Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to ALL our missio Dei: Falcon women!  We recognize collectively that this day and this greeting are not neutral, but rather they carry a great deal of mixed emotions. There are beautiful joys and deep sorrows among us, there are incredible memories shared over laughter and painful memories with tears shed. Please know that you are not alone in this. Jesus gives you his very self and he has also given us spiritual siblings within the household of faith to journey alone side you. 

It is here however, that I would like us to pause a moment to remember and recognize what God has to say about mothering.

And this we remember and recognize….The world did not create Mother’s Day. The world does not define mother’s day. Ladies, worldly mothering is Hallmark created and bumper-sticker defined, narrow in scope and hollow in sequence. It is competitive, individualistic, and exhausting. Worldly mothering dresses our children for the things of this earth.

But, Spiritual Mothering… spiritual mothering dresses all God’s children for THE THING yet to come, our heavenly home in the presence of Jesus. Spiritual mothering is collaborative, sacrificial, and life-giving. The Lord of Lords and King of Kings, Creator God created and defines mother’s day and it is a holy task!

This holy task is for all us mommas whether you are a biological momma, an adoptive momma, a step-momma, a foster momma, a single momma, a divorced momma, a grandma momma, a thriving momma, a weary momma, a full momma or a longing momma… You are uniquely gifted and uniquely called to steward God’s glorious creation and design in spiritual mothering among the saints! 

Fellow image bearers, sisters, we see you and celebrate you today and truly everyday because Jesus sees you and celebrates you! You are honored and you are so loved because You have infinite value, equal dignity, and indispensable worth in the Kingdom of God and here in this local Body of believers as mothers!

Oh that missio Dei: Falcon would be a place known for the thriving of all women in all stages and seasons of life. And thriving looks like mighty women of God who are rooted and grounded in the knowledge of Christ, established and alive among the people of Christ, and sacredly sent to nurture, disciple, and train up the next generation of women who know, fear, love, and serve the Lord. This is God’s good and gracious design! 

To that end, we have a gift for all our women. You can pick up this incredible book called, How Can Women Thrive in the Local Church, by Kari Folmar in the next few weeks at our in person gatherings. We would love for you to grab one for yourself and one to bless a neighbor friend. You are so loved dear sisters. 

Worship Guide | May 9th, 2021

Happy (almost) Mother’s Day! This week we will be live-streaming only as we finish up what’s been over a year in 1st Corinthians. We are truly saddened that we cannot gather together but would encourage you to invite others into your home as we still worship, sit under the teaching of God’s word, and take communion together. Also, be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!

Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering with mDF:

1. Read the Passage: 1 Corinthians 16:1-24

Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come. And when I arrive, I will send those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem. If it seems advisable that I should go also, they will accompany me.

I will visit you after passing through Macedonia, for I intend to pass through Macedonia, and perhaps I will stay with you or even spend the winter, so that you may help me on my journey, wherever I go. For I do not want to see you now just in passing. I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits. But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. When Timothy comes, see that you put him at ease among you, for he is doing the work of the Lord, as I am. So let no one despise him. Help him on his way in peace, that he may return to me, for I am expecting him with the brothers.

Now concerning our brother Apollos, I strongly urged him to visit you with the other brothers, but it was not at all his will to come now. He will come when he has opportunity. Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

Now I urge you, brothers—you know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints— be subject to such as these, and to every fellow worker and laborer. I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because they have made up for your absence, for they refreshed my spirit as well as yours. Give recognition to such people.

The churches of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord. All the brothers send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss. I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: Psalm 147:1-7

Praise the Lord!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars;
he gives to all of them their names.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.

The Lord lifts up the humble;
he casts the wicked to the ground.
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
make melody to our God on the lyre!

Come Thou Fount

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sermon: Gospel-Fruit Of A Healthy Church

Outline

1: The Gospel produces systematic and sacrificial generosity (1 Cor. 16:1-4).
2: The Gospel produces relationship driven missions (1 Cor. 16:5-7).
3: The Gospel produces opportunity driven and obstacle enduring ministry (1 Cor. 16:8-9).
4: The Gospel produces open-handed care for ministry partners (1 Cor. 16:10-12).
5: The Gospel produces a steel spine and a soft heart (1 Cor. 16:13-14).
6: The Gospel produces support for the servants (1 Cor. 16:15-16).
7: The Gospel produces honor for the leaders who encourage (1 Cor. 16:17-18).
8: The Gospel produces unity with the extended family (1 Cor. 16:19-21).
9: The Gospel produces missional warnings and longings (1 Cor. 16:22-24).

