SEASONS–Spring 2016 Series

Robby Bradfordchurch growth, Church life, evangelism, growth, preaching and teaching, spiritual growth, spirituality1 Comment

The Bible begins with seasons.  God creates them in the first chapter of Genesis.  The cycle that unfolds based on the seasons fill the rest of the Bible in many different ways.  And in particular, four seasons related to growth emerge: plowing, planting, watering and harvesting. So it is with nearly everything that God does, whether corporately (in the life … Read More

UNITED–July 2014 Series

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I’m fired up about the series we’re starting this Sunday for the month of July at First Assembly Community Ministries!  It’s all about the unity the Church is supposed to be experiencing and so often falls short of.  It’s about the implications of belonging to the Church and how no spirituality with Jesus can happen meaningfully apart from being a … Read More

How to Know When It’s Time To Leave Your Church

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As a pastor, I hate to admit there is ever a time to leave any church, but there are some signs that can suggest it is indeed time.  You’ll notice a pretty short list below.  That’s because when you leave a church, you are walking away from a commitment you have likely made when you entered into membership there.  Additionally, … Read More

First Assembly en Espanol

Robby Bradfordchurch growth, Church life, church planting, discipleship, evangelism, First Assembly Community Ministries, First Assembly of God Lafayette, hispanic, latinos, multi-site churches, outreach, SpanishLeave a Comment

Starting tonight–at 6:30PM in our sanctuary, we’ll start offering a worship service that will be conducted in Spanish!  The Spanish-speaking portion of our community and our church has been growing, and this is a timely thing we can offer to begin reaching out.  First Assembly will now have an expression of itself in Spanish.  I can’t wait. The plan for … Read More

NEW Look for First Assembly!

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We first unveiled our new logo at church this past Sunday, but in case you weren’t here, here goes the look of a number of our new logos. You’ll see also the plastic surgery we’ve done with our name that helps express all that’s happening at First Assembly–First Assembly Community Ministries.  This helps to capture that First Assembly is a … Read More

Christmas Catch-Up

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I trust you had an incredible Thanksgiving and some special time with your family and friends. I am so thankful for all God has done among us here at First Assembly this past year. As we approach the Christmas Season and the end of 2012, I wanted to thank you for your faithful giving to First Assembly. During the year, … Read More

JINGLE JAM 2012–Community Christmas Outreach

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Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 6:30PM, First Assembly in Lafayette, Indiana will embark on a new kind of large outreach at Christmastime! We’ll be hoping to gather together hundreds of family for a fun Christmas show experience with plenty of music, dance, skits, heaps of laughter, and giveaways. To pull this off, we need your involvement!  We’d like to ask … Read More

How a Christian Approaches Conflict and Confrontation

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You see the two people walking in the lower right-hand corner of this beautiful photo of the San Diego coast?  They are a picture of how Jesus tells us how to approach conflict and confrontation.Let’s look at a couple of key passages on the subject.  The first is found in Matthew 18:15-17–“If your brother sins against you, go and show him … Read More


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If you’re a part of Lafayette First Assembly, you likely know that the leadership of our church has planned to receive a special offering on Easter morning during the service.  The reason for this is because we are hoping to generate some financial momentum toward completed renovation on our sanctuary that began years ago and was not quite finished.  Our … Read More