Author: MichelleFord

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The Pastoral Transition team has been hard at work. The survey was a success and generated a lot of data that is currently being sifted through, categorized, and summarized for inclusion in the church profile document that will be used to inform candidates when the search begins who have an interest and feel called to the role of senior pastor at FCBC. The church profile document is also being worked on. Neal Cordle is shepherding the writing of various sections assigned by the PTT to staff members for completion. That will be completed by August 20th. At that time, the PTT Documentation Working Group will also be completing their work for the church profile to summarize survey findings and demographic information collected for the church and its surrounding area. That will all be included in this church profile document.

Townhall Event: On September 19th at 5:15 PM we will be holding a Townhall Event to give all congregants that have an interest in participating a chance to ask questions of a panel of experts and appointed PTT members concerning the path the PTT is on and the steps that have been taken to date. We encourage anyone interested in participating to either submit their questions through the PTT website ahead of time to the following email address: ptt@fruitcove.com or to come out and ask your questions directly in the Townhall forum. In the PTT’s webpage you will find multiple places where you can submit a question. All the questions that come through the website will be treated as anonymous questions that will be aired at the Townhall Event. This event will also be live streamed so anyone not able to attend can still participate and follow the proceedings.

The Townhall event will kick off at 5:15 PM on September 19, 2021 with a Meet and Greet with refreshments for about 45 minutes. You will be able to speak to the PTT members at that time in the pavilion area ahead of the actual Townhall Event. The actual forum for the questions will begin at 6 PM and run for approximately two hours. Childcare will be provided by the church. Some of the subjects we will be discussing in depth are the process to date the PTT is following, the missions of each working group established to conduct the transition, the timeline established for the transition, the actual search for a new pastor, the timing and methods we wish to employ to successfully find a suitable pastor; and the transition process that will take the form of a side-by-side handoff between Pastor Tim and the new senior pastor. We will also share some of the survey results with the congregation.

We encourage everyone to come out and participate in this most important event in the life of the church. It is your opportunity to voice your opinions, be heard and receive answers to your most important questions and concerns. We look forward to packing out the church with a lot of interested congregants. Place September 19, 2021 at 5:15 PM on your calendars!!

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Thank you to all who participated in the Pastoral Transition Team’s church survey, and to all the FCBC staff and PTT team members who contributed to the survey’s development and dissemination. The survey was a great success! We closed out the survey on June 27th with 746 online responses and several hard copy responses. Those hard copy responses will be folded into the online survey data including any comments received to give us a final, complete number of survey returns. The PTT is now moving into the analysis phase of the survey and will be culling through the results to identify trends while gaining insight into the responses provided by the congregation. That data will then be summarized in the church profile document we are working on which will hopefully be complete, or mostly complete, prior to our September 12th Townhall Event.

The Townhall Event is the next major portion of our communication campaign with the church to allow you all to participate in an open forum panel discussion on subjects and concerns you may want to address related to the process of searching for, finding, calling and confirming a new candidate for our senior pastor role. We will have six panelists to field your questions. Those panelists will consist of the chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Pastoral Transition Team (Dustin Kanady and Jeffrey Crick), the Executive Director of the Florida Baptist Convention (FBC), Tommy Green (member of FCBC); a senior consultant from the FBC, Craig Culbreth (member of FCBC), Bob Bumgarner of the Jacksonville Baptist Association who is functioning in a consultant role to the PTT during this process, and a consultant from the external search company being engaged by the PTT on behalf of FCBC to conduct the actual search for a senior pastor candidate. Be on the lookout for other promotional information on this event. I highly encourage people to come and attend, as well as participate in the discussion. We will give the congregation a chance to ask questions through a portal ahead of time as well as live from the floor of the main sanctuary during the event.

Thank you again for your support to this point of the process. Please continue to pray for us as we certainly need and desire the power of prayer interjected into the process as well as our continuing decisions and deliberations.