Discussion Questions

  • Which of the fruits of the Gospel listed today do you most long to grow in? 
  • Which fruit do you most long for our church to grow in?

Communion: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Song of Assurance: Goodness of God

Benediction: 1 Corinthians 16:23-24

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

Worship Guide | April 25th, 2021

This week we will continue through 1st Corinthians where we’ll learn about the rest we receive because of the resurrection. Please RSVP for the in-person service on Sunday or join us on the livestream. If you are tuning in from home, be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!

Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:

1. Read the Passage: 1 Corinthians 15:50-58

I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.”

“O death, where is your victory?

O death, where is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: Based on 1 Peter 1:3-5

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade– kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this, greatly rejoice!

Christ is All

Song of Adoration: Only A Holy God

Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Sermon: Resurrection Rest

Outline

  • 1: The good news of denied entry into the Kingdom (1 Cor. 15:50).
  • 2: A victory song for the end of time (1 Cor. 15:51-57).
  • 3: A life fueled by the hope of resurrection (1 Cor. 15:58). 

Discussion Questions

  • Read either 1 Cor. 15:51-57, 1 Thess. 4:13-18, or Isa. 25:6-9 again, what does it make you feel?
  • Answering with tangible actions, how would your life be different if you lived in light of these passages? 
  • Finish the thought, “I long for the resurrection because _________.

Communion:

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Song of ConfessionCome Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Song of AssuranceCornerstone

Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Worship Guide | March 21st, 2021

This week we will continue through our series in 1st Corinthians. Please RSVP for the in-person service on Sunday or join us on the livestream. If you are tuning in from home, be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!

Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:

1. Read the Passage: 1 Corinthians 14:26-40

What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. If any speak in a tongue, let there be only two or at most three, and each in turn, and let someone interpret. But if there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silent in church and speak to himself and to God. Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said. If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silent. For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged, and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets. For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.

As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.

Or was it from you that the word of God came? Or are you the only ones it has reached? If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord. If anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized. So, my brothers, earnestly desire to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. But all things should be done decently and in order.

2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service

Call to Worship: Psalm 145:1-9

I will extol you, my God and King,
and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you
and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
and his greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall commend your works to another,
and shall declare your mighty acts.

On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
and I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

The Lord is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all,
and his mercy is over all that he has made.

This is Amazing Grace

Song of Adoration: Build My Life

Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:14-22

And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.

Sermon: A Well-Ordered Church Service

Outline

  • 1: Biblical worship involves all of us (1 Cor. 14:26).
  • 2: Biblical worship includes boundaries on our gifts (1 Cor. 14:27-33a).
  • 3: Biblical worship will sometimes challenge our culture (1 Cor. 14:33b-35).
  • 4: Biblical worship is grounded in the authority of Scripture (1 Cor. 14:36-40).

Discussion Questions

  • How are you gifted (See 1 Cor. 12)? What would it look like to restrain your gift(s) for the good of others? Why is that sometimes difficult? 
  • Which aspects of God’s character does our church easily demonstrate? Where does our church not reflect God’s character in our interactions or worship? How can you help?
  • Family Question: Read v. 26, what has Jesus given you that you can use to build up your church?

Communion:

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Songs of Confession & AssuranceHis Mercy is More & Who You Say I Am

Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26

The Lord bless you and keep you;  the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;  the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Volunteering at missio Dei: Falcon

In order to have our weekly gatherings in an elementary school we need of volunteers for coffee, worship, missio: Kids, tech, set up, and tear down.  If you aren’t currently serving it’s a great way to use your gifts and get connected to other volunteers!  You can sign up by clicking here.

Discipleship Pastor

On February 25th we were blessed to be able to introduce missio Dei: Falcon’s new pastor of Discipleship, Chad Mondragon. Chad is a Colorado native from Denver.  He has 12 years of ministry experience, having planted two churches in Lexington, KY and Centennial, CO.  Chad has been part of the Acts29 church planting network for the past 8 years and has helped coach and disciple church planters across multiple networks.  He is passionate to welcome not-yet-believers into community and desires to bring other believers into that mission.  Chad married his wife Melody in 2004, and together they parent Juliana (10), Adeline (9), Breckinridge (8), Knox (6), and Zion (5).  Listen to his introduction at church and get to know him a little better.  Over the next few months he will be getting to know as many people as possible, so make sure to introduce yourself and welcome he and Melody to the missio Dei Family.

