I look forward to beginning a new message series this coming Sunday. Our church has grown accustomed to my question, “So What?” at the conclusion of my messages. I fell into this practice a few years ago as the result of making sure that every message ends on a note of action. As I routinely say, “We gather not so much for information, but for transformation.”
As we journey toward Easter this year, we are going to pursue what I would call the ultimate “So What” preaching series. My preaching series beginning this Sunday through the week after Easter will be “Easter! So What?” We will be considering several questions posed in the Easter accounts in the Bible. Some of the questions come from Jesus. Others questions come from the disciples. A few of the questions come from adversaries of Jesus, like Pilate. Many of the questions are our questions. I think you will discover that every question impacts us. That is, all of the questions cause us to ask “So What?”
This week the question comes from two blind men who waited along the road hoping to see Jesus. Jesus asked these men, “What do you want me to do for you?” That is quite a question coming from Jesus. We will consider how the context impacts this question for all of us.
Pray for our children’s choir Sunday afternoon. Our children’s choir has a unique opportunity Sunday afternoon. The world famous Harlem Globetrotters are in town Sunday at the Cajun Dome for a 2:00 p.m. show. Our children’s choir will be singing the National Anthem.
I want to call your attention to “What’s Happening” the rest of the month and beyond. We are hosting a number of exciting opportunities for our church as well as the community.
February 16-17—Louisiana Baptist Convention Disaster Relief Training
In times of disaster, you have seen the “yellow shirts.” These yellow shirts identify the relief efforts of the Southern Baptist Convention. In fact, Southern Baptists provide more volunteers in times of disaster relief than either the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army. We have the opportunity to host a training event on this Friday and Saturday. Now is the best time to be trained. As in all good preparation, we must be prepared in advance. If you have interest in becoming trained, this event is for you. For information or to register online go to fbclaf.org/relief.
February 23—New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Senior Fest
We are super excited to host this event. The Seminary is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year. This half-day (8:30 a.m. – noon) Senior Fest is one of their celebration events. The Seminary’s president, Dr. Chuck Kelley, will preach during a worship service. Several professors are coming to lead break-out sessions on a variety of subjects. Registration is $12. For details go to fbclaf.org/seniorfest.
On Saturday, March 10, we will host M-JAM for girls in grades 1-6. Girls from across South Louisiana will gather for a day of worship, mission study, and fun. Find out more about this event at fbclaf.org/m-jam.
Looking forward to Sunday!