What’s Happening this Week at FBC

Over 350 response cards with DO SOMETHING ideas.

Over 350 response cards with DO SOMETHING ideas.

We have been pointing to this week for several weeks. This is the week that we take our Do Something strategy to another level. The challenge to Do Something is our church emphasis to commit to do something for God that we have never done. The discovery process has come to a close with over 350 ideas submitted. This week we start the process of discerning. Our next step is to participate in one of four Focus Group Meetings. We have two this coming Wednesday night, October 1—6:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. Our 6:00 meeting is in place of our regular weekly Prayer Gathering. The 7:00 meeting is for those who cannot be with us at 7:00 because of serving in other ministries. The other two meetings are Thursday, October 2, at noon, and Sunday, October 5, at 4:30 p.m. I encourage you to choose a meeting that best fits your schedule and does not keep you away from something that you are already committed to in your other church ministries. In these meetings, you will get a look at every idea turned in, and we will dialogue together about trends that we see as God is speaking to us. Our goal in these initial meetings will be to bring the list to a manageable size to continue the process of discernment.

Come in a prayerful spirit that we will discern the will of the Lord. Remember that your idea should not necessarily be your idea, but God’s idea. That is, “What is that one thing that you believe that God could be leading our church to do?

These are exciting days! Please do all that you can do to join us for one of these Focus Group Meetings.

What’s Happening this Week at FBC?

Do Something! Don’t forget that Sunday is your last day to turn in your “Do Something” Church Idea Card. Remember that your idea should not necessarily be your idea, but God’s idea. That is, “What is that one thing that you believe that God could be leading our church to do?” Your next step is to participate in one of four Vision Meetings. We have two on Wednesday night, October 1—6:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. The other two meetings are Thursday, October 2, at noon, and Sunday, October 5, at 4:30 p.m. I encourage you to choose a meeting that best fits your schedule and does not keep you away from something that you are already committed to in your other church ministries. In these meetings, you will get a look at every idea turned in, and we will dialogue together about trends that we see as God is speaking to us. These are exciting days! Please do all that you can do to join us for one of these Vision Meetings.

Welcome Mrs. Deleece Nichols—As stated last week, with unanimous approval from our Personnel Committee, I am pleased to introduce to you Mrs. Deleece Nichols as our new full-time Minister to Preschool. Deleece is married to Steve. They have two adult children. Deleece comes to us from Florida Boulevard Baptist Church in Baton Rouge where she served for 11 years in both their church Preschool Ministry as well as their week-day licensed Daycare Ministry. Please join me in welcoming Deleece to our church family.

Are You Prepared to Meet God?

I am not sure why, but I have three dreams that recur often. One dream involves my days as a football player in college. We had certain goals that we were supposed to meet related to running and weight lifting. We, of course, trained all year to prepare for the season. In my dream, the time of reporting for football practice is approaching and I haven’t gotten myself in shape yet. The other dream involves a French class that I took in college. In my dream, the Final exam is approaching and I remember that I have forgotten to go to that class for the entire semester. The third dream concerns my life as a preacher. In the dream, the worship service has begun, but I realize that I am not prepared to deliver the sermon.

I don’t know the meaning of those dreams, if any, but I know this: It is an awful thing not to be prepared. Not being prepared for football practice, an exam, or a sermon is nothing compared to not being ready to meet God.

The Prophet Amos said, “Prepare to meet your God!” Have you?

If not, consider these five verses in the book of Romans.

Romans 3:23—For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

Romans 6:23—For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5:8—But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 10:9-10—If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.”

And then, finally….

Romans 10:13—Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.