Pea Ridge First Baptist Church
As I explore the New Testament and read through the resurrection accounts that the eye witnesses share with us, I am struck by several aspects of these accounts. One of my favorites is found in John 21. I suppose it’s a favorite for a specific reason.
After suffering the unimaginable agony of the cross. An agony that was certainly much more than physical, given the reality that the sinless Savior had my sin placed upon Him on the cross. An agony that our finite human minds can’t fully comprehend. After his suffering and death, on that Sunday morning Jesus comes back from the grave. He defeats death and the grave. After all of that, his interaction with Peter and the other disciples in this passage is extremely gracious. Bear in mind, although these guys were with Jesus when He was arrested, they all ran away in fear. With the possible exception of John, they all left Jesus to fend for himself. Peter had sworn to Jesus just a little while earlier that he was ready to die for Jesus, and he most certainly would not leave Him. But, after denying to even know Him three times, he too ran away. These men who had deserted Him, He invites to continue to be His disciples. He is particularly gracious toward Peter, despite his denial.
I suppose that speaks to me because I see that I am in desperate need of God’s grace. If becoming a follower of Jesus and serving Him as His disciple depends on me never failing Him, I’m in trouble. If the first time I failed or denied Jesus, He decided to give up on me or remove me from His Kingdom, I would most certainly be lost and without hope. If this journey of faith with Jesus requires me to have perfect, unwavering faith, I’m simply not going to make it. However, that is not what I find in the eye witness accounts. I find grace and forgiveness when it is not deserved.
His reputation among the religious leaders of that day was that he was a friend of sinners.
He associated with Matthew’s friends who were far from God.
He shared a drink of water with a woman in John 4 and extended grace to her.
Jesus told stories where the Samaritan was the hero, in a culture where Samaritans were despised and considered unworthy of worshiping God.
He extended grace to a woman caught in the act of adultery.
He tells the story of a prodigal son, allowed to come home to his father when he certainly didn’t deserve it. The point of this particular story was to help us get the why of His association with “tax collectors and sinners.”
I could list many more examples, but my point is that I am drawn to John 21 partly because it is one more example of the grace that God extends to the likes of me. It is a reminder that woven into the message of the sacrificial cross of Jesus Christ and the resurrection that follows, is the undeserving nature of Christianity. This is not a religion in which we earn our way to God. We simply cannot. Due to the sacrificial death of Jesus on our behalf, grace is extended to us. An unearned gift. A chance to enter God’s family through faith, not merit. A chance to begin again (and again and again…) after we fail Jesus. The opportunity to hear the words of Jesus, as Peter did in John 21, “Follow Me.” Follow me because of the Cross, not because you’re good. Get up from your failure and follow me, again. Those of you who know me, know that I tend to gravitate to themes of grace. I simply cannot escape the New Testament focus on grace, and I pray that I never do!
You’ve noticed in this newsletter that we’re having a special day of celebration on April 15. A day that we’re celebrating the faithfulness of God. Yes, it’s also a day that we’re celebrating the milestone of paying off the loan on our facility. From the beginning of our journey of relocating and building a new facility, we’ve repeatedly reminded ourselves that this is not about brick and mortar. It’s about people. It’s about the people that Jesus gave Himself to redeem. It’s about people like you and me, people who are in desperate need of God’s grace.
I pray that when you and the people you know think of FBC Pea Ridge, that they think of a people who point people toward the grace of Jesus Christ. I pray that when people think of this facility, this place, that they think of a place of grace. A place where people far from God are welcomed and pointed toward Jesus.
If this journey of faith with Jesus requires me to have perfect, unwavering faith, I’m simply not going to make it. However, that is not what I find in the scripture. I find grace and forgiveness when it is not deserved.
Land Purchased in June 1997
God's people in this place have sought to worship, honor and serve God together since 1872, when this congregation was birthed. There have been many milestones during these 146 years. Regardless of the milestone it's ultimately always about the Glory of God. It's about His Kingdom and Work that He has invited us into. It's about joining Him in His Work of redemption seeking to be a part of pointing people toward Jesus.
You are invited to join us for a special day of worship and celebration. On April 15th FBC Pea Ridge will have a special Sunday to specifically celebrate the Faithfulness of God! We will have a morning service at our regular time of 9:30am, with a special focus on God's Faithfulness. Sunday School will happen as normal. At noon we will have a church family potluck and then a Celebration Service at 1:30pm.
We would like for you to join us for our day of celebration.
Celebrating the Faithfulness
2004 Ground Breaking
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On Mother's Day, May 13th, 2018. We will be having our annual Child Dedication Ceremony.
