October 2016

Pastor and author Tim Keller says, “To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is a lot like being loved by God.” It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense. It humbles us out of our self-righteousness. It fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us. It’s messy, but it’s worth it.
This works out at First Baptist Church in home groups and Sunday School. Historically, we haven’t been too intentional in disciple-making as a church. If you’re really in need of community, if your marriage is on fire, if you’re struggling and wrestling with things, come to our small groups that are available or jump into a Sunday School. It’s available.
I know, it’s not going to be a cakewalk, but it will mature us and shape us in our lives as followers, as disciples, of Jesus, in our maturing in our pursuit of discipleship.
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed — not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence — continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose
. – Philippians 2:12-13
Because of Christ,
Pastor Aaron

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