I have started out this year preaching from Philippians. I routinely say that my favorite book of the Bible is whatever book I am preaching from that week and my second favorite is Philippians. So, I am having fun this month re-visiting some of the most powerful truths I have ever discovered in God’s Word. This past Sunday, I preached from Philippians 3. I am especially fond of this chapter. I encourage you to take a moment and read this wonderful chapter.
I desire that my life be characterized as a forever pursuit of Christ. Verse 14 seems to be something of the apex of this whole letter:
14 I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.
We pursue Christ because Christ is worthy. We also pursue Christ because staying in pursuit of Him helps us to succeed against the constant temptation of compromise with the world.
Let this pursuit of Christ define your . . .
- Goals—Set as your goal the goal of Christ and pursue that goal. Realize that you are not there yet. If you think you are there, rethink that. You are not there yet.
- Friends—Ask God to help you to find good examples and follow those examples.
- Priorities—Re-order your priorities continually and re-visit those priorities regularly.
And remember this . . .
The strength of your relationship with Christ yesterday or today says nothing about the strength of your commitment tomorrow. We must press on!
Next week is Sanctity of Human Life Week, marking the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe V. Wade decision legalizing abortion in America. Southern Baptists are affiliated with some 250 crisis pregnancy centers scattered across the United States. Every time you give to the offering at First Baptist Church, a portion of your offering through our denominational planned giving effort known as the Cooperative Program is going to these Pro-Life Centers. In fact, our Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home has a mobile unit that travels the state. The unit is equipped with an ultrasound machine showing pregnant women, who might be contemplating abortion, the precious life inside of them.
Locally, there is a multi-denominational ministry called A Pregnancy Center and Clinic. The Clinic is located in the Medical Building at 913 S. College Road Suite 206, Lafayette, LA 70503. The phone number is 232-5509. The Lord may want you to be involved in that ministry at some level. I have included their address in hopes that you might send them a donation to support their ministry.
This is an incredibly important and personal issue for me. My wife and I have an 8 year old that we adopted. Our understanding is that our son’s biological mother went to one such center and “now you know the rest of that story.” I cannot bring myself to think about what might have happened to our little Dru had not his biological mother gone to that center.
For all the boys and girls like “Dru” in our world, let’s be advocates for the unborn.
Proverbs 31:8 says, “Speak up for those who have no voice.” If ever there were ones who cannot speak up for themselves, it is the unborn.
We continue to see a re-launch of several ministries that took a break over the month of December. Discipleship groups are starting this week. You can register online at our website fbclaf.org. Look for the discipleship tab under “ministries.” We also had a good group meet for FAITH Evangelism Training orientation Tuesday night.
Two big things are going on this weekend. First, this weekend is DNOW in our Student Ministry. This is an intense weekend of worship, disciple-making, and ministry. Pray for our leaders, our students, and our host homes. In fact, DNOW is our “This ONE Thing” of prayer this week.
In addition, the choir is doing a Bible Blitz Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until noon. This is the follow-up to the requests from the Singing Christmas Tree for the Jesus Story Book Bible. Feel free to join them.
Sunday morning is going to be great. Our students are going to be excited because of their weekend. We are going to continue our series in Philippians. We are going to baptize at least five individuals. Don’t miss Sunday!