FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH ORANGEFIELD
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We follow the pattern established by the apostles in the early church as revealed by the New Testament.  We try to always, “to do Bible things in Bible ways, and call Bible things by Bible names.”  We do not follow any creed written by men; our sole guidebook is God’s Word, as revealed in the Bible.  We believe that salvation comes through faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God and that only through God’s grace can anyone be saved.  Furthermore, the Bible teaches that we must repent of our sins, confess that “Jesus is Lord” with our lips and with our lives, we must be baptized.  We practice baptism by immersion for the forgiveness of sins and receiving the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
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user The Holy Spirit and the Believer
 
Acts 2:38 teaches us that at their baptism, believers received “the gift of the Holy Spirit.”  We understand this to mean that God’s Spirit comes to live in our hearts as our divine Helper.  He helps us overcome sins in our lives and gives us strength to live for Him.  He helps us in our prayers and equips us for service to meet the needs of the church.
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eye The Communion Service
 
We observe the Lord’s Supper every Sunday; we believe that this was the early church’s practice as well.  The Communion is a memorial service honoring Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, and it was Jesus’ commandment that all His followers should share it.  Therefore, we believe that no one has the right to open or close this service to anyone.  We ask only that people follow the words of the Apostle Paul and “examine themselves before they eat and drink.”
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The mission of First Christian Church is to love God, to love others, and to magnify the name of Jesus Christ. The vision of our church is to glorify our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, to make true disciples,  to connect believers, and to do all that is sovereignly possible and biblically permissible to magnify the name of Jesus.

 

 
 
MIKE SULLIVAN
 
Senior Minister
TAMMIE WILLEY
 
Church Secretary
DON WALLES
 
Elder
AVERY ALFORD
 
Elder, Treasurer
 
 
 
 
JOHN EPPERLY
 
Elder, Sunday School Super
R.C. RUSSELL
 
Elder
GLEN CHILDERS
 
Elder, Youth Activity Coordinator
 

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How Do I Meet People?

Our church is not a place for spectators. It is a place for team members. Whether you are a five-year old child, a ninety-five year old grandmother, a busy mom, or a businessman with big responsibilities, we want you to be a part of our vibrant church community. Here is how you can connect, grow, and serve at this church.
Small Group (Fall 2018)
Often, small groups of people are better able to interact and learn about a topic than larger groups are. For that reason, our church has small Bible studies held in member homes. The size of the group is anywhere from six to twelve people. At a time designated by your group leader you can participate in the small group study.
Student Ministry (6th-12th grade)
Each Sunday morning, night and Wednesday, Jr. High and High School students get to participate in their own classes. Bible lessons are taught in such a way that every student fully engaged in God’s Word.  We have activities throughout the year, camps, student conferences and mission trips just for students.
Young Adults
Life can get complicated once you cross that nebulous threshold into adulthood. There are complicated decisions. Bigger stakes. Serious relationships. And a whole lot more decisions. The young adult group of our church provides a welcoming atmosphere for college and early-career aged young people.
Children’s Ministry (birth-5th grade)
Each Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday, children get to participate in their own classes. Bible lessons are taught in such a way that every child gets to participate and learn. Each of the class teachers is carefully screened and thoroughly trained in children’s instruction. The children’s ministry of our church is recognized for their meaningful interaction with kids.
Men’s Ministry
We have a very active ministry to men.  We meet each month for breakfast and a time of studying God’s Word together.  We also have Bible studies for just men and opportunities to study in mixed groups as well.  
Married Couples (Fall 2018)
Even though marriage is one of the most important institutions, it is the one which is under the most attack–internally and externally. The church gives married couples the opportunity to join four month marriage classes including topics such as Marriage and Money, Getting Ready for
Kids, Shepherding Children, and Marriage and Sex.
Women’s Group
Our women’s group is called is called the Ladies’ Circle and they meet each month.  This offers the women of our church special times of interaction. They meet in our community and at our building in Orangefield.  The meetings are times of Bible study, prayer (and, of course, food). These groups provide a refreshing discipleship opportunity for the women in the church.
 
