We are pleased to be hosting a number of events for various ministry partners in the coming days. Today, we are hosting the Senior Fest for the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Chuck Kelley and various faculty members are with us.
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.
FBCS Spring Gala is Friday, March 9 –It’s a silent auction, dinner, and guest speaker. Doors open at 6:00 p.m for bidding on auction items, dinner is at 7:00 p.m. followed by entertainer, Dr. Dennis Swanberg.
Dr. Dennis Swanberg…”THE SWAN”…is considered by many as “AMERICA’S MINISTER OF ENCOURAGEMENT.” He uses laughter as a tool to break down people’s barriers about themselves, and he promotes faith and family values in a lighthearted and humorous way. He has the reputation for revealing and instilling hope and motivating people from all walks of life.
Tickets are $25.00 per person and are available at the Information Center on Sundays or through the school office during the week.
I look forward to continuing our message series Sunday called “Easter! So What?” 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 inspiration and transformation.”
As we journey toward Easter this year, we are pursuing what I would call the ultimate “So What” preaching series. My preaching series 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 is the implied question of the disciples. As we will note in the Gospels, the disciples seemed to have this ongoing debate about who among them was the greatest. In fact, Mark records that two of the disciples, James and John, even said in this context, “We want you to do whatever we ask.”
As we will discover Sunday, true, Godly greatness is the absolute opposite of how the world defines greatness.