From Pastor Todd Malone
Sunday’s message touched on the temptation we have to fall back into a “performance-system” approach to God’s acceptance. We say that he accepts us by grace, but, just to be sure, we try to bolster our position through our works. Of course, we continue to struggle with sin. As we do, we question God really accepts us. It turns out that we were relying more on what we did to bolster our position with God than on his grace. I have struggled with this my whole life. I still do. I need to be reminded that God’s grace is enough, even for those moments when I think it’s not.
How to pray for FBC
Continue to pray for our giving. We do not want to lose sight of the needs we are facing. Speaking of needs, pray for workers. Several ministries need help. You will learn more about them at Sunday morning’s Service Fair.
How to pray for our Community
I am very excited about what the new Montessori School. I know we will see many lives impacted through the school. As you can imagine, the challenges of launching a school this size are enormous. Let’s pray for the school as they work out the logistics of the new school. Pray especially for FBCer Dr. Jacqueline Burnett as she leads the school.
How to pray for our World
A second hurricane is threatening the U.S. Let’s pray for those who will be (or maybe by the time you read this – have been) hurt by Irma.
Serving is a vital part of a healthy Christian life. Without it, we tend to, “Sit, Soak, and Sour.” We sit in church, soak up God’s blessings, and become self-centered (sour) Christians. This Sunday FBC will have a Service Fair in the church lobby. Ministries needing volunteer help will have information tables. Please start praying about how you might plug into FBC.
Check out The Hub on Sunday morning. It’s the new place in the lobby to sign up for FBC activities. You can also sign up for all activities via the Hub on our FBC Mobile App or the FBC Website Homepage
Our team that helped at 8 Days of Hope in Houston had an amazing time. We encourage you to stay involved in three ways: Prayer, Giving, Going. Let’s continue to pray for the victims of Harvey. FBC has worked with ministries Samaritan’s Purse and 8 Days of Hope for years. They are actively involved in relief work in the Houston area. We have links on the website to help you Give or Go through these organizations.