First things first
J a n u a r y 17 - 19
First Things First is a Church-Wide, 3-Day experience of seeking the Lord through prayer, fasting, worship, and being inspired by incredible and anointed speakers who will share life-changing messages through God’s Word January 17-19.
First Things First will set the stage for God to do great things in 2018. As we set this time aside at the beginning of the years to PRAY, FAST AND BELIEVE GOD FOR THE MIRACULOUS. This is a new year and God wants to do a new thing in your life and in our church.
Prepare you heart now and put aside all distractions see how powerfully the Lord will move as we seek Him with greater expectancy on our own and as a church. Join us as we start this year off right, by putting First Things First!
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.
Wednesday // Pastor Tim Ross
Tim Ross is the senior pastor of the multi-ethnic, multi-generational Embassy City Church in Irving, TX.
Tim speaks both nationally and internationally strengthening believers with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Tim began preaching at the age of 20 years old and has already impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. His dynamic teaching style and uncanny ability to make people understand the gospel message is the reason why he has been such an asset to ministries across cultural and denominational lines.
Tim is happily married to Juliette, his bride since May 1st, 1999 and they have two sons, Nathan and Noah.
Thursday // 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.
Friday // Pastor Sam Rodriguez
Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez is the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/CONEL, the world’s largest Hispanic Christian organization serving as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,118 U.S. churches and over 450,000 churches spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora.
Pastor Sam has been among many lists of influencers in America, which have recognized his impact across the religious and Latino communities.
Pastor Rodriguez also serves as Senior Pastor of New Season Christian Worship Center in Sacramento, California, where he resides with his wife, Eva, and their three children.
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.