Welcome Cody Hamilton, Youth Minister
Cody Hamilton is 26 years old and is a recent graduate of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Since his graduation in May 2021, he has been assisting in planting a church in Missouri.
How to Pray for Camp
“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgements and how inscrutable his ways” (Rom. 11:33). God is glorious. He is from everlasting to everlasting. There is none other like Him and He will not share His glory with another (Isiah 42:8). The Lord is far greater and more magnificent than any one of us can comprehend. This is the theme of summer camp with the students this year.
It is my hope and prayer, as I’m sure it is yours, that our students would learn and hear of God’s glory. We will be at the East Texas Baptist Encampment from June 27th through July 1st. While we are there, we will be focusing on who God is and how He is glorious. I am excited to see what the Lord might do in the lives of our students during this time.
Please pray for us. Pray for our students while we are at camp. Pray that the Lord would open their eyes to see Jesus as He is. Pray that they might taste and see that the Lord is good. Pray that they would understand their need for a savior. Pray that they would see the love of God displayed in Christ Jesus dying for us while we were His enemies. Pray that they would come to saving faith in the Lord Jesus if they have not already. Please, pray for our students.
Grace and Peace,
C. R. Hamilton
Putting Salt Back On the Menu
Brother Keith made several keen observations in his sermon this past Sunday. The one that struck a chord with most of us is probably when he said that perhaps the reason our community and world are not changed is because the Church has failed to be the salt of the earth. The salt has failed to be salty. Is this the case? Has the Church become unsalty?
Yes, in many ways the Church, at least in the United States, seems to be saltless. Why? What has brought this about? Compromise and capitulation. Rather than standing on the truth of the Gospel, the Church has seemingly just seen fit to go with the flow. Rather than fixing our eyes on Jesus we have begun to look at other things. The Church begins to reflect Gomer, the unfaithful wife of Hosea.
This was pointed out to me several years ago by missionary from China that lived here in the U.S. He made the observation that if you go into a typical evangelical church on Memorial Day weekend or on the Fourth of July it would seem that the people are not there to Worship the Everlasting God, but America. This man went on to note that if the people who filled our churches were as keen on telling people about Christ as they were Donald Trump our communities would look drastically different.
I think this man makes some great points. Donald Trump is no one’s savior. Christ Jesus Himself is the only Savior. And though the Church may have been unsalty for some time, there is hope. There are many faithful brothers and sisters across this country who have seen this issue and have taken a stand for Christ and His gospel. Christ is being proclaimed with zeal and His gospel is going out to our lost and dying country. May we also be a church with zeal for Christ and His gospel.
My Sincere Thanks
Last night was our baked goods auction to raise funds to help the students go to camp. I am happy to tell you that, through your generosity, we were ale to raise enough to cover the cost of all our students that have signed up to go to camp! Beyond the auction, there have been many individuals and Sunday School classes who have given funds to help with sending our students to camp. To see so many people willing to come alongside to support and love our students has been breath-taking.
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). Jesus made clear that the delineating feature of his disciples is the love that they exhibit for each other. One of the ways this is seen is in the inter-generation relationships within the church. There is a beauty in seeing different generations of believers love one another. This is exactly what I have seen here at FBC. I have not seen or heard constant critiques of the students because of what they wear or how “their generation is.” Rather, I have seen and heard of your love and care for them. I have had multiple people offer their homes, pools, and property to be used for youth events. I have listened to several men ask about the spiritual well-being of our students. I know so many of you pray for our students regularly.
What can I say but thank you? Thank you for loving and supporting the students here at FBC. Thank you for being kind and patient with them. Thank you for being willing to give financially to help send them to camp and fund other events. Thank you for your regular prayers for them.
From the bottom of my heart, Thank You,
What and Why
One of the most helpful things that takes place in seminary is that you are sharpened, stretched, and pressed. Your peers and professors ask and expect you to be able to articulate what you believe. More than that, they expect you to explain why you believe what you believe. These two questions, “what do you believe” and “why do you believe that” are crucial questions. However, if you ask the average church goer what they believe on a given topic you might be met with silence or perhaps a good answer. Follow up with the second question of why and the answers become fewer and less robust.
This ought not be the case. Peter tells us that we are to always be prepared to give an account of the hope that is in us (1 Pet. 3:15). We should always be prepared to give an answer to someone who asks us of the hope that we have in Christ. Furthermore, we should be able to explain why. Beyond that, we should be able to sit down with anyone and have them ask questions about the Christian Faith and be able to answer their questions. You don’t have to have all the answers. No one knows all things but the Lord. However, as faithful stewards of God we should be able to give an answer about our hope and faith when asked or challenged.
June 27th- July 1st will be our summer camp at ETBE. I am excited about this one. Camp is a great opportunity to spend multiple days with the students, tell them about the love of Christ, and build relationships with them. (Total camp cost is $225.
Sunday Morning Bible Study, 9:15 am
Sunday Evening Classes (when in session), 5:30 pm
Wednesday Worship, 6:30 pm