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As followers of Jesus at Friendswood Baptist Church, we acknowledge that the Bible must be the foundation for all that we believe and all that we do. It is essential for spiritual nourishment and transformation. Therefore, we commit ourselves to the clear and accurate teaching and preaching of God’s Word so that we will handle it correctly by hearing it, learning it, applying it to our lives, and sharing it with others.
 
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Sep 16, 2018
Overcoming Opposition To The Mission
Where do we find the strength to persevere in the mission to which Christ has called us, especially when the opposition gets fierce?
 
In Acts 4:23-31, we see how the early believers prayed when they were faced with opposition. After Peter and John reported the threats of the Jewish leaders to their fellow believers, they immediately went to the Lord in prayer. Their prayer focused first on divine sovereignty. Then, their requests focused on remaining faithful to the mission. God answered their prayer.
 
When you're facing opposition to the gospel mission, whether from outside or inside the church, pray to remain faithful to the mission. Pray first, pray together, and pray with all your heart. Remember, God is in control. Don't get confused about the mission. Ask God to do what only He can do.
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  • Sep 16, 2018Overcoming Opposition To The Mission
    Sep 16, 2018
    Overcoming Opposition To The Mission
    Where do we find the strength to persevere in the mission to which Christ has called us, especially when the opposition gets fierce?
     
    In Acts 4:23-31, we see how the early believers prayed when they were faced with opposition. After Peter and John reported the threats of the Jewish leaders to their fellow believers, they immediately went to the Lord in prayer. Their prayer focused first on divine sovereignty. Then, their requests focused on remaining faithful to the mission. God answered their prayer.
     
    When you're facing opposition to the gospel mission, whether from outside or inside the church, pray to remain faithful to the mission. Pray first, pray together, and pray with all your heart. Remember, God is in control. Don't get confused about the mission. Ask God to do what only He can do.
  • Aug 26, 2018Looking For Your Place In This World
    Aug 26, 2018
    Looking For Your Place In This World
    It’s inevitable that as we go through life in this world we begin to ask big questions like, “Why am I here? Where is this all going? What role am I supposed to play? Does it even really matter?” Some people go through life never finding answers to those questions. It can become depressing, overwhelming, and even paralyzing as we wrestle with trying to discover our place in this world.
     
    In Acts 3:11-26, Peter addressed a group of Israelites whose core identity was rooted in knowing their place as God’s chosen people. However, in spite of all the covenants, promises, and warnings they received from the Lord, they still missed Jesus, the long-awaited Messiah. As such, they were in danger of being cut off from God’s people. So, Peter called them to turn to Jesus to find their place once again. In essence, Peter declared to them that their place among God’s people begins and ends with Jesus.
     
    While most people in the world today are not ethnically Jewish, the core of Peter’s message still rings true for every one of us, that is, your place in this world begins and ends with Jesus. So, turn to Jesus to find forgiveness of sin. Turn to Jesus to find refreshing for your soul. Turn to Jesus to find hope for the future.
  • Aug 19, 2018Responding To People’s Needs
    Aug 19, 2018
    Responding To People’s Needs
    The human world is a rough place precisely because all the people are there. People are complicated, messy, needy, with physical, financial, relational, and spiritual needs. You may want to help, but what can you do? Can you really make a difference? The world is such a mess. Wouldn’t it be easier to insulate yourself ?
     
    In Acts 3:1-10, Peter and John responded to a man's need with compassion. They encountered a man who was lame begging at the Temple. They engaged him in relationship. Then, Jesus healed the man through them. As a result of the man's response, the stage was set for the gospel.
     
    Respond to people's needs with sincere and tangible acts of compassion. Get out where the people are. See people first, not just needs. Address the tangible need while pointing them to Jesus. Sometime, the Lord will ignite a chain reaction.
  • Aug 12, 2018When You’ve Lost All Your Fizz
    Aug 12, 2018
    When You’ve Lost All Your Fizz
    The Christian life sometimes becomes dull and void of passion.
     
    We may be indifferent to God because we are indifferent toward sin.
     
    In the presence of a holy God, we ought to be acutely aware of our sin.
     
    Come to Jesus as one returning to your first love. Ask Jesus to soften your heart towards your sin. Then, receive the gracious forgiveness that only Jesus can provide.
     
    As a result, the Christian life can be full of passion and zeal for the Lord. 
  • Aug 5, 2018When God’s Way Gets Tough
    Aug 5, 2018
    When God’s Way Gets Tough
    When it comes to God's plan for our lives, we either love it or hate it, especially as He leads us down a road marked with suffering. When it comes to God's commands, we either love them or hate them, especially when they conflict with what we really want to do. 
     
    We can see this principle playing out with respect to the ministries of John the Baptist and Jesus in Luke 7:18-35. Some people were sincere but unsure about them and their message. Some people embraced them and their message as truly coming from God. Some people rejected them and their message out of pride.
     
    When God's way gets tough, come to Jesus as a sincere seeker. Don't try to conform God to your way, but rather, ask God to help you conform your way to His. When God's plan for your life isn't making sense, bring your questions to Him, seeking understanding. When God's commands are difficult, bring your struggles to Him, willing to obey. 
  • Jul 29, 2018When Life Leaves You Empty-Handed
    Jul 29, 2018
    When Life Leaves You Empty-Handed
    Some problems in life are relatively small, being resolved by spending a little money, investing some time and energy, or just going to bed and starting over again tomorrow. Other problems in life are much bigger, leaving us empty-handed and wondering what we should do, where is God, and does He even really care.
     
