21 Days of Prayer & Fasting

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We know that fasting helps us disconnect from the distractions of the world and prayer draws us closer to God.
During this 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting, we hope this journey challenges you, grows you and brings you closer to God.
 
Below are a few resources to help you during these 21 days:
 
INFORMATION & UNDERSTANDING:
Fasting – Blog by Pastor Brett
 
“Fasting For Beginners” – Article by David Mathis
 
More on The Daniel Fast:
– Blog
– Website
 
TOOLS & RESOURCES:
 
 
YouVersion – Click here to set up a FREE account and get the FREE app. (Did we mention it’s all FREE?!)
21 Day Fast – Enter this new season with a focus on the spiritual discipline of fasting. This plan includes several passages about fasting and others that encourage reflection and closeness to God. For 21 days, you’ll get a daily Bible reading, a brief devotional, reflection questions, and a prayer focus.
Other reading plans are also available.
 
 
 

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Best Gift To Jesus

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We love being generous together as a church, and this Christmas season, we are receiving a special offering to help further the mission of “Helping people find their way back to God”.
 
On December 18th, we will receive the “BEST GIFT to JESUS” offering during our Sunday morning worship experiences. A portion of the money given will be sent out from the church to help fund an International mission project. The other portion will go toward a designated project within the church.
 
INTERNATIONALLY:
In the Spring of 2016, during our IMMEASURABLY MORE series and initiative, we partnered with “The Jesus Film” project. They translate the Jesus film into other languages to help bring the gospel to unreached people groups. We signed on to translate the Jesus film into the Vaiphei language for the people of Vaiphei, India. We’re close to reaching the goal we committed to back in March and would love to be able to surprise them with the remainder of the funds by the end of this year.
 
AT FOREFRONT:
Our staff and Dream Team (our amazing group of volunteers) work very hard to make Sundays happen and keep Forefront running. So, to make things easier and to honor all that hard work, we’re going to use a portion of the “Best Gift” offering to build out some offices in the basement for the staff as well as a work space for the Dream Team.
 
With the holidays upon us, there will be a lot of great gifts bought and given, so we hope you’ll join us in but giving our best gift to Jesus!
 
If you’d like to give online on or before December 18th, CLICK HERE


The Big Picture: From Genesis to Revelation

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In “The Big Picture,” Pastor Brett takes an entire year walk through the Bible, from “In the Beginning” to the very last “Amen.” Most of us would say we value the Bible, but how well do we really know the big picture? This series will show us that the true story of the whole world has been in our hands all along … and that every page of it points back to one person – Jesus Christ.

One Year Bible Reading Plan

In 2017, Pastor Brett will take an entire year to walk through the Bible, from “In the beginning” to the very last “Amen” in 

The Big Picture. This series will show us that the true story of the whole world has been in our hands all along — and that every page of it points back to one person: Jesus Christ.

During this time, we will be learning the whole story of the Bible together as our sermons, Bible reading plans, LifeGroup studies, and family devotionals all move toward this goal. It’s our hope and prayer that you will join with us in this journey as you grow in the habit of reading the Bible daily.

The “Big Picture” plan will be approximately 1 to 2 chapters of Scripture per day and follow closely with the weekend teaching. It will help you get the big picture of most books in the Bible. It can be found each month on the tear-off portion of the monthly update handed out in service, linked to the right, as a feature on the Forefront App or on Twitter @readthebibleco

The “Every Verse” plan will be approximately 4 to 5 chapters of Scripture per day and cover every word in the Bible. It can be found printed at the Information Center during any weekend worship experience or on Twitter @readthebibleco.

The Whole Story for Families

The psalmist reminds us that our children are like arrows being prepared to launch into the mission of God. This year as we walk through “The Big Picture” of Scripture as a church, we want to equip parents with resources that will help lead their children to know and love the Word of God and prepare them for their role in God’s grand story.

As a first step, we’re encouraging parents to purchase a copy of the Jesus Storybook Bible (also available at the Information Center) and begin having weekly devotionals with their children. Each week on this site you will find the recommended reading from The Jesus Storybook Bible that most closely aligns with our sermon series and the ‘Whole Story’ Bible reading plan for adults. The Jesus Storybook Bible, as well as other resources we’ll be providing throughout the year, will help your children both understand and have a deeper love of God’s Word.

With the help of RightNowMedia.com, we have free access to a video series called “What’s in the Bible?” This gospel-centered and entertaining video series looks at the Bible from Genesis to Revelation in a way you and your kids will enjoy, and would be great to watch together as part of your family worship time! If you do not have a Right Now Media account, send us an email!



Fasting

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The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives. Remember, your personal fast should present a level of challenge, but it is very important to know your body, your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.
 

TYPES OF FASTS

COMPLETE FAST
This fast calls for drinking only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.
SELECTIVE FAST
This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. One example of a selective fast is the Daniel Fast, during which you remove meat, sweets, or bread from your diet and consume water and juice for fluids and fruits and vegetables for food.
PARTIAL FAST
This fast is sometimes called the Jewish Fast and involves abstaining from eating any type of food in the morning and afternoon. This can either correlate to specific times of the day, such as 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, or from sunup to sundown.
SOUL FAST
This fast is common for those who do not have much experience fasting food, who have health issues that prevent them from fasting food, or who wish to refocus certain areas of their life that are out of balance. For instance, someone might select to abstain from using social media or watching television for the duration of the fast, and then choose to carefully bring that element back into their life in an orderly fashion at the conclusion of the fast.
 

TIMING OF A FAST

At Forefront, we encourage fasting for 21 days each year in the month of January. This is part of a season of focused prayer as a church family. You may also choose to fast at other times during the year for your own spiritual development. It’s very typical to fast a single meal, a whole day, or three days or more. The timing of your fast is not as important as the strength of your focus on Him as you fast.

Scripture References
 
Other Resources
 
 by Stovall Weems
 
by Bill Bright
 
by Bill Bright