The New Year has arrived. How will we begin 2018? What lies ahead? What kind of promises, or resolutions, are we making for the New Year? Will we be able to fulfill our promises? How do the promises of God affect our own promises? In this first month of the year Pastor Steve Baccus will be preaching on the theme, “Claiming God’s Promises.” Pastor Steve will explore some Old Testament texts, mostly from Joshua, and relate them to life in Christ and the promises we too often leave unclaimed. Join us in January!
When have you shared with someone else your testimony of Christ’s work in your life? When have you been a part of someone professing Jesus as Lord and Savior? When was the last time you invited someone to your Sunday school class or tribe? When have you greeted a visitor at church? When have you offered to pray with someone who is hurting?
The acronym for the Future Farmers of America is FFA. I like to use this acronym in the church to represent Family, Friends, and Acquaintances. From now through Easter is the best time of the year to invite people to church. All of us know Family, Friends, and Acquaintances (FFAs) who are not a part of the life of the church. Maybe they have been wounded by a bad experience in church. Maybe they have just drifted away. Maybe a life tragedy is causing them to have doubts. Maybe they have never been in church at all. Maybe they don’t trust the church. Maybe they are cynical about life in general. Right now is the best time to invite them to “come and see” (John 1:46) what is going on in the life of the church. FFAs are the easiest to engage because we already know them. Remember, most people do not have a problem with Jesus. It is Jesus’ followers that present the biggest problem for them. Can we show them we really love them and that we would go the second mile for them (Matthew 5:41)?
Are we relating with people in a way that communicates the Good News of Jesus to them? Are we kind? Are we loving? Are we patient? People are naturally drawn to the followers of Jesus who live their faith. People are also naturally turned away from Jesus because of bad behavior from those who claim to follow Him. From Christmas to Easter, let’s invite all of our FFAs to come and see what God through Christ is doing in our midst, and let’s ALWAYS love them!
Jesus Loves You! I Love You Too!
- Pastor Steve
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