The Gospel and The Local Church
June 11 – July 22, 2017

We have spent the first part of the year exploring the multi-faceted nature of the Gospel. Our first two months were given to a narrative approach in an attempt to construct a foundation for a deeper conversation. Then, we spent 40 days studying the Gospel of Matthew. This last leg of our journey was focused on the more classical topics normally associated with a study of the Atonement.

Now, we will give our attention to how the Gospel is lived out in a local church. This will offer me the opportunity to set forth the theological foundation, vision and calling of our church.

Theological Foundation
Glorifying God by Following The Jesus Way!

Our Vision
FBC Arlington is a multi-generational, multi-ethnic congregation of followers of Jesus Christ, who are serving together in a purposeful and missional community. We are engaged in an array of holistic ministries to proclaim the Gospel to our community. Our ministries are targeted efforts designed to address the needs of people in every season of life. We are seeking to accept our portion of the Great Commission as we engage in missional activity both in our community and to the ends of the earth as God directs.

Our Calling
FBC Arlington exists to make disciples of Jesus Christ through leading people to discover their purpose and experience the transforming work of Christ in their lives, enabling them to serve the interests of the Kingdom of God in their spheres of influence.

FBC Arlington exists to make all of this a reality in our community. We share in the hope expressed by the Apostle Paul as he explained why he proclaimed Jesus Christ in his ministry: “He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ” (Col. 1:28).

June 11, 2017
The Heart of the Gospel
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Josh Stowe, Guest Preacher

As we begin our exploration of how the Gospel is lived out through a local church, we set forth the foundation of the Gospel itself. This text in 1 Corinthians is viewed by scholars as one of the earliest formulations of the Gospel in written form. It contains the essence of the Gospel.

Daily Bible Readings
The Gospel is good news! God has answered the brokenness of humanity through the powerful expression of His love for us. The message of the Gospel is the message of hope for our world. This week, take some time to reflect on your understanding of the Gospel and how it shapes your life and the life of our church.

June 12:     John 3:1-21
June 13:     John 3:22-36
June 14:     Colossians 2:1-15
June 15:     Colossians 3:1-17
June 16:     1 Corinthians 15
June 17:     Reflection

June 18, 2017
Glorifying God by Following The Jesus Way!
John 1:14; 14:1-7

Today we explore the theological foundation of our church. This statement is the succinct, summary statement that crystalizes our understanding of what the Christian life is all about.

Daily Bible Readings
Our readings for this week are drawn from our discussion Sunday on the theological foundation of our church. These texts are the basis for the core components of our theological convictions. You may want to write a summary this week of your own basic theological convictions.

June 19:     Genesis 1; Psalm 8
June 20:     Isaiah 43:1-13
June 21:     John 1:1-18
June 22:     John 14:1-21
June 23:     2 Corinthians 3:7-18
June 24:     Reflection

June 25, 2017
Our Vision as a Church
Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3

God has strategically placed our church in location and time. We are located in the heart of a diverse, culturally-rich, thriving community. We have deep roots that date back to the 19th century. And we are focused on the future as a church. This morning, we will explore how our vision is rooted in the Biblical example of a real church and how it guides our thinking about our future.

Daily Bible Readings
As we are reflecting on the vision of our church, this week’s readings tell the story of the early church. We will read how the end of the earthly ministry of Jesus marked the beginning of a new era. The Spirit of God was miraculously given to God’s people and the Church began its work in the world. Take time this week to pray for our church and the vision God has given us for our day.

June 26:     Acts 1
June 27:     Acts 2:1-21
June 28:     Acts 2:22-47
June 29:     Acts 4
June 30:     Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3
July 1:        Reflection

July 2, 2017
Our Calling: Purpose
Ephesians 1:3-14

Today we begin a three-part series aimed at exploring the calling of our church. We begin by focusing on what it means to discover our purpose for existence. God has uniquely designed each of us to discover and fulfill our purpose for life. At the core of our church’s calling, we exist to make disciples by leading people to discover their purpose in Christ.

Daily Bible Readings
We are reading through Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi this week. Paul was under house arrest in Rome when he wrote this letter. He was encouraging his readers to live fully into the purposes of God. Take some time this week as you are reading to reflect upon how God has connected you to His purpose for your life.

July 3:        Philippians 1:1-26
July 4:        Philippians 1:27-2:11
July 5:        Philippians 2:12-30
July 6:        Philippians 3
July 7:        Philippians 4
July 8:        Reflection


July 9, 2017
Our Calling: Transformation
Galatians 4:8-20

In our text for today’s sermon, Paul expressed his agony over the churches in Galatia. He was lamenting the fact that some of them were being led astray by false teachers. In the heart of this message, he stressed his hope that Christ would be “formed” in them. That is the essence of transformation! Our church exists to make disciples through leading people to experience the transforming work of Christ.

Daily Bible Readings
Our salvation has been made possible by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We can be forgiven and cleansed through His blood shed on the cross. His power is at work in us to transform us into men and women of faith who can serve Him. This week, take some time to evaluate how Christ is being formed in you.

July 10:     Colossians 1:1-14
July 11:     Colossians 1:15-29
July 12:     Hebrews 10:1-18
July 13:     Hebrews 10:19-39
July 14:     Hebrews 11
July 15:     Reflection

July 16, 2017
Our Calling: Influence
Psalm 1

Blessed people. . . bless people! God has redeemed us for a purpose. He has transplanted us into places where we can be effective for Him. We are to produce fruit that is beneficial to those around us. Our church exists to make disciples by enabling them to serve the interests of the Kingdom of God in their spheres of influence.

Daily Bible Readings
God has redeemed us! We are His servants. He is at work in us to accomplish His purposes through us. This week our readings focus on the idea of influence and usefulness in God’s Kingdom. Take some time to evaluate how God is using you in your spheres of influence.

July 17:     Matthew 5:1-16
July 18:     1 Peter 2:1-17
July 19:     Exodus 19

July 20:     Matthew 28
July 21:     Psalm 1
July 22:     Reflection