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FBC E-Blast - January 5, 2015
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January 5, 2015

How to Serve God - Titus 3

When you encounter opportunities to serve God, how do you respond? Let me list some of the wrong reactions:
  • I can't.
  • My schedule is too busy.
  • I don't know how.
  • I'm just a layperson, not a pastor.

Those knee-jerk reactions slam closed a door before we've discovered whether or not the Lord wants us to go through it. You've probably never thought of a refusal to serve God as idolatry, but that's what it is - bowing down to self instead of submitting to Him.

The Lord desires that His servants first be willing to do anything and then seek His specific plan for them. He uniquely gifts followers to serve according to His will. But when we've already decided what we can't do, won't do, or are ill-equipped to do, then we're acting by our own will. That isn't going to work.

You may serve the Lord as a godly parent, as a factory worker who shares the gospel with coworkers, or as a friend who listens to those who are hurting. There is no restriction on what God can do with a willing helper. The strength of His Spirit overcomes human limitations. Don't have enough courage? God can fix that. Don't have the right skills? God can fix that.

Laying down our excuses is the wisest thing we can do to serve the Lord. Trust that He will empower you to do whatever He calls you to do - and will see to it that you are properly equipped and trained (Ephesians 2:10; II Timothy 2:20; II Timothy 3:16-17). All He asks of you is that you say yes.

Used with permission from In Touch Ministries, Inc.

Sermon Series
      We live in a world that squabbles over the beginning of the world and mankind. Some say that it was a Big Bang and some say that we were created by some sort of intelligent design. Still, others think that we have come from primordial ooze and the like. If only there were something that would tell us of our beginnings, something that was recorded for mankind from the maker of the universe. Oh, but there is, it is called the Bible, the Word of God, and it starts with 'In the beginning...'.

Last Week:
      The fall of Satan is something that intrigues many people. How did it happen? Why did it happen? Is Satan more powerful than God? Why does God allow him to stick around and mess up 'things'?
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our website, just under the calendar, or by visiting us on iTunes.

Next Week:
      Lord willing, we will continue looking more in Genesis about the fall of mankind.

Upcoming Events
January - Get to Know You Dinners. This is for our church families to get to know one another better. Please sign up in the foyer for this great time of fellowship. See pastor or deacons for more details.

January 6 - Men's Bible Study at the church beginning at 7 PM. We will be, Lord willing, finishing up James 4.

January 21 - Annual Business Meeting at 7:30 PM.

January 25 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund following the AM Worship service.

February 1 - Fellowship Carry In Dinner following the AM Worship Service.

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