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We want to meet you and connect you to the vision of Family Worship Center!
Most of us come from very different church backgrounds, so we want to make sure everyone understands where we are going and how we are going to get there.
Welcome Home is a 2-part series that goes in depth on our values, why we’re here as a church and how you fit in to all of it.
We’ll meet from 1pm – 2:15pm in the Joy Center on the dates listed.
Lunch and childcare will be provided.
Sunday / 12:45 pm, meeting in the Joy Center
We look forward to seeing you!
Family Worship Center is a Gospel-centered, Spirit-filled local church in Lakeland, Florida. We want you to experience Jesus- to know Him and follow Him. Wherever you are in life, we want to equip you for the next step. Our services are full of life and healing, peace and happiness, encouragement and belonging. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom…
To build this local church through the ministry of the Gospel and the Holy Spirit that will create a growing Spirit-filled community.
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where
the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
2 Corinthians 3:17
The Gospel introduces us to Jesus, who wakes up our faith so we can receive His grace. Once we are called into this relationship with Jesus, the Gospel continues to guide us in all matters of life and godliness. It’s a process! From salvation to communion, from speaking kindly to giving generously, we are all on a journey.
The Gospel is our navigation.
While we are excited to welcome you to our church family, the most important step for you to take is to join God’s family. Jesus told Nicodemus, a very religious man, that unless one be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3
How is one born again?
The Gospel of John makes it clear. But as many as received Him [Jesus], to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name. John 1:12 To become a child of God and be saved, we must receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior and then turn away from our life of sin. For without holiness, no one shall see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14
Prayer of Salvation
“Dear God in Heaven, I come to you now in Jesus’ Name. I admit that I am a sinner in need of a Savior. I believe Jesus died for me on the Cross and took my sin. And I believe that three days later You raised Him from the dead. Right now, I receive Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Jesus, I invite you in. Forgive me of my sin, cleanse me with your precious blood, and make me brand new. Thank you, Heavenly Father, for receiving me into the Family of God! Help me to live for You.”
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
We practice baptism by immersion in water, which is the way Jesus was baptized and the way the Bible describes.
9It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
By being baptized, you are:
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This
is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Everyone at FWC should gather together once a week. We all need that weekly reset. It is also the primary way that we receive faith.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because
on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day…
Above all you shall keep my Sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I, the LORD, sanctify you. 14You shall keep the Sabbath, because it is holy for you… 15Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the LORD…
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read.
And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,
I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard…
Your next great friend is somewhere at Family Worship Center. A friend that talks about Jesus. A friend that shares your values while dealing with the similar struggles that you face. A friend that prays with you and lets you keep each other accountable. A friend like this is in a small group.
And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them.
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
1 Corinthians 12:7-11
To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
1 Corinthians 1:7
Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ,
In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering,
By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts…
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.) And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!” And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine.
Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.
So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
“But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.”
Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,
1 Timothy 2:1-4
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place…
“Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?”
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
The product of holy men of old who spoke and wrote as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The New Covenant, as recorded in the New Testament, we accept as our infallible guide in matters pertaining to conduct and doctrine. II Timothy 3:16,
I Thessalonians 2:13, II Peter 1:21
Our God is one, but manifested in three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, being co-equal. Philippians 2:6
Man is a created being, made in the likeness and image of God, but through Adam’s transgression and fall, sin came into the world. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was manifested to undo the work
of the devil and gave His life and shed His blood to redeem and restore man back to God. Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23,
Romans 5:14, I John 3:8
The Bible teaches that without holiness no man can see the Lord. We believe the doctrine of Sanctification as a definite, yet progressive work of grace, commencing at the time of regeneration and continuing until the consummation of salvation at Christ’s return. Hebrews 12:14, Thessalonians 5:23, II Peter 3:18, II Corinthians 3:18, Philippians 3:12-14
Healing is for the physical ills of the human body and is wrought by the power of God through the prayer of faith, the laying on of hands and the Gifts of the Spirit. It is provided for in the redemption of Christ and is the privilege of every member of the Church today. Mark 16:18, James 5:14-16, I Peter 2:24, Matthew 8:17, Isaiah 53:4-5
Man’s first step toward salvation is godly sorrow that worketh repentance. Salvation is necessary to all men, and when experienced produces eternal life. John 3:3-5,
II Corinthians 7:10, I John 5:12
Baptism in water by immersion is a direct commandment of our Lord, and is for believers only. The ordinance is a symbol of the Christian’s identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. Matthew 28:19, Romans 6:4,
Colossians 2:12, Acts 8:36-39
The angels said to Jesus’ disciples, “…this same Jesus…shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven”. He is coming back soon. Acts 1:11, I Thessalonians 4:16-17
The one who physically dies in his sins without accepting Christ is hopelessly and eternally lost in the Lake of Fire and; therefore, has no further opportunity of hearing the Gospel or repenting. The Lake of Fire is literal. The terms “eternal” and “everlasting”, used in describing the duration of the punishment of the damned in the Lake of Fire, carry the same thought and meaning of endless existence as used in denoting the duration of joy and ecstasy of saints in the presence of God. Hebrews 9:27, Revelation 19:20
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