9:30am and 11:00am Beginning April 7th, 2019

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We’re Growing!!

We are growing because people are seeking out churches all over the world that focus on the Gospel. We are excited to Change the Way People See God, so every belief is filtered through the finished work of Jesus. Jesus is the clearest expression of God the world has ever seen, we want to make sure people understand God through Christ and His love for them.

To truly understand God, His heart toward us and His will for us, we must look at how Jesus represented God. In Christ we see that God is willing to lay it all on the line to make a way for each and every human to have the opportunity to receive forgiveness and become a child in His eternal family. What a savior!

Because people are hungry for the unfiltered Gospel, we are seeing more and more people show up at Forward. Due to our growth we are going to offer 2 Sunday morning services.

9:30am Gathering

Our first gathering will run between 45 minutes to an hour. Worship will last around 15 minutes and the teaching will be around 35 minutes. We will offer two options for Kids Church; Nursery, for infants through potty trained age and another class that will include toddlers through 5th grade. We will have multiple teachers in this older class to make sure the lesson is age appropriate. Pastor Courtney will not meet with the Youth Group during this gathering.

11:00am Gathering

The 11:00am gathering will feel the same as our current one, it’ll run about an hour and a half. Worship is more free flowing in this gathering, with room for spontaneous prayer and gifts in action. We always have a brief meditative time after worship to allow God to minister to us. This is always a powerful time to wait on God and be nurtured in His grace. Pastor Courtney will meet with the Youth Group on the 2nd and 4th Sunday during this gathering.

Invite Someone

We know you are excited about the growth!! The Gospel message, coupled with this heart transformational journey is truly powerful. Many of you have seen the fruit in your own lives when you learn to connect to the inner presence of God and allow His grace to influence you. We want to help you minister to your friends and family, bring them! We promise we will welcome them warmly and only point them to Jesus. Let’s keep moving the Gospel forward together!!

What Is Baptism in the Holy Spirit?

One of the first promises that John the Baptist gave when he began his ministry concerned the baptism in the Holy Spirit. John said, “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.” Matthew 3:11  

The very last thing that Jesus spoke of before he left planet earth was the baptism in the Holy Spirit. The disciples wanted to ask questions about the end time events, but Jesus knew what was important. He knew that they needed power more than they needed information. So instead of answering their questions, He said, “But ye shall receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me. . .” Acts 1:8  

The very first significant happening recorded in the Book of Acts was the fulfillment of this promise. Jesus didn’t want them to travel, minister, or do anything until they had been endued with power from on high. “And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.” Acts 1:4-5  

The baptism in the Holy Spirit is an endowment of power. It makes it possible for us to minister in the power of God instead of our own intellectual power. Jesus set the example of how we should minister. All that Jesus did, He did by the power of the Holy Spirit. Although he was God incarnate, he had emptied Himself of all His power. He had to do all He did as a man, full of the Holy Spirit. In so doing, he was the perfect example of how we can live and minister. This is why He said in John 14:12, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”  

How to Meditate on Your New Creation Identity in Christ

Use these passages as a tool for renewing your mind to the truth that you are seated with Christ in Heavenly places. Personalize these passages. See yourself through your new identity in Christ. Meditate on each one until you not just believe them but also feel them. While we don't live by feelings, we don't really believe a truth that we don't feel. Use these passages to become convinced of and confident in your new creation reality. All Scriptures are from the Amplified Version.

Vision and Mission 2019

We are committed to changing the way people see God, that’s the big picture vision for us. We don’t have some private interpretation we want people to believe, we just want to help people look at Jesus to understand God. The way we help people change how they see God is by helping them establish a new covenant lens in matters of life and faith. The new covenant must be the foundation of our doctrine. The resurrection of Jesus Christ and what that means for the believer is so simple yet it is still misunderstood at large in today’s church.

This is why Forward exists, to help people understand God through Jesus, become established in his love and allow his grace to transform them. Grace is God’s divine influence in our hearts that will shape every aspect of our lives for the better if we will let him. And we let him by renewing our minds to our new creation identity in Christ. As we get our minds in alignment with our new spiritual identity, it will shape our earthly existence.

Understand the Different Types of Covenants

Understand the Different Types of Covenants

This is a foundational series for Forward Church. We base everything we teach and all of our ministries on the finished work of Jesus through his death, burial and resurrection. Understanding our New Creation identity in him is the driving force of our path of discipleship. Understanding the sufficiency of the sacrifice of Christ and the establishment of the New Covenant in the blood of Jesus is absolutely vital to a successful life of liberty in Christ. We pray this series is a blessing to you. You can read articles related to each message on Pastor Clint’s blog.

How to Stop the Pain - Dr. Jim Richards at Forward Church October 2018

Dr. Jim Richards ministers at Forward Church in Sharpsburg, GA on his book, How to Stop the Pain. This book has been setting people free from offenses and unforgiveness for nearly 20 years. This paradigm-changing book is a must-read for people who are stuck in the pain of the past, you can end the suffering.

Who Is Jesus and What Did He Do?

Did you know there were over 300 prophecies about his birth ranging from 3500 years to 50 years before his birth? If just 8 of those prophecies came true it would be statistically impossible; 1 in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. The odds of all 300 prophecies coming true about him would be impossible to calculate.

There is actually more written about Jesus by his contemporaries than Alexander the Great. The earliest writing of Jesus was within 5 years of his death. The earliest writing of Alexander was 400 years after his death. Though people do not question the existence of Alexander, they do question the existence of Jesus. It’s not because of the lack of evidence, it’s because of who he claimed to be.

Beautiful Testimony About Hiding Yourself Away with God

A powerful thing happened at church Sunday, God knit together Psalm 16 and a beautiful testimony from my friend Austin. He shared a power experience he recently had with God. It was so amazing because God had given me Psalm 16 for my sermon just a couple days before and it couldn't have been a more perfect fit. I know this will encourage you and even give you insight into how to overcome those areas you've been struggling.

Psalm 16

  1. Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge.
  2. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.”
  3. I say of the holy people who are in the land, “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
  4. Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more. I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods or take up their names on my lips.
  5. Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.
  6. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.
  7. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart (innermost being)  instructs me.
  8. I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
  9. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure,
  10. because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
  11. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Powerful Worship and Communion

Have you ever been confused by communion? Have you ever finished communion feeling worse about yourself? In this Forward Moment of communion, you learn that communion is a celebration that is focused entirely on what Jesus has done for you. Communion was never meant to make the believer feel condemned and unworthy but to serve as a reminder of Jesus' redemptive work.

Is life one step forward, two steps back for you sometimes?

Is life one step forward, two steps back for you sometimes?

Why is it that when you try to move forward it seems like you are pulled backward? Have you experienced this? Maybe you've decided to improve your health or financial situation only to face a challenge that makes it worse. Or you have decided to overcome a repetitive sin habit only to continue to give in. Why? And what can you do about it?