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FBC E-Blast - May 16, 2016
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May 16, 2016

A Caring Church - Luke 10

Do you realize that believers should not have to look beyond the body of Christ to have their needs met? We are meant to be a self-sustaining body. After several decades in ministry, I have seen only one way for the church to function as it should: believers must commit to give of themselves on behalf of others.


For example, a man determines to pray and struggle alongside a hurting brother until the burdensome situation is resolved or peace returns. Or a woman makes herself available to answer a new Christian's questions about the weekly sermon - the two ladies search the Bible and fill their minds with Scripture. And there are countless other ways to serve others, such as driving an elderly member to the service, teaching a Sunday school class, or visiting a weary single mom and listening to her concerns.


Before you become overwhelmed by the variety of needs in your church, let me remind you that loving each other is meant to be a body-wide effort. One person cannot meet every need. But suppose you commit to serving a small group of folks whom God brings into your sphere of influence. If, in order to care for them, you surrender self-focused preferences about resources and time, the Lord will bless you with more joy and contentment than you've ever known.


To serve others before serving yourself is to practice authentic Christianity. I'm certain that if believers commit to meeting as many needs as the Lord brings to their attention, then a lazy church can be transformed, becoming a true body of believers who function together for the glory of God.



Upcoming Sermon Series
      When we're pushed to our limit, we have a choice to make. Will we choose the path of least resistance or will we have the courage to take a Stand? In this five-week series, we will learn about Daniel and five important points in his life when he stood for God. Covering everything from him being first captured as a boy to the lion's den to the fiery furnace, we'll see Daniel and his friends Stand Up, Stand Strong, Stand In, and Stand Firm for God. This series will start on May 22.


Last Week:
      We were challenged from God's Word by our missionary George Dimakos to the people of Greece. He spoke from Hebrews 1:3, on what all Christ brought to us.
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


Next Week:
      We will be starting our series, Stand next Sunday by looking at how we are to Stand Out (for God).




Upcoming Events


May 26, 2016 - Men's Small Group at 7 PM at the church


May 29, 2016 - Lord's Supper and Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service


June 5, 2016 - Carry-in Fellowship Dinner following the AM Worship Service


June 6, 2016 - Ladies Small Group at 7 PM at Stephanie Robinson's house


June 12, 2016 - Deacon's Meeting at 8 AM




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