The End of Our Year

Dr. Waylon Bailey   The end of our year . . While it seems almost impossible (I feel like I missed March through September), we are rapidly coming to the end of 2020 and to an important time for our church. In order to get our new budget in place and new leaders on various teams, we have three very …

The Privilege of Prayer

Dr. Waylon Bailey   What a Friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer! I learned to sing the hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” as a child and teenager in church. I have never forgotten the words, especially these words, “What a privilege …

After Six Months

We are now over six months from the start of the pandemic shut down and I want to bring you up to date on where we are. March 22, 2020: We began not having in-person worship or Bible study for nine weeks. May 24, 2020: We began in-person worship but without small group meetings. July 6 -9, 2020: We conducted …

Lagniappe

Dr. Waylon Bailey   My sermon for this weekend is about renewing your optimism. I’ve noticed that the events of 2020 have played havoc with our optimistic natures. In a sense, we are asking, “What’s going to happen next?” Today and over the weekend as we worship, fellowship, and study God’s Word, I want us to have our hope and …

Lagniappe

Dr. Waylon Bailey   Matthew 28:19-20 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age. This passage of Scripture is known …

Lagniappe

Dr. Waylon Bailey   Making Disciples and Opening Up This is the purpose of First Baptist Church: We exist to help people know and accept Jesus Christ and through Him experience life-changing relationships. We do this because Jesus gave us the command to go into all the world making disciples. He told us to baptize and to teach, and we …

Baptism

Dr. Waylon Bailey   Jesus told us to go into all the world making disciples and baptizing and teaching those disciples. In the days ahead I hope to talk with you about making disciples and teaching them about the commands of Christ. Today, I want to talk with you about baptism. Baptism is not to make us Christians but to …

Disaster Relief

Dr. Waylon Bailey   Hurricane Laura came ashore early Thursday in Cameron Parish Louisiana. We have all seen the devastation caused by this massive storm. One early report stated that “every structure in Lake Charles has been damaged in some way.” I hope that estimate is too pessimistic. For those of us who went through Hurricane Katrina, this was a …

Lagniappe

Waylon Bailey   First Baptist Church has been wonderfully blessed, and I thank God and your faithfulness for making this happen. We have now been “regathered” for 15 weeks. During this time, we have seen many joy filled events. Our pastors and staff have worked tirelessly to continue the work of ministry during what could be described as “the most …

People Are Struggling

By Waylon Bailey   People are struggling. From the unrest in the country to the personal pain and loss with COVID-19, people are struggling. Much of this struggling seems to come from lack of close relationships with loving people. What should we do? First, pray for people and pray with people. When people pray with us, we receive a “Double” …