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This Sunday at FPCP (January 15th)

January 13, 2012

Jesus said that God made the Lord’s Day as a gift for us (Mark 2:27). On this day we can enjoy the gift of both resting from our work and worshipping God together with his people. We hope you will take advantage of this precious gift and join us for worship this coming Sunday, January 15th!

On Sunday Morning we will meet for Sunday School at 10am and for Morning Worship at 11am. The Adults will begin a new Sunday School class this week entitled, “Foundations of the Christian Faith: A One-Year Overview of Theology,” taught by Rev. Fender. You can purchase the book for this class here. The Youth (6-12th Grade) will also begin a study of the book of Romans, taught by Rev. Fray. The other Sunday School classes will continue in their studies of the Names of God (3-5th Grade), the Bible and It’s Message (K-2nd Grade), and the life of Jesus (Toddlers). Please take advantage of these wonderful opportunities to deepen your knowledge and love for God and His Word!

On Sunday Evening we will gather for Evening Worship at 6pm. We will spend time singing hymns and praying together, and then break into classes for all ages. The adults will continue their study of the book of Galatians by considering why being justified (made right with God) by faith alone is easy to understand, but hard to believe and to apply to everyday life.

As you look forward to Sunday, please remember to prepare your heart for this day. True worship is not merely a matter of going a worship service, but a matter of engaging your heart in that worship service in both spirit and truth (John 4:24). One way you can prepare your heart for worship is to read through what we will be doing in this week’s worship service. Consider the hymns we will sing, the Scripture passages we will read, and the truths we will confess. And pray that God will be at work in your heart to know him more truly, love him more deeply, and trust in him more steadfastly as you worship him this Sunday. You can view this week’s bulletin by clicking here.

What if…

January 10, 2012

What if…
What if rather than wishing you knew your Bible well, you had the opportunity to study a complete overview of Christian theology in one year’s time by simply committing one hour a week?
Would you take it?
 
That is the opportunity we are presenting adults starting this Sunday, Jan. 15 during the 10:00 am Sunday School time. The class is called,

 “Foundations of the Christian Faith”
A one year overview of theology

This class will be divided into four sections and we will study one section per quarter. The sections are:

1.  A Sovereign God: knowing God, His Word, His attributes and His Creation
2. God the Redeemer: a look at sin, Jesus and the cross
3. Awakening to God: A look at the Spirit and Salvation
4. God and History: A look at the church and the end times
 
Rev. Fender will be teaching the class and will rely heavily upon James Montgomery Boice’s book, “Foundations of the Christian Faith”. You do not have to buy the book to benefit from the study, but you are more than welcome to purchase it.
 
This class will be beneficial for all of us, especially if you have never studied the Bible in a systematic way.  The study starts Sunday, Jan. 15th in the sanctuary.  Hope to see you there!

This Sunday at FPCP (January 8th)

January 6, 2012

This Sunday, January 8th, is going to be a significant day for First Presbyterian Church of Pooler, and we pray you will be able to join us for it.

As most of you know, God has graciously provided us with our own permanent church building. On Sunday morning at 11am we will have a Building Dedication service in which we publicly thank God for his provision and ask him to bless our future ministry in this building. We expect to have several guests from the Pooler community join us for this service, and Rev. Fender will preach a sermon from John 12:20-26 entitled, “How Does a Church Impact a City?” The service will be preceded by a Fellowship Breakfast at 10am, as well as Sunday School classes for the children and youth. Please consider inviting someone to church on this special day!

This Sunday we will also resume our Evening Worship service. We will spend time singing hymns and praying together, and then break into classes for all ages. The adults will begin a study of the book of Galatians, an important New Testament book that calls Christians to turn away from legalism (trying to earn or keep God’s favor by obeying God) and live according to the grace they have been shown in Jesus Chrirst. This will be an especially helpful series for Christians who struggle either with feelings of guilt because of their sin, or with feelings of superiority because of their obedience.

As you look forward to Sunday, please also remember to prepare your heart for this day. True worship is not merely a matter of going a worship service, but a matter of engaging your heart in that worship service in both spirit and truth (John 4:24). One way you can prepare your heart for worship is to read through what we will be doing in this week’s worship service. You can view this week’s bulletin by clicking here. Consider the hymns we will sing, the Scripture passages we will read, and the truths we will confess. And pray that God will be at work in your heart to know him more truly, love him more deeply, and trust in him more steadfastly as you worship him this Sunday.

Jesus said that God made the Lord’s Day as a gift for us (Mark 2:27). On this day we can enjoy the gift of both resting from our work and worshipping God together with his people. We hope you will take advantage of this precious gift and join us for worship this Sunday.

Men’s Movie Night

January 6, 2012

Join us on Saturday, January 28th at 7:30 pm as the men of the church watch the movie “Courageous”.  Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Sign up in the hallway or email the office at FPCPooler@comcast.net

This event is open to anyone in our community so please invite others to join us!

Check out this video trailer:

A New Year’s Plan to Use the Bible

December 31, 2011

With a new year come many new plans and goals for ways to change and things to accomplish. As you consider your plans and goals for the new year, something that should recieve special attention is your plan for how you will grow as a Christian.

