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SERMON ARCHIVE
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DISCIPLE PROFILE
 
Throughout the ages, people have been asking the question, “What is the good life, and how can I have it?” That answer to the question is important, and Jesus wants to lead us to the answer. Jesus tells us, “I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

The key to having abundant life is learning from Jesus what is the abundant kind of life. People who learn how to live from Jesus are known as disciples, as disciple means learner. But what are the core teachings of Jesus? What actions do these teachings move us to do? And what do these teachings and actions do in us? What attributes do they form in us to give us abundant life?

These teachings, actions, and attributes make up what we call the Disciple Profile. They are 26 core elements of a real learner, or disciple, of Jesus. As you look through these things, note the ones where you may need growth. You’ll find a growing list of sermons, books, and other resources to help you grow where you need it most.
ONLINE CHRISTIAN STUDY RESOURCES
Click on any topic below to explore our growing library of online resources!
Teachings
01 - Personal Nature of God
God created me, knows me, loves me, takes care of me, and faithfully keeps all his promises. He is personal, and he is powerful.
Sermons (links will open in new window)
Scripture (mouseover to see scripture text)
Matthew 6:25-34, Matthew 7:7-11, Matthew 10:29-31, John 10:10, 1 Peter 5:7
Books (links open to site where media can be purchased)
Next Door Savior - Max Lucado
*available in church library
Songs
God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Other Resources
Coming Soon
02 - Living For God
My life belongs to God alone. God is first in my life in all I do. God is my audience of how I live. God desires my heart above all else.
Sermons (links will open in new window)
Scripture (mouseover to see scripture text)
Matthew 5:17-20, Matthew 10:32-39, Mark 10:17-31, John 5:19, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
Books (links open to site where media can be purchased)
Next Door Savior - Max Lucado
*available in church library
Songs
God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Other Resources
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03 - Salvation of God
I am saved by God’s grace through my faith in Christ and have eternal life with God. Without turning to God, because of my sinful nature, I am lost.
Sermons (links will open in new window)
Scripture (mouseover to see scripture text)
Luke 15:11-31, John 3:14-15, John 11:25-26, John 14:6, Romans 6:23
Books (links open to site where media can be purchased)
What's So Amazing About Grace - Philip Yancey
*available in church library
In the Grip of Grace - Max Lucado
*available in church library
Songs
God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Other Resources
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04 - Authority of God
I can trust God’s authority in my life, expressed through his word. God is completely truthful, loving, and trustworthy in all he says.
Sermons (links will open in new window)
Scripture (mouseover to see scripture text)
Matthew 7:21, Matthew 21:28-31, Luke 11:28, John 8:31, 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Books (links open to site where media can be purchased)
Next Door Savior - Max Lucado
*available in church library
Songs
God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Other Resources
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05 - Empowered by God
The Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit living in me. He empowers me to live faithfully to God and to show God’s love and presence to others.
Sermons (links will open in new window)
Scripture (mouseover to see scripture text)
John 7:37-38, John 14:12-17, John 14:26-27, John 15:5-8, Acts 1:7-8, 2 Timothy 1:7
Books (links open to site where media can be purchased)
If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat - John Ortberg
*available in church library
Songs
God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Other Resources
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06 - Love of God
God dearly loves people, and so I should as well. Showing compassion, love, and sacrifice towards others is the greatest of all lifestyles.
Sermons (links will open in new window)
Scripture (mouseover to see scripture text)
Matthew 20:25-28, Matthew 22:37-40, John 13:34-35, John 15:9-13, Ephesians 5:1-2
Books (links open to site where media can be purchased)
Too Small Not to Ignore - Wess Stafford
*available in church library
Songs
God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Other Resources
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07 - Mission of God
God’s mission is the redemption of people and renewal of the world. God’s purpose for my life is to build God’s kingdom here in the world.
Sermons (links will open in new window)
Scripture (mouseover to see scripture text)
Matthew 5:13-16, Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 4:16-21, Luke 4:43, Acts 1:6-8, 2 Corinthians 5:17-20
Books (links open to site where media can be purchased)
Heaven - Randy Alcorn
*available in church library
Songs
God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Other Resources
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08 - Identity In God
My identity and worth are first and foremost in my status as child of God.
Sermons (links will open in new window)
Scripture (mouseover to see scripture text)
Matthew 6:1-9, Luke 12:27-32, John 5:44, 1 John 3:1
Books (links open to site where media can be purchased)
Next Door Savior - Max Lucado
*available in church library
Songs
God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Other Resources
Coming Soon
Actions
09 - Worshiping God
I love God with my heart and praise him
Sermons (links will open in new window)
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Scripture (mouseover to see scripture text)
John 3:16, Matthew 1:21-25
Books (links open to site where media can be purchased)
Next Door Savior - Max Lucado
*available in church library
Songs
God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Other Resources
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10 - Turning to God
I recognize my need for forgiveness, guidance, and transformation and turn to God.
Sermons (links will open in new window)
Coming Soon
Scripture (mouseover to see scripture text)
John 3:16, Matthew 1:21-25
Books (links open to site where media can be purchased)
Next Door Savior - Max Lucado
*available in church library
Songs
God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Other Resources
Coming Soon
11 - Reading the Bible
I connect with God through his word.
Sermons (links will open in new window)
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Scripture (mouseover to see scripture text)
John 3:16, Matthew 1:21-25
Books (links open to site where media can be purchased)
Next Door Savior - Max Lucado
*available in church library
Songs
