FBC Church Talk

Loving people so they will move forward on life's journey

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Prepare for Worship

Use this playlist to prepare your heart and mind for worship on Sunday.

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Easter is Coming!

Eggstravaganza 2023 will be on April 8. Make plans now to bring your kiddos to a fun, family event from 10 am to Noon. There will be several things to do like Pics with The Bunny, Egg Hunts by Age, and Bounce Houses. Register your family HERE.
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The Fruit of Emotional Intelligence

Galatians 5:22-23 states, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control.” Each item in this list is dripping with emotion. The one who possesses these and can harness them for good will lead people better. These nine “graces” represent a life indwelt and energized by the Holy Spirit. David Dockery notes, “The ethical characteristics produced by the Spirit are in sharp contrast to the natural activities and attitudes of the self-centered life.” The nine virtues are best understood in triads.

The expression of the first triad (love, joy, and peace) relates to a person’s relationship with God. The foundational triad is a spiritual category not included in emotional intelligence but required for the believer who seeks to follow Jesus faithfully. Lightfoot states, “The fabric is built up, story upon story. Love is the foundation, joy is the superstructure, and peace is the crown of all.” As the foundation, love is what the entire list is built on. The imperative is to love as one has been loved by God. This seeps into every virtue and category. For the revitalizing pastor, he will need to remind himself of the depth of God’s love for him and the church. He must draw from this well of God in times of anger and frustration with those who deny change or rebel.

The expression of the second triad (patience, goodness, and kindness) relates to a person’s relationship with others. Emotional intelligence would suggest that this triad is categorized under social awareness and management. Lightfoot notes,

This triad is again arranged in an ascending scale; μακροθυμία is passive, ‘patient endurance under injuries inflicted by others’; χρηστότης, neutral, ‘a kindly disposition towards one’s neighbours’ not necessarily taking a practical form; ἀγαθωσύνη, active, ‘goodness, beneficence’ as an energetic principle.

The expression of the third triad (faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) relates to a person’s relationship with self. Emotional intelligence would suggest that this triad is categorized under self-awareness and self-management. Faithfulness in action is the quality of being trustworthy. The emotionally intelligent leader understands internal dialogue and manages behavior. They are “good stewards, hard workers, and disciplined.”

The fruit of the Spirit expresses the leader's emotional intelligence or lack thereof. Leading a church toward change carries with it certain dangers and pitfalls. One’s relationship with God develops the strength of love, joy, and peace to prepare a church for change. Next, patience, goodness, and kindness are relational expressions developed from social awareness and management. Finally, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control develop from self-management, as seen in emotionally intelligent people. Evaluating the presence of emotional intelligence can be addressed by reviewing the presence and strength of the fruit of the Spirit in one’s life.

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Lead Team Set 3 Goals for 2023.

1. Evangelism - it is our desire to see evangelism increase this year. A good way to measure that is through baptisms. Our goal is 12 baptisms this year. Evangelism Training is on March 12 at 4 pm.

2. Discipleship - it is our desire to see 50% of the worship attendance in intentional discipleship, whether in a group of 3-5 people or 1:1.

3. Community Engagement - it is our desire to see 50% of the worship attendance serving through community engagement initiatives. Look for sign-up opportunities.

About Us

1. We desire to see every person in Crowley and the near regions become disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus. We are a Bible-believing church. Our command from God is to make disciples. However, that looks and feels different than it did when I was a kid! People are farther away from God than ever before. It takes more "touches" and deeper relationships before there can be spiritual conversations.

2. We will love people so they can move forward on life's journey. We have been saying this for a few months now, but want to keep saying it until we live it out everywhere we go! Because people are farther away from God than ever before we must choose to love them with patience, kindness, respect, and conversations - many conversations! We have to respect them as humans before we can discuss other matters. We must be patient with people as they work through the trauma that church and Christians have given over the years.

3. We have established a code of conduct for the FBC family:

  • Accept — We provide a welcoming, non-judgmental and safe space where you can take steps of spiritual growth. We are a group open to new ideas and people. We would love to meet you.
  • Recognition — We find the good in people and love to share it with others. We would love to get to know you.
  • Inspire — We motivate to mobilize people to fulfill their God-given potential. Let us help you reach the heights for which you are designed.
  • Serve — We engage our church and community by service projects, providing help when possible and sharing community resources.
  • Evangelism — We want to build real, trusting, relationships in order to share the gospel of Jesus Christ that leads to life transformation.

4. Basic Beliefs - Click for a PDF.