Mid-Week Moment | January 24, 2018

Ministry Updates from Todd Malone

Sermon Reflection

Last Sunday’s passage (1 John 1:5-2:2) and sermon reminded me of how easy it is to downplay my sin. The false teachers John was dealing with did the same thing. The passage indicates that they said that how they lived didn’t matter. Apparently they denied they sinned at all. I never say that out loud, but I wonder how often I treat my sin like it doesn’t matter that much. As Jim pointed out in the message, our God does not have sin at all. I am to be like him, and it’s a big deal when I deny God’s character in my thoughts, words, or actions. I am grateful that the Lord loves me so much that he pursued me with Jesus, convicts me when I sin, and offers full forgiveness.

Prayer Prompts

How to pray for FBC 
We should take time to praise the Lord for his faithfulness to FBC. Our 2017 giving exceeded budgeted giving by almost $90,000. We knew going into 2017 that we would need to use our reserves to cover expenses. We still had to dip into reserves, but far less than anticipated. God took your generous and faithful support of FBC and multiplied it! Pray for the Lord’s continued provision in 2018.

I was blown away by the launch of the Pray for Me campaign. It was amazing to see so many FBCers coming together and committing to praying for one another. That is discipleship in action. Join me in praying for the Holy Spirit to impact everyone involved.

How to pray for our Community
I saw that early voting for the upcoming election starts this week. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 encourages to pray for our political leaders that we be allowed to live a peaceful and godly life. Let’s start praying this now. Let’s pray that the leaders elected will be a support for the spread of the gospel and not a hindrance.

How to pray for our World
Sunday’s passage ended with “[Jesus] himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only our sins but also for the whole world.” [1 John 2:2] Sometimes I lose perspective. I am so focused on what happens in the U.S. that I miss God’s work around the world. Possibly the greatest revival in history is happening in our lifetime; it’s happening in Asia, not here. The good news of Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins is reaching the far corners of the world and people are responding. Let’s praise God for how he is spreading the gospel. Let’s pray that the gospel will penetrate East Texas powerfully in 2018.