Week 1 – Children & Youth Ministries
WEEK ONE’S KEY PASSAGE
4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Day 1 | MONDAY – FBC FAMILIES
The Bible gives families the primary role in raising children in godliness. Deuteronomy 6 pictures parents using life’s daily routines to model and teach a faithful walk with the Lord.
- Pray for Wisdom: Pray for wisdom for our FBC parents as they daily model and teach their children a life with God.
- Pray for Resources: Pray that the Lord supplies the resources FBC needs to equip parents to train their children.
- Pray for Transformation: Pray that FBC is a church filled with families being transformed into Christlikeness.
Day 2 | TUESDAY – NURSERY
Deuteronomy 6 does not have a start date to it. The process of raising children in godliness begins immediately because it begins in the parents. The parents must themselves love the Lord if they are to pass on to their children a love for the Lord.
• Pray for Holiness: Pray for the parents of young children to maintain a growing walk with the Lord during this season of busyness and, often, little sleep.
• Pray for Resources: Pray for the Lord to supply a team of people at FBC who will nurture the youngest in our church in a Christ-honoring way. Our staff leaders are Jean Ames and Katie Livingston. They are very part-time and must accomplish a great deal on only a few hours per week.
• Pray for Transformation: Pray that even very small children will begin to understand the character of God.
Day 3 | WEDNESDAY – KIDS’ MINISTRY
FBC’s ministry to our elementary-aged children aims to support the family’s responsibility by providing biblical, well-thought-out and well-presented lessons and activities.
• Pray for Wisdom: Pray for the Children’s Ministry leaders to wisely build classes, lessons, and activities that reinforce the teaching the children receive at home.
• Pray for Resources: The Children’s Ministry is the most financially and volunteer intensive program at the church. Our Children’s Ministry leaders need volunteers, lesson plans, finances for curriculum and activities, etc. Our staff leaders are Rebecca Simcox, Kim Auran, and Jean Fletcher (part-time).
• Pray for Transformation: Pray that we see the children at FBC come to know Jesus and walk with Him.
Day 4 | THURSDAY – JUNIOR HIGH MINISTRY
Our children take some of their first steps in making their faith their own during the Junior High years. The men and women working with the Junior High must support the parents’ guidance by providing a safe place to begin wrestling with hard questions of the faith, to start developing the practices that will shape their walk with the Lord for a lifetime, and to be silly.
- Pray for Wisdom: Pray for our Junior High team to know how to love the students well. Pray for their ability to connect well enough with the students to be an example.
- Pray for Resources: The Junior High ministry requires a team of volunteers and a staff person (Jordan Johnson, who also supports the Senior High ministry). Pray for God to provide the right volunteers.
- Pray for Transformation: Pray that by the time our students leave Junior High, they are well-grounded in the basics of the faith and the Christian life.
Day 5 | FRIDAY – SENIOR HIGH MINISTRY
Students in the Senior High ministry start making greater strides in making their faith their own. This often involves significant spiritual battles as Satan tries to steer them in a different direction. This is also a time when they face some major life decisions. Slade Rinehart leads this ministry along with Jordan Johnson.
- Pray for Wisdom: Pray for our Senior High team to show the students how to make Christ the center of their lives.
- Pray for Resources: As with the Junior High ministry, pray for the Lord to provide the right volunteers to disciple the students.
- Pray for Transformation: Pray that by the time our students leave high school, they have a heart for God and know how to walk with Him.
Day 6 | SATURDAY – AWANA & MOPS
Awana and MOPS are more than ministries with lots of letters. These are exciting ministries that nurture the spiritual growth of children and support parents.
Awana has been a mainstay at FBC for decades. It nurtures our children in God’s Word and teaches them to serve and celebrate God’s goodness.
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) provides a Christ-centered way for mothers to get together and support one another. It is one of FBC’s most effective programs for connecting non-Christians to the church.
- Pray for Wisdom: Both ministries require extensive planning and execution and are run completely by volunteers. Pray for the leadership to wisely recruit and plan for the coming year.
- Pray for Resources: Both programs require volunteer and financial support. AWANA needs more help every year. MOPS could dramatically increase in size (with many non-Christians) if we had more financial resources to pay babysitters.
