Mid-Week Musings from Lead Pastor Todd Malone
NEW LIFE GROUP: FOUNDATIONS
FBC will launch a new Life Group on October 6th. The class will be called “Foundations” and will discuss some of the foundational aspects of the Christian life. It doesn’t matter if you are a brand-new Christian or have been a Christian for years – these are the truths and practices that we come back to again and again in the Christian life. Wayne Allred and I will team teach the class.
Paul prays for the Lord to deepen the intimacy of the Ephesians’ relationship with Him. Paul does not give the Ephesians a list of action steps to deepen their intimacy with the Lord, reminding us that we depend on the Lord for intimacy with Him. Having said that, there are plenty of things we can do to join the Lord in His work of deepening intimacy. A good start is to pray for it. We should seek it when we study the Bible. Look for what God’s Word reveals about His character, how He interacts with us, what He is doing in us. It should be a matter of conversation with one another. Ask how God is at work in someone’s life. Share when you see God working in someone’s life. The key is to make these practices habits in our daily life.
Read the passage for next Sunday (Ephesians 2:1-10). Ask the Lord to use it to deepen your relationship with Him. Read through the passage again and list what it tells you about God. Pick one or two items from your list and identify how you have seen that at work in your life.
How to pray for FBC
The natural follow-up to last week’s message is to pray that FBC will be a church where people come to know God more intimately.
How to pray for our Community and our World
The topic of homelessness has come up multiple times on national news in the past 24-48 hours. My first reaction was to agree or disagree with the policy ideas being thrown around by politicians. That was an appropriate response since that was the point of the articles. I realized today that there was something missing in my response: concern and prayer for the homeless. Homelessness can be caused by personal choices, the choices of others, or factors out of anyone’s control (e.g., natural disaster). I believe that regardless of the cause, it is good to pray for the relief of their suffering. I am taking time to pray that the Lord will give our local and national policy makers wisdom on this issue. I am praying that our leaders will be wise with our resources, compassionate toward the hurting, and helpful in their actions.