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   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” …

What Would Jesus Do In A Pandemic?

Waylon Bailey   Recently, I saw a tweet on Twitter that asked the question, “What would Jesus do in the midst of a worldwide pandemic?” No answer to the question was given, but the author obviously had an agenda and a suggested answer. The good news is that it led me to really ask, “What would Jesus do?” A man …

I am Concerned, and I am Encouraged

By Dr. Waylon Bailey. As I have said before, I am concerned about the church and about the churches. The apostle Paul wrote about a similar concern.  In addition to his many physical difficulties and persecution, Paul  spoke about his concern for the churches: 2 Corinthians 11:28 “And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure upon me of …

Lagniappe

By Dr. Waylon Bailey This week begins our new sermon series on RENEW. This is not simply a new series; it is who and what we must be and do. I think everyone can now see that things have changed – not just for the short term but also for the long term. Therefore, how we do church must change …

Why You (and I) Need the Church

By Waylon Bailey Last week we received disturbing news. A survey published by Christianity Today and other outlets found that Americans‘ reading and study of Scripture has declined over the last year. While they could not look at this specifically during the pandemic, it seems that this is a direct result of what has happened to us since March 13. …