Metairie Baptist Missive for April 1, 2015

Metairie Baptist Missive

April 1, 2015

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

Each morning that we teach at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, the faculty gathers for a time of prayer and devotion.  Dr. Jeff Griffin, a former member of Metairie Baptist who now lives on the Northshore, is leading the devotion this week.  He began by reminding us, “In history, this was a week that changed everything.”  What an incredible reminder that because of God’s great love for us everything changed the week He sent His Son to the cross for us!  My prayer has been that this would be a week in which we would know God better and understand His love for us more fully with the result that this would be a week that changed everything in our lives as well.

As you know, this is my favorite time of the year to preach.  I love preaching about God’s love for us, His act of grace of our behalf since we are undeserving, and His victory which is secured forever.  Please make plans to join us on Sunday as we celebrate this victory found in Christ.  This is a great week to invite your family and friends to join you for the time of worship on Sunday.  Also, take the opportunity this week to pass out TrueLife cards to invite.  I think one of the ways that we can express our gratitude to God for His gift of salvation is by allowing others to know of that salvation – invite others!  On Sunday morning, we are going to celebrate the risen Lord!

This past Sunday was a great day at Metairie Baptist.  We rejoiced over the baptism of David Normann.  I am rejoicing over his decision and I know you will join me in praying for his continued walk with Christ.  The time of worship was wonderful with a special thanks to the choir and Carol for their leadership.  Also, the observance of the Lord’s Supper gave us a great time to set our hearts on the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.  Thank you to the Deacons for their servant hearts as they organized and participated in the Lord’s Supper.  The day was a great day!

Thank you as well to all those who helped with the Easter Blitz.  A great group of willing individuals showed up to make certain those around us are invited to join us on Easter Sunday.  We accomplished a lot by putting invitations on the doors of many of our neighbors.  Several groups of invitations are left that need to be put out. If you are able to help, pick up a bag tonight or see Mitch.  We hope to have all the invitations distributed in time for individuals to make a decision about attending the service.  Included in the invitation packet is a TrueLife card which will also give the recipients an opportunity to view the videos and website.  Pray for these seeds that are being sown each day.

Tonight is the last night for our small group studies.  Thanks to all who have led these studies and for all who attended. I hear continually how God has used this time to encourage a deeper walk with Christ.  Plan are being made now for our next set of small group studies which will begin in August!  In the meantime, we have some exciting and special plans for our Wednesday night study time.

Next Wednesday night, April 8, we will meet as a group in the Fellowship Hall at our regular study time – 6:10 p.m.  The purpose of the time together is to prepare for the Family Ministry Day.  Dale Garvin and Patrick Weaver will be leading us so that we will all know of the plan for the day, how we can participate in the day, and how we can utilize the opportunities given to us as an encouragement to others.  Please make plans to join us on this most important night.

A special thank you to Ronnie and Margaret Harrison.  The flower beds in the front of the church look great thanks to their work.  Take time to look at the beautiful flowers and then take time to express your thanks to Ronnie and Margaret.

Let’s use the rest of this week as an opportunity to reflect upon God’s great gift of salvation.  This truly was a week in history that changed everything.  As mentioned on Sunday, I love the synopsis of the happenings of this week as found in the song:  “Living he loved me, dying he saved me, buried he carried my sins far away, rising he justified freely forever, one day he’s coming, o glorious day!”  Jesus who died for our sins, who was buried, and who was raised from the dead will one day be coming back!  In the meantime, be reminded that He is victoriously reigning!  He lives!  He lives!

On the journey,
Thomas

BTW, I realize that today is April Fool’s Day.  Think on this quote by Jim Elliot:  “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep for that which he cannot lose.”

thomas.strong@metairiebc.org

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