Posted: May 27, 2020
Online Vacation Bible School
Online Sunday Services
Sunday Worship Online
Come back and join us on Sunday for worship through music and message from our pastor on our website.
This Sundays Topic:
Experiencing The Life God Intended
Sunday School Live Stream
Carl Hobbs, the teacher for Christians Under Construction, is teaching live on Facebook each Sunday at 10:00 AM. Everyone is
welcome to join.
To Join: Search for Carl Hobbs on Facebook. You will then see a link to join on his page.
If you have any questions, give
Jonathan a call.
8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Sunday School Material
The Summer quarter of our Sunday School material is available. You may stop by the office to pick up your book, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. If you know someone who needs a book, please let us know.
FBC Online Resources
To continue the ministry of the church during this time, we have set up on-line giving. Click the link below and it will take you to a secure sight.
Youth Bible Study
Released at the first of each week.
Children's Bible Study
Released Mid Week
A great resource of
video based Bible studies for
you to watch at home.
You have the option of
a video or audio only.
If you haven't checked out our graduates
Giving as of May 27, 2020
Budget for 2020 . . . . . . . . . . . . .$326,787.00
Tithes Needed to Date . . . . . . . $119,403.03
Received to Date . . . . . . . . . . . . .$89,270.40
Needed for weekly budget . . . . . . $6,284.37
Tithes Received this week . . . . . . . $1,665.14
In a couple of weeks (June 14), we will once again have corporate worship as a fellowship. As we approach that time, we need to examine ourselves as to what we want from the service. Is it to see one another? Is it to return to a familiar and comforting setting? Is it a marker for our lives that we are returning to pre-covid 19 normal?
While all of those are understandable, they fall short of what we should be seeking in corporate worship. One desire ought to be to meet with God. This is the Biblical desire of God’s people in worship. In Exodus 40, Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle because God’s glory filled it. Numerous psalms express the desire to meet with God. The writer of Psalm 42 said, “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God?” When Solomon dedicated the temple, God’s glory was so great that the priests could not enter the house of the Lord. In Acts 4:31, when the church prayed, the place where they gathered was shaken. In Revelation 3, the depth of Laodicea’s problems is seen in that Christ is outside the church. Meeting with God must be what we desire in a return to worship.
How can we prepare to meet with God? What must we do so that our return to corporate worship will truly be an encounter with God? First, we must want God. We must go beyond merely “going to church” and truly seek God. James 4:8a says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
Next, we need to deal with our sin through confession and repentance. James 4:8 continues, “Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” Psalm 24:3 asks, “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place?” Verse 4 answers, “He who has clean hands and a pure heart…”. If we are going to meet with the Lord, we must deal with our sin.
We must also humble ourselves before God. In Isaiah 57:15 God said, “For thus says the high and exalted One who lives forever, whose name is Holy, ‘I dwell on a high and holy place and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit in order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.” We will not meet with God if we are full of pride and self.
Last, we need to come in submission. We have to be willing to obey – even before we actually hear what the Lord tells us. In John 7:17 our Lord said, “If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself.” Submission is imperative for meeting with the Lord.
In a couple of weeks, we will return to church. But, will we truly meet with the Lord? Each of us must prepare if we are to meet with the Lord.