- Pray for Transformation: Pray that the children in AWANA would come to know God’s Word more completely. Pray that the moms in MOPS would be encouraged and come to know the Lord for the first time.
Day 7 | SUNDAY – SUNDAY’S SERVICE
28 Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. 29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears. 32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
The passage for today is Acts 20:28-32, which uses the image of the church as a flock. In the passage, you will notice that he speaks of the importance of leadership in the church as they deal with those who seek to harm the church. Pray for the church to be protected from the ungodly and divisive influences from outside and inside the church.
Week 2 – Church Leadership
Week Two’s Key Passage
1 Now in those days, when the disciples were growing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Greek-speaking Jews against the native Hebraic Jews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the twelve called the whole group of the disciples together and said, “It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to wait on tables. 3 But carefully select from among you, brothers, seven men who are well-attested, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this necessary task. 4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” [Acts 6:1-4]
Monday – Elders
Acts 6 describes the earliest forms of Elders and Deacons. The Apostles were the original blueprint for the Elders. They focused on prayer and teaching God’s word. In Titus and Timothy, Elders are called “overseers” because they were to lead their churches. They are the highest authority in the church apart from Jesus and Scripture. FBC’s Elders oversee the spiritual direction and well-being of our church.
Elders: Todd Malone, Rich McCracken, Ken Moore, Dave Ramaly, Alex Stanton, Don Westbrook
- Pray for Wisdom: Pray for the Elders to oversee the church in a way that glorifies God. How this happens at FBC will change over time (it always has). Pray for the wisdom to know how FBC should be glorifying God during this season.
- Pray for Resources: Pray for the Elders to guide our church’s use of its resources wisely.
- Pray for Transformation: Pray that FBC is a church in which the Word of God is never neglected.
Tuesday – Deacons
The earliest version of Deacons served the physical needs of the people within the church. In Titus and Timothy, the qualifications for a Deacon match the qualifications for an Elder, with the exception that Deacons are not required to be able to teach. FBC’s Deacons serve the church by caring for important facility and administrative concerns that allow others to concentrate on the ministry of the Word, as described in Acts 6.
Deacons: Eric Akin, Darrell Ash, Jeff Coombs, Dave DeBoer, Sean Fortier, David Harrison, Leigh Hunt, Eric Livingston, John Livingston, Dan Roessner, Matthew Simcox
- Pray for Wisdom: Acts 6 called for the earliest Deacons to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. Pray that this will be the case with our Deacons.
- Pray for Resources: Pray for the finances and volunteers necessary to help the Deacons care for the needs in the church.
- Pray for Transformation: Pray that as people’s needs are met, God is glorified, and those people draw closer to the Lord.
Wednesday – Staff
You can almost think of FBC’s staff as having a similar division as Elders and Deacons. Some staff members focus more on the ministry of the Word, others focus on caring for the practical needs around them. Of course, it doesn’t divide perfectly (all staff does some of both). But it is a helpful way to pray for the staff. The staff you see ministering on Sundays and Wednesdays tend to be the staff that “ministers the Word.”
- Pray for Holiness: Pray for the spiritual protection of our staff, especially those ministering the Word.
- Pray for Resources: Pray for the ability to teach God’s Word effectively, regardless of the resources we have.
- Pray for Transformation: Pray that the people of FBC are transformed to be more like Jesus because of the teaching of God’s Word.
Thursday – Staff, Part 2
The day-to-day ministry at FBC requires a great deal of work behind the scenes. FBC has all of the administrative needs of any organization our size: keeping our technology (computers, website, etc.) and facilities in good shape, handling accounting and human resources, and generating communication to the church across multiple channels. It is time and resource intensive, requiring the diligence of multiple full- and part-time staff who work behind the scenes.
- Pray for Wisdom: Each member of the administrative and facility teams continually seeks more effective ways to keep FBC functioning day in and day out. Pray for their efforts to be fruitful.
- Pray for Resources: These staff members also try to accomplish everything necessary to run the church with fewer and fewer resources. Pray for greater fruitfulness with fewer resources.
- Pray for Transformation: The behind-the-scenes staff usually have their work taken for granted (until the wifi goes out, bulletins aren’t printed, the website isn’t updated, etc.). Yet their work is vital to the church’s ability to minister. Pray that the Lord blesses these staff members with a glimpse of the life-transforming impact of their ministry.
