What’s Happening this Week at FBC?

Sunday, I am concluding a series on the theme of discipleship. We close this series with a topic that I hope is obvious by now—“Discipleship is Not a Class.” Our Biblical text will be Luke 9:23-25. Every disciple of Christ should be acquainted with this Biblical passage. I hope to see you Sunday.

orchestra concert bulletin - 480Sunday night, we look forward to a worship experience led by our Orchestra. The theme of their concert will be Soli Deo Gloria—Glory to God Alone! We begin at 6:00 p.m.

If you are looking for a fun, family-friendly activity Friday night, come to our First Baptist Christian School Spring Fling. You will have a good time and help our school raise some money at the same time. There will be fun activities for the little ones and a silent auction for the adults. That’s Friday evening from 5-8 p.m.

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Discipleship is Life

baseballPerhaps you have seen a t-shirt or bumper sticker that says, “Baseball is life.” Sometimes, the extra line will be added, “The rest is just details.” Sometimes instead of baseball, other words will be attached to this same slogan. Football. Golf. Fishing. Shopping. I suppose you could put almost any word there.

Really? Is baseball life?

As believers in Jesus, we better live in such a way that we can say, “Jesus is Life” or “Discipleship is Life.” “Following Jesus is My Life” should be the motto of our lives.

Henry “Harry” Ironside, a preacher of another generation told a valuable lesson he learned from an employer he had as a child. Harry worked for a shoe repair man named Dan Mackay.

“Harry,” he said, “I do not cobble shoes just for the four bits and six bits that I get from my customers. I am doing this for the glory of God. I expect to see every shoe I have ever repaired in a big pile at the judgment seat of Christ, and I do not want the Lord to say to me in that day, ‘Dan, this was a poor job. You did not do your best here.’ I want Him to be able to say, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.'”

Then he went on to explain that just as some men are called to preach, so he was called to fix shoes, and that only as he did this well would his testimony count for God. (H. A. Ironside, Illustrations of Bible Truth, Moody Press, 1945, pp. 37-39.)

What do you do? Whatever you do is under the Lordship of Christ. All that you do is part of your discipleship.

As a Christian, as someone who follows Christ, there should be nothing outside the realm of His control. There can be no habit, no activity, no attitude, no “anything” that is outside our relationship with Him.

We hear that lesson in Eugene Petersen’s The Message paraphrase of Romans 12:1-2. “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”

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The Wisdom of Solomon

Recently I spent a considerable amount of time with a friend and fellow pastor. I told him of one challenge I had been through, he told of another. I told one, he told another. This repeated itself back and forth for the better part of 5 interrupted hours. At one point in a moment of silence and reflection, my friend simply said, “The wisdom of Solomon.”

Yes, indeed, we need the wisdom God gave to Solomon. Here’s the story.

Solomon followed David as king in Israel. God appeared to Solomon and said, “Ask. What should I give you?” In one of Solomon’s best moments ever he said, “So give Your servant an obedient heart to judge Your people and to discern between good and evil.” (1 Kings 3:9)

Obedience and discernment—you would be hard-pressed to find two more important characteristics in any person, leader, and certainly pastor. This is what I pray for myself. Discernment in preaching and discernment in being a pastor. And then the obedience to do what I discern from the Lord to do.

Where most do you need discernment today? In the Book of Proverbs, wisdom is personified. One of my favorite Proverbs is 8:34 which says,

Anyone who listens to me is happy,
watching at my doors every day,
waiting by the posts of my doorway.”

This speaks to me about our watching daily for the wisdom of God. For me, this means at the very least, spending some part of every day reading and meditating on the Word of God.

Would you join me today in watching for the wisdom of God by reading the Word of God?

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