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That every household within the influence of our congregation is introduced to Jesus Christ, where lives are transformed by Him into fully devoted followers - based on Romans 12:1-2
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (NIV)
First Church of Christ exists to produce fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ - based on Matthew 28:18-20
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV)
From the Minister's Desk
Chapter 28 / God’s Search and Rescue Plan Involves You
William Pilkenton was one month away from turning eight years old. His family had traveled from Bellingham, Washington, to Tofino, British Columbia for a vacation. He and his father were walking up from the beach when his father turned to look for him and realized he was gone.
When children go missing, fathers start looking. And so did this one. Before long, the entire community was helping him search for this missing child. Search and rescue crews scoured the area. Search coordinator Garth Cameron said, “I don’t think there’s a square foot in this town that doesn’t have footprints.”
When children go missing, parents go looking. And that’s what God has done. There’s not a square foot on earth that doesn’t have his footprints. He began searching for them the moment Adam and Eve made a choice and lost their way. He sent the nation of Israel looking. He sent his Son to “seek and save what was lost” (Luke 19:10).
Today he sends his church. In Acts 1:8 we find his search and rescue plan: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Jesus sent the disciples into the middle of Jerusalem and told them to wait. While they were waiting a crowd gathered for Pentecost. Some estimate Jerusalem swelled to over one million people during this time. The Holy Spirit came on them, Peter preached, and the church swelled from 120 to over three thousand.
It didn’t stop there. The devoted themselves to “the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42). That first church in Jerusalem grounded its people in the Word, in deep community, to sharing meals and sharing Christ, and to prayer. They had to. The task at hand was too big for them to accomplish on their own. They needed each other. Mostly they needed God.
That hasn’t changed, has it? We still have the same commission to be witnesses for Jesus in our Jerusalems and in our world. We are still called to the Word, to love each other, to share life, and to prayer. And we are still searching for those who have lost their way.
We are still searching because the Father still has children who are missing. So go to your Jerusalem and wait. God will bring you power as you serve him there. Let’s not leave a square foot without our footprints.
Keep looking up because He cares for YOU!
These are additional resources available to help with financial, spritiual, or other needs beyond what the church can provide.
- Community Action Partnership Greene County - Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton
Area is a nonprofit Community Action Agency committed to eliminating poverty and promoting self-sufficiency by providing various programs and services for individuals and families in Butler, Darke,
Greene, Montgomery, Preble and Warren Counties.
- 1855 Bellbrook Road; Xenia, OH 45385
- (937) 376-7747; (937) 427-3377
- Family Violence Prevention Center - the agency has evolved to continue to provide comprehensive,
holistic services to victims of domestic violence.
- 24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 937-372-4552 or 937-426-2334
- P.O. Box 271; Xenia, OH 45285 (Greene)
- (937) 376-8526
- Family & Children First - the county department assists service providers, community groups,
and residents to effectively address the health, human, and social service needs of Greene County residents.
- 158 E. Main St.; Xenia, OH 45385
- Ph: (937) 562-5600; (937) 426-1779 ext. 5600
- Fairborn FISH -Food Pantry
- (937) 222-5444 - Beavercreek
- (937) 879-1313 - Fairborn - First Baptist Church, 1167 Highview Drive
- Other Greene County Services
Agape Counseling Center - Agape Counseling Center has provided outpatient counseling, psychological, and mental health services since 1976. Our professional staff are trained to assist all age groups in individual, marital, and family therapy. Evening appointments are available and most insurances are accepted. Our offices are located at 175 S. Main St. in Centerville, Ohio and 1717 S. Breiel Blvd. in Middletown, Ohio. Phone:(937) 434-0540
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