January 26 - Day 1
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.
In 1880, seven people met together to form Watkinsville's first Baptist church. In the following days they began to meet together once per month. Now, 135 years later, those seven have grown to Sundays that sometimes reach 2000 in attendance with 3 services in 2 separate rooms. I wish I could hear the words they prayed when they first met. I wonder if what we are experiencing as a church family is in someway an answer to prayers spoken in that original gathering.
Certainly, what we are experiencing is a fulfillment of Ephesians 3:20-21. From one generation to the next God has been glorified through the witness of those making up this local body of believers we call Watkinsville First Baptist Church. Through wars, economic ups and downs, location changes, leadership transitions, and cultural shifts the mission of WFBC continues. God is faithful and His Word is true and trustworthy. Wholehearted followers of Jesus Christ that have touched three different centuries are a part of that "great cloud of witnesses" spoken of in Hebrews 12:1.
Like churches and believers in the book of Acts, God has graciously used WFBC to ADVANCE the Gospel in our community, nation and world. We are pausing now, in 2015, to pray. For the next 40 days call out to our Heavenly Father in thanksgiving for the mighty works God has done in and through us. Cry out to God for His hand of power and direction showing us once again how He would use us to ADVANCE His kingdom. Invite the Holy Spirit to convict you of anything that might hinder God's work through His church. Confess, and with humility, repent and obey his leadership.
Thank you Father for your faithfulness and your willingness to use WFBC for your glory over the past 135 years. Thank you for the changed lives and your sustaining grace and mercy. Please once again for generations to come, until you come, help us to follow you with clean hands, humble hearts, and with courageous and faith-filled obedience.
By Carlos Sibley