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Getting Out of the Ark

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Annually at the Historic First Baptist Church of Williamsburg, we take the month of January to reflect and refocus on what God requires of us as Stewards. This year the theme was "Get Out of the Ark". This will recap a few points from each of the powerful messages delivered this month,  all of which are available for your listening pleasure on our website. 

Pastor Davis kicked the month off with “Get Out of the Boat" reminding us to not be afraid and focus on Jesus.  We should share our time, talents and treasures to uplift others.  We should seek the Kingdom of God above all other things, and  if we abide in Jesus Christ all things are possible when we believe in him. As believers we should Walk by Faith and Not by Sight then we will be able to experience God’s miracles!

How to Get out of the Ark”---We must plant and sow good seeds.  Pruning and repotting our seeds in fertile ground is often required to achieve maximum growth.  To grow, we must study God’s word.  We must become Good Soil in order for the Word of God and the Holy Spirit to grow within, enabling us to share our good fruits with others.  We must be deemed as Good soil by God in order to be blessed to be a blessing.  The formula for Stewardship Success is Good soil + Good seed = a Good Steward with much fruit and a great harvest.

Get Out of the Ark of contention, jealousy, complacency, and dissension, Stewardship Style!  We do this by studying God’s word, evangelizing, sharing our talents, and treasures, while remembering that everything we have belongs to God.  He has blessed us and is trusting us to be good stewards over those blessings.  Stewardship is a matter of the heart—“Where your treasure is, there  is your heart also".  Bad fruit + Bad heart =  Bad stewardship ; Good Fruit + Good Heart =  Good Stewardship.  

Finally, our Brother in Christ , Pastor Travis Simone, from Williamsburg Chapel, stated that God has called us to Go and be mobile explorers for Christ.  As we abide in him and his word, we will be compelled to venture into new and different territories that do more to build the Kingdom. As we GO on this Holy Spirit led exploration it will become our map to Discipleship, leading us away from what is predictable, our preferences and our pride to a life filled with Kingdom living.  Now, Let's Get out of the Ark together and become Stewardship In Action.

Posted by Nathan Hill

Strong and Godly Men of FBC

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As we begin a new year let us reflect on what is required of us to accomplish all that God desires for us in 2019. 

STRONG AND GODLY MEN OF FBC

We hope and pray the best for thee

To take your dutiful and right place

Serving the Lord with wisdom and grace

Be of good courage and of good cheer

Worshipping the Lord without prejudice or fear

Leading the endless freedom fight

Standing firm and erect for what is just and right 

Encouraging their brethren to lay their burdens down

And seek the reward of that heavenly crown

Practicing the fruit of love toward their fellow man

Helping and supporting them whenever they can

Be faithful and do not dismay

Knowing that God will provide a way

Keep your eyes steadfast on the prize

Until your just reward is realized

Be strong men every blessed day

Giving our Lord and Savior the glory

And when asked what it is you have to say

Tell them about the Jesus story

Pray that the Savior will keep you upright and strong

Abounding you with his blessings all the day long

Coupled with his divine Mercy, and Grace

And the reverent desire to finish this race 

Be the caretakers of God’s Holy Temple

Spreading his Holy Word clear and simple

Even when there are more downs than ups

And you are destined to drink from life’s bitter cup

So what to this poem is an appropriate end

In tribute to the FBC’s gallantly strong men

Other than to keep a vigilant and steady pace

And striving in glory to finish the race as the Strong Men of FBC!!!

The Bright and Morning Star

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As we draw closer to the day in which we celebrate God's greatest gift to the world, let's reflect on the true reason for the season, Jesus the Christ. Jesus is our Bright and Morning Star. He is the Star of the entire creation and redemption process.  No other Star is greater than Jesus Christ. Why?! Because “There is no salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”  Just as the wise men looked  up to a star to guide them to baby Jesus, we too need to look up and see our Bright and Morning Star sitting at the right hand of Power.  All we have to do is look up. Stars can only be seen by looking up.  Whatever we need in life, look up to the Bright and Morning Star as our guide, because wherever he guides he provides.

“After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.” Matthew 2;9-10 NIV

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