God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Other Resources
Coming Soon
12 - Praying to God
I connect with God through prayer.
Sermons (links will open in new window)
Coming Soon
Scripture (mouseover to see scripture text)
John 3:16, Matthew 1:21-25
Books (links open to site where media can be purchased)
Next Door Savior - Max Lucado
*available in church library
Songs
God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Other Resources
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13 - Belonging to Christian Community
I give myself to and receive from others in a church family
Sermons (links will open in new window)
Coming Soon
Scripture (mouseover to see scripture text)
John 3:16, Matthew 1:21-25
Books (links open to site where media can be purchased)
Next Door Savior - Max Lucado
*available in church library
Songs
God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Other Resources
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14 - Serving Others
I give of my time and talents to bless others.
Sermons (links will open in new window)
Coming Soon
Scripture (mouseover to see scripture text)
John 3:16, Matthew 1:21-25
Books (links open to site where media can be purchased)
Next Door Savior - Max Lucado
*available in church library
Songs
God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Other Resources
Coming Soon
15 - Showing Compassion
I recognize how much God loves others and so am moved to love them.
Sermons (links will open in new window)
Coming Soon
Scripture (mouseover to see scripture text)
John 3:16, Matthew 1:21-25
Books (links open to site where media can be purchased)
Next Door Savior - Max Lucado
*available in church library
Songs
God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Other Resources
Coming Soon
16 - Being Faithful With Money & Possessions
I put God first in my life and honor him with all I have.
Sermons (links will open in new window)
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Scripture (mouseover to see scripture text)
John 3:16, Matthew 1:21-25
Books (links open to site where media can be purchased)
Next Door Savior - Max Lucado
*available in church library
Songs
God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Other Resources
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17 - Sharing My Faith
I seek to bring others to a greater awareness and love for Jesus Christ.
Sermons (links will open in new window)
Coming Soon
Scripture (mouseover to see scripture text)
John 3:16, Matthew 1:21-25
Books (links open to site where media can be purchased)
Next Door Savior - Max Lucado
*available in church library
Songs
God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Other Resources
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Attributes
18 - Compassionate
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Sermons (links will open in new window)
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Scripture (mouseover to see scripture text)
John 3:16, Matthew 1:21-25
Books (links open to site where media can be purchased)
Next Door Savior - Max Lucado
*available in church library
Songs
God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Other Resources
Coming Soon
19 - Peaceful
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Sermons (links will open in new window)
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Scripture (mouseover to see scripture text)
John 3:16, Matthew 1:21-25
Books (links open to site where media can be purchased)
Next Door Savior - Max Lucado
*available in church library
Songs
God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Other Resources
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20 - Joyful
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Sermons (links will open in new window)
Coming Soon
Scripture (mouseover to see scripture text)
John 3:16, Matthew 1:21-25
Books (links open to site where media can be purchased)
Next Door Savior - Max Lucado
*available in church library
Songs
God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Other Resources
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21 - Forgiving
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Sermons (links will open in new window)
Coming Soon
Scripture (mouseover to see scripture text)
John 3:16, Matthew 1:21-25
Books (links open to site where media can be purchased)
Next Door Savior - Max Lucado
*available in church library
Songs
God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Other Resources
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22 - Sacrificial
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Sermons (links will open in new window)
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Scripture (mouseover to see scripture text)
John 3:16, Matthew 1:21-25
Books (links open to site where media can be purchased)
Next Door Savior - Max Lucado
*available in church library
Songs
God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Other Resources
Coming Soon
23 - Humble
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Sermons (links will open in new window)
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Scripture (mouseover to see scripture text)
John 3:16, Matthew 1:21-25
Books (links open to site where media can be purchased)
Next Door Savior - Max Lucado
*available in church library
Songs
God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Other Resources
Coming Soon
24 - Hopeful
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Sermons (links will open in new window)
Coming Soon
Scripture (mouseover to see scripture text)
John 3:16, Matthew 1:21-25
Books (links open to site where media can be purchased)
Next Door Savior - Max Lucado
*available in church library
Songs
God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Other Resources
Coming Soon
25 - Gentle
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Sermons (links will open in new window)
Coming Soon
Scripture (mouseover to see scripture text)
John 3:16, Matthew 1:21-25
Books (links open to site where media can be purchased)
Next Door Savior - Max Lucado
*available in church library
Songs
God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Other Resources
Coming Soon
26 - Faithful
Description Coming Soon
Sermons (links will open in new window)
Coming Soon
Scripture (mouseover to see scripture text)
John 3:16, Matthew 1:21-25
Books (links open to site where media can be purchased)
Next Door Savior - Max Lucado
*available in church library
Songs
God's Not Dead - Newsboys
Other Resources
Coming Soon
SERMONS
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UPCOMING EVENTS
Nov
03
Kids Movie Night (Kids 5th grade and Under)
FCC Fellowship Hall - 6:30-8:30pm
Nov
08
Dorcas Women's Fellowship
FCC Fellowship Hall - 1:00pm
Nov
11
Mens Breakfast Fellowship
FCC Fellowship Hall - 8:00am
Nov
19
Discipleship 3 Class: Discovering Your Design
FCC Fellowship Hall - 2:00-4:30pm
Dec
02
Hanging of the Greens
FCC - 9:00am
Dec
10
A Night in Bethlehem
FCC Fellowship Hall - 5:00-8:00pm
Dec
16
Gingerbread House Decorating Party
FCC Fellowship Hall - 9:30am
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