I was looking for a church where there was liberty for the Holy Spirit to manifest Himself freely, but always in order. This church is it! If I want to kneel by my seat or go forward to praise Him at an appropriate time, I am free to do that. I was also looking for a place where I could be challenged to go to the next level of intimacy in my relationship with the Father (Daddy), Son and Holy Spirit and I am there now. I appreciate Pastor Anthony being aware of when the Holy Spirit is leading him in a different direction from his notes and being willing to follow His lead. I also appreciate how he is leading new believers, step-by-step, and showing them who they are in Christ Jesus and how they can progress in their new life as part of the family of God. His wife, Jennifer, is also doing that with the children. I, personally, am learning to enjoy being in the presence of God more during the day and since hearing Katrina Wilson on dreams, even during the night. At the 9:00 a.m. Bible study session, I discovered the writings of Smith Wigglesworth… Read more »
I have three things I’d like to share. #1… A few weeks ago, you were praying for me and others with back problems. Shortly after, it felt like I herniated another disk. There was immediate pain, and I began saying things like “God this hurts. This will never get better. This is going to kill me”. I must have said those things 100 times. Well, I said to myself, this is supposed to get better, not worse! And then, I picked up the Bible and looked at a scripture verse, Isaiah 53 — I’m going to be healed. I made a concentrated effort to not say “I’ll never get better”. One day, after changing my words to line up with His Word, I quit hurting. The pain went away! My faith finally got stronger, the way it’s supposed to be. The lesson I learned is that your words will take you everywhere. Now I am thinking before I speak. He taught me a wonderful lesson about the words we speak and the faith we need to get through everyday life. #2… The last 2 Sundays and Wednesday evening teaching about growing beyond the milk and learning to research the Bible… Read more »
The motto, “Life is complicated… Church shouldn’t be”, for me is a synopsis of what I have always believed, even when I didn’t attend church. Pastor Anthony reminds us to follow Jesus by saying and doing only the things that our heavenly Father prompts us to say and do. By copying Him daily, we become more like Him and can be His hands and feet whenever the opportunity presents itself. I can be a “real” person, “warts and all”, and still minister to someone because I am the righteousness of God. He made me to be His righteousness and I couldn’t do anything to earn it, so I can’t do anything to lose it. It becomes that simple, when you realize that we can never keep the Law perfectly and just by accepting the truth that Jesus did keep the whole Law and chose to die in our place, has made us free to be everything that He planned for us to be. Like Pastor says, You can’t “do” yourself into right being but you can “be” yourself into right doing. Thank you, Pastor for teaching the “whole” word of God and making it easier to understand than ever before.
I accepted Christ in my life at an early age. I think I was around 11 years old. We went to church Sunday mornings, Sunday nights, Wednesday nights, and all revivals, songfests and camp meetings. I remember thinking I had to go the altar before I would truly be saved, which is truly not the case, because once I acknowledged the fact that I asked God for forgiveness, I was already a Christian in His eyes. I can remember riding the bus to school when I was maybe in the sixth grade and looking out the window and thinking, “I am having a good day so far, except I still need to go the altar and ask God in my heart.” I did finally go to the altar though, and I remember leaving that night after church with such a relief that I had finally let people know that I had accepted God in my life. I was raised in a First Church of God, and we were preached hell, fire and brimstone. You felt that if you did anything wrong, you were doomed. Then, we went to the Nazarene church once Rick and I were married. Rick and I… Read more »
Thank you, Faith Building Church, for loving me and my family from the first minute we walked in the door. Coming from a church that was founded on condemnation and “what can I do for the church?”, I was overwhelmed to experience love, and grace and a true relationship with my Heavenly Father. This has allowed me to realize God is here for me and his love for me is not based on my works. Sitting under Pastor Anthony’s anointed understanding of the true gospel has changed what over 35 years of “religion” had implanted in my mind! I love my FBC family and look forward to church all week. The drive from Kentucky is worth it to be around them! I just can’t wait to be with my family.