Metairie Baptist Missive

Metairie Baptist Missive

February 25, 2015

“So the world will know, the saved will grow, and the church will go.”

Good morning!  What a rainy and cool morning this is – but it is still a gift from God so our decision is simply how are we going to use this day for His honor?  Don’t miss the opportunity placed before you today.

Speaking of opportunities, we began a new process this week of taking the message of hope outside of the door of the church. Many have voiced a concern about the difficulty of getting the conversation started with others about church or about finding the courage to invite someone to church.  On Sunday, if you were present, you received a packet of 5 TrueLife cards.  These are meant to be passed out to those with whom you come in contact throughout the week.  You can simply give them the card and invite them to church.   They can be left in a restaurant with an appropriate tip or dropped off at your neighbor’s house.  I have discovered that while waiting in line God provides a great opportunity to give the invitation to someone standing in line with you.  Remind them that there is a website (truelife.org) listed on the back of the cards with answers to some key questions being asked today.   These videos are brief and deal with matters such as the existence of God, reliability of the Scriptures, and the beliefs of the Mormons.  If you would like additional cards, they are available at the church office and will be available at all services.

These are more than “business cards.”  These are opportunities for you to be involved in helping others know of the hope.  As I preached on Sunday, the disciple Andrew was constantly bringing people to Jesus.  That is our role – bringing our friends, family members, and even people we don’t know to a place where they can hear of Jesus.

People ask why we have decided to begin this process.  Honestly, we felt God leading us to develop a culture at MBC where we are talking to others about the hope we have found in Jesus and the joy of being a part of the family at MBC.  This is a step in that direction.  Other ways exist, but this is simply one.  My prayer is that all would embrace this opportunity.  I have already heard from several of the joy that is found in reaching out to others with a simple invitation – don’t miss the blessing of being used by God!  I am looking forward to seeing on Sunday morning who fulfilled the five card challenge and passed out at least five cards over the week.

Yesterday, we had a great Evergreens’ meeting.  If you are able to attend, I encourage you to be a part of the next meeting (the meetings are always on the fourth Tuesday of the month). The time is one of encouragement and fellowship.  The meal that follows is wonderful as well.  Thanks to Martha Hohensee for her leadership!

This past Saturday, our ladies had a great time of fellowship as they spent time sharing a meal and a conversation at lunch on Saturday.  Over 25 ladies participated – thanks to those who organized the day.  Ladies, keep an eye out for upcoming events and opportunities.

We are off to a good start with our Loaves and Fishes Ministry.  The purpose of this ministry is to have items on hand that we can utilize to help our church members who may be walking through some difficult times.  Each month we are collecting different items – you can bring these and leave them in the designated box in the Orion Foyer.  For the upcoming month of March, we are requesting you bring the following as you are able:

Tea
Canned Vegetables (carrots, green beans, mixed vegetables)
Canned tomatoes (diced or whole is fine)
Canned Cream Soup (cream of chicken, mushroom, etc.)
Canned evaporated milk
Canned Chili
Dry Onion Soup mix
Rice
Dry Biscuit mix (bisquick or similar)
Toothpaste

Thanks for your help with this most important ministry.

We have been praying for Billy and Susan Sanson.  They are our missionaries through the International Mission Board to Malawi.  Due to a recent season of torrential rains, the country has experienced great turmoil.  Please continue to pray for Billy and Susan as they faithfully do the ministry to which God has called them during this challenging time in Malawi.  Also, if you would like to participate, we are collecting an offering above our tithes and offerings that will be sent to them to aid them personally during this time.  You can leave your offering in the office or place it in the offering plate (indicating that it is for the Sansons).

Though it will probably be raining tonight, we are still meeting for our small group studies.  Join us for this time of fellowship and encouragement.  Each week, I leave the small group time encouraged in my walk with Christ and excited to be walking on the journey with those in the group.

I am looking forward to Sunday.  This Sunday I will be preaching from one of my personal favorite passages – Lamentations 3:22-24.  By the way, if you were unable to be at the service Sunday, you missed a great opportunity of worship.  Thanks to our youth for leading us in worship – well done Kristin, Lillian, and Song!  We also rejoice that Song made public her profession of faith and that God brought Ken and Teri Hamilton to our church as they moved their membership from their home church in Texas.  God is doing a great work at MBC!  Praise be to God!

On the journey,
Thomas

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