Tough Questions of About Faith

Summer Series – June 1 – September 4

A few months ago I began asking the church to submit tough questions about the Bible or faith in general. You did not disappoint! Thank you to everyone who submitted questions or topics for the sermon series.

Below you will find a tentative schedule for the summer. I attempted to include everyone’s submission. Some of them were similar enough to combine and form a mini-series, others will be stand alone sermons.

My hope and prayer as we work through these questions is for us as a church to faithfully engage the Scriptures in a way that honors God and each other, and to demonstrate that God is big enough to handle our questions and doubts. Jesus told his disciples that he is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). I believe that if we honestly and earnestly seek the truth, we will always find Jesus in the end.   Pastor Joel

June 9-What is the Trinity?

June 16-Why did Jesus cry when Lazarus died?

June 23-Why is there good and evil?

June 30-What does it mean to be pro-life?

July 7- If God is first in our life then how should our priorities change? (Youth Pastor Tory preaching)

July 14 –Questions from the book of Revelation

July 21- End Times / Second Coming

July 28- Hell and the Devil

August 4- Heaven – Are you ready? (Youth Pastor Tory preaching)

August 11-Violence in the Old Testament

August 18- How do I defend and share my faith?

August 25- What is the Armor of God?

September 4- What are Spiritual Gifts?

Spring Sermon Series – Why We Worship

Have you ever wondered why we worship?

Christians have been gathering to worship Jesus for nearly 2000 years. Today, Christians all over the world gather in churches, auditoriums, and homes to worship him. Despite differences in culture, style, and preference, you will find the same basic elements in every worship service.

God’s people gather together to praise, read Scripture, pray, administer the sacraments, and to fellowship with each other. It’s just what Christians do. But why? Why these things and not others? And what purpose do they serve at First Church?

From April 28 to May 26, we are going to discuss why we worship. When we examine our assumptions and get to the “why” behind our actions, it will bring a deeper appreciation for what we do on Sunday mornings.

You’re invited to join us at 9 am on Sundays at 200 W. Bremen St. in New Knoxville or listen at 10:15 am on T-102 FM.

Easter Sunday

We invite you to join us on Easter morning as we celebrate the Risen King!

Our morning worship begins with a 7:00 am SonRise Service in the ministry center behind the church led by our youth.

We continue at 8:00 am with breakfast served in the social room of the church.  Our men’s bible study group hosts a breakfast of eggs, ham and cinnamon rolls!

At 9:00 am join us for our Celebration Worship service as we joyfully worship the Risen King.

They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed light lightening stood beside them.  In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground,but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?”  He is not here; he as risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: “The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.”  Luke 24:1-7

Holy Week

Maundy Thursday Service begins at 7:30 pm.

Communion will be served at the Altar.

Good Friday Service also begins at 7:30 pm

This is a joint service of the New Knoxville United Methodist Church and First Church.  The service take place at First Church on W. Bremen St. in New Knoxville.

You are invited to join us at both services on this Holy Week prior to the Resurrection.

Palm Sunday

You’re invited to join us at 9:00 am for Palm Sunday worship and celebrate with us as we witness the confirmation of five of our youth.

We are located at 200 W. Bremen St. in New Knoxville, Ohio

Service begins at 9:00 am and is also re-broadcast on T-102 FM radio.

Lent Sermon Series 2019

Who Am I? Discovering Who You Are in Christ

How would you answer that question?

We often define our identity in terms of our roles in life, such as your family relationships or career choice. It is also tempting to define ourselves by the world’s standards of beauty, money, power, and popularity. Identity is a major issue. It informs how we view ourselves and the world around us. Too often, unfortunately, we find our identity in things that are doomed to fail us. We will find true joy, peace, and fulfillment when we find our identity in Christ.

Join us at First Church during Lent as we study what the Bible says about us and discover who you are in Christ.

Series runs March 10 – April 7.  We are located at 200 W. Bremen St. in New Knoxville, OH

Jesus Among Secular Gods starts Feb. 3

Join Sundays, February 3 – April 14 for a NEW bible study Jesus Among Secular Gods written by Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale.

We will be studying the secular prevailing worldviews such as atheism,  scientism, pluralism and many more that are drastically different than what Jesus preached.

This study will seek to help us as Christ-followers to engage and have meaningful conversations with people that believe in these secular worldviews.

This study will be an 11-week bible study led by Jake Breitigan on Sundays at 10:15 am in the Ministry Center.  All are welcome!

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

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Sunday Leftovers

Reflections on the Bible, life, and the church from Joel Bucklin