FBC E-Blast - April 9, 2012
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April 8, 2012

The Redeemed

Acts 25

We are a blessed people. When we read a story like this about Paul who continues to stand trial for unfounded accusations in front of passive leaders, it throws our struggles into sharp contrast. Aside from the comments of the odd critic or a disdainful look from a bitter ex-churchgoer, we never come close to dealing with this kind of persecution in America. Yet here we see Paul, with bloodthirsty Jews at his heels, standing upright and proclaiming truth.

Paul stands in front of Festus, King Agrippa, and the Sanhedrin. In a single account, he shows he is innocent and above reproach. The apostle proves that he has done nothing against "church" or "state". However, it is not the content of his defense that is so impressive - it is his delivery.

In a night filled with the pressure of death threats and imprisonment, Jesus came and stood by Paul. His words were the fuel Paul needed to continue forward in the face of adversity.

Paul could have easily responded in frustration to Festus who wanted to make the politically correct move to "do the Jews a favor". Paul also could have been angry with the Jews for being blind to the fulfilling of their hope in a Messiah. But instead he stands politely and simply tells his story. He even tells it boldly enough to challenge the king's beliefs.

Though Paul considered himself the "worst of sinners" (I Timothy 1:15-16), he is able to stand in confidence in front of these powerful people. This is how it should be - and is - with all believers. Whether our pasts are full of the most deplorable sin and heathenism or even struggles with gossip, we are now a redeemed people. We have given Christ our old self, and He has converted us into a new creation in Him. We are able to stand in the spotlight of scrutiny knowing that we are children of God and under His protection. More so, we may stand full of awe and confidence in front of the Father at the end of all things knowing that He has made us righteous through the blood of Christ. If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:28-31)

Used by permission from NewSpring Church

A Word From Pastor Ben

      Thank you to all who helped make the Easter Egg Hunt a wonderful success. Thanks to all of you who donated candy, Easter Eggs, food, and most importantly, your time. We had the privilege to reach out to over 425 people. Thanks to all who came out as well. We hope and pray that you had fun. It blesses my heart as the pastor of FBC to see the willingness of our church to reach out to this and the surrounding communities with the love of Christ.

Upcoming Events

April 10 - GROW Visitation at 7 PM

April 15 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7:30 PM

April 29 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service

May 6 - Carry-in Dinner following AM Worship Servive. No PM Service.

Coming Soon:

Once Upon A Marriage
      There's nothing quite like a juicy love story... the romance, the intrigue, and maybe a little scandal. We will be digging in to some examples of marriage from the Bible to see what we can learn. Travel back in time with us for Once Upon a Marriage beginning April 15. Click here for preview of this upcoming series.

      Yesterday, we worshipped as we celebrated the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, with a message entitled Come, See For Yourself. We looked into the importance and necessity of the resurrection. Sunday's message is available on our website, just under the calendar, or you can listen by visiting us on iTunes. You can also listen to previous messages.

Next Week:
      We begin a new series Once Upon A Marriage. We hope to see you here!

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