Sunday is a day that we call ONE Day at FBC! On this one day, we bring our two worship services together for one big service. Our new Hispanic mission will join us as well.. We will celebrate what God has done in the past year and look forward to what is to come. Thanks for giving attention to this one Sunday morning service at 10:00 a.m. God is pleased, and we are blessed by this gathering of the church. One of the disadvantages of our regular schedule is that we do not get to experience the joy, worship, and decisions that are made in the other service. The truth is that both services are doing well and week by week very exciting. Since we had this service last year, and including today, we have baptized 80 people. Both services give evidence of God powerfully at work in our church, individual lives, and community. We don’t always meet those of the opposite service to the one we might attend. I hope that you take the opportunity to connect to someone whom you have never met.
Sunday, we will launch an effort that we are calling “Do Something.” I will be preaching from Titus 3:14 on this subject. I will also give us a working outline of what the rest of this year will look like as we go through a process to determine the next steps in our individual discipleship and our ministry as a church.
Sunday is also a 5th Sunday, so we will be carrying out a First Baptist Church tradition by taking a benevolence offering as we exit the sanctuary.
In our ONE Day service (on August 31) and beyond, I will issue the challenge to “Do Something” for God that you have never done. At the same time that we ask this question, we will ask God as a church collectively to unify us around one thing that we can do together that we have never done before in the history of our church.
I sense that this could be a very exciting time for us as a church. I believe that this is the kind of challenge that will help us to grow as Jesus’ disciples and help us to grow in our relationships with one another.
If you are a member of First Baptist Church, Lafayette, please make every effort possible to join us this Sunday. Remember that we will be meeting at 10:00 a.m. for this special ONE Day Service.
This is really the only Sunday that I will preach specifically to this subject. In this message, I will present the Biblical foundation for “Doing Something” and then provide a brief outline of the next few months to show us how we are going to come to a point of decision.
These are certainly exciting days for us at First Baptist Church. Our Christian School and Mother’s Day Out program have begun. These weekday ministries mean that our parking lots are almost always full. We had our first night of FAITH Evangelism Training Tuesday night and our first night of Discipleship classes last Sunday night.
In addition to these First Baptist ministries, we have the wonderful opportunity to host for the Louisiana Baptist Convention the South Louisiana Preteen Invasion this coming Saturday. Several hundred preteens will be coming for a fun-filled and worship-filled day especially suited just for them. I invite you to join me in praying for this event.
Sunday, we are concluding a series of messages that we have called BE. Our emphasis Sunday morning is Be Thankful. To bring our thanksgiving to an appropriate step of action, we are also observing the Lord’s Supper this morning. Please begin to prepare your heart now for your participation. We invite all who have trusted Christ as Savior and identified with Him in baptism to partake of the elements Sunday morning.
We will also take a moment in our worship Sunday to have special prayer for our College students returning to school. Every day I think about the significance of 16,000 + students being right around the corner from us at the University of Louisiana.
Next week (August 31st) is our annual One Day Celebration. ONE Day is an annual joint worship celebration of our two morning worship services. We will only have the ONE service that Sunday at 10 a.m. For this ONE Sunday, we will not have Sunday School or any evening activities. I want to urge everyone, even though this will be Labor Day Weekend, to give maximum effort to join us for this special worship gathering. This year, this day is incredibly important as we launch our emphasis called “Do Something.”