A message to our guests and members

April 1, 2020
Thanks for joining us for another weekend of services online.  We will continue to offer online services through April and then we will reevaluate if social distancing restrictions are changed. We had our first Executive Board meeting via Webex. We are looking into some avenues to create online interactive opportunities for our church body that will provide some safe avenues to connect and share.
We are planning some exciting things for the week of Easter and Easter Sunday, April 12. Please be praying for God to draw people to online experiences this Easter. We will have Easter Sunday Service just not at the church.  You will be able to join us online and invite others with you for Sunday school and worship.
Please check the following FBC online resources for helpful information during the week and on the weekends. Our staff and volunteer leaders are working hard to provide helpful resources and equipping during this season. We’ll be sharing some creative ways that you can practice Jeremiah 29:7 on the First Baptist Church of Murphy Texas Facebook page later this week.
I hope you are still continuing to work on memorizing your verses. Right now, you should have memorized Romans 3:23, 6:23, and 5:8.  You should be working on memorizing Romans 10:9. This Bridge to Life YouTube video will give you a brief picture of one way we will encourage you to utilize these verses to share the gospel with someone. Please watch the video and share with others.
This is a great time for families to learn more about family discipleship. Here’s a link to an article I wrote on Family Discipleship for the Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary Journal. This will help you think strategically about extra time at home and how to strategically disciple the next generation. Please read and share with others.
Know that we are praying for you.  We need to pray for one another.  Call someone up and pray for them. Text them a prayer. Email them a prayer. Be creative and consistent in praying for one another.  God is doing an incredible work in us and in our nation.  Let us be passionate about walking consistently with Him so that we can join Him where He is working.
Please read the following announcements and utilize them as a way to pray for our church.
Reading: Week 13 – March 30
M – Joshua 5:10-15,6; T – Joshua 7-8; W – Joshua 23-24 ;
Th – Judges 2-3; F – Judges4
Scripture Memory: Romans 5:8 ESV (Review Romans 3:23 & 6:23)
“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  
Please pray about how God would lead you to give to this offering above your tithe enabling missionaries to reach more people in North America with the gospel. Our church goal is $1200. We will receive this offering through Easter and 100% of your gifts will go directly to Missionaries.
EASTER: Sunday, April 12 (We will worship together on Easter Sunday just not in person. This worship time will be streamed online.) Who will you pray for and invite to join you online?
Theme Verse: I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you
will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
Motto: Jesus! Our Strong Foundation!
Save the date to make a kingdom impact at Mission Arlington.
You can give ONLINE with a debit card or checking account at https://www.fbcmurphy.com/give/
You can MAIL your tithes to First Baptist Church, 800 North Murphy Road, Murphy, TX 75094.
You can DELIVER tithe to the church. Contact me first (501-993-6378) to make sure someone is there.
Ben Phillips, Pastor