Lead Pastor Michael J. Paris

 

A child of God, Husband of Sue, Father, Grandfather, Pastor and friend.  Pastor Mike longs to lead men and women to live like they are God’s most treasured possession and grow in their faith all for the Glory of Him who is the Author and Finisher of our Faith.

 

Hey Church –

This weekend is the big Sunday School 2.0 Relaunch! The CE ministry team has been working hard to determine the details  on the relaunch this weekend. Thanks to all the teachers who have stepped back into this disciple-making training role. Our  prayer is that these smaller groupings within the larger church body will become places to hear God’s Word explained and  

applied in a safe environment. We desire to see students of all ages interacting with each other, praying for one another,  and holding each other accountable to change and growth in Christ. We are convinced that the best discipleship happens  in the context of relationship.  

We do not want SS2.0 to become a passive place. We are coaching teachers to engage the students in active learning and  limited lecture. We are excited to see what the creative energy of our crew of mentors brings to this program to accomplish  the purpose of  

Making disciples that make disciples 

by practicing the spiritual disciplines and focusing on what matters to God 

The practice of the spiritual disciplines in a grace-filled environment will produce Godly character as described in 2 Peter  1:5-10 

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and  knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and  godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are  increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever  lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former  sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these  qualities, you will never fall.  

The growing disciple of Jesus Christ is developing faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly  affection and love. The disciples of Jesus Christ cannot stay the way that they were. And if they practice these things, they  won’t be; they will be effective and fruitful in knowing God better. The kind of disciples that we are intending to raise are confident of their salvation and assured of their purpose within the church and the world.  

Our mentors/teachers are engaging not just in Biblical intake, but also in application and mid-week practice of the truths  and skills gained during the class. Each week the teachers will be working with the students to consider and commit to  weekly actionable exercises to strengthen the spiritual muscles developed in the small group. They will be looking for ways  to apply the Scriptures to everyday life. The students and mentors will discuss these victories and failures at other points  during the week and at their next meeting. The teachers will be engaged in this process too, modeling it before their  students.  

As we anticipate the relaunch, perhaps it is also important to consider that the making of disciples is not a “Sunday  morning only” activity. You have influence with students and friends too! Our ministry team meetings, our worship  practices, our hospitality hotspots and our meet-ups at the post office, vegetable stand, or hardware store are all excellent  chances to show interest and provide help with the application of God’s Word. If we will begin thinking about getting  stronger in the faith and falling deeper in love with Christ together, we will see FBC@A flourish! Use every opportunity to  assist the other  

person forward in their walk with Jesus. By helping them become more Christ-centered, Spirit-controlled and community connected, you will “become” as well. 

Hope to see you in Sunday School 2.0 this weekend! [8:45a-9:30a]
 

Blessings,

Pastor Mike → pastormike33@yahoo.com, 607.220.9911, 99 East Ave, Attica NY 14011