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FBC E-Blast - March 7, 2016
FBC E-Blast

March 7, 2016

The Missionary Call - Matthew 4

I've heard every reason you can imagine for avoiding missionary service: "I haven't been to seminary." "I can't preach." "I'm too old." "My family won't go for it." On and on the list goes. Let me tell you that there are thousands of active missionaries who once thought that God couldn't use them either. I often have the privilege of hearing their stories of how the Lord turned resistance into enthusiasm.


People can offer God plenty of reasons why He shouldn't call them to spread the gospel. But His call is not issued for our consideration; He expects a response of obedience and surrender.


A believer is accountable only to say yes to God's call. It is the Lord's responsibility to equip the chosen for the work He's assigned. A personal plan has been mapped for each believer's life, and God provides the personality and temperament that suits. Then He adds skills that can be developed and the spiritual gifts necessary to fulfill His mission.


God makes His call with wisdom and discernment. He knows why He created you and what you're capable of accomplishing in His strength (Ephesians 2:10). Rejecting the invitation to serve Him is foolish. It would be like telling almighty God that He made a mistake. But surrender opens the door to a lifetime of service, blessing, and joy!


Mission work can occur near or far. You could serve: at home by writing to prisoners; down the street by dishing out meals at a shelter; across the nation by providing flood relief; or in a foreign land by translating the gospel. In short, a missionary calling is whatever God tells you to do.



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:
      In the finale of this series, we looked at some different religions to see that they are not all the same, in fact, quite different. People need to consider Jesus. They need to consider His ministry, His resurrection, and His eternal message.
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


Next Week:
      We will dig into God's Word.




Upcoming Events


March 13 - Deacon's Meeting at 8 AM


March 19 - Trustee Meeting at 8 AM


March 20 - 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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