Life Style Worship
It’s safe to say there is a learning curve for every new assignment. After only 3 weeks, I am in the throes of that curve in regards to the Student Ministry. Of the current teaching staff, 4 of the 6 Bible study leaders are new; the curriculum is new; the format is new; some things are the same: our amazing Karen Comstock who has worked with our youth for over 6 years; students who are equally amazing; and the daily struggles we all face. The Lord is the same too! God’s Holy Word is still steadfastly trustworthy. As I continue to learn my way around, put names with faces, and generally learn, learn, learn, please be patient with me. There have been multiple expectations already voiced (and many yet to be heard) that will require some time for me to process. (Part of the DNA of a Boomer is that we like to plan in advance). My plan right now is to assemble a Student Ministry Council ASAP. This Council will help structure and develop, plan and promote, the ministry’s activities. If you feel led of the Lord to help work with Students, please call me and let’s visit soon. This would be a great time to join the thrill ride of learning together!
Thank you for the honor of serving the Lord with you here at FBC!
Soli Deo Gloria!
From the Heart of Pastor Keith
Who Ya Gonna Call?
One out four adults indicated they would be glad to attend church if someone invited them. Those are not bad odds. I know some major league baseball players who would love to hit .250!
Think of four people you know who don’t have a relationship with God or aren’t actively participating in a church family. Invite all four and see if at least one doesn’t take you up on it.
You and I are the outreach program of our church – the outreach program of the church. It’s the way Jesus planned it. Don’t leave it up to the staff or deacons or your Bible study teacher. After all, we’re talking about your friends, neighbors, family members and co-workers. Who are they more likely to accept an invitation from if not you?
Christmas is an especially great opportunity. Most people are thinking about Jesus during December anyway. We have a natural opening to encourage people in our lives to draw near to Him.
Your church is going do our part by making a welcoming environment for your guests and by making the gospel clear – especially during Christmas. The services will glorify God and encourage people to put their trust in Jesus.
In December I’ll be preaching a series called, “He Pitched His Tent in Our Camp”. It’s all about John 1:14, which says, “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” The love of God on display through the incarnation of Jesus is what Christmas is all about. Help someone else celebrate with a clearer understanding of that love this year. If they won’t come with you on a Sunday, offer to pick them up and bring them to the Christmas Eve candlelight service. They’ll hear the gospel. They’ll meet the sweetest believers in all the Four Corners. And you’ll be giving them a chance to have new life in Christ.
Who will be in church listening to God’s word this week? Who will be in Heaven with Him for eternity? It’s sobering to think the answer may be up to us. Makes you want to call someone right now, doesn’t it?