This Sunday, we have the opportunity to celebrate moms. Where would we be without the countless sacrifices that mothers make each and every day? My mother-in-law told Lindsey and me "Being a mom is the only job you ever have where you don't receive a performance review until 18 years later." There's a lot of truth to that, isn't there?!
We all have different ways of clearing our minds. Some people want to go play golf, others say retail therapy helps, and still some clear their minds by binge watching Netflix at home! I have found that exercising is the best way for me to start the day. I get up early, go to the gym, clean up there, and drive straight to church. This morning, as I was getting ready to come into work, something strange happened.
What a wonderful day of worship we had on Easter Sunday! It was exciting to be at First Baptist, to see so many friendly faces, and hear our voices raised together to worship our risen Savior! There was a sense of anticipation and energy in both the sanctuary and the ROC during our worship hour. It was also encouraging to see so many in our small groups as this was the first time in a long time that we had Sunday School on Easter. I want to thank our teachers, especially, for all that they do week in and week out to faithfully teach God's Word to our church family. We are blessed with a wonderful group of gifted teachers.
As disciples of Jesus Christ, there is not a more important or meaningful week that we observe. I hope that you have been able to take a few minutes each day to reflect on the significance of what occurred each day by using the timeline that we provided in worship Sunday. Here is a PDF of the timeline: Events of Holy Week
Can you believe that Easter is less than two weeks away?! As Baptists, we can sometimes focus so much on Easter that we neglect the significance of Holy Week leading up to the glorious resurrection day. I know for me, the events of that week are a reminder of my sin and how much each one of us needs the grace of Jesus.
"I had no idea we were involved in that ministry." "I didn't know that ministry helped in that way!" These were my favorite two comments that I heard repeatedly Sunday morning at our Missions Fair. It was so encouraging to see over 400 people packed into the gym learning about ways that they can join ministries already partnered with First Baptist to make a difference. I truly believe that we are most like Jesus when we are serving others. As we continue to love our community, nation, and world, my prayer is that as a church family, we will live out the words of Jesus,
Our mission statement at First Baptist is to reach people and make disciples. This Sunday, immediately following the worship service, we will have an opportunity to join together as a church family and engage in carrying out this mission.
The other night when I was praying with Noah, I prayed something that Lindsey and I always pray out loud with him. I said, "I pray that Noah will always follow You and when he gets older he will trust You as his Savior." After I finished the prayer he said, "Daddy, how can I follow Jesus if I don't know where He is going?" Wow, talk about the Lord speaking through a child. Obviously, he was thinking that Jesus would be walking in the flesh, and Noah wanted to make sure he understood where He was going. But the truth is unless we know where Jesus is going, there is no way that we can follow Him.
There are many churches across our nation struggling to reach young families. Many have gone to great lengths to make their facilities more high tech, fill their events with more activities, and even bribe children and parents to attend. Sadly, many have watered down the gospel message thinking if they make their teaching filled with more application and spent less time in the Scriptures themselves, they would be more appealing to this next generation.