What’s Happening at FBC This Week?

Rick Brewer

Rick Brewer

We will have guests leading us in worship this Sunday. Our guest preacher will be Dr. Rick Brewer, president of Louisiana College. Dr. Brewer was elected in March of 2015 as the ninth president of Louisiana College. He came to Louisiana from Charleston Southern University in Charleston, South Carolina. In addition, Voices of Louisiana College, is leading our worship music. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Brewer and these LC students to Lafayette on Sunday.

For those unaware, Louisiana College is a four-year College in Pineville, LA. Their mission is to prepare graduates and transform lives. Founded in 1906, Louisiana College is a private, Baptist coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences with selected professional programs. Built upon the principles of character and learning, the College has a tradition of outstanding academics and is the only Baptist, four-year institution in Louisiana.

Let’s be ready to give our best in worship Sunday and be ready to hear a great word from the Lord from one of His servants.

Daniel’s Men

This morning at FBC, Lafayette, we had our quarterly gathering of men called “Daniel’s Men.” I am always so encouraged by this gathering of men. Their hunger (pardon the pun since we do eat breakfast) to be with other men and be challenged is a super encouragement to me.

Why do we call this group Daniel’s Men?

I have always loved the example of Daniel in the Old Testament. Daniel was a man of purpose. He purposed in his heart not to defile himself. He believed that some things were always wrong and some things were always right and he purposed to do the right things. Think of the trouble that we would save ourselves from if we just always acted according to that principle.

Daniel was also a man of prayer. Prayer was his habit. When prayer is our habit, we will pray when things are good, but we will pray when things are bad. We will turn to God in prayer when we need wisdom. We will pray even if we are told not to pray as Daniel did.

Third, Daniel was a man who had good friends around him or, as we men sometimes say, he had some good “podnuhs.” Men, we need other men who help us do the right thing. We need men to stand with against temptation. We need men to encourage us to be better husbands, fathers, and leaders. We need to build around us men who will pray for us. These men must be godly themselves and encouragers, men who know how to encourage us and not drain us.

I challenged our men this morning from Psalm 1. In Psalm 1, I see several important principles for living Godly in an Ungodly World.

1. Surround yourself with other Godly men.
2. Saturate yourself with God’s Word.
3. Be Satisfied with the things of God.
4. Heed the Stop Signs that God sends your way.

I closed with this easy to remember motto: Wake up, pray up and read up, so you don’t mess up! Do it all again tomorrow!

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What’s Happening NEXT Week At FBC?

I want to tell you about a couple of things that are coming up next week so that you can get your tickets this Sunday while you are at the church.

Men, I am going to be looking for you Tuesday morning for our Daniel’s Men Breakfast. The ministry of Daniel’s Men is to help men become men of purpose, prayer, and partners. We will have breakfast at 6:30 a.m. and I will speak on “Being a Godly Man in an Ungodly World” from Psalms 1. Get your ticket for breakfast at the Information Center.

Then next Friday, Crossfire Worship, our Youth Choir,  has prepared a musical revue of favorite worship songs from the 70’s to today. “Decades: A Dinner Theater” will be presented Friday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m. The youth will be accompanied by the First Baptist Lafayette Orchestra and Activate Worship Band. Join us for a delicious meal and Silent Art Auction. All proceeds benefit the Youth Choir Tour to Nashville, Tennessee, in May. For tickets, visit the Information Center Sunday or see a Youth Choir member. Childcare is available with reservation.

Sunday I am preaching on the spiritual discipline of giving. Giving is part of our Christian discipleship. We learn to trust God through giving. We exercise through our giving the principle that all we have belongs to God anyway. We bless others through our giving. We learn to be unselfish through our giving. Giving is an act of worship. Pray now for God to open our hearts to Him through this message. I look forward to seeing you then.