Happy New Year! 

It’s hard to believe 2019 is already here. Though our calendar is changing, our God is unchanging. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. May the Lord bless you with happiness and joy, good health, the love of family and friends, and a full assurance that He has a Master Plan for your life. May we all grow in the knowledge of His Word and make a commitment to share His love with others - ”to know Christ and make Him known.” 

One way to grow is participating in our church-wide challenge to read the entire Bible and together this year. God breathed out his Word so that we might know him better and trust Him more. The Bible is about Jesus Christ, and points to Him throughout all Scripture. The only way to see Jesus Christ in all of Scripture is to read all of Scripture! What a benefit and blessing it is to behold Jesus, our Prophet, through the prophetic books of the Old Testament; to worship Jesus, our King, through Samuel and Kings, and the Gospels; and to draw near to God through Jesus, our High Priest, as foretold in Leviticus and Numbers and understood in full through Hebrews. Read the entire Bible to love and delight in Christ, your Lord and Savior! 

I urge you to accept the challenge and be diligent in your daily readings. I am looking forward to what God can and will do as we all read and pray the same Scriptures each week…creating camaraderie and affording enjoyable discussions, pointing out new discoveries, and applying it to our lives…together. I am looking forward to the testimonies that only He can bring.

The new sermon series, “The Church Jesus Envisions” will cause us to think and pray about the future of First Baptist. I encourage you to be in church on Sundays to hear these messages and then to talk about their content with other church members and to pray over the Scriptures. His Scripture reveals His will. Prayerfully interacting with one another about the messages Jesus sent to the seven churches can awaken, revolutionize, energize, revive, compel, and propel us into the work God has ALREADY prepared in advance for us to do. God has a plan! His will is not hidden. He will complete the work He has begun.
 
I am truly thankful to be in His service with you, 

Pastor Joe

First Baptist Church
Bible Reading Plan for 2019
 

 Take the Challenge! Let us be people of the Word! As a church family we will read the Bible together during the year. Imagine what God can say to us as we focus together on His Word. 

 In the year ahead, ask God to speak to you through Scripture. Pray before you read. Be expectant. Allow God’s Word to shape your attitudes and behaviors. Over the course of the year, you will gain greater insight and understanding of God’s Story. The Bible reading plan, produce by Into Thy Word will take you through the Bible in a year. The readings are divided into the main genres such as Gospels, Law, Narrative (history), Psalms, Poetry, Prophecy, and Epistles. This plan will help you maintain interest. Don’t give up!