 
 

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Where Can I Serve?

Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of this church is our mission to the world. It begins in our own community, and spreads overseas to every nation. Church members are involved in a variety of ministries from things as simple as washing the church vehicles, to preparing the church bulletins.

 

Mission Outreach

First Christian Church Orangefield is thrilled to be part of the spread of God’s kingdom around the world. We are active in sending missionaries and supporting these missionaries with our money and with our prayers. We currently support nine missions:  New Iberia Mission (Guatamala), Colegio Biblico (Acuna, Mexico), International Disaster Emergency Services, Dallas Christian College, Cookson Hills, Sunbelt Youth Ranch, Red Sands School (Winslow, AZ, mission to Navajo), Tanglewood Christian Camp and the Bridge City-Orangefield Ministerial Alliance.  We are very active in each of these missions.  We encourage all of our people to respond to God’s call for laborers, whether it means that they move to a foreign country or live and minister in our own community.

 Music & Drama

God-honoring worship is something we strive for. Many church members get involved in our music and drama ministry. Some play their instruments. Some are vocalists. Others are involved in worship teams. Still others get involved in drama. These volunteers are an important part of the ministry of our church, using their talents and gifts to glorify God.

Media & Technology

Using media to spread the gospel is a privilege of this church. In an age of widespread technology, we have a stewardship to use these tools as best as possible for kingdom purposes. All of our weekly sermons are uploaded to our website in video and audio formats. We also maintain an active Facebook and Twitter feed for additional church communication.

 

Nursing Home Ministry

Each Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. we have a group of ladies who go and minister at some of the local nursing homes.  There is currently a group that does nails and cleans glasses.  We are always looking for ways to reach out into this vital area and are always open to new ways to minister to this vital part of our local community.  If you would like to join this group or you have ideas on how we can expand this ministry please call the church office.

 

Prayer Warriors

Prayer cannot be overestimated. Prayer moves the hand of God. Our Church is a body of believers dependent upon prayer, and committed to God’s sovereignty. Each Sunday, before the morning service, a team of volunteers gets together and prays for the ministry of the Word. Throughout the week, volunteers from our Prayer Warriors team pray for their pastor, a list of church members, any special requests, and missionary prayer needs. Each Wednesday, the church comes together for a special time of prayer and Bible study.

It All Depends

The city man bought a farm and was visited by his new neighbor.  He asked him, “Can you tell me where the property line runs between our farms?”

The farmer looked him over and asked, “Are you talking owning or mowing?”



Bible Reading Plan – April 2018, Week 16

Monday, April 16:

Judge Gideon – God reduces Gideon’s army to ensure God gets all the credit

  • Judges 6
  • Judges 7
  • 1 Corinthians 1:26-31

Tuesday, April 17:

Judge Samson – The Nazarite Vow to separate yourself to the LORD

  • Judges 13
  • Numbers 6:1-21
  • Amos 2:10-13


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Live with the Consequences

Leigh, my five-year-old brother, was listening to my mother and I argued.  When Mom told me that I was just going to have to live with the consequences, Leigh piped up, “If Dory is going to live with consequences, can I have her room?”



I Have a System

The loaded minivan pulled in to the only remaining campsite.  Four children leaped from the vehicle and began feverishly unloading gear and setting up the tent.  The boys rushed to gather firewood, while the girls and their mother set up the camp stove and cooking untensils.


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Bible Reading Plan – April 2018, Week 15

Monday, April 9:

Rahab & the Sun/Conquests – Israel’s enemies and God’s victories

  • Joshua 10
  • Joshua 11
  • Habakkuk 3:8-14

Tuesday, April 10:

Joshua & Dividing the Land – Some tribes possess their land and some procrastinate

  • Joshua 13:1-14
  • Joshua 14
  • Joshua 18:1-10

Wednesday, April 11:

Joshua’s Charge & Death – Joshua’s warning about serving two masters

  • Joshua 24
  • 1 Samuel 7:2-4
  • Matthew 6:24


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Bible Reading Plan – April 2018, Week 14