Friday – Leadership Families
People in church leadership are under spiritual attack. It is one of the realities you sign on for when you enter leadership. One of the greatest points of attack is the family. The pressure and persistence of spiritual attack on church leaders often results in families falling apart.
- Pray for Protection: Pray for the families of each group we prayed for this week.
- Pray for Resources: Pray that the church leadership will use their time wisely, not neglecting their families as they lead.
- Pray for Transformation: The top priority for church leaders is to disciple their families. Pray for them to see their families transformed to be more like Jesus.
Saturday – FBC Giving
It is no secret that giving is down at FBC (and many other churches and non-profits). It’s important not to put the emphasis in the wrong place. We are not simply trying to raise money so the church can run, although there’s truth to that. We are examining what God is doing at FBC. But we also must remember what God does in the life of the giver. Giving is a declaration that we trust God for our well-being, not our finances. The Holy Spirit uses that to transform us to love and trust the Lord more than the things of this world.
- Pray for Wisdom: Pray for the wisdom to know who God wants us to minister to in light of the resources we have.
- Pray for Resources: Pray for the finances we need to run the church well.
- Pray for Transformation: Pray for the transformation of those who give. Giving an offering is a powerful act of worship and trust.
Sunday – Sunday’s Service
This week’s passage from Acts 6 ends with the importance of the ministry of the Word. That is the subject of this Sunday’s sermon. Today’s passage is 1 Corinthians 1:18-25. It is about the message of the cross, which is the focus of Paul’s preaching. How that message is received depends on what is happening in the spiritual lives of the audience. Pray for FBC that our message never strays from the truth of the cross. Pray that it will be received as the Holy Spirit works in the hearts of the listeners.
18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” 20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
Week 3 – Grow and Connect Ministries
Week Three’s Key Passages
Romans 12:2 (ESV)
2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Ephesians 4:1–6 (ESV)
1I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Monday – Life Groups
Romans 12:2 calls us to be transformed by the renewal of our mind. How we think is an important dividing line between conforming to the world or conforming to the will of God. Renewing our minds is an important part of Life Groups. Life Groups are designed to present the truth of Scripture in a way that changes how we think and how we live.
- Pray for Wisdom: Pray for wisdom for our teachers as they select and teach material that will transform those in their classes.
- Pray for Resources: Pray for the Lord to continue to supply teachers who will faithfully teach God’s Word.
- Pray for Transformation: Pray that FBC will be filled with people who think and live like Jesus.
Tuesday – Small Groups
Ephesians 4 calls the church to unity. We are to be one, living in the bond of peace. Verses 2 & 3 give a helpful list for how to live as one: humility, gentleness, bearing with one another in love, and being eager to maintain unity. We cannot live out these qualities in theory; they require close, vulnerable relationships. That is the point of Small Groups. They provide the context for living and experiencing these life-transforming qualities.
- Pray for Courage: The oneness described in Ephesians 4 can happen only if people share openly, work through conflict, and are patient with and committed to one another.
- Pray for Resources: Pray that the Lord provides more leaders so we can add more groups.
- Pray for Transformation: Pray that people at FBC experience God’s love in tangible ways through our Small Groups.
Wednesday – Women’s Ministry
Aimee Akin has blessed FBC by taking the reins of the Women’s Ministry. She and her leadership team have a heart for seeing women come together to have fun and get to know one another. The ultimate purpose is to see women supported and encouraged as they become more like Jesus. This is also Valerie Wilson’s heart as she leads the Women’s Life Group on Sunday mornings.
- Pray for Endurance: The Women’s Ministry is led completely by volunteers. Pray for their endurance as they work hard to guide the ministry.
- Pray for Resources: The Women’s Ministry receives relatively little financial support from the church. It will likely get less as we cut back on the church’s budget. Pray for the Lord to meet the ministry’s needs as they care for the women in the church.
- Pray for Transformation: Pray that women’s lives are transformed as they build Christ-centered relationships with one another.
Thursday – Men’s Ministry
We have several groups of men who meet together regularly to study the Bible, encourage one another, and hold each other accountable. Bruce Chase currently leads a Life Group for men that is working through the book With. It is one of the most helpful books I have read in a long time.
