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If you think about it, we really don’t have many firm details about heaven. What we DO know is pretty telling, though. David says that it will be a place where we will be with God. Jesus says that He is building us a home there. Revelation says it will be a place of indescribable beauty and splendor. Revelation also gives us a few hints at what we will do in heaven. If our actions in heaven were to be boiled down to one word, that word would be “worship”.

Worship is fundamental to who we are as Christians. We worship a God who loves us and has provided an avenue to eternal life. We worship a God who has created this immense universe and the baby cooing in a crib. We worship a God who invented grace, love, forgiveness, and hope. Worship is a part of who we are and is built into our DNA. Though we often think of worship as what we do during our worship hour on Sunday morning, worship is actually a lifestyle. It is something we do privately, as a church family, and wherever we go on a daily basis.

On March 1 we will begin a sermon series on worship that we are entitling … “Worship”. That one word says it all. We live a life of worship. What does a lifestyle of worship look like? How do I worship alone? What should worship on Sunday mornings look like? How do I worship meaningfully through the many elements of a worship service? Our preaching team will tackle these and many other questions regarding worship.

Too often we focus on what WE get out of worship. Worship becomes about OUR likes, OUR preferences. We forget that worship has nothing to do with us. Worship is 100% entirely about God. The awesome thing is, though … when we focus on God and God alone, we emerge from worship more blessed than we ever imagined.

Bring some friends with you and be blessed as we learn about worship – as we are inspired to worship – and, most importantly, as we actually WORSHIP!

Have you ever found yourself saying – to yourself or to a friend – “Now you know … God will never give you more than you can handle.” Did you know that this is not found anywhere in the Bible? It’s not found there because God never said it. Yet we hear it often when folks are struggling, and maybe we’ve even said it. How often do we share advice from the Bible that actually isn’t in the Bible? How many common misconceptions do we carry with us when it comes to God’s Word?

In our next sermon series, “God Never Said That”, we are going to look at some of the common errors that good, Bible-centered Christians believe when it comes to Biblical truth. We’ll address these misconceptions and discover God’s deeper – and much better – truths.

There are more than likely some corrections each of us need. Quite likely, there are several corrections your unchurched friends and neighbors need. Why not invite them to walk through this series with you?

And don’t forget, “A penny saved is a penny earned.” That’s in the Bible … right?

Our special "God Never Said That" videos are available on our YouTube Channel. You can also listen to the first six "God Never Said That" sermons from 2016.

Summer is a good time for reading. Summer gives you the chance to grab a good book – head to the pool or the river or the beach or the back porch – and enjoy the escape that only a good book can bring. School kids are encouraged (or required) to read over the summer – and that’s a good thing. Bookstores have entire sales campaigns based around summer reading. Fairmount is no different.

As a congregation that loves the Bible, each year for the last nine, we have taken one book of the Bible and worked through that book together. Our Sunday morning sermons have been based on that book and each of us have been encouraged, while away on vacation, to keep up by reading along. The tradition continues this summer.

If you’re looking for some light reading, though, you’ve come to the wrong place! This summer, we’re going to tackle Paul’s letter to the Romans. This is one of the Apostle’s heavyweights – sometimes referred to as his magnus opus, his greatest work. Romans has perhaps more Christian doctrine than any other Biblical text. It is filled with page after page of the very pillars of our faith. We will consider the book in several manageable chunks – sometimes one chapter, sometimes a couple each week.

Each section will cover significantly more than we could ever cover on a Sunday morning, so it is imperative that you do your own reading and your own study. Share your discoveries on social media. Tell them to a friend. Shoot the preachers an email. Enjoy the text – learn from the text.

If you would like a good, systematic way to tackle the Book of Romans, consider the SOAP method of Bible study. Read the entire passage – than SOAP it:

  • Scripture – Write down one or two verses that were particularly meaningful to you.
  • Observation – What was interesting in the passage – What did you learn – What is God teaching you?
  • Application – How can you apply this passage to your life – In what ways does it change you?
  • Prayer – Use the passage to guide you as pray about this passage in your life.

This series begins on July 7 and will run through Labor Day. We look forward to growing and strengthening our faith together.

The joke has always been that, when asked a question in Bible School or a Bible study and you don’t know the answer, just say “Jesus”! After all, who can go wrong with that as an answer? In truth, Jesus really IS the answer – the answer to life’s questions, life’s problems, and life’s direction. The question for us becomes: am I willing to apply the answer of “Jesus” to all of those areas of my life?

This spring, as we build our way to Easter, we are going to dig into Jesus’ ultimate answer to life. Jesus gives this answer to the Disciples as they gather with Him one last time before His crucifixion. Seeking an answer that will comfort them and give them hope and direction, Jesus answers in John 14:6 with these simple words: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

THIS is the answer to life. If you are looking for answers – if you have friends looking for answers – if you want to firm up your answers to life – don’t miss a week of this sermon series. When the answer is known, it can be applied to our lives. And that answer will change us for all eternity.

We build myths around money to validate foolish behavior. These myths get passed down and passed around through clever sayings and idioms that sound true and helpful but are quite the opposite. Join us each Sunday in November as we expose these money myths and look at biblical truths that can help us develop a lifestyle of thriving generosity and stewardship.

Pixar has another hit on their hands with their recent release of “The Incredibles 2”. The first “Incredibles” movie netted over $600 million at the box office, and the latest edition is climbing the ladder. The two “Incredibles” movies tell the story of the Parr family – a normal, middle class family living in normal, middle class America. Only there really isn’t anything normal about this family. Mom, Dad, Daughter, Son, and baby are all superheroes – “The Incredibles” – each with their own set of supernatural abilities. And, in true superhero fashion, the family uses their gifts to fight crimes.

