First Thessalonians

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A Review and a Look Ahead

A big thank you to Jamie Harms for leading our First Thessalonians study on Thursdays this fall as we joined the UFC family in exploring six discipleship practices that characterize our church. On Thursday, we wrapped up our study with a review and a brief look ahead to what’s next for UFC Women as we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas. In today’s post, you’ll find a brief review of our study from Jamie and a glimpse of several things we’re looking forward to in the coming weeks.

Multiplying for the King

Today’s post includes a link to Sunday’s sermon on discipleship making, which concluded UFC’s fall series. You’ll also find information on a special women’s event next Monday, Nov. 22.

Discipleship: The Gospel and Our Lives

Happy Friday, Ladies. This past week we studied the discipleship practice of evangelism — how we share our hope in Jesus Christ with others. If you missed Thursday’s teaching, you’ll want to click on the link below and take a listen. Jamie Harms shares a story that will remind you just how important hope is in our daily lives. We will meet next Thursday, Nov. 18, to wrap up our study of First Thessalonians. Join us either at 9:30 a.m. at The Barn (child care provided) or 6:30 p.m. at the church offices. And stay tuned! We have something special coming up for the Christmas season.

A High Calling

On Sunday, Pastor Brett Gilchrist spoke on the discipleship practice of evangelism. Drawing from I Corinthians 15:1-8, Acts 1:6-9, and II Corinthians 5:20, he reminded us that God can use fearful people to point others to Jesus. Yes, we might not know how to share the gospel, or we might not want to share it. But the Holy Spirit empowers us for this high calling, often bringing people into our lives to guide us in telling our stories and communicating the gospel message.

We look forward to talking more about evangelism and how to tell our stories of faith when we gather for Bible study on Thursday. In addition to our teaching from I Thessalonians 4:13-5:11, we will have a special workshop on creating a life timeline to identify how Jesus has changed and refined us over the years. We hope you’ll join us at either the morning or evening study on Thursday.

Discipleship: Evangelism

If you missed Thursday’s teaching, join us on the blog today as Jamie Harms shares how sanctification is not just an item on a checklist but about working with Yahweh Mekoddishkem, the Lord who sanctifies.

Created for good works

We are featuring Beth Sheehan and the Eugene Mission today as part of our ongoing series on the practices of discipleship. The post also includes study and sermon links.

Discipleship: Formation

Join us this week for I Thessalonians 4:1-8 and 5:12-28 as we jump into the discipleship practice of formation.

Proximity and Humility Needed

During his sermon on Sunday, Jerell Carper walked us through the story of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10:25-37, noting that compassion requires both proximity and humility. He defined compassion as “heartfelt, proactive care for someone in need.” If you haven’t listened yet, follow the link in today’s post, which also includes an interview with Craig MacDonald.

Discipleship: compassion

If you haven’t joined us yet at Thursday Bible study, its not too late to join us. To sign up for weekly emails and information on in-person and Zoom meetings for our First Thessalonians study, please click here. Learn more about UFC’s discipleship series here. This week’s passage: I Thessalonians 4:9-12 Now concerning brotherly love you have … Continue reading Discipleship: compassion

Must-Haves in community

For today’s Q&A, Jamie Harms sat down with Pastor Brett Gilchrist. Below are the questions she asked him and a summary of his answers. Brett preached Sunday from Colossians 3:1-17. During the message, he highlighted eight characteristics from verses 12-17 that disciples must put on to function within the church community — compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, bearing with one another, forgiveness, and love. If you haven’t listened yet, the link is included in this post. Just before the message, we had the privilege of hearing Romans 12:3-8 read in French by a dear brother, beautifully foreshadowing the diversity we will enjoy in the future as believers from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, worship the Lamb of God together (Revelation 7:9).

Discipleship: Community

Today’s post includes a new set of recordings and Scriptures from our First Thessalonians study, both a review of the practice of community and a look ahead at community in the life of a disciple.

My God is the prize

Today’s Q & A is with UFC’s associate pastor of community and formation Jerell Carper and his wife Lauren. Jerell brought us Sunday’s sermon on UFC’s second discipleship practice — Communion — with a sermon from John 15 about abiding in the love of God. Jerell asked us to reframe the language of salvation to see that the prize of salvation is Jesus. The prize is not the final destination, any good gifts that come from a life of faith, or a mystical idea of what Jesus can do for those who trust in Him. The reward is a beautiful union with Jesus, who calls us friends and longs for us to simply be with Him.

Discipleship: Communion

This coming week the women of UFC will be back in First Thessalonians to study the discipleship practice of communion — the patterns and habits that direct how we abide in the presence of God. Join us on Sunday as Jerell Carper, UFC’s associate pastor of community and formation, brings our message on communing with Christ from our new location at 1275 Polk Street in Eugene.

My God is All-knowing

Happy Monday, Friends. Today we have a special Q & A with UFC College Pastor Sean Duncan and his wife Chelsey. On Sunday, Sean introduced UFC’s first discipleship practice — Learning — with a sermon from Matthew 11:25-30. He challenged us to read the Bible, apply the Bible, rest in the Bible, and enjoy the Bible as we seek to be like Jesus. Sean began his sermon with background on the earlier verses of Matthew 11 as John the Baptist’s disciples asked Jesus, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another” (vs. 3). For those of you who listened to Jamie Harms’ teaching from Thursday, you’ll see the connection to the question, “Who do you say that I am?” (Luke 9:18-27).

Discipleship: Learning

Editor’s Note: We had a sweet start to our study of First Thessalonians on Thursday with a group in the morning (some women participating via Zoom) and another in the evening. It’s not too late to join us in person, on Zoom, or via the blog. To sign up for weekly emails and information on in-person and Zoom meetings, please click here. Today’s post includes everything you’ll need to get started, but as Jamie Harms reminded us, the key is being in God’s Word each day. Yes, the questions and activities in the study guide are good, but if all you have time for is a few minutes each day, read and reread First Thessalonians. This letter written around A.D. 50 has much to say to us in A.D. 2021 and connects beautifully to UFC’s discipleship series, which began last Sunday and will continue for the next seven weeks. Learn more here.


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