First Free Blog

Straight Talk on Money Matters, Part 1

Posted onJuly 25, 2014 | by: Mike Andrus | 0 comments

...First Free has had a remarkable history of faithful and generous givers over the past 64 years of our existence. We have never conducted an annual stewardship drive as many churches do; we haven’t had to. Instead we have generally addressed the topic of giving only when it came up in the course of our regular expository preaching. However, several factors have converged to present some new challenges today......Keep Reading

You ARE Called to Missions

Posted onJuly 15, 2014 | by: Curt Romig | 0 comments

God’s global plan is very clear in Scripture. From God blessing Abraham to bless “all the families of the earth” in Genesis 12 to people “from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages” worshipping the Lord in Revelation 7:9, we see God working to save a remnant from every people group on earth. The Great Commission of Matthew 28 is Jesus’ clear calling for believers to participate in God’s plan. This commission wasn’t just for the disciples. How do I know? There are two clues....Keep Reading

The Gift of Koinonia

Posted onJuly 3, 2014 | by: Josh Black | 0 comments

...I’m also thankful for a generous church who gives of their time, treasure, and talents to build up the body of Christ. My reflections on my ability to take a study leave has reminded me of a sermon I preached on the nature of true fellowship (Greek: koinonia). I’d like to share three aspects of biblical koinonia and then show how they relate to where we’re at as a church right now....Keep Reading

Gospel-Centered Accountability

Posted onJune 16, 2014 | by: Jeremy Krause | 0 comments

In my sermon last Sunday (June 15), I talked about the importance of gospel-centered accountability (GCA). Here’s a little more about what I mean and what it looks like practically. I’ll give you two ingredients, the “who, when, where, and what,” and then provide some simple questions to get you started. If you missed the sermon, I’d encourage you to listen to it for an answer to the question, “Why GCA?”...Keep Reading

Women's Ministries Summer Reading Picks

Posted onJune 6, 2014 | by: Jane Schaible | 0 comments

Guess what, ladies?! Our church library has some brand new books lined up just for you. Following Pastor Matt’s blog series on reading with discernment, these new books will be a great way to engage what you’ve learned. Check out some new picks by current female authors below! These books are all labeled as a "Women's Ministries Pick" and were added to the library this week....Keep Reading

Summer Sundays 2014

Posted onJune 5, 2014 | by: First Free | 0 comments

Summertime is here. At First Free that means a change of pace and a chance to give our Children’s and Student Ministries volunteers a break. Here are the specifics of what that will look like this year...Keep Reading

What's Their Gospel Message?

Posted onJune 4, 2014 | by: Matt Stanghelle | 0 comments

Knowing the true gospel is of central importance to reading spiritual books with discernment. Every spiritual book has a gospel, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right gospel. For example, the health and wealth movement preaches a gospel which is certainly false. And there are numerous other forms of gospels that you’ll find in spiritual books that are anything but biblical. They may use biblical words but that doesn’t mean they’re preaching what the Bible is teaching. How can you tell the true gospel from its false counterparts?...Keep Reading

Are My Ears Itching?

Posted onJune 2, 2014 | by: Matt Stanghelle | 0 comments

What do itching ears have to do with reading spiritual books with discernment? A lot actually. Not physically itching ears, of course, but spiritually itching ears. The apostle Paul says, “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” (2 Tim. 4:3-4). Whether its end times predictions or books promising heaven-like experiences on earth (or about their experiences in heaven; or hell!), the problem with many spiritual books today is that they are written more towards people with itching ears than to fill people with sound doctrine....Keep Reading

Missions Sunday Preview

Posted onMay 30, 2014 | by: Curt Romig | 0 comments

Missions Sunday is coming up on June 29! In recent years, our Missions Sundays have been in October. So, why June this year? It’s simple: more of our missionaries will be back in Wichita to participate in June than in October. Our Sunday morning services will have a missions focus and Sunday evening we will host our 2nd annual “Trip Around the World.” Let me tell you more about both! ...Keep Reading

How Are They Using Their Bible?

Posted onMay 29, 2014 | by: Matt Stanghelle | 0 comments

Remember the TV show M*A*S*H? A classic scene from that show is when Father Mulcahy, the chaplain of the 4077th army surgical hospital, accidentally gets drunk when he hears that his Cardinal is coming to hear him preach. He’s so nervous he’s encouraged to take a shot of whiskey to cool his nerves. He then enters the tent, approaches the pulpit, and begins to preach (in inebriated fashion) from Leviticus 10:9, “Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation, lest ye die...” The scene is certainly comical. But there’s a form of “inebriating preaching” that is anything but funny....Keep Reading