Connection News for April, 2017

As a believer in Christ and a member of the body, it is our responsibility to reach out to others who are searching for meaning in their lives.  Since I made that commitment in my life, I have been striving to do what Jesus told his disciple to do. GO! MAKE DISCIPLES!

We do this by reaching out and showing others, the love and grace of Christ. We do this by building relationships. We do this by inviting visitors or newcomers to our home for a meal.

Tom Rainer gives seven reasons why evangelism should be one of the highest priorities in the church.

1.Because Christ is the only way of salvation. There is no way around it. Salvation is exclusive. There is only one way. Jesus could not have made it clearer in John 14:6: “Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” Jesus had an urgent message. He had an exclusive message. We must be conveyors of that narrowly-defined hope.

2.Because Christ died for the world. There is a reason John 3:16 is the most familiar and most quoted verse in the history of humanity. Jesus died for the world. He is the only way, but He has provided a way for everyone. That is a message that is urgent and worth telling. Indeed, it’s the greatest message ever.

3.Because churches that are not intentional about evangelism typically are weak in evangelism. Many pastors and church leaders will affirm this article. They will give mental assent to the priority of evangelism. But they do not practice the priority of evangelism in their churches. What are you doing today to make certain evangelism is a priority in your church?

4.Because churches tend to obsess inwardly when they fail to move outwardly. Where has a lot of your church’s energy been expended lately? Rancorous business meetings? Expressions of petty church preferences? Worship wars? Power struggles? Those are inward obsessions. Lead your church to an evangelistic priority and watch the focus shift for the better.

5.Because churches become content and complacent with transfer growth. Some churches are growing. Others are adding members without significant numerical growth. But many in both categories are growing at the expense of other churches. Some may be reaching unchurched Christians. That’s good, but that’s not evangelism. We can fool ourselves into thinking we are evangelistic when we are simply recirculating the saints.

Because evangelistic Christians actually grow stronger as better discipled Christians. Those who are evangelistic are obedient to Christ. Being obedient to Christ means that we are following His teachings and becoming a better fruit-bearing disciple.

So, it is our chance to make a difference in our community. I challenge “Each One” of the members of First Baptist Church to “Reach One” person for Christ this year. If we do this, God will grow His church through His people. What a wonderful thought, don’t you think!

Connection News for March, 2017

Discover Your Passion

We’ve heard it said that passion is oxygen for the soul. It’s also fuel for a life well-lived! We believe that nothing great can be accomplished without passion and enthusiasm.

In Colossians 3:23, Paul encourages us to do everything with passion and enthusiasm—not for others but for God. Passion is simply what drives and energizes you! It’s what motivates you to take action. It’s the force that gets you out of bed in the morning and keeps you focused to do your best.

When passion is directed productively for the benefit of others, it can change the world for the better. It can give you the fuel you need to overcome obstacles and challenges, rebound from disappointment of failure, and fulfill your God-given purposes. Passion is pregnant with optimism and belief.

Remember, our ultimate passion should be for the Lord. We read in Psalm 63:1 that David pursued God with everything he had; he was a man of God who followed hard after God.

“Discovering your Passion” is the third and final part of uncovering your Life Word. When you tap into your passion, it gives you the energy you need to live on purpose and maximize your power. There are several key questions that we have found are helpful to reveal your motivation and energy. These are the top three to help you Discover your Passion:

1. Where do I invest most of my time, energy, and money?
2. What matters to me deeply?
3. What energizes me to take action and motivates me to make a difference?

Passion reminds you that what you’re doing is important. God plants seeds of greatness in each of us and waters them with passion.

You will find your Life Word when you define your power, determine your purpose, and discover your passion. When you have discovered your Life Word, don’t let fear keep you from your destiny. Don’t let apathy keep you from experiencing an exciting and meaningful journey.