 

Dustin Kanady, PTT Chairman

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The church survey launched by the Pastoral transition Team went live two weeks ago. To date we have collected responses from 560 respondents. 90.36% of our respondents are church members and 9.64% of respondents are non-members. The running tally for those responding so far breaks out as 61.78% female and 35.34% male. 2.88% of respondents preferred not to give their gender and 144 skipped the question altogether. The two largest groups of people responding to the survey as represented by age comprise those who are between 50-59 years old (20.67% of all respondents) and 60-69 years old (24.52% of all respondents). Groups we would like to hear from that are currently underrepresented are the 16-19 age group (2.64% of all respondents), the 20-29 age group (5.77% of all respondents) and the 30-39 year age group (9.86% of all respondents). We are encouraging these younger demographic groups within the church to take the survey. If you need an older guy (for once) to show you how to access the Internet and take the survey I am happy to refer you to two of our oldest populations within the church – the 70-79 and the 80-89 years old demographics. To date they represent 18.51% of respondents – showing a lot of tech savvy!

Our goal has not changed as a church. We still want to collect surveys from at least 20% of registered and non-registered members or 850 respondents. We are 65.8% of the way to that goal and encourage everyone who has not taken the survey to do so. Please remember that the survey will only be open through June 27, 2021. That time is rapidly approaching! On June 27th at midnight the survey will be taken down to allow the PTT members to begin to tabulate the results. Help us reach that goal. Help us make this a huge success!

Please note – if you or someone you know is not tech savvy and wish to fill the survey out in hard copy format instead of online through the PTT website, you can get a hard copy to fill out by coming to the pavilion each Sunday in between services and after the 11 AM service. We will be happy to collect those responses from you as anonymously as the web page does. You may fill the survey out right then and there, take the survey with you and drop it off at the office later, or drop it in one of the drop boxes around campus. The PTT will be given these responses and will manually add in the information you recorded including your short answer responses.

Thank you in advance for taking the survey. You are making it easier for us to create a church profile and give candidates and prospective new members a snap shot of the church’s makeup and the importance it places on issues that affect the church. God bless. Keep your prayers coming for the transition process and our team! We thank you for all you are doing and for you playing a role in the process.

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The church survey was officially launched on June 26, 2021. It has been a week since it was launched, and to date we have collected 398 survey responses. Our membership roles contain 4,253 members as well as an undisclosed number of non-registered people who regularly attend FCBC. To date, 91.46% of the 398 respondents are church members and 8.54% of respondents are non-members. Of those responding so far, 63.76% are female and 33.8% are male. Our goal as a church is to collect surveys from at least 20% of registered and non-registered members or 850 respondents. We are almost half way to that goal and encourage everyone who has not taken the survey to do so. Please remember that the survey will only be open through June 27, 2021. At that time we will take the survey down and begin to tabulate the results.

One additional note, if you or someone you know wish to fill the survey out in hard copy format instead of online through the PTT website, you can get a hard copy by coming to the pavilion each Sunday in between services and after the 11 AM service through June 27th. There will be hard copies for you to fill out. We will be happy to collect those responses. You may also take the survey with you and drop it off at the office later or in one of the drop boxes around campus. The PTT will be given these responses and will manually add in the information you recorded. All responses will remain anonymous.

Thank you in advance for taking the survey. It is very important to the work we are doing on the Pastoral Transition Team.

Update 05/26/2021 from the Pastoral Transition Team

 The Pastoral Transition Team (PTT) website is now live! You will find a lot of information contained in this website about the PTT members (Bios), Frequently Asked Questions, timelines, meeting minutes from our most recent meeting, current plans, and links to contact the PTT members to ask questions and submit candidate resumes. 

The website information contained herein is designed to foster transparency between the PTT and the church membership (internal stakeholders). It is also provided to inform external stakeholders such as those in the mission fields we support and other external parties that rely on FCBC support such as church plants. The goal of this information is to help everyone stay abreast of the progress the PTT is making towards our ultimate goal of finding a suitable replacement for Pastor Tim as he transitions to a new chapter of his life after 30 years of service to FCBC. June 1st, 2023 will mark 30 years for Pastor Tim since he assumed the mantle of lead pastor. 