- Pray for Encouragement: Pray that the men meeting together will be encouraged in their walk with the Lord.
- Pray for Resources: We have not had a single leader over the ministry since David Fisher retired. Pray for a leader who will guide the Men’s Ministry.
- Pray for Transformation: Pray that the men of FBC will grow as godly leaders in their families, work, and the church.
Friday – Encore Ministry
FBC’s Encore Ministry works with the church’s senior adults. It is led by part-time staff member Ken Fairweather and the ministry’s leadership team. This group is one of the most vibrant groups in the church, regularly meeting together to build unity and study God’s Word.
- Pray for Impact: Pray that the Lord would open doors for the younger believers in the church to learn from the Encore Ministry.
- Pray for Resources: FBC can do only so much to support Encore financially. Pray that the Lord will give them all they need to build Christ-centered relationships with one another.
- Pray for Transformation: Pray for the folks in our Encore Ministry to know the comfort and peace of the Lord better every day.
Saturday – Young Adult Ministry
Faith Silvertooth does a remarkable job of leading our Young Adult Ministry. She is a volunteer, so she puts in a lot of work in her spare time. Of course, she is not alone. We have a wonderful group of young men and women who meet together for Bible Study and activities.
- Pray for Wisdom: These young men and women face multiple decisions about where they are going in life. Many are single and looking for direction in their relationships. Many are at the beginning of their careers. It is also common for young adults not to know how they fit into the church.
- Pray for Resources: Pray for the ministry to continue to raise up new generations of leaders to guide the Young Adult Ministry.
- Pray for Transformation: Pray that FBC’s young adults feel welcome in the church. Pray that this is a season of life when they are grounded in their walk with the Lord.
Sunday – Sunday’s Service
Revelation 7:9-12 gives us a glimpse of a worship service in heaven. It is a model for worship in the church. Actually, the worship in the church is meant to give a foretaste of the worship we will enjoy in heaven. Pray that this Sunday we will be worshippers focused more on the Lord than ourselves.
9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” Rev. 7:9-12 (ESV)
Week 4 – Corporate Worship
Worship is more than Sunday mornings. But our corporate worship on Sundays is a vital part of the Christian life. Our focus in prayer this week will be on FBC’s corporate worship service.
Week Four’s Key Passage
9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” [Revelation 7:9-12 ESV]
Monday – God-Centered Worship
When churches around the world gather to worship, they are meant to give a glimpse of Revelation 7: a gathering of people who have nothing in common except the Lord who saved them. It is a gathering of people who need only the awareness of God’s presence to cause them to bow down. May FBC be a church where people catch glimpses of heaven.
- Pray for Wisdom: You would be amazed at how many competing and contradictory expectations people have of a worship service. This is an area where you truly cannot keep everyone happy. Pray for wisdom to focus on keeping God happy. Pray that in every service people encounter the living God in life-transforming ways.
- Pray for Resources: A lot of people work a lot of hours all week long so we can enjoy corporate worship. We depend on these people and the tools and the technology they use. Pray for the Lord to keep us supplied with the right people and working tools and technology.
- Pray for Transformation: The Holy Spirit uniquely uses corporate worship to change our hearts, to help us fall more in love with the Lord. Pray that this happens on Sunday mornings.
Tuesday – Music Teams
It is a common misconception that the singing is the worship time in the worship service. In reality, the whole service is an act of worship. Having said that, the music part of the service is extremely important.
- Pray for Wisdom: Pray that each week the music points us to God. Pray that we encourage one another through the music.
- Pray for Resources: This is a people-intensive ministry. Pray for the Lord to provide the right people on the teams. Pray for the people to have a heart for God, not themselves.
- Pray for Transformation: Pray that the music helps us express our love for God.
Wednesday – The Technical Team
Controlling sound, lighting, and video might be the most thankless job in the church. It’s in the top five. Many people have opinions on the right way each of those should be done. They almost never agree with one another. Most people recognize the importance of this team. If Audio/Visuals go wrong, it can be a major distraction in the service. When it goes well, it can help us communicate effectively.
- Pray for Encouragement: Pray that the crew that handles our A/V is encouraged by the importance of their ministry.