Monday, April 2:

Rahab & the Spies – Rahab’s faith at work and inclusion in the genealogy of Christ

  • Joshua 2
  • James 2:25-26
  • Matthew 1:1-5

Tuesday, April 3:

Joshua & Crossing the Jordan – Joshua’s miracle and the memorial stones

  • Joshua 3
  • Joshua 4
  • Psalm 114

Wednesday, April 4:

Joshua & the Commander – The commander of the Lord appears and Jesus worthy of worship

  • Joshua 5
  • Exodus 23:20-23
  • Revelation 22:8-9


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You Still Want to Be Rescued

The shipwrecked mariner had spent several years on a deserted island.  Then one morning he was thrilled to see a ship offshore and a smaller vessel pulling out toward him.  When the boat grounded on the beach, the offer in charge handed the marooned sailor a bundle of newspapers and told him, “With the captain’s compliments.  He said to read through these and let us know if you still want to be rescued.”



Bible Reading Plan – March 2018, Week 13

Monday, March 26:

The Shema & Number 1 Commandment – God is one, love God, and keep God’s commandments

  • Deuteronomy 6:1-5
  • Mark 12:28-34
  • John 14:21-24

Tuesday, March 27:

How to Raise Children – Parents should obey the Word and teach the Word

  • Deuteronomy 6:6-25
  • Deuteronomy 11
  • 2 Timothy 3:14-17

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Buffet

Buffet. A French word that means “Get up and get it yourself.”



Executive Ability

A business manager, in search of talent within his own organization, passed out a list of questions to his younger workers.  One question asked, “What is your chief reason for believing that you possess executive ability?”

Many of the answers were duplications, but one stood out unequaled.

It read, “I think I would make a very successful executive because I seldom get lonesome, and would not mind working in a private office.”





Apr 8, 2018
Life
"Life" from The Power of Words by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2018. Track 1. Genre: Sermons.
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  • Apr 8, 2018Life
    Apr 8, 2018
    Life
    "Life" from The Power of Words by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2018. Track 1. Genre: Sermons.
  • Apr 1, 2018Witnessing the Resurrection
    Apr 1, 2018
    Witnessing the Resurrection
    Series: Easter
    "Witnessing the Resurrection" from Misc by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2018. Track 1. Genre: Sermons.
  • Mar 25, 2018Can We Be Friends?
    Mar 25, 2018
    Can We Be Friends?
    Series: Living Close
    "Can We Be Friends?" from Living Close by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2018. Track 6. Genre: Sermons.
  • Mar 18, 2018I’ll Be There for You
    Mar 18, 2018
    I’ll Be There for You
    Series: Living Close
     
  • Mar 11, 2018Band of Brothers
    Mar 11, 2018
    Band of Brothers
    Series: Living Close
    "Band of Brothers" from Living Close by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2018. Track 4. Genre: Sermons.
  • Mar 4, 2018The Challenge of Friendship
    Mar 4, 2018
    The Challenge of Friendship
    Series: Living Close
    "The Challenge of Friendship" from Living Close by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2018. Track 3. Genre: Sermons.
  • Feb 25, 2018A Friend That Sticks Closer Than a Brother
    Feb 25, 2018
    A Friend That Sticks Closer Than a Brother
    Series: Living Close
    "A Friend That Sticks Closer Than a Brother" from Living Close by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2018. Track 2. Genre: Sermons.
  • Feb 18, 2018Two Are Better Than One
    Feb 18, 2018
    Two Are Better Than One
    Series: Living Close
    "Two Are Better Than One" from Living Close by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2018. Track 1. Genre: Sermons.
  • Feb 11, 2018Four Results of Loving God
    Feb 11, 2018
    Four Results of Loving God
    Series: Truly Love
     
  • Feb 4, 2018Do You Truly Love God Part 1
    Feb 4, 2018
    Do You Truly Love God Part 1
    Series: Truly Love
    "Do You Truly Love God Part 1" from Truly Love by Mike Sullivan. Released: 2018. Track 1. Genre: Sermons.
 
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