Metairie Baptist Missive
January 14, 2015
“So the world will know, the saved will grow, and the church will go.”
Good morning! My heart is heavy as I know your is – we have so many friends and family members who are walking through challenging times. But I rejoice in God because I know that He is able. I would encourage you to continue to pray for those whom God places on your heart. In the midst of great challenges, God is doing some great things in the lives of many. Prayer is a great gift that God has given us. Let’s follow the directive of the song: “Take it to the Lord in prayer.”
I strongly encourage you to join us tonight for Bible Study/Small Groups. We began last week and will continue for the weeks ahead. Many options exist for you to choose: A men’s study on the disciplines of discipleship; A women’s study exploring the meaning of Jonah for today; A couple’s study focusing on Ephesians; A mixed group study (men and women) focusing on doing God’s will and becoming more like Him. Each group begins at 6:10. If you were unable to make it last week, you can join in the discussions tonight without any problems. These groups provide a great opportunity for fellowship as you meet new friends and strengthen relationships. More than that, these groups provide an opportunity to grow in your relationship with Christ. You’ll find the groups non-threatening and encouraging. Remember that we also have a place for your entire family on Wednesday night with special activities for those in our nursery, our children’s ministry, our youth ministry, and our adult ministry.
The Men’s Ministry will be hosting a “Tour of New Orleans” on Saturday. Al men are invited! The tour will leave the church at 9:00 a.m. so we encourage you to come a few minutes early. This will be a chance to see the city perhaps as you have never seen it before. In addition, you will enjoy some time with the other men of the church. After the tour, a group of men will be going to lunch for those who are able. If you haven’t signed up yet, you can contact the church office to make your reservations (504) 881-6715.
During the Sunday morning worship service, you were challenged to “live biblically.” All of life consists of a series of choices. The Psalmist reminds us in Psalm 1 that the person who lives in favor with God is one who relies upon the Word of God for encouragement, guidance, and help. Would you join us in making a commitment to spend time each day reading and studying the Bible? If you are uncertain where to begin, let me know – I can send you some information or give you some links online that provide a number of options. One of the best ways is simply to begin reading through a book of the Bible – and I personally would suggest John as a great place to start.
This Sunday morning during our worship time, we will continue with the series – “Life Choices” — and look particularly at the choice of “living prayerfully.” Having become convinced that prayer makes a difference in life, you will be challenged to be a person whose life is characterized by continuous prayer.
I look forward to seeing you tonight! Don’t forget to come early and enjoy the wonderful time of fellowship – and the wonderful food – during our Fellowship Meal!
On the journey,