Live your Life Word with faith and courage, and make a profound, positive difference in the lives of others and leave the world a better place. Can you imagine if we all lived out our Life Words? We would change the world for Christ and leave a legacy that truly matters—all for the glory of God!

The following was a devotional I read as part of my prayer time several weeks ago. It blessed me so, I wanted to share with everyone else. I pray you will read it and listen to what the writer is speaking about.
God Bless!

Bro. Earl

Get more resources at http://www.GetOneWord.com

Connection News for February, 2017

eachonereachone

 

MARCH—MAY 2017

SUNDAY SCHOOL OUTREACH

EMPHASIS

“All authority has been given to Me in Heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples...I am with you always.”  Matthew 28:18, 20

 

galactic starveyors

VBS 2017

June 12-16

Time: 9 a.m. till 12:00 p.m.

VBS team will be contacting you soon for the many ministry areas that need workers

Begin to pray and make your plans for this year’s

“Galactic Adventure.”

 

SUNDAY, JANUARY 29TH @ 5:00  PM

In the Conference Room

A VERY IMPORTANT MEETING FOR

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS AND WORKERS

Connection News for December 2016

It's that time of year again. December has come and with it all the joys of Christmas. But what is the real meaning of Christmas? Is it the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners with family and friends, snow in the yard, stockings hanging in the living room, and shouts of "Merry Christmas" to those who pass us in the streets? Is this really Christmas?

For many people, Christmas is a time of sorrow. They don't have the extra money to buy presents for their children, family, and friends. Many are saddened at Christmastime when they think of their loved ones who will not be able to come home for various reasons. Turkey dinners may be only a wish and not a reality for some.

Yet, Christmas can be a season of great joy. It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength. You see, Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. His birth brought great joy to the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this great event. They knew this was no ordinary baby. The prophets had told of His coming hundreds of years before. The star stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for this special child.

Luke 2: 4-8 says:

"So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn…”

Why did He come? Why did God send His son to this sometimes cruel and hard world? He sent Jesus to us so that one day, He would grow up to become a very important part of history. His story (history) is one of truth, love, and hope. It brought salvation to all of us. Without Jesus, we would all die in our sins.

We can truly be happy at Christmas! No matter what may be happening, we can know that we are His children. We then become sons and daughters of God. Heaven will be our home one day.

Look at Christmas in a new way this year. This is the year to invite Jesus into your heart. You will then have a "Merry Christmas." The joy and peace you will receive will last all year as you look to God for all your needs to be met.

Jesus Is The Reason

For The Season!

Rejoice!

Connection News for Nov 2016

“A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light, and God appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might.

So, this the man did, day after day.

For many years he toiled from sun up to sun down, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all of his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain.

Since the man was showing discouragement, the Adversary (Satan) decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the weary mind: "You have been pushing against that rock for a long time, and it hasn't moved."

Thus, he gave the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure. These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man.

Satan said, "Why kill yourself over this? Just put in your time, giving just the minimum effort; and that will be good enough."

That's what the weary man planned to do, but decided to make it a matter of prayer and to take his troubled thoughts to the Lord. "Lord," he said, "I have labored long and hard in your service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I failing?"

The Lord responded compassionately, "My friend, when I asked you to serve Me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all of your strength, which you have done. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your task was to push.

And now you come to Me with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But, is that really so? Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back sinewy and brown; your hands are callused from constant pressure, your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much, and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have. True, you haven't moved the rock. But your calling was to be obedient and to push and to exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom. That you have done. Now I, my friend, will move the rock.”

At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He wants, when actually what God wants is just a simple obedience and faith in Him. By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know that it is still God who moves mountains.

When everything seems to go wrong...just P.U.S.H.!

When the job gets you down ... just P.U.S.H.!

When people don't react the way you think they should ... just P.U.S.H!

When your money is "gone" and the bills are due....
just P.U.S.H!

When people just don't understand you Just P.U.S.H!

P=Pray
U=Until
S=Something
H=Happens” (Author Unknown)