Unity in Action

Todd Malone

The small group of Christians huddled together in a home to pray and worship and encourage one another. Their town, which was about the size of Tyler, had been ripped apart by natural disaster and political strife. There was no place for Christians in the community. Maybe the only thing stronger than the city’s turmoil was its spiritual darkness. There wasn’t much to be proud of in a city that was so devastated, but its citizens were proud of its paganism – the city was famous for it.

This little minority of Christians went mostly unnoticed. If someone did notice them, the Christians seemed bizarre. They were hopelessly out of step with the rest of the community in ways that made them irritating and even appear subversive. Life was difficult for these Christians in ways we can hardly imagine.

It was to this group that Paul wrote the book of Ephesians. He had a strategy for them. He wanted to teach them how to thrive in their culture and impact it for Christ. His strategy was simple: live in unity with one another. 

Paul does not tell them to try harder to get along. He spends the first half of Ephesians establishing what God has done for them. God has given His people new life – individually and as a church. In that little group of Ephesians, God created a whole new entity that united its members and transformed their lives.

Not until the second half of Ephesians does Paul focus on what they must do. God’s work should change how the Ephesians relate to one another. They must make every effort to keep the unity God created.

Paul’s words to the Ephesians guide us today. We wrestle with how to thrive in and impact a culture that increasingly turns its back on God and treats Christians as bizarre. Paul’s answer: live in unity. Our Fall series, Ephesians: Unity in Action, takes us into how we do that.

Coming Events

Special Speakers Tom and JoAnn Doyle

Tom and JoAnn Doyle are the founders of Uncharted Ministries. Tom is a master storyteller with several books highlighting God’s miraculous work among the Muslim people. His best-known books include Dreams and Visions, Killing Christians, and Standing in the Fire, which was a finalist for the 2018 Book of the Year by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.

Come hear Tom and JoAnn on:

  • Saturday, August 31st at 7:00pm
    and/or
  • Sunday, September 1st at 10:30am
    here at Fellowship Bible Church.

 

Baptism Celebration! | September 8

The next Fellowship Baptism Celebration will take place on Sunday, September 8, at the end of the morning worship service. Join us as we celebrate with those who will follow the Lord in baptism.

Back To School Picnic!

Let’s have a picnic! Everyone is invited to join us for an all-church picnic on Sunday, September 15 from 12:30 – 2:30pm. Everyone will need to provide their own food – we’ll have water and lemonade available. There will be games to play and the outdoor playground will be available for the kids! We’ll set up some tables and chairs in the courtyard, and you’re welcome to bring a blanket and sit on the ground!

Sunday, September 15 | 12:30 pm | In the TreeHouse Courtyard

Bring a Picnic Lunch for Your Family! (Or get a drive through lunch and bring it back!)

 

Family Dedication

At FBC, Family Dedications are a statement that we, as a family of faith, will come alongside our famiies in the spiritual nurture and admonition of their children. As these families present their children before the body, we agree with them to resolve to teach their children about the Lord and see them grow in their faith to maturity.

Our next Family Dedication Sunday will be September 22, during the morning worship service. If you have children that you would like to present for that dedication service, please sign up at http://bit.ly/Family-Dedication or email Kathy Silvertooth at kathys@longviewfbc.com before September 12.

Sunday, September 22 | During the Worship Service

 

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Israel Trip 2020 | Information Meeting

Come hear about the Israel trip May 31-June 14 2020, and get your questions answered. We will also be watching the 30-minute movie “I am Israel.” It is inspiring, informational and emotional! If you have any questions about our 2020 trip to Israel, this is the meeting to attend! Come, and bring an interested friend!

 

Sunday, September 20 | 7:00pm | Church Office Building Room 201

Awana is Back!

Awana is back for another great year here at FBC. We will not meet on September 1st due to the Labor Day weekend so everyone can have time to spend together before we get on schedule.

The rest of September is full so come join us Sunday nights at 5 pm for an exciting time learning God’s word.

September 8 – Bring a Real Friend (BARF) night
September 15 – School Spirit Night – Clubbers wear school colors as uniform. September 22 – Regular club night 
September 29 – Parents and caregivers night – come join your kids in club.

Contact Bret Freeman for more information.

Fellowship Women — Game Nights!

The first game night was such a success, that we want to make this a monthly event!

The upcoming dates are:

September 14 | October 12 | November 9

All Game Nights are from 6:00 – 10:00pm. We will meet in Room 201 (the big middle room) of the Church Offices building.

JR and SR High girls are encouraged to attend as well!

Make plans to join us for some good fun and fellowship. Invite your neighbors and friends to join you!

Contact Aimee Akin if you have questions.

Thank You!

    from our FBC family…

 

Thank you for all the prayers, visits and the pretty potted plant. Thank you for the service for Bruce at the church.

Linda Campbell
Ruth Anne and Chuck Cox
Lisa Campbell

Thank you for my candy bouquet! Bless you all for your prayers and love during my knee replacement!

Wyn Harvey