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
Corinth was by all historical accounts a very wicked place. When Paul established a church there, he was establishing a church in the midst of one of the most difficult cities of his day.
When we move to the letters called 1 and 2 Corinthians, we realize that the struggle in Corinth continued. Paul confronts them in the first letter and defends that confrontation in the second letter even as he commends them for hanging tough in the midst of an unholy world.
In 2 Corinthians 6-7, I note some principles for living holy in an unholy world.
- You cannot be holy and walk with unholy people. (6:14-16)
Paul raised five rhetorical questions. People like to apply this passage to marriage. That is a good application, but note that this is not found in the context of this passage. As such, this issue of being unequally yoked should be a principle of every relationship in life.
- You cannot walk with God and participate in unholy activity. (6:16-7:1)
You do want God to walk with you don’t you? So do I. There is a requirement. We must walk in holiness.
- Holiness must be pursued in the life of the believer in the fear of God. (7:1)
Fearing God is a good thing when fearing Him rightly leads to godliness.
- Your holiness might not come without confrontation from another believer. (7:2-12)
This is a tough principle, but when people genuinely love you, they will seek the best for you.
- Holiness always brings joy in the ones around you.
The Apostle John said there was no greater joy. I agree!
I’m really looking forward to this Sunday. No Mardi Gras trips! No barricades for a marathon! The time is not changing! Hopefully, the flu is lessening its grip on us! I am ready for a normal Sunday. Make a commitment now to be in your place in Sunday School and worship.
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 discover in chapters 2 and 3, that as believers in that Living Hope, we are called to live with holiness and honor as a witness to a hopeless world. This is a challenging message on many levels, but we need to hear again God’s call for our lives.
Also, this Sunday is First Look Sunday. Several times a year, we have a seminar for new and prospective members. This Sunday, the Seminar is meeting from 5:30 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. Several have already indicated their commitment to come. You can join them.
Photo sessions for the Pictorial Directory began this week. You can still sign up for a photo session. 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.
As we move toward Easter Sunday, let me encourage you to do three things:
- Save the date for Here for You Acadiana. This year’s day of service is Saturday, April 13.
- 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.
- Pray about inviting someone to join you on Easter Sunday.
See You Sunday!