My Favorite Fellowship . . .
My Favorite Fellowship . . .
"I was glad when they said to me, Let us go into the House of the Lord." Psalm 122:1 (NKJV)
Every church has positive and negatives. In my 86 years, I have witnessed God's mighty working power in large and small churches. Good singing and preaching bring joy to my soul! Music compliments the sermon, inspires, convicts, and exalts the name of Jesus. Anointed preaching proclaims the Word of God, longs for lost souls, and feeds and nourishes the sheep.
Here are a few reasons why Ruston, Louisiana's First Baptist Church is my favorite fellowship:
The Pastor. The Pastor (Dr. Chris Craig) teaches and preaches the Word of God without fear or favor. He makes difficult concepts easy to understand, has a sense of humor, loves people and ice cream, and is one of Baptists' best soul winners. Baptisms occur regularly and are videotaped and shown to the service which did not witness them. The church staff loves the Lord, supports the pastor, and are strong leaders.
The Music. Those who love the traditional hymns can attend the early service. Lovers of contemporary music are accommodated in the later service. The Music Director and his wife (Wayne and Stacy Bridges) sing, play several instruments, and inspire others to use their God-given talents through choirs, solos, duets, and quartets. This array of talent should make the coldest Baptist shout!
Connection Groups Teach The Word. (Clayton Owen, Administrative Pastor). With apologies to Robert Raikes, the founder of the "Sunday School," my church calls these classes "Connection Groups" to emphasize the "belonging" aspects of the church family. Classes exist from nursery to prime timers. Teachers are awesomely talented.
Mission Opportunities Abound. My favorite fellowship strongly supports local, state, national, and international missions. Many of our members volunteer to work in mission endeavors across the nation and world. Mission offerings are awesome!
Growth Goals Specifically Stated. Children's activities abound. Mid-Week services and the family night meal are well-attended. Members visit and display concern for those who mourn, the sick, afflicted, and other biblically mandated activities. Those who are unable to attend services can watch them on the Internet. Daily "eThoughts" devotionals, written by lovers of the Word and read by a host of friends, are designed to exalt Christ and bless the readers.
The above are a few of the reasons I love my church family . . . My Favorite Fellowship!
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Education (Ret.)--Louisiana Tech University -- Ruston, Louisiana
Supply Minister for Concord/Union Baptist Association -- Ruston, Louisiana
eThoughts Team -- Extended Week-day Free Devotionals -- Vol. XII, No. 10-72G -- Archived
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