Its my joy to be the new pastor here at FBC Miamisburg. Our church is a warm, sweet fellowship of people who trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. We’re certainly not a perfect church, but we are being perfected more and more into the image of Jesus, God’s holy, perfect Son. We welcome you here to join us.

Who we are at FBC Miamisburg can be summed up by our 7 G’s: We exist by the GRACE of God to spread the GOSPEL of God for the GLORY of God. And we do this by GATHERING to GROW and GIVING to GO.

Our website is currently under construction, but I want you to know some highlights of what is happening at the church. On Sunday morning at 10:45, we’re continuing our sermon series in the book of Acts called “The Crown to the Kingdom,” where we are looking deeply into the founding of the early church from the ascension of Jesus to the missionary journeys of the apostle Paul.

Our worship services are centered around a five-fold commitment to God’s inspired, inerrant, infallible Word. At FBC Miamisburg, we gather to: 1) read the Word, 2) pray the Word, 3) sing the Word, 4) preach the Word, and 5) display the Word (through baptism and the Lord’s Supper).

On Sunday nights at 6, we gather for a little more informal, but deeply meaningful time including singing, prayer, testimonies, missions moments, and Bible study. When our doors are open, we intend it to be a rich time to grow in the Lord, in our love for others in the church, and in our love for those outside the church. Our children have an awesome time in AWANA on Sunday evenings. AWANA stands for Approved Workman Are Not Ashamed, and an approved workman is someone who has a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ and is growing to know Him through His Word and serve Him in His world.

On Wednesday nights at 6:30, we gather for a focused prayer service and for Bible study. At FBC Miamisburg, we want to be known as a people who are deeply committed to bold prayer. It is God’s job to take care; it is our job to cast care. We pray extensively for the prayer requests of our people. We pray for our missionaries, our military service members, and our friends who need to know Jesus. Moreover, you can be assured that if you come on Wednesday night, you specifically will be prayed for by another. Our ladies are currently doing a book study at 7 through Jen Wilkins’ Women of the Word. Our men are studying Gregg Allison’s 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith.

We have many other events and opportunities to serve coming up this fall. However, the most important thing about our church is not what we do; the most important thing about us is who we are, or, even more accurately, “Whose we are!” We never want to mistake the Christian life being primarily about doing lots of things at a church. Christianity is first and foremost about a relationship with the living God of the universe through Jesus Christ.

We want to be known for being unmistakably clear about what the Gospel is. Its not just an over-used, under-appreciated byword to us. The Gospel is the heartbeat of our church and the very lifeblood of all of our members. Here are six sentences that communicate what we understand to be the Good News of Jesus Christ:

1) God deeply loves you because God created you for His glory.

2) We all ought to have lived in grateful recognition of our Creator and in a manner that glorifies Him.

3) Instead, we all have rebelled against God by sinning against Him.

4) Therefore, we all deserve God’s judgment for our rejection of Him and our refusal to live for His glory.

5) God, in His mercy, sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to provide for sinners the way of eternal life through His substitutionary death and resurrection.

6) Eternal life is the free gift of God’s grace to all who will trust in Christ as their personal Lord and Savior and dedicate themselves to living for Him and for His glory.

I truly do hope to see you soon. My prayer is that you, together with all the saints, will grow here at FBC Miamisburg, to know what is the immeasurable height and depth and length and width of the love of Christ. His love truly knows no bounds and has gone to the deepest extents to redeem you from your sin and restore you to the reason why you were created – a relationship with God through Jesus Christ!

Til the nets are full,

Pastor John Michael