I believe that exciting times await the First Baptist Church family as we look forward to a new year of serving the Lord and growing to be more like Jesus.  As we fill our days with prayer, fill our minds and hearts with God’s Word, and faithfully serve the Lord together, God has promised to provide fruitfulness in our work for Him.

One very awesome and productive way to allow God’s Word to get into us and captivate our minds and hearts is to discipline ourselves to be a student of God’s Word.  I learned in my early days of school that the only way to know what was in any one of my school textbooks was to give myself over to reading it.  And then, of course, I needed to apply what I read to my tests.  One sure way of knowing the mind and wisdom of God, our Creator and Savior, is to read and apply God’s Word (John 17:17).  We will never be like Christ until we do. 

The Bible Reading Plan folder, available at the Welcome Desk, will help you start year 2020 with a great plan to read the Bible through in a year.  As you follow this plan you will discover the benefits of God’s Word transforming your thoughts (Romans 12:2) and your life.  As you saturate yourself in God’s Word, over the months ahead, I know that God will bless you and help you in your fellowship and followship with Christ.

I look forward to serving the Lord with you in the new year.  I also look forward to joining you for our Pastor’s Devotional Challenge on Sunday, January 5, 2020, 5 p.m.  Don’t miss out on this exciting time of inspiration and challenge.  A lite meal will be served.

My prayer for you and me, as we face this new year together, is not unlike the desire that the Apostle Paul had for the Christians in Colossae when he said, “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That you might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:9-10).

Tony Christie
Associate Pastor

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