Was the Early Church the Perfect Church?

Many people seem to feel that the first church we read about in Acts was the perfect church. But was it? We talked about that this past Sunday at The Fellowship. We looked at some of the hindrances to the church being effective on its mission. Check it out. Then, join us this Sunday at either our Two Rivers or our Mt. Juliet location. See you then!

Acts Effect WEEK 4- Spiritual Integrity from The Fellowship on Vimeo.

What Husbands & Wives “Shouldn’t” Do.

Perry Noble is the pastor of a dynamic church in North Carolina whose blog posts are something I not only follow, but, enjoy reading. Recently, he posted two that I thought fit in great with our recent Family Ties series. It’s always good to look for fresh ideas and encouragement. So, when I saw these, I wanted to share them with you. I am posting the link to the one for husbands and the link for the one that speaks to wives.
Here they are. Check them out out!

WHAT HUSBANDS CAN NOT DO click here

WHAT WIVES CAN NOT DO click here

Wake Up!

This past Sunday we started a new series we are calling The Acts Effect. In this series, we will be looking at the launch of the New Testament church and the ways that God worked through His people to carry out His mission. One of the big aquestions I am asking our church is, “What is your part in the story?” If you missed this past week, I encouraged our people to join me in praying the following: God, awaken our hearts so that we obey Your Spirit and Surrender to Your Mission.

We focused Sunday on God Awakening our Hearts. Part of how this happens is when we have a right understanding of Christ Jesus. Three things to consider about Jesus that may sound “Sunday Schoolish”, but the reality is that these three things are life-changing!

1. He is our Risen Savior

2. He is our Exalted Lord

3. He is our Coming King

Check out the message from this past Sunday if you missed it here:

Don’t miss this Sunday as we continue this powerful series. Also, if you are not currently in a Life Group you are lame!! (just kidding, but you are missing out on something huge!)

See you and a friend this weekend at The Fellowship!

Matt

God, Awaken Our Heart from The Fellowship on Vimeo.

Busting the Marriage Myths.

Many of you may be familiar with the Discovery Channel TV show, Mythbusters. The Mythbusters team take popular myths and use scientific method along with their own nerdiness to see if the “myths” hold up.

Today there are a lot of myths out there about marriage. Some are: The Happily Ever-After Myth, the Love at First Sight Myth and the Perfect Mate Myth. We took a look at these and a few others this past Sunday at The Fellowship. We’re continuing our Family Ties series, where we’re using God’s testing method, The Bible, to see if these myths are true or false.
Check out here to see what we found out!

Come be a part of our worship experience at The Fellowship this Sunday at either our Mt. Juliet or Two Rivers Campus. Click here for directions and times.
See you there!

Myths of the Modern Marriage from The Fellowship on Vimeo.

From Ozzie and Harriet to Ozzy Osbourne

Can you imagine falling asleep in your easy chair 35-40 years ago watching a family sitcom featuring mom, dad and two kids and waking up today watching what we call a family? Times have changed and the family is under attack from all sides. In this new series, Family Ties, we will look at God’s blueprint for family success. We kicked things off with Generation Next, how to raise kids who can not only survive, but thrive in today’s culture. Here’s a hint: It all starts with the parents.
Check out yesterday’s message out of Deuteronomy 6 to find out more…

Generation Next from The Fellowship on Vimeo.

Family Ties

Most of us remember watching the TV sitcom, Family Ties. Steven and Elyse Keaton were both flower children of the 1960’s with liberal viewpoints. After marrying and starting a family, the young couple had hoped their children would adopt the same values. How wrong they were, especially in the case of their oldest son, Alex, (played by Michael J. Fox) who turned out to be a staunch conservative. The show, in a way, played out the changing values that our nation was experiencing during the 1980s. Besides politics, however, the show covered a number of controversial topics ranging from suicide to racism to drug dependency.

Now, in 2012, with the world still changing, people are asking, “Does the family have a future?” This is a real question that many of us are asking today, without a real clear answer. In our new message series, Family Ties, we will be looking at the family, relationships, and what it takes to make it in this world that is changing constantly. Whether married or single, a student or a mature adult, there are nuggets of truth in this very important series for our day.

Join us for worship at our Mt. Juliet campus at 10 a.m. Or, visit us at our Two Rivers campus in Donleson. Worship begins at 10:45 a.m. with LIFEgroups at 9:30 a.m.

See you there!

Going.

“Quit fulfilling an obligation. Start making an impact.”

That was just one of the topics of discussion at The Fellowship this past weekend. For those of you who weren’t able to join us, we wrapped up our Training Camp series on Sunday. We talked about the fact that we don’t have to go to Africa to share the Gospel and looked at how all of the places we “go” during the week can be part of our mission. Going, simply means being intentional with our relationships. And going outside the doors of our church. Check it out. Then, join us this coming Sunday. Worship is at 10 a.m. at our Mt. Juliet campus and 10:45 a.m. at our Two Rivers campus. For more information visit us at: www.thefellowship.cc.
See you there!

Going from The Fellowship on Vimeo.

Training Camp: Commitment.

As we continue the Training Camp series at the Fellowship, an emphasis we have been looking at is commitment. In sports, commitment is vital. It is an expectation! As the church, it seems we have lowered the bar in trying to appeal to the masses and have ended up excusing people from commitment. Commitment is need to accomplish the goals of winning games in sports and commitment is need by the members of the body of Christ to accomplish the task of impacting the world with the gospel and expanding The Kingdom!

Here at The Fellowship, we have looked at the fact that a committed follower of Christ is someone who is being transformed, someone who is becoming more like Christ. This past Sunday we looked at the fact that a committed follower of Christ is also someone who is engaged in the body of Christ. Being engaged in the body means there is connection, emotional involvement and commitment. The focal passage was 1 Corinthians 12:12-27.

Check out this past Sunday’s message from Training Camp and see what it means to be engaged in the body of Christ.

Engaged from The Fellowship on Vimeo.

Do You Have a Commitment Problem?

This week, in our Training Camp series at The Fellowship, we talked about commitment. There’s a lot of discussion these days on commitment phobias. Interestingly, most people don’t really have a commitment problem. They simply want to be committed to something that they perceive as worthwhile or important. With NFL training camp coming up soon, lots of folks will show their allegiance and loyalty to their beloved teams. When it comes to the church however, we tend to lower the bar. Why is that? Well, we talked a bit about this issue and more. Check it out, and join us this coming Sunday where we’ll continue this series. The topic this week will focus on the unique talents each of us brings to the game and how we can not only best use, but improve them. Worship is at 10:45 a.m. with LIFEgroups starting at 9:30 a.m. See you there!

Commitment from The Fellowship on Vimeo.

“Gentlemen, this is a football.”

As the story goes, each year at training camp, legendary football coach Vince Lombardi would hold up a football and say these words, “Gentlemen, this is a football.” It sounds odd that he would perform this ritual, but the point was, if you don’t master the basics, you can’t win the game. We talked about the fundamentals for us as a church this past weekend at The Fellowship. It was the first week in our new series Training Camp. Take a few moments to watch, then join us for part two this coming Sunday. Worship is at 10:45 a.m., with LIFEgroups at 9:30 a.m. See you there!

“Fundamentals” from The Fellowship on Vimeo.