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Pastor:  George Lynch

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"to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ."  Ephesians 4:12-13
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First Baptist Church of Royal
7402 Albert Pike Road  Royal, Arkansas  71968
(501) 767-5462
Worship and Ministry Opportunities

Sunday AM 
      8:30 AM Early Worship
 9:45 AM Sunday School Bible Study
 11:00 AM Worship and Children's Church

Sunday PM
 5:00-7:00 PM Student and Adult Discipleship, 
  Womens Studies, Kidz Time

Wednesday
 6:00 PM Sanctuary open for Prayer, Open Gym
      7:00 PM Student Wired, Prayer Meeting, Childrens Choir

A Communication Resource of First Baptist Church of Royal
​June is upon us! By the time you get this we may have the sheetrock work completed for the new building! If not it won’t be long. God continues to provide and I am sure He will continue to do so. Thank you all for your faithfulness! Yet again God is showing us that He always provides for what He calls us to. His provision is not simply for financial needs but also for all our needs. The only hiccup I have been able to find in His plan is whether or not we will trust Him. Trust is faith. Mathew 6 teaches us to seek God’s kingdom first and He will provide all we need. Our trust in God becomes stronger when be believe Him and express our belief by obeying Him. Similarly our faith weakens if we disobey Him and trust in other things. Let’s continue to believe and obey both individually and as a church.

I also want to encourage us to be active in inviting folks to our church and events. I am absolutely convinced the Holy Spirit is always at work around us to draw people to Christ. This is a tremendous church growth activity. If you and I do not believe enough in what we are doing to be convinced everyone needs to know about it, then maybe we should re-evaluate what we are doing. Churches spend much effort and money in facilities and programs but not a lot of effort in personally inviting others to experience Christ with them. 

Think with me for a few minutes. Someone invited you, probably more than one someone. I remember several people coming by our home on Brady Mountain road and inviting our family to church. I remember one time a church bus came by, I believe from Leonard Street Baptist Church and invited us. Another group came from New Home Missionary Baptist Church, and of course a visit from the Royal Baptist Mission which later became First Baptist Church of Royal. Nothing communicates our love and concern like a personal visit. The visit also conveys our passion in Whom we believe to those we visit. Limited time seems to be the handiest excuse we have for not visiting others. You don’t need me to write about the weakness of this excuse.

The news concerning Jesus is not ours to hoard but ours to share. From the very beginning Jesus used the willingness of His disciples to draw people to Himself. Consider Andrew’s response when Jesus invited Him, He immediately goes out and brings his brother to meet Jesus. Jesus continues to work the same way today.

In the coming months we have several activities planned that require us to go out and tell others about, not to mention our regular services and ministries. Chances are you can think of at least one person right now you could visit and invite to participate with you. Something I like to do is just to stay alert and as I go about my day be intentional to invite folks to church. I don’t have a set time but how many people do we have contact with we could invite to church or share the gospel with. This is like fishing, unless you make a cast chances are you will not get a bite. 

Fear is another issue that keeps us from inviting folks but let me encourage you. Most of our fears are really unfounded. In years of inviting folks to church or sharing the gospel with them I have had only two or three instances which were negative and those were really minor. I did have two big, really big dogs come at me once. I thought I was about to meet Jesus but when they got to me, they nearly knocked me down and started licking me. After I caught my breath, I had two new friends! Another time I had to stick my Bible into the mouth of a dog that tried to bite me. But fortunately he was old and slow. We did not become friends. The point is God will take care of you and always check the yard for dogs first!

God bless you all and take some time and invite some folks to come and share with us in Christ.

A LOVE STORY

One day, I woke early in the morning to watch the sunrise. Ah the beauty of God’s creation is beyond description. As I watched, I praised God for His beautiful work. As I sat there, I felt the Lord’s presence with me. He asked me, “Do you love me?”
I answered, “Of course, God! You are my Lord and Saviour!”

Then He asked, “If you were physically handicapped, would you still love me?”
I was perplexed. I looked down upon my arms, legs and the rest of my body and wondered how many things I wouldn’t; be able to do, the things that I took for granted. And I answered, “It would be tough Lord, but I would still love You.”

Then the Lord said, “If you were blind, would you still love my creation?” How could I love something without being able to see it? Then I thought of all the blind people in the world and how many of them still loved God and His creation.
So I answered, “Its hard to think of it, but I would still love Your creation.”

The Lord then asked me, “If you were deaf, would you still listen to my word?” How could I listen to anything being deaf?
Then I understood. Listening to God’s Word is not merely using our ears, but our hearts.
​I answered, “It would be tough, but I would still listen to Your word.”

The Lord then asked, “If you were mute, would you still praise My Name?”
How could I praise without a voice? Then it occurred to me: God wants us to sing from our very heart and soul. It never matters what we sound like. And praising God is not always with a song, but when we are persecuted, we give God praise with our words of thanks.
​So I answered, “Though I could not physically sing, I would still praise Your Name.”

And the Lord asked, “Do you really love Me?”
​With courage and a strong conviction, I answered boldly, “Yes Lord! I love You because You are the one and true God!”
I thought I had answered well, but God asked, “THEN WHY DO YOU SIN?”

I answered, “Because I am only human. I am not perfect.”

“THEN WHY IN TIMES OF PEACE DO YOU STRAY THE FURTHEST? WHY ONLY IN TIMES OF TROUBLE DO YOU PRAY THE EARNEST?”

No answers. Only tears.
The Lord continued: “Why only sing at fellowships and retreats? Why seek Me only in times of worship? Why ask things so selfishly? Why ask things so unfaithfully?”
​The tears continued to roll down my cheeks.

“Why are you ashamed of Me? Why are you not spreading the good news? Why in times of persecution, you cry to others when I offer My shoulder to cry on? Why make excuses when I give you opportunities to serve in My Name?”
I tried to answer, but there was no answer to give.

“You are blessed with life. I made you not to throw this gift away. I have blessed you with talents to serve Me, but you continue to turn away. I have revealed My Word to you, but you do not gain in knowledge. I have spoken to you but your ears were closed. I have shown My blessings to you, but your eyes were turned away. I have sent you servants, but you sat idly by as they were pushed away. I have heard your prayers and I have answered them all.”

DO YOU TRULY LOVE ME ?”

I could not answer. How could I? I was embarrassed beyond belief. I had no excuse. What could I say to this? My heart had cried out and the tears had flowed, I said, Please forgive me Lord. I am unworthy to be Your child.”

The Lord answered, ” That is My Grace, My child.”

I asked, ” Then why do you continue to forgive me? Why do You love me so?”
The Lord answered, “Because you are My creation. You are my child. I will never abandon you. When you cry, I will have compassion and cry with you. When you shout with joy, I will laugh with you. When you are down, I will encourage you. When you fall, I will raise you up. When you are tired, I will carry you. I will be with you till the end of days, and I will love you forever.”
Never had I cried so hard before. How could I have been so cold? How could I have hurt God as I had done?

I asked God, “How much do You love me?”
The Lord stretched out His arms, and I saw His nail-pierced hands. I bowed down at the feet of Christ, my Saviour. And for the first time, I truly prayed.

Author Unknown.


"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." John 3:16-17