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FBC E-Blast - March 14, 2016
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March 14, 2016

Sanctification Isn't Passive - I Thessalonians 4

Did you know that God didn't save you just to keep you from hell and get you into heaven? His top priority while you are here on earth is to shape you into the image of His Son (Romans 8:29). But at this stage of our sanctification, He doesn't do it all for us. We have a responsibility to cooperate with Him and actively participate in the process. Yet many Christians have a passive attitude about the life of faith. They tolerate sin and smooth it over with the age-old excuse, "Nobody's perfect!"


When you received Christ as your Savior, you took the first step in your walk with Him - a walk that will last the rest of your life. However, you also stepped into spiritual warfare with Satan. The Enemy may have lost your soul, but he's going to do everything he can to hinder, sidetrack, and discourage you. The last thing he wants is a saint who's on fire for the Lord and useful in the kingdom.


But many believers have abdicated their responsibility to live holy lives. In fact, some of them look and act just like the unbelieving world. Sexual immorality is one area of compromise that the apostle Paul addressed specifically, but in truth, we should abstain from anything that interferes with godliness.


Have you allowed something in your life that shouldn't be there? If so, you need to drop it now. You don't want a thread of sin to become a rope, then a chain, and finally a cable that traps you in a stronghold. Turn back to the Lord, and let your sanctification continue.



Upcoming Sermon Series
      The negative neighbor. The critical co-worker. The manipulative family member. We all have difficult people in our lives. Let's learn how we can live with - and show love to - Those People. We will learn to biblically deal with Overly Needy People, Manipulating People, Hypocritical People, and Critical People. This series will begin on April 3, the Sunday after Easter.


Last Week:
      We looked at three aspects of God's Word. 1) What place God's Word has in our hearts. 2) Why we should memorize God's Word. 3) Why we should use God's Word as a mirror.
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


Next Week:
      We will look into our responsibility to serve, not only God but others as well.




Upcoming Events


March 19 - Trustee Meeting at 8 AM


March 20 - VBS Meeting following AM Worship Service
                  Easter Egg Stuffing Party following AM Worship Service


March 26 - Midway Community Easter Egg Hunt starts at noon at the Midway Park. More details to come.


March 27 - Easter Services
                  8:00 AM - Early Service
                  9:00 AM - Carry-in Breakfast
                  10:00 AM - Worship Service



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