What To Expect
First Things First will include 3 days of prayer and fasting, coupled with morning and evenings of worship, devotions and special speakers.
• Morning - worship, devotions & prayer from 7-8am. Bring your Bible, journal and a pen.
• Daily - prayer room available for reflection and personal prayer 7am-7pm
• Evening Service - prayer, worship and special speakers 7-8:30pm
Come to one or all three services for a powerful time of corporate prayer and worship times.
The Purpose Of Fasting
The purpose of fasting is to take our eyes off the things of this world and instead focus on God (Matthew 6:33). Fasting and prayer are usually linked together (Luke 2:37; 5:33). Fasting is a way to demonstrate to God and ourselves that we are serious about our relationship with Him. Although fasting in Scripture is almost always a fasting from food, there are other ways to fast...sleep, media, etc. Anything you can temporarily give up in order to better focus on God can be considered a fast. In Isaiah 58, we learn what a “true fast” is. It’s not just a one-time act of humility and denial before God; it’s a lifestyle of servant ministry to others. As Isaiah tells us, fasting encourages humility, loosens the chains of injustice, and frees the oppressed. This concept of fasting isn’t a one day thing - it’s a lifestyle of servant living for God and others.
EVANGELIST NICK VUJIJIC
Nicholas Vujicic was born without arms and legs. Nick not only dealt with the typical challenges of school and adolescence, but he also struggled with depression and loneliness. Nick constantly wondered why he was different than all the other kids.
He questioned the purpose of life, or if he even had a purpose. According to Nick, the victory over his struggles, as well as his strength and passion for life today, can be credited to his faith in God, his family and friends.
Since his first speaking engagement at age 19, Nick has traveled around the world, sharing his story with millions, Nick says, “If God can use a man without arms and legs to be His hands and feet, then He will certainly use any willing heart!”
Pastor Steve Abraham
As founding pastor of New Life Community Church, along with his wife Pastor Tami, Pastor Steve Abraham is known for his passion to reach people who are far from God.
Pastor Steve’s ministry has been characterized by a firm commitment to communicate the Bible in a bold yet relevant manner. In addition to pastoring New Life for the last 20 years, Pastors Steve and Tami served as youth pastors for over 7 years in Ventura and for 8 years as Divisional Leaders in the Foursquare Denomination. They graduated from LIFE Bible College (now known as LIFE Pacific College). Pastors Steve and Tami live in Oxnard and have 3 children in college, Riley, Brenna, and Ryan.
Pastor TYRAN MEREDITH
Meredith and his wife, Flarenda, founded THE DETROIT HOUSE OF JUDAH in 2002. The ministry is located in Detroit, Michigan. The Detroit House of Judah was organized for the purpose of helping those who are less fortunate. It is the goal of the ministry to aid them as they are transformed into productive men and women enabling them to serve others in the future.
Pastor Meredith has been a Senior Pastor for 17 years. He was Ordained Chairman Deacon at the age of 22. After years of devoted and faithful service, he was ordained an Elder at the Dunamis Outreach Ministries Worldwide, Inc. Tyran served as Pastor over The Helps Department as well as Pastor of the Integrity Campus Ministry.
Children's Ministry and Youth
Children’s Ministry available for the following:
Wednesday Evening - Nursery through K only
Thursday Evening - Nursery through K only
Friday Evening - Nursery through 5th grade
Wednesday night Student Ministries will meet in Room 5 (6-8 grades) and Room 8 (9-12 grades) first, then go into the Sanctuary.
Young Adults will join in the service every night.