You will also find the church survey we developed which is live and ready for all members to take online. You can find the survey prominently posted on this website. And you will find things like our communication plan and other documents that we publish available here as well. For your survey results to have the most impact on the outcome of picking a new pastor, we are looking for as close to 100% participation as possible from all church members. We are asking anyone who is in a leadership role such as Church Staff, Pastoral Staff, Connect Group leaders, Mission Team leaders, Worship Team leaders, Deacons, Preschool staff, Children’s ministry; College, High School and Middle School ministries; SportsLife and other important areas of the church to be sure to fill out a survey. We want 100% participation by every leader in the church.

I thank you in advance for everyone’s participation and will be sure to report back to the church membership the results of the survey (raw data and the summary for each area contained in the survey). Those results will be published in the Church Profile Document we are building. The PTT will report periodically to the church membership through the business meeting forum. We will also communicate through this website by updating material posted in this section of the website.

In addition we will be hosting a Townhall Event on September 12th. This Townhall event will be a panel of experts in the field from notable organizations such as the Jacksonville Baptist Association, the Florida Baptist Convention (FBC), the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the chairman of the PTT and one additional expert who has authored a book on the subject of transitioning a senior pastor. You will be able to ask your questions and get straight answers from a panel who will have reviewed our efforts to date and can comment on them using their years of best practice experience shepherding churches through the transition process. Look for more on this in the coming months via email and through posters placed around the campus. Have a blessed day!

Dustin Kanady, PTT Chairman

Reservations

At this time reservations are no longer necessary for Preschool and Children on Sunday mornings.

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility over the past 7 months that our reservations system has been in place. Our Preschool and Children’s ministry areas were the two hardest hit church-wide when it comes to the number of people who opted out of serving due to the pandemic. As such we needed to rebuild both of these ministries. The reservations system helped us be ready for you and your children on a weekly basis.

While the reservations system is not currently needed there may be a time in the future that we will need to revert to it. But for now and the immediate following Sundays, we look forward to seeing you and your family Sunday mornings at Fruit Cove…without reservations!

-Family Ministries Team

Bio Transition Team

DUSTIN KANADY

I came to Christianity through the grace of God one cold day in February 2015. Having considered myself a Christian for most of my life, on that night I realized I was what I now term at best an “Intellectual Christian”. I knew the Bible, but I didn’t live the Bible. I realized that for 51 years I had wrestled with the same sins and made the same mistakes repeatedly because I was living life on my own terms more in love with my sins than with Christ. At the time, I was living up in Northern Virginia due to a job change. I was residing in a basement apartment and living away from my wife, Kimberli, who was tied to the St. Augustine area because of her commitment to her terminally ill parents. It was in this dark and lonely basement where I was living that I met Jesus and He changed my life in an instant. And I haven’t been the same since.

I have been very active in the church since my conversion. I have directly been involved with the Prayer Ministry, The Treasured Friends Ministry, The Upward Basketball Ministry, and the Encouragers Ministry. In addition, I was ordained as a deacon. I currently function as the Secretary and Vice-chairman of the deacons. I am also coming up on my third-year anniversary of teaching a Connect Group called Feeding Your Faith. I love to teach and serve through my Connect Group. We support a local mission, Dining with Dignity (feeding the homeless in St. Augustine), and an International mission, the Guatemala Mission.

The desire to serve and be a spiritual leader is Heaven sent. It led me to accept the nomination to be on the Transition Team back in November 2020 and led me to volunteer to be the Chairman of the Transition Team at our first meeting. As chairman of the Transition Team I have a singular focus – to find the best possible, most qualified pastor that can continue the good works begun by Pastor Tim and his staff for the next 30 years. I will use the leadership and professional skills I have gained in the military and in the marketplace to bring about the best possible outcome for this church, our next senior pastor and Pastor Tim. My skills are in leadership, written and oral communication, public speaking, project management, organization of teams, and leading teams of volunteers. I ask for your continuous prayers for the wisdom we need as a group to make good decisions to bring this transition about in the most efficient and smooth manner. God bless one and all.