Pre-Service Prayer

As a church we have always sought to be a place that is prayerfully dependent upon God.  To that end, we are opening up a pre-service time of prayer for anyone and everyone who is interested in seeking God and asking for His blessing upon the upcoming worship gathering.  So, every Saturday whoever is available will gather at 5:30 in the gym to pray over the church service.  We would love to see you there!

Boot Camp

The mission of every Christian is to be a disciple of Jesus who makes disciples of Jesus.  Unfortunately, the term “discipleship” has come to be associated, in many Christian’s minds, with an optional activity that only certain A-team Christians engage in.  The reality, however, is that if you are a follower of Jesus you are a disciple called to make more disciples.  The question, though, is how well are we doing at this task?

 

After a lot of prayer I feel that it is time for us as the men in our church to step up and become more intentional about how we engage in our own discipleship, as well as become more intentional about how we make new disciples of Jesus, how we go about mission in our spheres of influence.  So to that end, here’s the plan (because we are men and we like plans)…

 

Beginning Tuesday, September 15th at 6:00am the men of the church will be gathering every other week (on the weeks that community groups don’t meet) to focus on becoming stronger men of faith and becoming more confident in how we share our faith with others.  Notice that I said the “men of the church” will be gathering, because the boys will still be at home sleeping off their video game induced hangovers…

 

Wow, that sounds offensive! You bet, because we’re men and we like to be challenged, right?!  Men need a cause to fight for, and without a worthy cause we become passive, lazy, and lethargic.  Satan is pretty good at convincing us that pursuing pleasure is more important than pursuing holiness, that Bible studies are something our wives do, and that if we talk about our faith at work we’ll look like a gigantic weirdo.  Meanwhile, God is using, and has always used, men who are aware of their weakness before Him to make a difference in their families, communities, and workplaces.  This uncharacteristically abrasive email is hopefully a challenge for all of us to be those men, not the boys who leave the work of discipleship to their wives worried that Jesus might ask us to be less obsessed with football and more obsessed with Him.  The reason you are receiving this email is because I know that you are up for the challenge!

 

We’re calling this morning gathering Boot Camp, because we want to make sure we realize that this training is for the spiritual war we are in, and because those of us who haven’t gone through a real boot camp like to use the phrase to make us feel more masculine than we really are (to all our service men, I sincerely apologize).  By signing up for Boot Camp we are committing to a 15 week (8 morning meetings) process where we will read a chapter of the Bible everyday, study in depth the book of Titus to see how it challenges and equips us, commit to praying missionally every day, and look for opportunities to take what we are learning and disciple others.

 

So if this sounds like something you want to sign up for just let me know by responding to this email or calling me (719.216.2612).  I firmly believe that this could be a catalyzing time for us as men and as a church, and am excited to see what God does through those who are humble enough to seek Him and hard working enough to make it a priority.  Feel free to pass this on to anyone else outside of our church who may be interested.

 

 

Acts 29 Membership

This past March we were officially approved for full membership in the Acts 29 church planting network.  Acts 29 is a network of like-minded churches committed to seeing new Gospel-centered churches planted around the world.  The network chooses to emphasize the following distinctives:

  1. Gospel centrality in all of life.
  2. The sovereignty of God in saving sinners.
  3. The empowering presence of the Holy Spirit for all of life and ministry.
  4. The fundamental moral and spiritual equality of male and female and to men as responsible
    servant-leaders in the home and church.
  5. The local church as the primary means by which God chooses to establish his kingdom
    on earth.

Additionally, the guiding values for Acts 29 are:

  1. Plant Churches that Plant Churches
  2. Be Known for Holiness and Humility
  3. Become a Radically Diverse Crowd
  4. Be Serious about Evangelism and Conversions

We are greatly blessed to be a part of a network that strives to see the Gospel take root in communities like ours.  Our prayer is to see this partnership flourish for years to come as missio Dei: Falcon becomes a church that plants churches!

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