Welcome to Easter Worship!

Welcome to worship at First Baptist Church. We thank you for attending with us today.

We are here today because Jesus is alive and at work in His church and in His people. We want to live for God and honor Him in all that we do.

You obviously know to worship God at Easter time, should you return to worship?

Let me give you some reasons (but not all) to worship God week by week and live for Him day by day.

First, we all need the presence and power of God in our lives. As we worship together, Jesus is in our midst. As we seek Him, we will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13, James 4:8). Those of us who attend week by week do so to meet God and to learn of Him.

I want to remind you that God created you and that He really does have a wonderful plan for you. Let Him be your guide and your help through life. You will find that He is an amazing God.

Second, we all need the presence of Godly people in our lives. We become like the people we spend time with. Everyone who attends church regularly is acutely aware of their imperfections. When the standard for conduct is the righteous and just God of the universe, then we all know our weaknesses.

Attending church regularly helps us to find Godly influences for our lives. I am tremendously blessed by the presence, prayers, and encouragement  of other people.

Third, we all need to know the truth. God gives us truth through Himself and through His Word. As a church, we seek to know God and to live according to His plan for our lives. We learn that plan through Holy Scripture. Church should not be based on the pastor or some other church leader. It should be based on God Himself as revealed to us through His Word.

Finally, we all need hope. If I have hope, I believe I can handle almost everything. Without hope, I’m not sure I can handle anything.

Jesus came to earth, died for our sins, was raised from the dead, and is returning to the earth to take us home with Him. My ultimate destiny is not this world but the place God is preparing for me for all eternity. God knows me and wants the best for me.

All of this gives me hope. We want you to have hope as well.

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I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. — Isaiah 53:5-6 (NIV)