What’s Happening This Week at FBC? 

I look forward to continuing our message series Sunday called “Living Hope.” I love that phrase. As Christians, we are never without hope, and the source of our hope is a Living Savior. Sunday, we will consider one of the better known passages in 1 Peter—1 Peter 3:15-16. This is an important word for those of us who live with our hope in Christ.

We are completing our second week of photo sessions for our forthcoming church pictorial directory. Thank you for coming and supporting this effort. As I have stated many times, this is going to be such a wonderful tool for our church. If you did not get an appointment yet, you are not too late. In fact, as I write these words, we have about 20 appointments available between now and Saturday (March 23). You can schedule online now at fbclaf.org/photo or call 866-756-0281. We also have about 30 appointments available for April 29 – May 4. Remember that you get a FREE 8 by 10 portrait and a copy of the new Directory just for having your photo taken. We want you to be included, so go online or call now to schedule your appointment.

Here for You Acadiana! Please help us minister to our community on Saturday, April 13. Beginning this Sunday, you will have opportunity to sign-up to be on a team for a particular project.

See You Sunday

What’s Happening This Week at FBC?

This Sunday brings some challenges, so make preparations to have a great day of worship. First, be sure to pay attention to the information regarding the running of the Zydeco Marathon and plan your route to church in advance. We are getting used to this annual event, but everyone must plan ahead to make it to church on time.

Second, be sure to pay attention to the time change this weekend. In the busyness of this weekend, don’t forget to set your clocks forward before you go to bed. Go to bed earlier, get a good night’s rest, and let’s be ready to worship the KING Sunday morning.

After a week off from our 1 Peter study, we will return to 1 Peter 2 this coming Sunday. We will see several words in this chapter that describe our collective relationship as the church. So, we will consider our relationship together in a message titled, “Living This Hope Together!”

Have you signed up for your photo session for the new Church Directory? Please go to fbclaf.org/photo or call 866-756-0281. We want every person and family involved. A complete directory is going to be a great resource for us in building relationships with one another. If you have signed up, please remember that photo sessions start on Tuesday. Please be on time for your session.

As we move toward Easter Sunday, let me encourage you to do three things:

  1. Save the date for Here for You Acadiana. This year’s day of service is Saturday, April 13.
  2. Save the date for Easter Week Services. This year we will have Thursday and Friday evening services on April 18 and 19. Both services will begin at 7 p.m.
  3. Pray about inviting someone to join you on Easter Sunday.

See You Sunday!

 

Help for Holiness—How do we win the battle for holiness?

For those of you who read my blog regularly, I have been writing this week (Monday and Tuesday) about holiness as discovered in 1 Peter 1. Maybe this call to holiness causes you to be overwhelmed. Peter also gave some practical guidance as to how to win the battle for holiness.

  • Keep Preaching the Gospel to Yourself.

In verses 18-21, Peter returned to the essence of the Gospel. We must keep holding up the Gospel. We preach the Gospel to others, but we must preach the Gospel to ourselves. We must preach the Gospel, sing the Gospel, and pray the Gospel. We must saturate ourselves daily with the Gospel. We must constantly be reminded that we are sinners in need of God’s grace.

  • Keep Feasting on God’s Word.

The word will keep you from sin and sin will keep you from the Word. Beyond God’s grace, the greatest practical tool that we have to wage war against sin is the Word of God.

John Owen, a Puritan preacher of the 1600s, wrote a book, Mortification of Sin in Believers. In that book Owen said, “Be killing sin or sin will be killing you.”

  • Keep Tasting the Goodness of God.

Look at 2:3 now. “If you have tasted that the Lord is good.” Christ is better than sin. In Christ, we are not sacrificing pleasure, we are gaining pleasure. We are finding our satisfaction in Jesus.

Recorded in the Psalms is the voice of God, “Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.” (Psalm 81:10) Earlier the Psalmist said, “Better a day in your courts than a thousand anywhere else.” (Psalm 84:10) And Jesus said, “A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.” (John 10:10)

Do we believe that?

  • Keep Growing with the People of God.

We are becoming a spiritual house, a holy priesthood! Being connected to the church is a strategy for winning the war with sin. I know many people who have attempted to live holy lives outside the context of a local church, but I know none who have been successful.

whelmed? Don’t be. Let me leave you with one of my favorite quotes from a book on holiness by Jerry Bridges. “Our worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.” (Jerry Bridges, The Pursuit of Holiness)