Welcome!


Pastor:  George Lynch

Youth Pastor: Thomas Little
Come Worship and Grow With Us!
"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
Have you lost a child? 
Please visit the above link to find a local Bereaved Parents Chapter to help you through your journey of grief.
Worship and Ministry Opportunities

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

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

             Wednesday Evening
                 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

In much of the Apostle Paul’s letters we find him communicating great passion for his relationship with Jesus Christ as well as great passion for God’s people. I wonder what it would have been like to converse with the Apostle Paul. The word tells us that Paul spent some time making tents. Suppose we had had the opportunity to work with Paul making a tent. No doubt at some point the conversation would turn to his faith in Jesus. When he spoke of Christ do you suppose his passion for Christ would come out in the tone of his voice? The speed of his words? Do you think he would sometimes get so many thoughts going through his mind that he would be hard to follow? Do you think when the conversation turned to the gospel, no doubt Paul would have shared the gospel with his co-workers, and do you think his passion would come through in his witnessing? Do you suppose his love and passion for people would leak out in the tone of his voice, the rapidness of his speech, the look in his eye? I do. I think some folks who heard Paul speak left saying, “that dude needs to take a chill pill!” 
To better understand Paul’s writings we must understand something about Paul. Paul was a fanatic. I believe Paul’s passion became contagious with those he communicated with. In Philippians 3:13 Paul wrote, “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.” Paul kept his eyes forward. The past is the past. No one should live in the past. God in Christ made the way for us to be forgiven of sin and free to live in Christ.

In the past there are failures and successes. Both failure and success can rob the present of its potential. Let me speak in a Christian context. God is moving forward. There is no part of God’s work that is stagnate. Every minute we are one minute closer to the return of Christ. Just as sure as the rain came in Noah’s day so the Lord is returning. The past can be a great trap. We need to remember the past, learn from the past, but live in the now. God forgives the past when we confess our sin. Anyone who approaches God in humility He will hear. Sometimes we have spiritual success and think we have attained some sort of Spiritual level that we are different from other believers. This can lead to pride fullness and self-righteousness.
Paul did not allow his relationship with Christ to stagnate. He knew the disciples that opened the door to experiencing God and he made full use of them. He would not allow for long anything which would hinder the Spirit of God working in him. Paul was as human as any of us. He endured temptations and by his own admission he sinned a lot. Don’t get me wrong, Paul did not live in sin as some do today, believing sin is no big deal. Much of Paul’s writings admonish us to not allow sin to reign over us. But neither did Paul allow his past to keep him from experiencing God new and fresh.
Paul also wrote, “I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” What is the goal of the upward call of God? It’s heaven and more. The more is Jesus right now and eternity. Christianity teaches that in Christ we can walk with God intimately. This is not religion but relationship. I don’t think we can fairly understand Paul and his passion for Jesus and people unless we understand the fuel of his passion. A real experiential relationship with Jesus, fueled Paul’s passion. I know many of you reading have the very same relationship with Christ. But for those who do not have this relationship, you can if you will believe in Jesus. Jesus died for all, Jesus is not looking at any report cards. He has already paid the penalty for your sin. He is simply waiting for you to receive His forgiveness. Will you do so right now? Simply and sincerely ask him to forgive you and save you. Now you can press toward the upward call of God. Now you can walk with God and experience the life God wants for you. Maybe someday you too will be called a fanatic for Jesus.


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
First Baptist Church of Royal
7402 Albert Pike Road  Royal, Arkansas  71968
(501) 767-5462