FBC Youth Update
Priscilla Shirer Simulcast
Men’s Softball Team
Upcoming Baptism and Picnic
From The Pastor
FBC Youth Update
Spotlight on People
We have had some great teaching and worship at our youth meetings! For those of you who don’t know, the youth meet on Wednesdays at 6:45 and try to finish by 8:45. We have small group meetings every other Wednesday. And we always have game time! Some Wednesday nights are purely game nights. Also, a new Senior High Bible study takes place every other Thursday.
Two of our leaders have had to step aside, hopefully for just a season. Tori Harvell and Joyce Southwell are inactive as official leaders but still are available to the young women in the youth group as time allows.
Worship leaders – Sean Grumbach and Harris Braziel
Games Director – Derek Harvell
Small Group Leaders – Sarah, Kara, Meredith, Harris, Derek and Sean. Thanks for always being willing to serve!
Other Leaders – Patrick Conner (our always there A/V guy and leader) and John Edwards (an always there adult leader). Thanks for always being there!
Bryan Grumbach plays basketball for the home school PAC Panthers.
Cali and Noah Harvell are beginning the softball/baseball season. We will miss them on some Wednesdays.
Esther Edwards has been doing some dance performing lately.
Michael and Karis Gutshall play basketball for the Covenant Christian team.
Klemy Hermann plays soccer for Ben Lippen.
Rudy Hermann took third place in recent state wrestling tournament. This was his first year.
Teddy Nagelvoort earned a spot in the All State Band. He is a trombone guy.
Anna Shoop was elected Homecoming Queen in her first year at the school.
Laura Shoop played in state basketball tournament last week. Ask her about the results!
FBC donated $164 to the Souper Bowl project. We donated the money to Harvest Hope Food Bank. Thank you for your contributions!
Junior High Servanthood is scheduled for June10 – 15, 2012
A tentative Senior High short term missions trip to South America is scheduled in July. We will be working with John Howard. Please pray for details to come together.
Women’s Ministry Update
Priscilla Shirer Simulcast
Going Beyond is an intimate and inspiring women’s conference like no other. Spend time with Priscilla Shirer and worship leader Anthony Evans as they encourage you from God’s Word and lead you in a special prayer experience. Priscilla’s ministry to women across the country and around the world is focused on the expository teaching of the Word of God. Her desire is to see women come to a full understanding of who they are in Christ by hearing the uncompromising truth of Scripture. She is author of He Speaks To Me, Discerning the Voice of God, Can We Talk?, One In A Million, Jonah, and SEED.
We want you to be a part of this experience! Tickets are available at FBC or Lifeway Christian Bookstore in Harbison. The cost of $10 includes Friday night’s session from 7:00-9:30 a.m. and Saturday’s session from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., along with refreshments.
For more information, please contact Leslie Cirrincione at firstname.lastname@example.org or (803) 767-5220. We have a sign-up page on our website for your convenience: Priscilla Shirer Simulcast Sign-Up
FBC’s doors will open for the event at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and 8:15 a.m. on Saturday. For more information on Priscilla Shirer and her ministry, check out http://www.goingbeyond.com/.
Men’s Ministry Update
Come out and support our men’s softball team! They play on Thursday nights, at either Irmo Middle School or the District Office (next to the Wal-Mart in Ballentine). Here is the April schedule:
-April 12 – 7:00 – Irmo Middle
-April 19 – 7:00 – District Office
-April 26 – 9:00 – District Office
The FBC Men’s Ministry will hold a barbeque on Tuesday, April 17th. Please join us! We will get started at 6:15. There will be lots of food and a challenge to grow in Christ. A donation of $5 is requested. The location will be the 209 Lake Frances Club House (Lake Frances Drive off of Ramblin Road, West Columbia, SC). For more information contact Mike Harvell or Jeff deBessonet.
Church Picnic and Baptism
Our annual church picnic is coming up! We will first have our baptism on the church grounds immediately following the service. Please contact Pastor Jack if you wish to be baptized. Immediately following the baptism, we will picnic together at Saluda Shoals Park in the Paw Paw Shelter. Please bring enough food and drink for your family, plus some to share. Feel free to bring athletic gear to enjoy the biking/nature trails.
From The Pastor
Arrogance and Evangelism
Paul wrote of his own ministry in 2 Corinthians 6:3, “We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited.” Yet for the Jews (and many others), Paul realized that the Gospel of salvation through faith in Jesus and not by works would cause many to stumble. So in Romans 9:32-33 he wrote, “They stumbled over the ‘stumbling stone.’ As it is written: ‘See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.’”
Perhaps you’ve heard it prayed in putting these together, “Lord, if people stumble let it be over the offense of the Gospel and not because I am personally offensive.”
A recent conversation with a young man put me in mind of those things. He told me of his struggle with what might be called “Evangelical Arrogance.”
We are sure that Jesus is God’s Son, the Savior of the world, and that through faith in him we find life and forgiveness in a relationship with God. We are sure about Jesus because we are sure that the Bible is God’s word.
How can we be so sure without coming across as arrogant, intolerant, and prideful?
Into these thoughts came the release of a very timely article written by John Dickson, an Australian writer, historian, minister and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University. He is co-founder and director of the Centre for Public Christianity, a media company that seeks to “promote the public understanding of the Christian faith.” He also serves as senior minister of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Roseville, Australia. Whew.
Dickson’s article is “The Church in Secular Culture” and can be found at the following web site: http://christianitytoday.imirus.com/Mpowered/book/vcat12/i2/p5. I tried to get permission to post the whole article but could not. So here’s the thought that grabbed my attention:
I think the very first thing to do is to adopt a stance of mission instead of admonition toward the world.
Are we too busy telling others they are wrong? Too busy proving we are right when we ought to be loving and serving first?
Here’s where the article intersected my recent conversation. We are convinced we are right about the Gospel. Are we certain about everything else? This is where my young friend struggled. It seemed like the Christianity he grew up with acted as if it were right about everything. It was bent on admonishing anyone who disagreed on anything.
My own experience resonated with his comment. One man left my previous church because I could not agree that the only possible Christian position on Genesis was that of a literal six-day creation and a young earth of 10,000 or fewer years old. Really? Of course, only one view is true. But are we to say now that we know the origins of life on earth with such certainty that people who do not agree are less than Christian? Even non-Christian?
Is there only one Christian position on healthcare? On birth control? On welfare? Must all good Christians be capitalists? Or Republicans? Or Democrats? Is Christian socialist an oxymoron? Having the truth of the Gospel, do we act as if we have the truth about everything else and that, of course, all good Christians will think as we think?
How do we draw others to Christ without being arrogant? Maybe it’s by admitting that we are not so sure about everything. That we too have many unanswered questions. Maybe it’s about humility, love, and caring first.