- Pray for Resources: This is a people-intensive job. We can always use more people to serve.
- Pray for Transformation: A/V done well helps focus us on the Lord. It is not just a nice thing to have. It is important to the Sunday morning service. Pray that God uses the talents of this team to direct us to the Lord each week.
Thursday – Hospitality Teams
Tyler Ellison talks about hospitality as creating an environment where strangers can become friends. I love that definition. That is what we want for everyone who comes to FBC from Members to First-Time Guests. Our Hospitality Teams are the first line of helping this happen.
- Pray for Wisdom: We want to genuinely connect with each person who walks through the door. Pray that the Hospitality Teams will know how to connect with each person they meet.
- Pray for Resources: We always need more people who want to help others feel welcome. Pray that the Lord continues to bring the right ones to the team.
- Pray for Transformation: Pray that everyone who comes to FBC feels God’s love in tangible ways.
Friday – Safety Team
Safety is an essential part of hospitality. If people are not safe at the church, nothing else that happens on Sunday morning (or any other time of the week) will matter. The Safety Team is present every Sunday morning to assist with any emergency that comes up: medical, natural disaster, or even someone intent on doing harm.
- Pray for Wisdom: This team walks a fine line. They must be vigilant in watching for situations that need their attention. However, they can never compromise the welcoming atmosphere we want to create. They should reduce concern and fear, not add to them. Pray for their wisdom to be both vigilant and welcoming.
- Pray for Resources: There are expenses associated with FBC’s safety. For example, we need to keep working defibrillators, stocked first-aid kits, communication tools, and security tools that we take for granted (alarms, locks, etc.). Pray for the resources we need to stay well-equipped to care for people.
- Pray for Transformation: Pray that our safety team demonstrates God’s care and protection in tangible ways.
Saturday – Preaching
The sermon on July 21 emphasized the need to have Christ-centered, gospel-focused sermons. They need to emphasize God’s character and His work in our lives. It’s tempting to make sermons less about God than about us.
- Pray for Wisdom: Pray for the wisdom to handle God’s Word accurately in our sermons.
- Pray for Resources: Sermons take a surprisingly long time to prepare. The biggest resource our pastors need is time.
- Pray for Transformation: Pray that God uses the preaching of His Word to help FBCers know the Lord better.
Sunday – Sunday’s Service
An FBC missionary will share with us on Sunday. We need to keep the name confidential. Please pray for him as he shares how God is working in his life and the lives of people around him. Pray that he will communicate exactly what the Lord wants communicated.
Week 5 – Go
Week Five’s Key Passage
2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— 4 that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Colossians 4:2-6 (ESV)
Monday – FBC Missionaries: Internationally-Based
FBC supports missionaries all over the world. They serve on the field as teachers, mechanics, pilots, translators, and many other roles. They are all united in their desire for open doors to proclaim God’s Word.
- Pray for Open Doors: Paul asked the Colossians to pray for open doors to share God’s Word. Let’s pray the same for our missionaries working overseas.
- Pray for Resources: Missionaries need resources: financial, people, equipment, etc. Pray for the Lord to meet whatever need is most weighing on our missionaries. The Lord knows what that need is.
- Pray for Transformation: Pray that the people being reached through these missionaries’ efforts receive clear presentations of the gospel.
Tuesday – FBC Missionaries: U.S.-Based
Many missionaries making global impact are based in the U.S. for important, strategic reasons. This is the case with missionaries at TECH Team, Wycliffe, and various aviation-related missionaries, for example. Many missionaries in these organizations need to be U.S.-based to provide the necessary administrative support for overseas efforts. FBC also supports U.S.-based missionaries reaching internationals who come to the U.S. Countries where it is illegal to be a missionary regularly send their citizens to the U.S. for school and work. These U.S.-based missionaries make the best use of this opportunity.
- Pray for Encouragement: Sadly, U.S.-based missionaries are often treated as second-class because they are not overseas. Pray that they remain encouraged in their ministry.
- Pray for Resources: Many people stop financially supporting missionaries when they come back to the U.S. Pray for their financial support.
- Pray for Transformation: As with yesterday, pray that the people being reached through these missionaries’ efforts receive clear presentations of the gospel.