    In Luke 7:11-17, Jesus' compassion extended to an empty-handed widow. She lived in Nain, an insignificant little village off the beaten path. This fallen world had left her empty-handed after having lost her only son. However, when Jesus came upon the funeral procession for her son, Jesus saw the woman. He cared about her. He spoke comforting words to her. He acted within His ability to help her. 
     
    In doing these things, Jesus exemplified the timeless truth that God's compassion extends to the empty-handed. The Scriptures testify to this again and again. God cares when you're empty-handed. He sees you; He has compassion towards you; He speaks comforting words to you; and He is acting from His infinite resources to help you.
     
    So, come to Jesus when life leaves you empty-handed. This principle is true if you find yourself physically empty-handed like the woman in Luke 7. It is true if you find yourself spiritually empty-handed on account of your sin. However, this principle also informs how we respond to others in our lives or in the world who find themselves empty-handed. For, the primary way God ministers to the needs of the empty-handed is through His faithful people. So, be Jesus' hands and feet to the empty-handed
  • Jul 15, 2018The God Who Majors In The Impossible
    Jul 15, 2018
    The God Who Majors In The Impossible
    Series: Other
    The Lord assigns impossible tasks to His people. The task looks too hard and the enemy looks too big.
     
    Focused on the impossible task, we are overwhelmed. We become paralyzed and tempted to compromise.
     
    The Lord says, "You shall not be afraid ... but you shall remember" [cf. Deuteronomy 7:17-26]. You'll remember what God has done and who God is.
     
    Focused on the Lord, we are emboldened. We are mobilized for the mission and uncompromised in our zeal for God's glory.
     
    Will you trust in the God who majors in the impossible?
  • Jun 3, 2018Community In The Body Of Christ
    Jun 3, 2018
    Community In The Body Of Christ
    Series: Other
    Christ created a new humanity at the Cross (Eph 2:11-18). Whereas differences between Christians would threaten to separate us, the work of Jesus would unite us.
     
    The new humanity functions through the Church (Eph 4:22-32). You must be in the church to put on the new humanity. For, the new humanity is lived out as we relate to each other. 
  • May 27, 2018When Approaching The King
    May 27, 2018
    When Approaching The King
    When it comes to your relationship with God, do you give much thought to entering into His presence in worship? Would your approach change if you thought of Him as a glorious King reigning in perfect power and holiness?
     
    In Psalm 24, David wrote of a celebratory procession in ancient Israel, most likely in the context of the Ark of the Covenant being brought into Jerusalem not only for the first time but also after subsequent victories in battle. During the back and forth between the procession and the gatekeepers in the city and at the sanctuary, the Israelites celebrated God as King over all the earth and rejoiced in the fellowship they enjoyed with Him. 
     
    Through the Israelites' praise, we learn that the Lord is King. Additionally, in this song, we see how the Lord expressed His sovereign authority through establishing order by subduing  chaos. He firmly established the dry land upon the chaos of the seas at Creation. He firmly establishes His people in victory over their enemies, in a military context with respect to ancient Israel and in a spiritual context with respect to Jesus' victory over Satan, sin, and death through His own death and resurrection. Naturally, we would want to draw near to the Lord to worship Him for who He is in response to what He has done. However, another thing David made clear in this psalm was that holiness must be firmly established in your life if you would approach God
     
    So, examine yourself before approaching the King. In doing so, you will discover that you need His provision to meet His holy standard. He has provided for your cleansing from sin by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Have you trusted in Christ for salvation, receiving this cleansing? Even if you have professed faith in Christ in the past, make sure that you are truly in the faith. For, apart from Christ's provision for your cleansing, you are not only unable to approach God in worship but also unprepared to stand before Him in the final judgment. Having received cleansing from Jesus, though, live a life that is pleasing to Him by the grace He provides so that you might remain in close fellowship with the holy God, your glorious King.
  • May 20, 2018When The Lord Is With You
    May 20, 2018
    When The Lord Is With You
    Have you ever looked for someone to watch over you? For, we all have needs and desires that go unmet in this fallen world. The needs themselves may be entirely legitimate, including things like physical, spiritual, and psychological needs, and our needs for restoration, guidance, and protection. The problem is that we look in the wrong places for those needs to be satisfied. In fact, we won't find what we're looking for in this world at all, but only in the Lord, where David did in Psalm 23.
     
    In Psalm 23, David declared, "The Lord is my shepherd." It's a profound statement in itself, making significant statements about God, ourselves, and the relationship we can have with Him. Then, David explains how the Lord satisfies your needs and desires. For, as a good shepherd, He provides for, restores, guides, and protects His people. Furthermore, as a King, He invites you into fellowship at His royal banquet. 
     
    So, if you're looking for someone to watch over you, because you find yourself feeling stressed, overwhelmed, confused, or terrified, like a sheep without a shepherd, then look to the Lord like David did in Psalm 23. Dwell with your shepherd who watches over you.