JEFF CRICK

As a native of Jacksonville I grew up in a typical “cultural” Christian home. In fact, my dad was a preachers kid and my faith hero became my Grandfather Rev. TN Crick. Grandpa was an actual carpenter and church planter who is responsible for starting several churches in homes throughout the Southeast then building their church buildings, many that still stand today. My personal faith journey, however, began in the 10th grade on the baseball field at Sandalwood High-school where one of best friends shared the gospel (Gospel track showing the Bridge Illustration) with me and I finally realized my sin and need for a savior, and began following Jesus as my Lord!

My journey since that day has taken me down several paths of growth and service for the Kingdom of God. My first servant roles in churches started with teaching 5th grade boys here in Jacksonville at Ft. Caroline Christian Church and then leading bible studies in homes for singles at FBC Ft. Lauderdale, where I eventually met my wife Michelle. Over time, I found myself serving as a deacon at FBC FTL and then as a Deacon and eventual Elder at Covenant Fellowship Baptist Church in Stuart FL where we moved after finishing my medical training as a Family Physician in Columbus, GA. During our days in Stuart, Michelle and I helped launch an intensive bible study group called Community Bible Study which is still going strong today. After moving back to Jacksonville in 2014, I became involved in Evangelism and Discipleship training with the #NoPlaceLeft Movement Network and now also serve as a Connect Group leader for Young Families here at FCBC.

My family, who includes two wonderful daughters (Abby and Ashley), have been members here at FCBC for the past 4 years. I was honored to get the call from a Nominating Committee member late last year to help transition this church from our current lead pastor to a new lead pastor. As a Catalytic Leader for the #NoPlaceLeft movement I have been coordinating teams and working with church leaders for the past 4 years developing intentional processes for reproducing disciples, leaders and churches. My profession as a Family Physician allows me the great privilege of knowing individuals very personally and investing in there lives to find balance to a healthy life experience. My own experience as a Mayo Clinic Consultant and Instructor has afforded me many opportunities to train students and residents as well as be part of many teams and committees pursuing what’s best for our patients and the overall organization. I hope these life experiences will aid me as I assist with serving on this Transition Team. My desire is to prayerfully help develop and lead a smooth and healthy transition of leadership that ensures a place for our current and future generations to call home and continue to be equipped as Disciples of Christ and Disciple Makers until all have heard the Good News. He is worthy!

I grew up in a small town in south Mississippi where I was raised and very active in the Baptist church.  I became a Christian at the age of 12 after attending a summer camp with my church youth group.

At my home church in MS I worked in our nursery, directed and taught VBS.

In 2005 I moved to Starkville, MS, where I attended Mississippi State University, got a degree in Risk Management, Insurance and Financial Planning, and met my husband, Robert.

We married in 2007 and moved to Birmingham, AL, where we lived for two years. We moved back to Mississippi in 2009 and welcomed our first child, Kylee in 2010. Our son, Barrett, was born in 2012 and in 2013 we moved to Atlanta.  During the two years we lived in Atlanta we attended FBC Alpharetta where I worked as the Assistant Preschool Director.

We left Atlanta in 2015 to move to Bloomington, IL, where we lived for 3 years and welcomed our third child, Marion Ruth in 2017.

In 2018 we moved to Jacksonville and shortly after we joined FCBC.  I quickly jumped into the children’s ministry to help where I was needed and now you see me every Sunday and Wednesday checking your children in for their classes.

I feel very honored and am excited about being part of the Transition Team.

KELLY GATES

I was born and raised in Jacksonville and came to know Christ at the age of 7. My parents had recently given me a new bible with a question and answer portion located in the back.  For each faith question, there was a scripture reference where the answer could be found in the Word.  I spent a long time reading through all of the questions and answers and began asking my own questions about salvation.  Being raised in a Godly home, Jesus had been part of my life since I was born but from that point on he became my personal Lord and Savior. 

