  The New Testament treats believers as being part of one another in a cooperative, corporative Body called the Church.  And it is the Holy Spirit who bonds us together.
During the month of March, we will therefore be looking at what the Bible says about the Spirit’s ministry in and through the Church.  Hope you can join with me as we explore the Holy Spirit’s ministry in our midst.    – Pastor Brian

Finding Intimacy With God – The Practice of Prayer

Pastor Ray
March 5th and 12th  (9:30 and 11:00 in the Auditorium)
Every one of us has a need for intimacy. “There is a restlessness deep within each of us that compels us to search for the person, the place, the ‘god’, that will fill the void and give us peace.” (Healed) The opposite of finding this is loneliness.
The Scriptures reveal a God, who created this vast universe, and everything in it, but at the same time desires to have, and provides a means by which he will have, an intimate relationship with his most treasured creation – you and me.
Just as conversation between two people fosters intimacy in their relationship, prayer is one means by which we find intimacy with God. For two weeks we will talk about prayer. Psalm 61; Psalm 63; Psalm 46.