What makes “The Incredibles” so different from the rest of the superhero genre is that all of their crimefighting is done in the midst of being a family. You can fight the evil Syndrome - but there are still bills to pay. Supervillain Screenslaver needs defeating – but homework is due tomorrow. The world is saved from the bad guys – but you still have to take care of the baby. This tension creates some hilarious moments and some zany drama with tried-and-true Pixar excellence.

“The Incredibles” makes us laugh because it hits so close to home. Our families may not be populated with superheroes who can run faster than lightning or lift a building or spontaneously combust – but we all bring unique gifts, personalities, and challenges to our families.

On September 30 we will begin a new sermon series, “Incredible Families”. We’ll dig into the Bible and be reminded of the contributions we each make to having families that are both healthy and pleasing to God. Whether you live alone or in the midst of a multigenerational household, we are all in families. Whether your family is calm or chaotic – functional or dysfunctional – we can benefit from knowing how God wants each of us to be in the midst of our families. We may never reach superhero status – or even incredible status – but we can sure do our best to honor God in our families.

Invite a friend to come with you over the course of this series. They may need the encouragement that comes from God’s Word and that comes from the incredible family of believers here at Fairmount.

The saying goes, “Rules for thee but not for me.” It’s tempting to selectively apply the difficult teachings of Jesus to others’ lives and not our own. The hard teachings of Jesus are important for all of us. We break down five hard teachings of Jesus that are relevant for all Christians today.

In my elementary and early middle school years, I grew up in a Midwest farming community. When the month of November rolled around, two major things happened. First, extended family got together for Thanksgiving. We would eat great food and the kids (all of us boys) would head to the school grounds to play basketball.

The second thing that happened in November in this Midwest farming town was bringing in the remaining harvest. Even though my allergies would be a mess, I enjoyed driving the machinery. I probably began driving the tractors and trucks when I was 10 or 11 years old. So many of my childhood Novembers were filled with family and harvesting.

When thinking about a sermon series for the month of November, the preaching team came up with the idea of talking about family and how, as families, we might harvest some of God’s teachings to help us have and be a part of a stronger family.

When we considered lessons a family might harvest from the Bible, we thought the book of Ruth would be a great place to do our gleaning. So this November, we will spend time together learning about the ups and downs, and the strengths and weaknesses, of the family written about in the book of Ruth. And hopefully we will be healthier families for it.

Living in mainstream U.S.A., we forget sometimes just how different the Christian life should be. In all of our American individuality, most folks do their best to go with the flow, fit in, and not rock the boat too much. Though we are indeed blessed to live in this pluralistic society, Jesus calls us to live a life quite different from the world around us.

As Jesus taught and preached, He preached a message of relationship with the Father – not a message of religion. This made Jesus’ message quite unique. It was, in actuality, quite radical. Perhaps the singular greatest teaching on this radical life that His followers are called to live is the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew’s Gospel, chapters 5, 6, and 7. If the tenets of that sermon would be truly lived by people of Christian faith, our lives and the lives of those around us would be radically transformed.

Plan to be at Fairmount each Sunday morning over the next month as we dive into the Sermon on the Mount, discovering the radical life that Jesus wants all of us to live. Each of us will find that this radical life is the best life to live. Invite your friends. Many of them are looking to get out of a life of humdrum fitting in, and wanting to enter into a life of real meaning and purpose. Let’s be radical!

What a unique privilege it is for Fairmount to be part of a Central Virginia-wide effort to reach unchurched and unsaved people with the eternal message of Scripture. “Explore God” is going to be a life-changing journey for many folks of all ages from across our community. In addition to discussion groups that are popping up in restaurants, coffee shops, and community centers, churches across the region will be sharing in the preaching portion of “Explore God”.

On seven consecutive Sundays, beginning on September 11, Fairmount’s preaching staff will be answering the “7 Big Questions” – questions most commonly asked by folks seeking answers to matters of faith. These questions will range from “Does life have a purpose?” to “Why does God allow pain and suffering?” to “Is the Bible reliable?” It is going to be an exciting challenge.

The Fairmount family will undoubtedly welcome several – if not many – guests who are coming to explore God with us. That is the primary goal. But an equally valuable goal is the exposure for each of us to these seven questions – questions each of us may be asked any day by a family member, friend, or co-worker.

Join me – right now – in praying for this endeavor. It WILL change someone’s life and, more importantly, their eternity. Encourage folks to check out ExploreGod.com and to consider a discussion group. Invite folks to come to Sunday services with you. Be prepared to learn as each of us … Explores God!

What determines your identity? WHO determines your identity? Are we each just complex mixtures of biological and environmental influences … or are we something more? Scripture tells us that we are unique, spiritual beings – created in the image of God Himself; given breath by God Himself. Without a doubt, though, many in the world are convinced that their identity is wrapped up in impersonal genetics and personal choices. This is a perfect example of real and serious “Identity Theft”.

As we begin 2016, our first sermon series of the new year is going to focus on our genuine identity – who we are as highly valued and deeply loved children of God. With an overarching preaching theme of “Under Construction” in 2016, as a church family we are going to look at the foundation of human identity. Who we are. Who God made us to be. With that foundation laid, we will be able to more firmly stand on solid, Biblical ground as we build our lives, our families, our church, and God’s Kingdom.