I have been a member of Fruit Cove Baptist since I was in the fourth grade.  I met my husband Barrett on our church campus while we were in high school.  Barrett and I were married in 2009.  Our son Jack was born in 2018 and we welcomed our daughter Margaret in February 2021.  Over the years I have served as an adult Sunday school leader, children’s ministry volunteer and have worked with both the women’s and In His Image ministries. 

I am honored to serve on the Pastoral Transition Team. I bring more than 14 years of experience in both nonprofit and ministry.  While I am currently spending this season at home with my young children, most recently I served as the director of donor engagement and stewardship for the University of North Florida Foundation.  It is my goal to humbly serve the Lord and this church that I love dearly through the pastoral transition process.

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Sunil Kuchipudi

Growing up in India, I was surrounded by Hindu and Muslim friends who are still some of my closest friends. It was understood at that time that religion is what you are born into and tied to family, birth, and nationality. Sometimes, my friends would ask me questions such as, “Who is Jesus?” and “Why would you follow a Western God when we have a number of gods and gurus of our own?” At that time, I had no idea, so I would blurt something out and change the topic. During my college years, I joined a Bible study led by the Navigators at the university dorm. I came across the verse in John 14:6 where Jesus clearly answered “I am the Way and the Truth and Life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. 

It was rather a jarring feeling to see why Jesus’ claim would be so exclusive. As I continued to study the words of our Lord in the Gospels, it became clear to me that He is the only One who shed His blood for me and you. He died for my sins and not only for mine, but also the sins of the entire world! He is the resurrected Savior who overcame the curse of death and gives all hope and eternal life. On an Easter Sunday morning, at 18 years of age, I personally accepted Jesus Christ into my life and was baptized in a small Brethren Fellowship in India.

I started helping lead bible studies in the university dorms. I did evangelism on the streets, this entailed presenting the gospel, clarifying the questions that people asked, and pointing them to Christ. In 1993, I came to the US to pursue my graduate studies at the University of Central Florida (UCF). I joined Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) and helped lead the bible studies on the UCF campus.

In 2010 our family moved to Jacksonville to join FCBC and I started serving in various ministries such as Upward Sports ministry. I also have the privilege of uplifting ministry work in Haiti. 

When the Nominating Committee selected me, I prayerfully accepted. I am honored and humbled to serve on this journey.  I have around 20 years in the technology industry, experience in financial, government and advisory industries, and executing strategic and transformational projects for global organizations.  It will be a privilege to serve and apply my leadership and organizational skills to support a successful pastoral transition. I can only do this with your support and prayers and earnestly seek them during this journey.

ROSS NELSON

I grew up in Houston Texas where our family attended a methodist church.  As a child I recall participating in all the various plays and musicals that the children’s ministry put on.  We moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 1999 and shortly thereafter began attending a local baptist church.  It was there at age 16 that I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior; I had heard the word of God all my life but only in that moment did I feel compelled to follow in obedience.

While attending school in Kentucky my family moved to Fruit Cove in 2003, and in 2006 I followed suit.  For the last 14 years as a member of Fruit Cove I have served faithfully in the music ministry playing in the orchestra on Sundays.  It is through serving in this ministry that I feel the fulfillment of my desire to be used by God.  For the past 2 years I have also served in the Wednesday Children’s Ministry.  It is such a joy to support the growth of faith in the children of FCBC. While serving in the music ministry I met my wife Larisa, we were married in 2012.  After many years of trying to have a child, we prayed and felt led by God to start the adoption process.  We are currently in the waiting period of the process.

The Nominating Committee reached out about being a part of the Transition Team in November 2020.  After prayerful consideration, I accepted the privilege to serve on this team.  As the team begins the process we ask for your continued prayers that we bring honor and glory to God.

Michael Osborne

I came to know Christ in March of 1974 at 6 years of age.  At the time, my father pastored a church in California, and we were having a youth revival that was led by a student/college group.  After one of the services, my father and mother were in a meeting and one of the young ladies from the lead group saw me sitting outside.  She approached me and asked if I knew about Jesus.  I said yes (duh – my dad is the preacher).  However, she started talking with me in a way that hadn’t happened before and discussed how Jesus died for me.  It made me think about Jesus not as a “biblical figure” but as MY SAVIOR.  Sitting on the steps of the church, I prayed with this young lady and accepted Christ right there.  Afterwards, I raced to tell my parents and excitedly interrupted their meeting.  Later, my parents talked with me about my experience and felt confident that I had a real experience with Christ.  The impact of that decision at that time made a huge difference for me in my formative years of school and college.  Although I was and am a sinner, my early life was framed by a belief that Christ is my guide, and I usually made key decisions by asking the Lord to lead me.

