As Pastor Johnny use to say, "The frost is on the pumpkin!" Fall is here and temps are cooling, but First Baptist is on fire for the Lord!
Church ministries are off to a great start. Our Awana program has over 70 children and 45 volunteers! Praise God for our volunteers. The Clothing Closet continues to be a blessing to hundreds each month, and we have many Bible studies and multiple opportunities to learn and fellowship together each week. Only God could hold all this together, and He is pouring His favor on us. We, as one small member of Christ's body, are so blessed. I want to say, "Thank You, Lord!"
We have a series of New Member's classes starting October 9
th and New Life Groups (home Bible study) will begin soon. We are still asking the Lord to provide us with a Men's Ministry director, so please pray for that. Illusionist and Evangelist, Brock Gill, is flying up October 28
th for a Youth Conference we are hosting inspired by Matthew 11:28 titled C2M "Come 2 Me". We're praying for many youths to come to faith in Christ; there is an October prayer calendar to assist us in spiritual preparation for the conference if you would like to partner with us in prayer. Just email the church, and we will send it to you.
October is also Reformation month. Many years ago Martin Luther sparked a spiritual reformation that continues today, and we are still guided by the 5 Biblical truths that resulted - the 5 Solas: we are saved by Scripture Alone, Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone, and God's Glory Alone. Next year will mark the 500 anniversary of that event.
We are still awaiting the results of the soil test on the new property. If all goes well, we should be purchasing it this month. Please pray for this exciting new endeavor. Also pray for the funding - we still need about $50,000 to be able to pay for it outright. I ask that you pray the soil is good and for God to provide the finances to undertake this opportunity. There will always be challenges as we grow, but the ability to reach out to the community with the Gospel of Jesus will be worth it.
Remember 1+1+1=growth (1 service + 1 Bible study + 1 ministry = Spiritual Growth)
Be Strong and Courageous (1 Cor. 16:13)