Why Universalism isn’t a Christian Position

Robby BradfordChristianity, first assembly, First Assembly of God Lafayette, heaven, hell, New Testament, Rob Bell, salvation, sin, theology, universalism9 Comments

Here is #24 of 31 Questions in 31 Days! To learn more about this 31 Day series, just search “31 Questions” in the search bar above or click here! Q #24:  Won’t God really save everyone in the end?A:  The idea expressed in the question above that Christians have asked for about as long as there has been a Church.  It’s called Universalism.It’s … Read More

Purdue Glee Club for Friend Day

Robby BradfordChurch life, community, concerts, events, first assembly, First Assembly of God Lafayette, Purdue UniversityLeave a Comment

This coming Sunday at First Assembly of God we will be hosting the Purdue University Glee Club for our 9 and 11AM services.  These world-travelling ambassadors for Purdue are coming to present amazing music right in our sanctuary.   The picture below is just one of the places they’ve performed! Along with this special community event, we’ve dubbed the day … Read More

Moving to the Center

Robby Bradfordassimilation, church growth, Church life, first assembly, First Assembly of God Lafayette, strategic planLeave a Comment

If you attend First Assembly of God here in Lafayette, you probably have noticed an increase in attendance over the past several months.  For those of you who are interested, here is a quick overview–our average Sunday morning attendance has seen an adult increase of 244 people on average per Sunday in 2011 over the same period in 2010! That … Read More

“Shake a Little Hand, Shake a Hand Next to Ya”

Robby Bradfordassimilation, church growth, Church life, first assembly, First Assembly of God Lafayette1 Comment

Those are the words to a pre-schoolers’ church song that I learned back in the United Methodist Church in Albany, Indiana when I was about 3 years old.  I’m putting them up today because of what a woman said to me yesterday after our 9AM service at First Assembly.  This lady, new to Lafayette, said she loves our church, the … Read More

What’s a Pastor Do, Anyway?

Robby Bradfordchurch growth, Church life, discipleship, first assembly, First Assembly of God Lafayette, ministry philosophy, pastorLeave a Comment

I’ve been asked the question a thousand times in a thousand different ways, from the person who knows little about church and thinks I just stand up and talk on Sundays to the person who imagines I simply pray all day long in my office, read the Bible, and have spiritual thoughts.  It’s a question that deserves some exploration. You … Read More

Making Introductions

Robby Bradfordassimilation, church growth, Church life, evangelism, first assembly, First Assembly of God Lafayette1 Comment

These are some thoughts about how our amazing church can become more and more effective at bringing people from the edge of our community in the core of the highly committed people who make First Assembly thrive as it does.  Getting to know more people through introducing yourself to people you don’t know and through introducing them to your social … Read More

What’s Your Name?

Robby Bradfordassimilation, church growth, Church life, community, evangelism, first assembly, First Assembly of God Lafayette, friendshipLeave a Comment

Names, names, names, names, names, names, names!!!!! If you know me well, you may know that I am not stellar when it comes to remembering everyone’s name.  Having a meal with someone is probably a guarantee I will remember their name, but meeting them in the lobby of our church, as I have hundreds of people in the last 9 … Read More

Visioneering Process Update

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For the seven months, our church has been involved in a Strategic Planning Process.  It started in January with a 21 day fast, involving a personal retreat I took to try to hear from God more on the issue of the overall vision, direction and plan for First Assembly. In February, the pastoral staff, the deacons and a few from … Read More

Into the Wild–July 2011 Message Series

Robby Bradforddiscipleship, first assembly, First Assembly of God Lafayette, Old Testament, preaching, Sunday themes, teaching1 Comment

The upcoming series of messages here at First Assembly of God in Lafayette, Indiana is a nice fit into this midsummer month! Into the Wild will look at the lessons learned by the children of Israel in the desert after they were delivered from Egypt and before they entered the Promised Land. Maybe you’ve experienced a stretch of life where … Read More