Driving to church this morning was a precursor of what was to come. It had rained most of the night and was still raining, creating dangerous puddles of water on the roads and making the trip slower than normal. Yet Monieca and I enjoyed the 15 minute drive, worshiping as we listened to a Moriah Peters CD.
Yes, the rain affected attendance but not nearly as much as I had expected. I spoke with several first time guests, two families joined FBC, and two girls made professions of faith. That alone made it a good day. Then Jamie Burdette shared a brief report about Saturday’s Servolution – more than 130 members served at 14 locations around our city showing Jesus’ love to people in practical ways.
We continued our “Future Family” teaching series, looking at qualities that build family relationships: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, bearing with one another, forgiveness, and love (Colossians 3:12-14). You can watch or listen to today’s message, as well the previous messages in this series, on the First Baptist web site.
During our ride to church Monieca and I discussed how easy it is for people to use rain as an excuse to stay home on Sundays. We talked about how those same people would never miss work because it was raining. That’s why I was so encouraged today. Many more people who normally attend FBC said “yes” to worship than said “yes” to the temptation to stay in bed listening to the rain. While heavy rain can be a challenge for some who are elderly and for single moms with really young children, for most of it’s just an inconvenience. This morning God’s people were faithful and this Pastor was blessed. It really was a good day and I’m grateful for our FBC Family of Faith.
Pastor Steve Hogg