My first adult experience in serving the church came when I was living in Hattiesburg, MS at Temple Baptist Church.  I started in choir and later as part of our worship team.  Choir and worship team were my longest service opportunities, but this was my inroad into other church service.  I also taught (with my future wife) classes in our Singles Group and later became an ordained deacon at Temple in 2005.  I was also a member and Chairperson of our Church Personnel Committee for 4 years.  In 2011 we left Hattiesburg and moved to Panama City, FL.  We became part of First Baptist Church Panama City and got involved in the Children’s Ministry (our daughters were 6 and 5 years old at the time).  To be honest, we loved the pastor and many members of the church but did not get as “plugged in” as we wanted to be there.  When we came to Fruit Cove in 2017, we had a desire to be more missional and more relational.  With our daughters, we have taken part in several mission experiences including the Romanian Mission Team, the Harvest City Church Mission, and the Mission Miami Project with the Middle School Ministry.  Also, we have had several local mission opportunities including City Rescue Mission, Dream Church, and the Fruit Cove Car Show.  I am currently one of the teachers for the “Parents of Middle School & High School” class and assist my wife with the Middle School Ministry food service as needed. 

In November of 2020, the Church Nominating Committee asked me if I would consider being a part of the Transition Team.  I requested a week to provide my answer – this was because I understood the gravity of what this team will work on for the church.  It is an important task that will shape our church for years to come.  I accepted the opportunity to be a part of this team and want to assist in the ways necessary to help us get to the “Lord’s Outcome”.  I encourage all of us to pray without ceasing for God’s will to be done in this endeavor. 

Married to Debra for 18 years – daughters Gracen (15) and Samantha (13) 

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A Prayer for Unity in the Church

A Prayer for Unity in the Church

July 5 Prayer Service

Given by: Jeff Crick

 

John 17 English Standard Version (ESV)

The High Priestly Prayer

17 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you,

Dear heavenly Father, if it were right for your Son to live to glorify you, may we, the Body of Christ, The Church, commit to do exactly the same. May we be unified for this purpose above all things. That you O’ Lord may be Glorified in us. Glorified by every word and deed, may you alone receive this glory, honor and praise.

2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

Lord Jesus, as The Church, help us to focus our gratitude of eternal life on Knowing You AND making You Known. If We believe, as we have just sung, nothing should occupy our minds more than knowing you and making you known. Let what we say we believe and what we sing so boldly about from our lips be deeply rooted also in our hearts. As the lyrics of “We Believe” say, “Let the Church Live Love our God will see….and the gates of hell will not prevail, for the power of God has torn the vail, now we know your love will never fail, We Believe, We Believe”.

4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. 6 “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. 8 For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.

Lord Jesus, thank you for accomplishing the work necessary for us to know truth and to know you. May we “consider our life worth nothing and our only aim be to finish the race and complete the task you have given us – the task of testifying to the Good News of God’s Grace (Acts 20:24)”. Your plan was perfect Lord, but all of humanity has sinned against you. We now have this broken world, full of broken systems and broken lives who desperately need a you, in desperate need of a savior. And while we were yet sinners, You proved Your love for us by taking on this sin and the punishment we so deserved for our sake, so that we may live. In true repentance and faith you restored us back into unity with You, making us a new creation, giving us new & eternal life. Thank you Jesus!

9 I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.[a] 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them[b] in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself,[c] that they also may be sanctified[d] in truth.

Lord, YES, make us one. One Body UNITED around the truth of the Word of God, the Holy Scriptures, led by the indwelling of your Holy Spirit with one Mission… to know you and make you known as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the ONE True God.