We would like to invite you & your little ones to be a part of this special service. God has given you a precious gift! A Child Dedication service is an opportunity for parents to publicly declare their intent to raise their child in a way that honors God and also give the child the opportunity to eventually have a personal relationship with Jesus. In many ways a "child dedication" service is truly a "parent dedication" service, as parents publicly declare to raise their child in the faith until the child is old enough to make his own personal confession of Christ. It's also a time for family, friends, and the church body here at First Baptist Church to say we will partner with you, as best we can, to see that this takes place.
If your heart is in agreement with the purpose and the motive of a Child Dedication, then we invite you to participate. If you wish to participate in a Parent/Child Dedication, we ask that you pre-register by emailing the church office with a photo of your child, full name, birth date and parents’ names to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 8th, 2018.
Child Dedication Service
The wonderful spring weather is here which means it is a great time to get out into the community to serve our neighbors! Outflow Sunday we will come together for worship and then be dismissed into the community to be the hands and feet of Jesus! We want to show the community that we are a church for the community instead of just a church in the community!
So get ready for our one-day, church-wide, mission trip to the city of Pea Ridge!
may 20th 2018 - Showing the Love of god to our community
Join us this Sunday as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Savior. Worship Service begins at 9:30am
We encourage you to invite your family and friends.
SPRING IS HERE!!
I love when everything blooms and comes back to life! I’m thankful that because Jesus is alive we can be too. Spring is a wonderful time to remember that Jesus gives life!
HERE’S WHAT GOING IN CHILDREN’S MINISTRY IN APRIL!
VBS MEETING: There will be a VBS on April 8th @ 4PM if you signed up to help with VBS please attend. Our second meeting will be May 20th at 4PM. Please try to attend the meetings. I’m looking forward to another great VBS this year!!! VBS is June 10-14 from 6:00-8:30.
BLAST: The theme night for this month will be goofy glasses night on April 25th! Kids can come wearing their goofiest glasses. Can’t wait to get pictures!!
SOUP LUNCH: Mark your calendars!! The kids soup lunch to help send our kids to children’s camp will be Sunday, April 29th at noon! Cost is $5 per person or $25 cap per family. Extra donation will be gladly accepted!! (If you are a parent who signed their child up to go to camp, there form with the $25 deposit should already by in; it was due March 30th!). The children going to camp will be working and serving the people coming to the lunch. All the money collected will be divided equally among the kids who worked the event. Please come out and support our children. It can be costly to send kids to camp and this will be a help our families. So many of our church family has been asking how they can be involved and help. I’m so thankful for the support of our kids!! THANK YOU!!
The first quarter of the year has gone by fast and furious! Spring break was a great week, other than all the rain. I can’t believe we are already closing in on the summer months. But, winter is not done just yet!
After Elevate Weekend, the Student Ministry has had some time to decompress and take a break. It will be in the next few months that we will be gearing up for some more events and the climax of summer, camp! In the meantime, we are continuing our study through the book of Genesis, with the understanding that the better we grasp our origins, the better we grasp our destination. This study will run through the end of the school year.
Please take note of the following events:
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 EASTER Worship Service 9:30am
Sunday School 11:00am Egg Hunt 12:00pm
4 Wed. Night Dinner-5:00pm BLAST-6:00pm PRSM -6:00pm Adult Bible Study 6:30pm
7 Men's Breakfast - 7:00am
8 Worship Service 9:30am Sunday School 11:00AM Starting Point Class 11:00am VBS Meeting 4:00pm
11 Wed. Night Dinner-5:00pm BLAST-6:00pm PRSM -6:00pm Adult Bible Study 6:30pm
15 Celebration Sunday Kid's Choir Performance Worship Service 9:30AM Sunday School 11:00AM Starting Point Class 11:00am Potluck Luncheon 12:00pm Celebration Service 1:30pm
18 Wed. Night Dinner-5:00pm BLAST-6:00pm PRSM -6:00pm Adult Bible Study 6:30pm
22 Worship Service 9:30AM
Sunday School 11:00AM Business Meeting-6:00pm
25 Wed. Night Dinner-5:15pm BLAST-6:00pm PRSM -6:00pm Adult Bible Study 6:30pm
28 Curtis Maness & Mary Grace Cutberth's Wedding
29 Worship Service 9:30am
Sunday School 11:00AM Children's Camp Soup Luncheon - 12:00pm
Reese Green April 2
Jack Patterson April 2
Kathy Warren April 6
Kody Greene April 7
John Vincent April 14
Howard Meyer April 15
Rod London April 18
Pat Orrick April 23
Spencer Deal April 25
Matt Easterling April 27
Tait Allen April 28
Easter Service & Egg Hunt
April 1st - 9:30am
Men's Breakfast - April 7th
Children's Committee Meeting - April 10th at 6:00pm
VBS Meeting - April 8th at 4:00pm
Celebration Sunday April 15th
Business Meeting - April 22nd at 6:00pm
Soup Luncheon - April 29th at noon
Randy & Pam Easterling
Mother's Day Out 2018 Class Pictures