God’s Will

God’s Will

Lesson originally delivered on 1/14

Here are some of the takeaways from the lesson:

  • It is not uncommon for much of what we do to not be reflected in our understanding of God’s will for our life.
  • Regardless of the truths that I have known concerning God’s will, I have at times been more interested in my will being brought to fruition than God’s.
  • God’s plan for you is for your good, but you are not the one that gets to define what that good is, He does. And it is better than any good you could ever imagine.
  • God’s plan for you is Holiness – God’s Plan for you is to be a lover of People – God’s Plan for you is to be in service to Him.
  • There are two futures in this life for all to take hold of and they are found in a familiar passage in Matthew 16:24-25
    • One future “finds” life and the other “loses” it. One loses the temporal for the sake of the eternal and one forgoes the eternal for the satisfaction or dream of the temporal. And so the question is posed…if anyone would want to come after me (Jesus) and take hold of those things that are eternal – He/She must decide to forgo themselves, place themselves on the road to Calvary – cross in tow, and follow Jesus to the death of themselves.

Additional resources to consider

Daniel Hess | Understanding God’s Plan for You

Karl Vaters | Stop Helping Me Fulfill My Potential

 

From Panic To Prayer

From Panic To Prayer

We are preparing for a great event at First Baptist Church of Columbia.  Our annual Prayer Conference is going to take place on January 26 & 27.  It is always an exciting time as we learn how to pray more effectively and spend time praying together.  Beth Greer will be leading us in worship, myself and Katie Whitaker, from the South Carolina Baptist Convention, will be teaching on prayer.  I was reading Psalm 4 in my study on prayer.  Psalm 4 is a Psalm of David as he is running from his son, Absalom, who is trying to take over the kingdom. Continue reading →

Waiting

Waiting

Early last November on a Wednesday night, I stopped into Ellis Hall during dinner to speak to our College Minister, Rob about the Fall Retreat that we were about to take with the students. Before I could make it to Rob, his son McLendon came up to me and said in a whisper, like a little 5-year-old drug dealer, “Ya got something for me?
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Episode 7 : Calling

Episode 7 : Calling

Welcome to the First Community Podcast where we talk about life and faith with our First Baptist Family.

Caroline and April talk about what it means to be “called” by God and if it’s really as mystical and mysterious as it sounds. Then we talk with Jennifer Barrineau, life-long attender and member of First Baptist, as well as current Student Ministry Assistant, to hear some of her faith story. We also talk about what God is currently doing in Jennifer’s life, the Student Ministry, and FIRST Women’s Ministry.

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