FBC E-Blast - March 4, 2013
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March 4, 2013
Will I Follow You?
Luke 9


Luke 9:57-62 - Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, "Lord, I will follow You wherever You go." And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head." Then He said to another, "Follow Me." But he said, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father." Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God." And another also said, "Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house." But Jesus said to him, "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."

How often have you been in the middle of singing your guts out during a worship service, and proclaim, "I will give it all to You!" Or, maybe you have listened to an incredible sermon and found yourself face down promising God, "Yes, Jesus, I will follow You! I'll do anything you ask!" But somehow, only hours later, you forget about your vows, and return to the grind of everyday life. Your bible is left closed on your bedside table and prayer is an afterthought as you drift off to sleep.

Throughout the New Testament, we see various examples of Jesus calling His disciples to follow Him (Levi in Luke 5:27, Matthew in Matthew 5:27, and Peter and Andrew in Matthew 4:19). In each verse, we see the disciples immediately get up and follow. Luke 9:1-2 says that Jesus called the Twelve together, gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. But, only a few verses later, a man tells Jesus Christ that he begged the disciples to drive out a demon, but they could not. Despite Jesus' calling and empowerment, the disciples couldn't heal.

Like many of us who have accepted Christ, the disciples were not desperate for the Lord. Instead, they were content to stand on the sidelines and watch Jesus perform miracles. If we want to experience His Glory and receive His protection, we must give Him everything. We must get on our face before Him in desperation waiting with expectation for Him to speak. When Jesus says "Follow me" we are to follow desperately. When we do, He will bless!

Used by permission from NewSpring Church

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Last Sunday:
  We started our new series Baggage. We looked into Baggage Check. Baggage. We all have it, if you don't think so, you are fooling yourself. You need to acknowledge that you have it, then you need to pray to God at least three prayers to let it go and let God take care of it.
  Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our website, just under the calendar, or by visiting us on iTunes.
Next Sunday:
  We will contiune Baggage. We will do so by looking into Released From Addictions.
Upcoming Events:

March 9 - Men's Small Group at 8 AM at the church. If you have any questions or are interested, please contact Pastor Ben.

March 10 - Daylight Savings Ends. Don't forget to set your clocks forward.

March 12 - G.R.O.W. Meeting at 7 PM

March 18 - Ladies' Small Group starts at 6:30 PM at the Robinson's home. If you are interested in attending, please contact Stephanie.

March 30 - Midway Community Easter Egg Outreach beginning at Noon

March 31 - Easter Services:

  • 8 AM - Sunrise Service
  • 9 AM - Carry-in Breakfast
  • 10 AM - Easter Worship Service

Small Groups Starting Back Up

The men and women's small groups will be starting back up next month. The women will be going through Lisa Terkeurst's book Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions. As of now, they will be meeting on Monday evenings. Please see Stephanie if you are interested in joining. They will start March 18th at 6:30 PM.

The men will be going through Hot Topics and How to Discuss Them taken from current events and how the Bible relates to them. The first topic that will be discussed is What the Bible says about Homosexuality. They will start on March 9th at 8 AM.

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