Weekly Update – January 12th, 2023
Many times when we pray for members in the church, it is easy to remember requests that are spoken, lift up those who might be on our prayer list, or pray for those we know in our classes or in our groups. But when we take a look at the apostle Paul’s prayers for the different churches, we notice that he might mention his concerns about other’s health (Phil. 2:27; 2 Tim. 4:20), but more often than not, his concern is with a church’s growth in faith towards God and love towards one another. Therefore, this year, in 2023, I want to challenge you with a prayer for First Baptist Church. That prayer can be found in Colossians 1:9-14.
As we look at Colossians 1:9-14, there are three specific aspects to Paul’s prayer for the church at Colossae. First, he prays that the church would bear fruit (1:10). Second, he prays that the church would be strengthened with power (1:11). Third, he prays that the church would be thankful (1:12). These prayers come with a foundation though. In Colossians 1:12-13, Paul reminds the church that they have been qualified to share in an everlasting inheritance from God the Father, because of the work of Jesus Christ. Christ has come, lived, died and rose again, so that not only those in Colossae, but so that you and I might be delivered from the domain of darkness, forgiven of our sins, and set into a new kingdom. Therefore, to “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him” (Col. 1:10), Paul prays what he does for this church in 1:10-12, but he prays confidently, fully expecting his prayers to be answered, because he knows that Christ is at work in them.
Colossians 1:9-14 isn’t the only example of a prayer that we can pray for the church though. In Ephesians 3:16-17, Paul prays for the Ephesian church to be strengthened with power through the Holy Spirit, so that Christ might dwell in their hearts through faith. In Philippians 1:9-11, he prays that the Philippians’ love would abound more and more so that they might be pure and blameless for the day of Christ. In 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3, Paul thanks God for the Thessalonians “work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” You can find examples like these all throughout the New Testament for encouragement in how to pray for others that you are united with in church.
But what if I don’t know everyone? Especially now, with the amount of people who have recently joined our church, it might be easy to think that it is impossible to expand your prayer circle beyond those that you know. Well, let me suggest to you three ways that you can pray for the church, even if you don’t know everyone:
First, pray for adult equipping classes, children’s Sunday school classes, home groups, Awana workers and students, and those involved in other ministries of the church. Pray that those who attend may bear fruit, be strengthened with power and grow in their thankfulness to the Lord.
Second, pray for those who attend our worship services. Pray that through the singing, hearing the preached word, times of fellowship, etc, that those who are here would bear fruit, be strengthened with power and grow in their thankfulness to the Lord.
Third, pray through our church directory. Our directory has changed significantly in the last several years. In fact, we haven’t had a physical one made since 2016. With the change in membership that continuously occurs, we now have one that is online for you to access. It has the names of our members and is always being updated with those who join our church.
As we are now in 2023 and you perhaps commit to new goals in your life, commit also to praying for the church. Continue to pray for those you are close to, those on our prayer list and other requests that you know, but also consider the prayer of Paul in Colossians 1:9-14. Pray that together, we as God’s people, would bear fruit, be strengthened with power and be filled with thankfulness.
Serving Him with You,
Pastor Michael Nelson
Written by Pastor Michael Nelson
"[For] the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him..." - 2 Chronicles 16:9
Leadership Nominations: This Sunday, there will be an insert in the bulletin, as well as extra inserts available in the welcome center, for you to fill out to recommend men to serve as elders and deacons in the church. You can return these inserts to the church office or by placing them in the offering boxes in the welcome center or front foyer.
Membership Matters Class: Beginning Wednesday, January 18th at 6:30pm, there will be a Membership Matters class for those interested in joining FBC. This 4 week class (1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8) will be held in the library. Sign up in the hall if you plan to attend. You can find out more about our membership process HERE.
Home Groups: New home groups will be forming on Sunday, February 5th. Sign up in the hallway to be a part of a group. The sign up sheet is to express interest in home groups. We will then talk to you about what group you would like to be in. There will be at least 4 groups this spring. You can find more information about home groups HERE.
Men’s Retreat: On Saturday, January 21st, the men will head to Emporia, KS for a day long men’s conference. We only have one spot left, so if you are interested, sign up this week. For more information about this conference, go HERE.
Volunteers Needed: Volunteers are still needed during the 10:30am nursery time. Check the update or email the office for more information on how you can serve.
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering: Every year at this time, we raise funds to support missionaries all over the world who are serving with the International Mission Board (IMB). Our goal at First Baptist Church is to raise $10,000. So far, we have raised $6,946.54. If you haven’t already, will you consider partnering with us by giving, as we seek to support international missions? You can give on Sunday mornings through one of our offering boxes located in the foyer or the welcome center. Just mark your envelop as “missions” or “Lottie Moon.” Or you can give online HERE. Choose “missions” under the Fund tab. You can find more information about this offering HERE.
Join us for Awana Bible Clubs on Wednesday nights. Dinner is at 6:00pm and Awana Clubs are from 6:30-8:00pm.
Beginning January 8th we will be offering three equipping classes at 9:15am on Sunday mornings. War of Words will meet in the Sanctuary, a biblical exposition of Joel, Amos, and Obadiah will meet in the Fellowship Hall, and a Ladies’ class studying the Old Testament will meet in the classroom next to the nursery. You can find more information HERE about our equipping classes.
To Give Online, Go HERE.
You can also mail your offering to: 1416 Main Street, Grandview, MO. 64030
Home Groups will start back up in February. They typically meet on the first and third Sunday of each month. Look for a sign up sheet this week. You can find more information HERE.
An updated Prayer Guide can be accessed HERE.
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Guide for Worship can be found HERE.
Worship Service begins at 10:30am on Sunday mornings. Nursery care for children ages 0-3 years is available during the worship hour.
Continue to join us at 10:30am on Sunday mornings.
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Join us and invite a friend or family member to watch with you.
Children and Youth Sunday School take place at 9:15am on Sunday mornings.
Ages 0-4 meet in the nursery suite.
Grades K-3rd meet upstairs in U-5.
Grades 4th-6th meet upstairs in U-6.
Grades 7th-12th meet downstairs in the youth room.