Chuck Colson writes in his book, The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why it Matters:
We cannot treat the local church like a restaurant, picking and choosing from the menu, visiting another whenever we feel like it. Church membership involves making a covenant with fellow believers. It takes time to develop unity with others at any depth, and this never takes place, ever—not at any time or anywhere—without conflict. (P. 155)
Here is the essence of Biblical fellowship. If I am in common belief with another, I must protect against all threats of fellowship.
The first church faced a threat against their fellowship. Read Acts 6. Immediately, the leadership acted to protect against the threat of fellowship.
Have you allowed something to disrupt your fellowship with another who holds with you a common belief? Prioritize Biblical fellowship and make it right! Don’t be too quick to give up and jump ship to another fellowship. Soon will come the time when you face conflict there. The kingdom of God is better served when you apply grace to the conflict.
Wow! Last night at FBC was outstanding. I walked away thinking, “We are already doing something!” The atmosphere for the meal in our new Fellowship Hall was outstanding. I also want to say a big, heart-felt thanks for hearing my heart last night. Regardless of what happens on Sunday as we vote on the expansion of First Baptist Christian School, I am appreciative that you heard my heart. If you did not have a chance to come, go to our website and look at the page that gives some “quick facts” about the school expansion proposal.
I hope our guests will be patient with us for just a moment in our worship services Sunday morning. We have a matter of great importance to deal with on Sunday. We will take some time to vote on whether we should expand our school ministry to include a high school. Borrowing from the writings of Henry Blackaby, we will ask the question this way: “As you have prayed and according to the best evidence that you have, do you sense that God is leading our church to expand our Christian school ministry to include a high school?” We will distribute the ballots and collect the ballots as quickly as possible. Thanks for your understanding for this very unusual part of our worship gathering.
Do you have your tickets for next Saturday night’s (February 7) Tour de Romance event featuring soloist Michael O’Brien? Please go by the Information Center Sunday to purchase your tickets and sign-up for childcare. This is a great event and a great way to open up our new Fellowship Hall.
See you Sunday! Let’s Do Something!
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Several of us from our church attended the Louisiana Baptist Convention’s annual Evangelism Conference Monday and Tuesday. I am always so encouraged by this conference. Next year, we will once again have the awesome privilege of hosting this Conference for our State. Be ready! I can’t wait! Go ahead and put the fourth Monday and Tuesday of January 2016 (January 25-26) on your calendar.
Are you ready for Wednesday night? This Wednesday night two very important events are happening. First, we will have our first Wednesday night fellowship meal in over a year. As I write this, we have 400 people signed up to attend. This will be very exciting. At 6:00 p.m., we will devote our regular prayer service to a presentation, questions, and discussion concerning the expansion of our Christian school to include a high school. I so trust that you are praying.
Then, on Sunday morning, we will ask church members to mark a ballot. I hesitate to call it a vote, but practically speaking, I guess that word is unavoidable. However, I want you to understand the way that we will ask the question. Borrowing from the writings of Henry Blackaby, we will ask the question this way: “As you have prayed and according to the best evidence that you have, do you sense that God is leading our church to expand our Christian school ministry to include a high school?”