Consider the following questions. What will you do this year to grow in your love for and faith in Jesus Christ? What will you do to learn more about God and the Bible? What will you do to turn away from the sinful habits that have forming in your life? What will you do in order to please and glorify God more this year than you did last year? It would be misleading to say there is a single, easy answer to all of these questions. The task of growing as a Christian involves all kinds of things: the church, your beliefs, your work, your relationships, your thoughts, your words, your decisions, your emotions, your talents, your money, your time, and the list goes on. But no attempt at growing as a Christian will be successful without regular, focused consideration of the Bible.

In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, the Apostle Paul says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” In other words, the Bible is God’s Word. As God’s Word it is perfect and trustworthy in everything. And God gave it to us not merely to have, but to use to shape what we know and what we do.

Most Christians don’t have a plan for using their Bible. We tend to treat the Bible merely as a helpful resource if we have a question about something (i.e., How did God make the world? How can I be right with God? What is God’s will for my life? Will my pets go to heaven?) or if we need comfort during a difficult season of life (i.e., a broken relationship, sickness, death). But if we only use the Bible only on occassions like these, we are robbing ourselves of an incredible blessing. If you aren’t convinced of that, just read Psalm 119 and consider all of the incredible blessings of God’s Word that David celebrates: life, guidance, knowledge, protection, strength, and the list goes on!

If you’re convinced you need to grow as a Christian, and that you need to use the Bible to help you grow as a Christian, then you need a plan. Just like you need a plan if you are going to use your oven to make a good meal, you need a plan if you are going to use your Bible to grow as a Christian. Of course, to use the Bible well involves a lot of things. But at the very least, it means reading the Bible. So developing a plan to read the Bible is a great place to start if you would like to grow as a Christian this year.

There are lots of “Bible Reading Plans” available – some that take you through the whole Bible over a couple years and some that just point you to key parts of the Bible that every Christian should be familiar with. Some plans take you through the Bible chronologically and some have you read from various parts of the Bible each day. Some plans require reading the Bible seven days a week, some for just five days a week. For a great introduction to various Bible reading plans, check out this very helpful blog post.

Of course, any plan is better than no plan, but there are some plans that are better than others. One of the best is called the M’Cheyne Reading Plan. This plan was developed in the 1800’s by a Scottish pastor named Robert Murray M’Cheyne, and has been used by a wide variety of Christians for nearly two hundred years. This plan has you read four chapters of the Bible each day. For the average reader, that would take about 20 minutes. If followed diligently, you will end up reading the Old Testament once, the New Testament twice, and the book of Psalm twice in just one year. While there is certainly a place for reading small portions of the Bible slowly, there is also a tremendous benefit in reading large portions of the Bible, as long as it is done carefully.

After you choose a Bible reading plan, you need to figure out the best way to keep up with your plan. Thankfully, there are a growing number of resources available to help you with this:

1. You can print out or purchase a hard copy of a reading plan (this one will be available at the FPCP book table starting January 8th).

2. You can sign-up to recieve your Bible reading daily via e-mail, RSS feed, or an item on your computer’s calendar here.

3. You can use a smartphone app like Reading Plan (for Apple devices) to track your Bible reading.

Also, you may want help understanding what you have read. Let’s face it: there are some pretty obscure and confusing things in the Bible. One solution to this is to purchase a Study Bible that has footnotes, articles, maps, and other good content that help summarize and explain the Bible. Two of the best Study Bibles are the ESV Study Bible and the Reformation Study Bible. There are also books and blogs that offer short commentaries on particular daily readings. For instance, if you want to use the M’Cheyne Reading Plan mentioned above, you can follow D.A. Carson’s blog For the Love of God (the content of the blog is a free version of what Carson published in book form about a decade ago).

Whether you choose to take on a specific Bible reading plan this year or not, I hope you will be striving to grow as a Christian this year. And I hope you will see that using the Bible is indispensible in that good and glorious task, and that you will make greater and more regular use of it this year as a result.

Building Dedication Service and Breakfast

December 30, 2011

Over the past several months we have been renovating the old A&R Flooring building to be the new home for the First Presbyterian Church of Pooler. Our hope as a church is to make a difference in our community. Therefore, as we prepare to dedicate a new building for the ministry of the church, we would love to invite community leaders to join us for a special service.     Details about the service and the breakfast are below. Please know it would be a great joy to us for you and your family to join us as we endeavor to dedicate this building for the good of Pooler and the glory of God.

Breakfast:  We will be hosting a breakfast from 10:00 am until 10:45 am in our Fellowship Hall. We would love to have you come then so you can not only enjoy the food and fellowship, but to take a tour of the facility. There is no cost for the breakfast.

The Worship Service: Our worship service begins at 11:00 am and ends at approximately 12 noon. If you have never been to a Presbyterian service, it is in many ways just like most other Protestant worship services. We read the Bible, sing songs and hymns, pray and have a sermon. The service will be full of people who     originally came without knowing exactly what we believe or practice, but who have found this church to be warm community that seriously wants to know Jesus.

We would be honored by your presence on this very special occasion for us.

 

This Sunday at FPCP (Sunday, January 1st)

December 30, 2011

God has given us one day a week to enjoy rest from our work and to worship him with his people, so we encourage you to join us for worship this Sunday, January 1st. Due to the New Year’s holiday, we will not meet for Sunday School or our usual First Sunday Fellowship Meal, but we will meet for Morning Worship at 11am.

We have no greater duty or privilege than to worship God, and so it is good to prepare well for worship. One way you can do that is by reading through this week’s bulletin in order to begin focusing your heart and mind on what we will be doing this week in worship.

We look forward to seeing you and worshipping God with you on Sunday!