October
2
2018

Pastor's Paragraph, 10/2/2018

Dear Church Family,
Sunday night we identified where we are as a church, being off mission and needing to get back to the basics. Our church has been plateaued in attendance for 5 years following the pattern of churches in decline. Sunday night we will continue the analysis of the American evangelical church and apply it to understand where FBCBC is presently and where it is headed without an intentional intervention. We will look at Dickerson’s book, The Great Evangelic Recession, unpacking the last three areas indicating the church decline: Bankrupt, Bleeding, and Sputtering. Recovery or rebound cannot happen, if we are not willing to deal with the reality of the causes and boldly endure the pain required to return to health.
 
Psalm 102 is where we will continue our sermon series through the Psalms, “Songs for the Soul.” Pain and suffering not only wear out our bodies, it afflicts our mental state, our emotions, and can drive down deep into our soul. When the hurts are temporal like a bout with the flu, we can endure them knowing it will pass soon. But, what about when the hurt and pain appears to have no end? We can feel abandoned by God and begin to lose hope of ever seeing a day without misery. The writer of the psalm is expressing just such a fear. He is pleading with God to pay attention to his crying out and bring forth a respite from the pain. He begs for God to “incline your ear to me, answer me speedily in the day when I call.” (v.2) Confession is good for the soul. When we can and will express the depths of hearts, the good, the bad, and the ugly, before God, God is pleased. God does not want a superficial relationship with us.

Jesus did not die so we could be just a passing acquaintance. When we confess, we can finally hear God and get our perspective right. “But you, O Lord, are enthroned forever.” (v. 12) Our pain and suffering has not knocked God off his throne. He did more than incline his ear toward us, He sent his son Jesus to die for us. Is it enough for you today? Will you confess your struggles to claim Jesus is enough? Let us start today, because Jesus is enough.
 
FBCBC is where the “impossible” is a living reality everyday and we are about Connecting Christ to people. Invite 3 to come connect, celebrate and contribute to what God is doing at FBCBC.
 
For His Glory,
Douglas Shows
Psalm 102:27

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