Sunday, August 24, 2014
Yes, it's that time of the year again! For the 10th year Fans For Christ will be attending Dragon*Con. Our fan table will be in the Hyatt with the other tables near the art show. Look for us in the Saturday morning parade! And join us for the church service at 10am on August 31 in the Augusta Ballroom at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta. This year's message is "Giant Slaying 101". Be sure to stop by our table to pick up FFC swag, including several new things such as buttons, bookmarks, and new dice! All purchases help support FFC's ministries. Hope to see you there!
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
We in FFC encompass, represent, and are made up of all walks of Christianity. Our members are Catholics, Lutherans, Baptists, Presbyterians, Methodists, Episcopalians, non-denominationals, and pretty much every other group of Christians. Being so broad in scope it has been difficult to codify the core beliefs of Fans For Christ as a group. However, we also seek to be strong, devoted followers of Jesus Christ and never want to deny Him or our belief in God. We also have people who ask what we believe, something commonly called a "statement of faith". In the interest in standing firmly on our beliefs and faith in Christ and separating ourselves from those who are CINO (Christians in name only), we have adopted a statement of our particular beliefs.
Many who read this will quickly recognize it as the Nicene Creed, first written in the 4th century AD as a way to define the true tenets of the Christian faith. Since then it has become the most widely used profession of faith in Christian liturgy. It has been normative for practically every aspect of Christianity, including the Catholic Church, Anglican Communion, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Church of the East. Many consider it to form the mainstream definition of Christianity.
Because of its simple yet profound and basic statements, as well as its acceptance by all mainstream Christian denominations, churches, and sects, the leaders of Fans For Christ have adopted this creed as the basis of belief for our own group.
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father [and the Son].
With the Father and the Son
he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. AMEN.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Our next con appearance is at an event new to us: AwesomeCon in Washington, DC. As we are growing we are seeking new opportunities to expand our ministry in new geographical regions. Awesome Con will be our first expedition towards the northeastern US, and only our second out of the South (the other being Cincinnati Comic Expo last year). The con itself looks to be a lot of fun, with guests like Kevin Sorbo, Jewel Staite, Sean Astin, Cary Elwes, Billie Piper, and more. There are lots of fun panels and events to keep everyone occupied. Yes, we're fans and geeks also, and being at a con is simply fun!
But our main purpose is to share the Gospel of Christ, minister to the geeks and fans, and spread our ministry. Fans For Christ was welcomed to this event when we made an inquiry, and they seem genuinely interested in our presence. The biggest blessing came when we asked about a church service. We don't typically do that on our first visit to a con unless we are approached by con organizers. But since Awesome Con falls on Easter weekend we felt we needed to honor our Savior and make the attempt. And they granted us a room! We're not on the schedule or officially part of the con (we wouldn't expect that), but we are free to advertise it. So here are the details.....
Message: "Winning Helm's Deep"
When: Sunday, April 20, 10:15am
Where: Room 209C, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC
If you are considering coming or know someone who is, be sure to find our table to say hi, and spread the word about our church service. If you can't come, please pray for the FFC staff who will be there, and especially pray for a divine appointment from God!
Special thanks go out to Ben Penrod and Emily Whitten on the Awesome Con staff for helping make all of this possible!