Wednesday – Missions Committee
The reduction in giving is going to impact how much we can give to our missionaries. The Missions Committee has the hard task of determining how and where to make cuts. These are gut-wrenching decisions.
- Pray for Wisdom: Pray for wisdom to know how and where to make financial cuts in missionary support.
- Pray for Resources: Pray for the Lord to provide the financial resources so these cuts are not necessary.
- Pray for Transformation: Pray for the Committee and our missionaries to experience God’s peace during this difficult time.
Thursday – Local Outreach
In local outreach we try to show God’s love to East Texas in tangible ways. FBC partners with organizations like the Women’s Center of East Texas, Family Promise, Partners in Prevention, and others. These organizations provide opportunities to minister to different kinds of people in need.
- Pray for Wisdom: Pray for FBC to find more ways to connect with organizations impacting the local community.
- Pray for Resources: Pray for more FBCers to be moved to make God’s love tangible in our community.
- Pray for Transformation: Pray for the people who benefit from FBC’s local outreach to come to know Jesus.
Friday – Personal Evangelism
The most likely place we will have open doors and clear presentations of the gospel is with those who are nearest to us. Today, focus your prayer on someone near to you who needs the Lord.
- Pray for Wisdom: Pray for the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom for what to say and when to say it.
- Pray for Resources: Pray for the open door to share God’s Word.
- Pray for the Gospel to be Clear: Pray that the gospel would be clear to the person you are praying for.
Saturday – Foster and Adoption Families
FBC has many families involved in foster care and adoption. This is an extremely challenging but equally important way to care for those in need. Pray today for the Legacy ministry at FBC, which supports the foster and adoptive care families. Pray for all the families at FBC caring for foster and adopted children.
- Pray for Wisdom: Foster and adoptive children can come into a home with a lot of wounds. Pray for the foster and adoptive parents to have wisdom for how to love their children well.
- Pray for Resources: Pray for financial, emotional, and spiritual strength for the families.
- Pray for Transformation: Pray that the children cared for and the families caring for them would experience the love of the God that adopted us as His children.
Sunday – Sunday’s Service
Sunday’s service will continue the theme of reaching the world. We will look at our call to reach those immediately around us, those who are farther out, and those around the world. Pray that God is glorified and that we are challenged to go on the mission of Jesus wherever He has placed us. Our passage will be Acts 1:6-11.
6So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” [ESV]
Week 6 – That All May Know
Week Six’s Key Passage
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:34-35 (ESV)
You might notice the signs in our lobby that say That All May Know. It is our theme for 2019 and it is based on these verses in John. Jesus commands us to love one another, because it is crucial for reaching the world. Our relationships with one another matter.
Monday – Love One Another
- Pray for Wisdom: Pray for insight to know where we do not love well. Pray for wisdom to know how to love well.
- Pray for Boldness: Pray for the boldness to mend broken relationships and to be honest with yourself about hurtful relationship patterns.
- Pray for Transformation: Pray for your relationships to be transformed to reflect the character of Jesus.
Tuesday – Visible Relationships
- Pray for Open Doors: Pray that the Lord opens doors for people to see your relationships with other believers.
- Pray for Resources: Pray for the opportunities to invite non-Christians into your relationships with FBCers.
- Pray for Transformation: Pray that your non-Christian friends will get to know you and your friends at FBC.
Wednesday – Noticeably Different Relationships
- Pray for Clear Differences: Pray that the Lord will make your relationships different enough to be noticed by those around you.
- Pray for Endurance: Pray that the Lord will give you the strength to continue inviting your non-Christian friends into your relationships with fellow Christians.
- Pray for Transformation: Pray that your non-Christian friends see that our relationships are different.
Thursday – Fruitful Relationships
- Pray for Wisdom: Pray for the wisdom to know when to share the reason that your relationships are different: the gospel.
- Pray for Open Eyes: Pray that people see the character of Christ in our relationships.
- Pray for Transformation: Pray that the non-Christians around you come to know Jesus.
Friday – Sunday’s Service
The final purpose of the church that we will discuss in our series is making disciples. A disciple is someone who lives out the intention of becoming more like Jesus. This is the core of our assignment from Jesus: make disciples. Pray that FBC will be a disciple-making church.
Sunday’s passage will be Matthew 28:18-20.
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (ESV)