20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.

Dear fellow servants, please hear the call for unity. Unity in the Church is about unifying to glorify the Father so that the world may know His love. “Fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of your faith (Hebrews 12:2)”.

24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

Church, it is with this love, a love that comes from knowing Jesus and knowing he is in you and that He will stand with you. Therefore, “be strong and courageous, don’t be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 24:13)”.

AMEN.

Footnotes:

  1. John 17:15 Or from evil
  2. John 17:17 Greek Set them apart (for holy service to God)
  3. John 17:19 Or I sanctify myself; or I set myself apart (for holy service to God)
  4. John 17:19 Greek may be set apart (for holy service to God)

 

A Prayer for Repentance

A Prayer for Repentance

July 5 Prayer Service

Given by: Sherri Thompson

2 Chronicles 7:14 scripture focus.

  • Gods response to Solomon King of Israel
  • Finished Temple in Jerusalem, dedicated to God.
  • Solomon praised God.. love, faithfulness, promise keeper
  • David.. people of Israel
  • Solomon wise King servant
  • Knew people fall short of obedience sin against God.
  • Result suffer famine, plagues, disease Sin, wickedness
  • Solomon God to hear supplications people.

IF they turn back heart and soul forgive the people

2 Chron 7:14 is God’s response:

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Our prayer

Father, We are your people, called by your name, and we come to you, humbly, seeking your face, praising you, and desiring to turn from our wicked ways. Our land and your people need healing Lord. Healing that only you can provide.

We praise you Father as our Creator, Sustainer, Master, and our Friend. You’ve been our Provider, our Peace, our Hope, and our Joy.

You are Worthy of our love and devotion, yet Father we have ignored and dishonored you. You love us when we are unloveable, and we have been. Forgive us Lord. You are the perfect Teacher and example for how we are to live. You give us instructions in Your Word The Bible. You are The Word Lord. As your people Father, we confess. We have not walked in pure devotion to you. We have not worshipped wholeheartedly, prayed without ceasing, nor have we meditated on the Bible for direction and teaching. FORGIVE US Father for not giving you the honor you deserve. We have taken your blessings for granted and have become an “all about me” generation of people. Worshipping our possessions, lifestyle, celebrities and athletes. Taking much and giving little back to you. We need reminding often, that you are God Almighty and it all belongs to you. Forgive us Father. You are our Shepherd, our Righteousness, our Healer and Redeemer. However, we’ve gone our own way and have not let you Shepherd our lives. You are Jehovah Shammah, you are always there. Your love, grace, and provision is enough, yet we search in all directions for anything we might need or want. We have not been living with the mindset that this world is temporary and your kingdom is eternal. You call us to be a light, to walk in Christian love, and to carry the gospel to the nations. Instead we have withheld the Good News from family members, friends, neighbors, and coworkers as though we are content with them facing a Christless eternity. Instead of being the salt of the earth and bringing change to a dark world, we have allowed the world to change us. We’ve allowed evil to infiltrate our lives and godless media and entertainment to fill our homes. Our children are enslaved by unthinkable sins in a society where evil is called good, and good is called evil.

We fear and worry about sickness, hardship, and suffering, when you tell us not to worry, not to live in fear, that there is future glory in our suffering, and that our faith grows stronger in our sufferings. Yet we have filled our lives with drama and fear. Forgive us Father and hear our prayer of repentance. Make your people salt and light again. Help us to respect and submit to our leaders in authority that you have put there for our good. We commit to put on your armor daily and no longer allow evil to fill our lives. We will praise you and thank you for the freedoms and blessings you give us every day. We will be slaves to you and no one else. We pray for wisdom in our decision making. Father, we will not mistreat our fellow man or woman, whom you love and we are called to love also. We recognize we are all equal in your sight. We acknowledge every life you created is important, and we promise to speak up and seek to protect the lives of the unborn and newborn. We will stand up for justice, and honor those you call to protect and serve the nation you allow us to live in.

Father hear us from heaven, show us mercy and heal our land. Lord, make us whole again. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior we pray.

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