Welcome to the First Christian Church of Davenport (Disciples of Christ)
Please join us!
We are having in church services on Saturdays at 4:00pm, Masks are required.
Sunday school begins at 3:00pm
We are currently sharing space with Faith Ucc at 1630 West 38th Street, Davenport, Iowa, 52806.
We are EAST of Division Street and West of Marquette. right behind the Marcos pizza.
Church Office Hours are Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Do you need a ride to church?
Please contact Jim Perreault at 563-320-1847 to schedule a ride on our church bus.
Please call or email us. 563-322-0929 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This Weeks Message 08/11/22
You’ve probably heard the saying, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
That’s not a quote from the Bible, but it is a biblical principle. Every time you face a battle, your faith can get stronger! Don't you think that today's day and age is the best time to have stronger faith?
Think of it like this: your faith is like a muscle. If you use it, it grows.
If you don’t use it, you still have it, but it is flabby and of little use, not able to push anything big out of your path. So how do we get stronger faith?
One way you build the muscle in your body is to lift weights or to push against a firm object.
I’m no expert, but as I understand it, when you lift weights, you’re actually tearing down a muscle, and your amazing body works to repair and build it back up, bigger and better than before. That’s why trainers tell you not to lift weights every day. You must allow time for the body to do the build-up repair.
Your faith works the same way. When trouble comes along and you push against it (resist the devil) by reading, meditating on, and speaking God’s Word, your faith grows stronger and stronger, bigger and better than before.
You don’t resist the devil by pushing against him; you resist the devil by pressing into the Word and using the authority given to you in Jesus’ name to resist the devil’s maneuvers against you.
This is why James 1:2 says, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials.”
The trial isn’t the joy, but the victory is! You can count your trials as joy because you’re going to come out on the other side with the victory, and your faith can grow stronger in the process.
Don’t misunderstand. Great faith doesn’t come from great trials. Faith still only comes one way, from hearing and believing God’s Word.
Many people go through great trials without their faith growing at all. It’s the Word that builds your faith.
Every time you press into God’s Word in the midst of trouble, you can find the answers to your problems, then use your authority in Christ. And when you come out the other side in victory, your faith grows.
First Peter 1:6-7 says, “So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world”
Keep this truth in mind the next time trouble comes along. You can rub your hands together with glee and say, “Oh yeah, I’ve seen what God does in situations like this. My faith is getting stronger and stronger. I’m expecting the victory!”
There is another aspect to building your faith and letting God’s Word guide you. You need to do what the Bible says to do, not just read it. Scripture says, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves”
The problem is that many people read the Bible and talk about it, but they don’t live out what it says. They deceive themselves.
To read the Word but not obey it is like buying a new lawn mower but never turning it on and mowing the lawn.
You might show the mower to your neighbors and tell everyone you have it, but you’re deceiving yourself if you think it is making your lawn look better while it is sitting in the shed. Until you get up off the couch, turn the mower on, and push it around your lawn, no grass is going to get cut.
Don’t just put the Bible in your shed (bookcase) or tell everyone what it says -- purpose in your heart to read it and do it! Obey what it says to do, and speak it out.
Make a list of all your troubles. Then find what God's Word says about them, and write the verses alongside the troubles. Then began to say what God says- only what He says, not what you see! - about the situation. If you keep that up, the victory is yours.