From Our Pastor
Summer Sermon Emphasis-NEXT STEPS
Beginning Sunday, I plan to begin a series of messages entitled, "NEXT STEPS." All of us have next steps we are to take in our walk with Christ. The Bible never envisions stagnation in our experience with the Lord. We are to be moving constantly toward maturity in the faith. Yet, what are the next steps for each of us? I can't answer that question on an individual basis, but God's Word gives us some clarity and direction as we look to our own next steps. Don't miss this series of messages this summer! Also, please pray for these messages to stimulate us toward being more like Jesus! Upcoming sermons include:
July 9--"You Must Be Born Again"
July 16--"Going Public-The Witness of Baptism"
July 23--"Welcome to the Family-Large & Small"
July 30--"Feeding Yourself-Being Your Own Growth Advocate"
Debt Reduction on the Children's Building
We are asking God to help us pay off the children's building by the end of October. As of this past Sunday, the indebtedness on our note is $216.989. We are making good, steady progress in eliminating the debt on the children's building. THANK YOU to those of you who made two-year commitments, and have made a variety of sacrifices to honor those commitments. THANK YOU to those who have given as the Lord has directed you, though you may not have made a firm commitment back in 2015. Together, with God's enabling, we have pulled together to work toward eliminating our indebtedness. As a soft reminder, please remember to continue to give as we move closer to the end of October. What a day of celebration when we retire the debt and give glory to God for the victory!
P2B2 (Praying Two-by-Two) in Worship
Your response to the P2B2 initiative has been a great encouragement to me personally, and I believe a great joy to the Lord. Some of my favorite sounds in corporate worship are now those of God's people praying together. P2B2 is a prayer initiative to strengthen the prayerfulness of FSBC. Our conviction is that nothing of eternal significance will happen apart from the praying of God's people. P2B2 is a sincere effort on our part to declare regularly our utter dependence on God.
Thank You, VBS Volunteers
A special thank you goes out to our VBS volunteers. We had a solid VBS effort and I believe only time will reveal the fruitfulness and spiritual harvest of VBS week. One thing is certain; our VBS volunteers are the best! Thank you, Jennifer Howington, for your capable leadership. Thank you, Volunteers, for your investment in the lives of kids and their families for the sake of the gospel.
Guests in Worship
It is an honor to have guests in worship each Sunday. All of us have a responsibility and privilege to engage our guests in a warm and helpful manner. Please, when you see someone you do not recognize, risk making the effort to introduce yourself. You are the first points of contact with our
guests. Ask how you may help and direct our guests. Where is the sanctuary? Where are the restrooms? Where do kids go? What might happen in worship? Where does a Bible study class for my age group meet? These are all questions a guest might have swirling in his/her mind. I see so many of you showing grace and hospitality to our guests, and for that I thank you. This summer has brought many guests who have recently located to Cleburne and are looking for a church home. Let's be good stewards of the opportunity to put our best foot forward in being warm and welcoming to our guests.
Grateful to serve as your Pastor,
--John Hall, Pastor