3 Phases of Salvation

The word “saved” has become a Christian catchphrase which generates much controversy.    Modern skeptics have often expressed scorn towards it.  I think of the 2004 Macaulay Culkin film which bears the word as its main title.  Some believers have even shied away from using the term.  Being “saved” seems like a worn-out cliche belonging to a bygone era of flamboyant evangelists and religious judgmentalism.  Despite its baggage, the word is an important one.  When asked how to be delivered from sin and death, the apostles proclaimed, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved!” (Acts 16:3...
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LCT Preview Party 2018

The 38th Living Christmas Tree (LCT) is quickly approaching. If you are unfamiliar with this annual event, here are a few details: The Living Christmas Tree is presented as a gift to the community from First Baptist Church by a 100 voice choir, 40 piece orchestra, children’s choir, soloists and cast. The 39 foot metal constructed tree is covered with 100,000 computer controlled lights moving in synchronization to music. It is a unique sight to behold. Each year offers a new presentation, but the message is always the same. The purpose and heartbeat of this event is to share the gospel message ...
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3 More Effects of Sin

Sin is universal to humankind.  The Bible says, “Who can say, ‘I have kept my heart pure; I am cleansed from my sin?’” (Proverbs 20:9). The answer to Solomon’s rhetorical question is a resounding, “No one!” If we are honest with ourselves, our own human experiences confirm the Bible’s assertions. It seems that propensities towards pride and struggles with selfishness are present from the cradle to the grave. As a father of young children, I am keenly aware that sinful tendencies seem to stain our lives from birth. Bickering and boasting seem to be hardwired into our hearts. Because of sin’s un...
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Edna McMillan Offering 2018

We have had a really successful year in sending mission teams to other parts of the world, Chicago, Canada, Haiti and Honduras. We just recently had a team go to Portland, Oregon to help a pastor and his family develop a church. We have a team ready to go to Vitre, France in October. God has blessed First Baptist with people who are willing to give of their time and finances to help spread the Gospel. Now it’s time to focus on Mission Oklahoma. The State Missions Offering is named for one of our earliest mission pioneers, Edna McMillan. Edna and her husband George settled in Muskogee in 1902 a...
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3 Effects of Sin

Sin is an unpopular concept in modern society.  Even preachers shy away from it.  I recall a talk show host who once conducted a primetime television interview of one of America’s most famous pulpiteers.  The non-Christian television personality found it peculiar that the preacher was known for not making mention of the three letter word.  Ironically, humankind can never be lifted out of its misery until it comes to grips with the nature of sin.  The Bible says, “If we say, ‘We have not sin,’ we are deceiving ourselves” (1 John 1:8).  If we want real joy and liberty, we have to be factual conc...
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Pick A Project

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Financial giving at FBC has remained strong throughout the summer months which has allowed your staff to continue their ministries to the community and our members. As you are aware many of our facilities, some of which have not been updated in 15-20 years, are in need of repairs and updating. Recently, some improvements such as new classrooms, lighting, roofs, flooring, chairs and various other projects have been completed. Floor covering and remodel of the new K4C room in the Children’s Building have greatly transformed the entire building.  Great things are...
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3 Tips for Implementing Your Spiritual Gift

Every believer has a supernatural endowment.  1 Corinthians 7:7 says, “Each has his own gift from God.”  Some are gifted to teach or lead.  Others have abilities to give, show compassion, exhort, speak truth, and serve (Romans 12:6-8).  Be on guard against apathy and ignorance in this area.  Churches across America are in a state of stagnancy, and they have a dire need for faithful members who will use their gifts for God’s glory.  However, many are at a standstill, sitting on the spiritual sidelines.  They are inactive and unengaged in spiritual service.  To get out of such a rut, one can fol...
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#LoveLawton Fall 2018

#LOVELAWTON is a weekly Wednesday night ministry which gives our church members an opportunity to share the love of Christ and a gospel witness through various projects performed throughout the Lawton community as well as make contacts with people/families who have recently visited our Sunday School and/or worship service. I am excited about the opportunities that God is going to give us to impact our community in the coming months through the ministry of #LOVELAWTON.  Through the body of Christ at First Baptist Church Lawton – Fort Sill, Christ is seeking to save that which is lost (Luke 19:1...
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3 Tips for Identifying Your Spiritual Gift

God has given each of us a spiritual gift.  At salvation, we were equipped with an ability which He intends for us to use within His kingdom (Romans 12:6-8).  Since God has done such a spectacular work in our lives, it stands to reason that we should be familiar with our gifts, and we should be busy using them for the glory of God.  The problem with many believers lies in the fact that they don’t know how to discover their gifts.  They trudge through their spiritual journey, unaware of how God desires to use them.  Consider three questions you can ask yourself in order to identify your spiritu...
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Discipleship University Fall 2018

Summer is winding down.  The kids are back in school and football season is upon us.  We had a fantastic summer of Falls Creek, CrossTimbers and multiple mission trips.  Promotion Sunday is over and now it is time to move back into our next academic year. This means that the time is here for Discipleship University.  Discipleship is a critical component for maintaining and growing our relationship with our Savior and Father. I recently read a survey that found that 6 out of every 10 evangelical pastors believed their own church was not “doing well” at discipling new believers and promoting spi...
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