by Robert Earl Houston
This was one of the best Sundays I’ve ever experienced as Pastor of First Baptist Church here in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Before I discuss the service, I’m a worship leader. No doubt about it. I love to worship the Lord, but today, I re-introduced a song to the church and I believe they fell in love with the song as well. It’s an old Andraé Crouch hit, “Jesus Is The Answer.” The lyrics are simple yet profound:
“Jesus is the answer | For the world today | Above Him there’s no other | Jesus is the Way!
Jesus is the answer | For the world today | Above Him there’s no other | Jesus is the way!”
I’ve been dropping tears all day about that song. I don’t know why but that song has really moved me today – not with sadness, but with an awesome joy.
We had one of the largest crowds today that I’ve seen at the 8 a.m. service. 11 a.m. service was very well attended. The Magnificent Mass Choir sang and we recognized birthdays as we normally do on the first Sundays. Today is the start of Loyalty Month, where we ask every member to “check in” during the month of January.
By the way, I love me some FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH!
The word was the beginning of our new sermon series, “Construction Zone” which coincides with the remodeling of the church. Today’s sermon was from Philippians 3:12-13, where Paul emphasis is on his pursuit of relationship with Christ and that he must now put things behind him and press toward the mark.” God was kind to the preaching moments.
We received two adults into the fellowship of First Baptist Church.
I met with our Associate Ministers this evening at 5 p.m.
– The Baltimore Ravens looked playoff-ready and took out the Indianapolis Colts, 24-9.
– The Houston Texas (as expected) defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, 19-13.
– Seattle Seahawks beat Washington and RG3 (knee injury), 24-14.
– Green Bay Packers easily handled the Minnesota Vikings, 24-10.