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

I have heard it said, “what you don’t know can’t hurt you.” I am confident we know not to follow that logic too closely! But should I be confident? Spiritually many Christians seem to live this way. 

There can be many reasons why we are ignorant of spiritual truth. Let me say here that being ignorant does not mean someone is incapable of learning- neither does it mean someone is lazy. To be ignorant just means we have not learned something yet. We may even be unaware there is something more to learn concerning a topic. 

In Acts 19 we find a very fascinating situation. The Apostle Paul finds some disciples in Ephesus and asks them if they have received the Holy Spirit. Their response is the fascinating aspect to me. They inform Paul they have not even heard of the Holy Spirit! We may find this hard to believe but we have to remember how new Christianity was at the time. 

Two points I would call to our attention. The first is how Paul handled these disciples. Paul didn’t belittle these disciples. Paul asks basically “what do you know?” Too often we assume folks know what we know but they do not. The disciple’s response was, we responded to the message of John the Baptist and were baptized by him. This clarifies to Paul what he needed to share with them. Apparently during this time Paul had come across this before. John’s baptism was one unto repentance, preparing people for the message Jesus came to deliver. Some will debate the actual salvation of these disciples but I will leave that up to the theologians. What is evident is these disciples didn’t know the whole truth. John’s message was intended to prepare folks for the gospel message. Paul takes the time and effort to understand what these disciples knew, then gave them the information they needed to understand and respond to the gospel. We do not all learn at the same speed and even once we learn something we may or may not respond immediately. Fortunately these disciples did. That leads me to the second point I want to make.

Notice the willingness of these disciples to be instructed. How ready are we to be taught or corrected? I believe these disciples were very genuine and wanted to know the truth. They were humble enough to realize maybe they didn’t know something. The fact that the word disciple was used to describe them tells us they purposely were disciplining their lives to live a certain way and we have every reason to believe that they thought they were doing right. When Paul begins to instruct them, they could have become defensive and argumentative. However, they were hungry to know the truth. They just wanted to follow Jesus. 

This willingness for some to share the truth and the willingness for others to learn, is the cure for ignorance. In his letter to the Roman believers Paul states plainly how will people believe unless someone tells them? Not everyone desires to know the truth because when we know truth we become accountable to respond. Some say ignorance is bliss and that may be true in some situations but not in spiritual matters.  

God has given us a message to proclaim and how great that message is. The message is more than the gospel, it’s the whole counsel of God. I do not know of anyone who can proclaim in truth that they know the whole counsel of God so that means we all need the humility of these disciples to learn and the confidence of Paul to share what we know is true. We have the Bible and the Holy Spirit, let’s make the most of both!

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