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Advent Sermon Series begins December 2

The season of Advent serves two purposes. On the one hand, Advent, which means “arrival”, reminds us of the events surrounding Jesus birth more than 2,000 years ago. On the other hand, it points us to Jesus’ second advent. This is the day when Christ will return and establish the Kingdom of God in the new heavens and new earth. Taken as a whole, Advent teaches us about God’s love and the good news of a savior so that we will be ready when he returns.

Our Advent sermon series will encourage us to prepare the way for Christ in our own hearts and prepare the way for Christ to have an impact in our communities and world. Like John the Baptist, we too can share the good news and point people to Christ.

Join us on Sunday’s at First Church of New Knoxville at 9:00 am or listen on T-102 FM at 10:15 am

Recommended Reading for the season:

  • Hidden Christmas by Timothy Keller
  • Becoming a Contagious Christian by Bill Hybels
  • Evangelism Handbook by Alvin Reid
  • What is Christmas? By Michelle Medlock Adams (Children’s book)

The Cross Shaped Family begins Oct. 21

New Sermon Series: The Cross Shaped Family

Family. Everyone has one, whether through birth, marriage, adoption, or choice.

Our families bring us the greatest joy and, at times, the greatest pain. There is no perfect family. They are often messy and hard. But family is always worth it.

Join us at First Church where we will discover how our faith transforms our families. We will learn how the cross, the ultimate moment of both glory and pain, helps us understand what it means to be family, and why God uses family to describe our relationship to him and each other.

  • October 21 – The Cross Shaped Home
  • October 28 – The Cross Shaped Husband
  • November 4 – The Cross Shaped Wife
  • November 11 – The Cross Shaped Parent
  • November 18 – The Cross Shaped Child
  • November 25 – The Cross Shaped Grandparent

New Fall Sermon Series

Join us on Sunday mornings from September 9 – October 14 and learn more about the F.A.C.T.S. of Discipleship.

Our mission statement defines our church as a place where people “mature as disciples of Christ.” What is a disciple? We often think of discipleship in terms of what you do. Disciples read their Bible. Disciples pray. They go to church every Sunday. All those are good things, but discipleship is not primarily about what you do. Discipleship is first and foremost about who you are in Christ. A disciple lives out their faith everyday, not just on Sunday mornings. A disciple is Faithful, Authentic, Committed, Teachable, and a Servant. Jesus perfectly lived out these characteristics, and he enables and equips us to be like him.

  • September 9 – Everyday Disciples
  • September 16 – Faithful Disciples
  • September 23 – Authentic Disciples
  • September 30 – Committed Disciples
  • October 7 – Teachable Disciples
  • October 14 – Servant Disciples

Fall Block Party

Join us on Sunday, September 9th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

The church will provide hamburgers & hot dogs.  Bring a side dish to share!

  • 9 Squre
  • Bounce house
  • Face painting
  • Pony rides
  • Fun for the whole family.

We will be set up in the church parking lot.  There is time for you to head home after church, change clothes and grab your dish.

Lets kick off the church’s Fall activities as a church family!

Look at what fun we had last year!

Community Block Party

The entire community is invited to join us for an evening of fun & food. On Monday, July 9 from 6 to 8 PM we will have food and games in the church parking lot. It’s all free!

We will be grilling hamburgers & hot dogs so come hungry! There will be fun games for everyone to play like 9 Square and Can Jam.

This fun even kicks off a day of serving New Knoxville. It’s part of our Youth Summer Mission Project and you will see many of the youth and adults out and about serving our community. That’s what this night is about-doing something kind and loving for you! We love giving to our community!

Come out and enjoy dinner with your friends and neighbors. We are preparing food for 200 so make sure you stop by! Rain or shine! If it rains we will move into the ministry center.


40 Day Prayer Covenant

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First Church is kicking off the 40 Day Prayer Covenant this Sunday, June 24th.

Follow us on Facebook where Pastor Joel will be doing a weekly video blog about the 40 Day Prayer Covenant.

We encourage you to engage with your children and pray the 40 Day Prayer Covenant with them. Check out the link for the kid’s version below!

Here is the Vision & Mission of the 40 Day Prayer Covenant!


To see the Prayer Covenant be a catalyst for an awakening to the supremacy of Jesus Christ as Lord throughout his church and his world.


To inspire and encourage Christ centered covenant prayer partnerships among adults and children that empower discipleship, transformation and evangelism.


  1. Consider praying this prayer for 10 days before sharing it with others.
  2. Ask Jesus to forgive your sins, and help you stop your sin patterns.
  3. Invite the Holy Spirit to guide and empower you to pray.
  4. Select a quiet place and time to pray unhurriedly.
  5. Find at least one prayer partner and hold each other accountable.
  6. Ask God to show you others whom you might invite into this Prayer Covenant.
  7. Ask your Heavenly Father for lifelong growth in prayer, wisdom, maturity, and love.

Download the Prayer Covenant Card Here!

Download the Children’s version of the 40 Day Prayer Covenant here!

For more information check out theprayercovenant.org

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New Spring/Summer Sermon Series

Join us for a new sermon series starting April 8th!

Committed to Christ: The Life and Ministry of Paul

What does a life committed to Christ look like? We do not need to look any further than the life and ministry of Paul. After encountering the Risen Christ, Paul went from persecuting the church to spreading the good news of the Gospel. He was committed to sharing the good news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection with as many people as possible. We are not Paul We may not be called to travel from city to city preaching the Gospel. But each of us are called to our own mission fields. We are called to share the good news of Jesus in the setting God places us. This spring and summer, we will take a close look at Paul’s life in order to see what a life committed to Christ looks like, and so that we may be equipped to serve God in our own lives. As Paul wrote to the church in Corinth: “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”