First Baptist Church was recognized as being in the top 25 churches (out of 492) for per capita giving at this year’s Northwest Baptist Convention. That means we gave more per person than most other churches (even if most other churches may have given a bigger total amount). Sounds great, right?! Well, yes, in one sense: giving the way God says to give is a great sign of Christian maturity. But here’s the problem: We don’t want to be a church full of mature Christians. Wait,
On Monday as I washed dishes at Pizza Factory I talked with a co-worker about the family reunion he was supposed to go to with his girlfriend. He wasn't looking forward to it.
I asked if I could share something from the Bible that might help him. He said yes (begrudgingly). I asked if he loved his girlfriend. Again, he said yes (and meant that one!)
So I told him how a guy named Paul wrote a paragraph or two about love in the Bible and how that definition of love really s
What is our goal for a 1st-time guest?
Whether its your friend, family member, coworker, or someone who finally decided to give God a chance there's a lot of potential (for good or bad) in that first visit.
What do we hope they do?
Maybe they'll repent and turn to Jesus that first Sunday!
Maybe they'll sign-up to serve and begin giving their life alongside of us!
Maybe they'll... just come back the next week.
Jesus (usually) changed hearts and lives over time.