Category: Business Description: FCC Monroe is a Non-denominational Christian church focused on sharing the love of Christ wherever we can. Our goal is to make disciples of Jesus who make new disciples of Jesus.
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First Christian Church of Monroe is an independent, non-denominational Christian Church.
We associate with other Restoration Movement churches whose aim is to model the church found in the book of Acts as much as possible. We have no head but Christ and no creed but the Bible. We are not the only Christians but we are Christians only!
We are an Elder-led congregation as modeled by the New Testament book of Acts.
ROOTS: "Heart Condition"
The strength of a tree is not the part you can see, it’s the part you cannot see.
The strength of a tree is found BELOW THE SURFACE in its roots.
Matthew 13:1-8, 19-23 (NLT)
1 Later that same day Jesus left the house and sat beside the lake. 2 A large crowd soon gathered around him, so he got into a boat. Then he sat there and taught as the people stood on the shore. 3 He told many stories in the form of parables, such as this one:
“Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. 4 As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. 5 Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. 6 But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. 8 Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!
19 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts. 20 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. 21 But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. 22 The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. 23 The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
Big Question: How can I begin to prepare my heart to grow DEEP ROOTS in Christ so I can face the storms of life?
HOW TO PREPARE THE SOIL OF YOUR HEART:
- When Your Heart is HARD
2 Corinthians 3:13-18
13 We are not like Moses, who put a veil over his face so the people of Israel would not see the glory, even though it was destined to fade away. 14 But the people’s minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. 15 Yes, even today when they read Moses’ writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand. 16 But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
13 You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.
- When Your Heart is SHALLOW
2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
- When Your Heart is CROWDED
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
- When Your Heart is READY
If I am willing to prepare my heart for God’s Word each day, deep roots will grow and anchor me through whatever comes my way!
LifeGroup Weekly Meetings
Sunday @ 6:00pm
Leader: Darrell Portwood
Location: Portwood's Home
Tuesday @ 6:30pm
Leader: Jamie Marsee
Location: Various Homes
Wednesday @ 7:00pm
Leader: Andy Rape
Location: FCC Gym
Thursday @ 7:00pm
Leader: Lee Dillard
Location: FCC Gym
Immersion Questions for March 1st...
1) How does having strong roots in God's Word help us face the storms of life? Name some practical and spiritual ways deep roots help.
2) Lee Dillard shared a personal struggle from his own life and how his relationship with God has helped him deal with it. Did Lee's testimony impact you or cause you to reflect on your own struggles? How?
3) Review the parable of the 4 soils from Matthew 13 and discuss each of the types of soil...
- Path/Hard Soil: In what ways does your heart get hard toward God or others sometimes? How does this allow Satan to steal away God's Word from your heart?
- Rocky/Shallow Soil: When storms come, are your roots deep and strong enough to stand strong? How do we build strong/deep roots for when hard times come?
- Thorny/Crowded Soil: What are some of the distractions that crowd out God's Word from your life? Are you intentional about evaluating your priorities from time to time? Does something in your life need to go to make room for God?
- Good/Ready Soil: What kind of fruit do we produce when our soil is good and ready? How can we keep our soil ready when we find ourselves in a place where things are going well in our relationship with God?
4) Soil preparation is a daily process, effort, and struggle. How can you make sure to do this every day in your own life?
Address : 206 S. Hammond Dr.
Monroe, GA 30655
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : www.fccmonroe.org
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