We are excited to greet our winter residents with our entire church back together. Each time we gather at First Baptist Church becomes a family reunion! We are beginning “Journey to Victory,” a weekend series of messages based on the life of Moses. A Hebrew by birth, an Egyptian by culture, royalty by training, and a desert shepherd by necessity, Moses went through a roller coaster experience on his life journey. He was born in the worst of times, experienced extraordinary success then catastrophic failure, numbing obscurity, dramatic calling, and perhaps the greatest leadership challenges of any man on the face of the earth.
Moses was Spirit-inspired to give us the first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy), often referred to as the Pentateuch, which is Greek for “Five Scrolls” and is also called the Torah (Hebrew for “law”). However, we will make the most of Moses from Exodus and not focus upon the Jewish law, the commandments, or the regulations.
We will learn more about intimacy with God, since “The Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend” (Exodus 33:11). Of course, in this age of grace, the newest Christian has privileges that Moses did not have.
As a church, we will see how God can lead us in new areas of ministry, missions, growth, and giving over the next months, as when God “made known His ways to Moses, his acts to the sons of Israel” (Psalm 103:7).
In our journey, we will expand our worship time to the 11:00 service in the Worship Center during the season. Dr. Stearns and the choir and orchestra will lead the seasonal service, while Pastor Eric Yeldell and the band continue to lead in the Chapel. I will be preaching, as well as using a rotation system with four of our gifted pastors: Kevin Taylor, Troy Maragos, Chris Lowery, and John Edie. The same texts, themes, and biblical thrust will be communicated in each service, with the ministers adding their own unique interpretations.
This coming week, we begin new studies in RefresHer Women’s Ministry and Band of Brothers. While the women begin a study of God of Creation by Jen Wilkin led by Janet Wicker and Kristin Yeldell, the men in Band of Brothers will begin our first session hearing the dynamic President of Denver Theological Seminary, Dr. Mark Young. We will then study Great Prayers of the Bible, which teach timeless truths and inspire us to pray, beginning with The Lord’s Prayer of Matthew 6.