FBC E-Blast - March 6, 2017
FBC E-Blast

March 6, 2017

The Call To Serve - Philippians 2

When it comes to serving in the church, people rarely request positions where they will go unnoticed. They usually ask to be involved in a place of leadership. Now, there is nothing wrong with heading a committee. But God calls us to have a servant's heart: He desires that our motive be to glorify Him, not ourselves.

Over the years, I've had many conversations with young men studying at seminary. Countless times, they share the desire to lead a sizable church. And those who are called to a small congregation frequently struggle with feelings of insignificance.

My encouragement to them is this: In His great love, God places us where He wants us to serve, and every task we undertake should be given our all, whether there's one person listening or a multitude. We ultimately serve Jesus, and He is not concerned with the recognition we receive. He desires our obedience and our best effort. This is true not just for pastors but for all believers.

There are many reasons the Lord calls us to serve. First, He rids us of pride and selfishness, allowing our focus to be on Him. Second, we proclaim our love for Christ through our care for one another. Third, God tests and purifies our hearts through service.

How do you define success? A common response is "achieving predetermined goals." Scripture's definition, however, is different. The Lord desires that we discover His plan, obey, and become all that He intended. In other words, for success in the biblical sense, God sets the goals.

Upcoming Sermon Series
      The Bible is full of wisdom. People love to quote their favorite verses to encourage and inspire each other - but sometimes, those verses get taken out of context. What happens when the most important message of all gets Twisted? This four-week message series covers four of the most misused verses in the Bible. Learn the context of the verses, what they really mean, and how to find the richness God actually meant to show us through them. Verses in this series include "for I know the plans I have for you..." in Jeremiah 29:11, "ask anything in my name" in John 14:14, and others.

Last Week:
      As we close this series, we see that Paul wanted the Corinthians to bring about perfection, affection, and benediction in thier lives as well as in the church. That is God's same desire for us today. How are you progressing in your sanctification?
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.

Next Week:
      We will begin a new series on twisted scriptures by looking at the John 13 about asking God for anything in His name.

Upcoming Events

March 11, 2017 - Trustee Meeting at 8 AM

March 12, 2017 - Deacon Meeting at 8 AM

March 31 - April 1, 2017 - Art of Marriage Seminar. Cost will be $35 per couple. That price will include 2 books, snacks on Friday, lunch on Sunday, as well as any child care needed for the duration of the seminar. There is a sign up sheet in the foyer of the church. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to call the Pastor. Money is due March 19.

April 2, 2017 - Carry-In Fellowship Dinner following AM Worship Service

April 9, 2017 - Easter Egg Stuffing Party following AM Worship Service. All candy needs to be in by today for the Easter Egg Hunt.

April 15, 2017 - Easter Egg Hunt at the Midway Community Center at Noon

April 16, 2017 - Easter Services
      8 AM - Early Service
      9 AM - Carry-in Breakfast
      10 AM - Easter Worship Service

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    Midway, PA   15060
    (724) 796-3381

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