First Christian Church


Wylie, TX

701 East Stone Road

Wylie, Texas 75098

972-442-5721

FIRST CHRISTIAN

CHURCH

Sunday School 9:30 AM

Sunday Worship 10:45 AM

dhawkins@encouragementlive.org

For Sunday January 14, 2018
“God and the Sanctity of Life” Psalm 139:1-24

What is God really like? Where do I come from? How can my life have meaning?
These are questions many have wrestled with, and the psalmist David provides clear and amazing answers in one of the strongest pro-life passages in Scripture.

This Sunday has been designated "Pro-Life Sunday" in churches across our country, and I thought it would be appropriate for us to unpack David's great song about God and Life in Psalm 139 this week. In a sense we could label this the "How Great Thou Art" psalm, or the pro-life mandate psalm!

God, You know me fully (1-6)

Summary statement
Explanation
Response

God You are always with me (7-12)
General truth
Particular details
Response

God, You designed and made me (13-18)
Central truth
Specific details
Response

God, I must respond to You (19-24) 

For Sunday, February 25, 2018


It wasn't too many years ago that I was given a rude awakening. Someone I hadn't met before asked, "Did you used to have red hair?"

Inside I reacted, "What do you mean used to! It's still red!" Then I glanced in a nearby mirror and had to come to grips with the truth. I'm aging! Now my hair is a lighter shade of red!

Statistically, one in every eight Americans, or 12.9% of the population, is an "older American." That number increases at a rate of 12.5% each decade. To bring this home, every single day we live, we grow older! We don't like to admit it, but it's true.

This Sunday at First Christian Church of Wylie we will examine one of the fourteen passages where the words "old age" are found together. In the process we’ll discover four keys to growing old(er) gracefully. Whatever your current age, you'll find this passage of practical encouragement and insight.

I hope you'll make plans to join us Sunday at 10:45 am for “How to Flourish as We Grow Older" at First Christian Church of Wylie, 701 E. Stone Road, in Wylie. 


Outline for 2-18-18
Mark 11:25, 26


Is there one thing that can...
   Sour your disposition…
   Hinder your prayer life…
   Cause friction in your relationships?...
   And even leave you physically ill?...

It's a very common thing, and it can affect any of us. It's something we may think we understand very well, but we may have some misconceptions about it.

What we’re talking about is a bitter refusal to forgive  a real or perceived wrong done to us.
What is forgiveness?
It is not…
    Ignoring a wrong or debt
    Repressing our emotion
   Demanding restitution
   Reconciliation
   Forgetting

What it is…

   Choosing to release a debt or offense
   Sending away the offense
   The way to avoid bitterness
   It extends to the biggest—and smallest—offense

Why is it crucial to forgive? (Matthew 18:21-35)
   It is the key to harmony among families and believers
   It is the key to remaining in fellowship with God

 How does it work? (2 Timothy 4:14, 15)
    Admit that I’ve been wronged, and I’m angry
   Choose to forgive
   Turn vengeance over to God
   Don’t allow re-victimization (Matt. 10:16)
Unless I choose to forgive, I risk being out of fellowship with God and having my prayers go unanswered. Type your paragraph here.