FBC E-Blast - October 8, 2018
FBC E-Blast

October 8, 2018

The Value of Obedience - Proverbs 2

Despite Peter's vast fishing experience, he returned from a night's work with nothing to show for his efforts. It's quite possible that the Lord's request to let the nets down one more time struck him as unreasonable - after all, Peter and his partners were the professionals. Nevertheless, the fisherman complied, and his obedience blessed many.

Scripture demonstrates that divine plans often defy human logic. For instance, who would design a battle strategy that involved only marching and shouting? God told Joshua to conquer Jericho that way, and doing so proved successful (Joshua 6:1-5).

Moses is another example. When he felt unsure about his leadership potential, the Lord gave reassurance in an unusual way—by telling him to throw down his walking stick. When Moses obeyed, God powerfully confirmed His choice of leader (Exodus 4:1-3).

Our Father may ask us to do something that seems illogical - perhaps to accept more responsibility when we were hoping to reduce our workload, to leave a position that He provided just recently, or to take on an assignment for which we feel ill-equipped. His plan might feel unrealistic in view of our age, stage of life, or health concerns. We must press forward in obedience, regardless of how impractical the request may appear.

To grasp the importance of obeying, think about children receiving instructions from parents or teachers. Careful listening is needed for the task to be done safely and properly. Some steps may seem pointless, but the rationale often becomes clear later. Always make obeying God your priority.

Current Sermon Series
      The book of Titus is full of rules. But the motivation for these rules is not legalism. It is the incarnation of the Son of God for redemption. Christianity is not merely rules to be followed but, instead, joy to be found.

Last Week:
      In this message and the next, we are looking at church government. I know that it sounds boring, but it's important that we understand it. We talked about how it's not run. We also began looking at what an Elder and pastor is supposed to look like.
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

Next Week:
      We will continue our series of Titus by finishing up the message of Shepherding Like Jesus.

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October 13 - Trustee Meeting at 8 AM.

October 14 - Deacon's Meeting at 8 AM

October 17 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7 PM

October 28 - Lord Supper & Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship service

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November 20 - Thanksgiving Service at 7 PM

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