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The Discipline of Prayer

by: Matt Alexander

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Discipline is needed to grow in any area of life. Few students excel academically without the discipline of study. An athlete must be disciplined to train and practice in order to be a leader in the game. An employee must show discipline in order to do well in the workforce. We may not always like living a disciplined life but we can not deny the value it brings to any area of our day to day practice. It is no less in our spiritual life.

If you have never read The Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster I highly recommend… read more

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Discipline is needed to grow in any area of life. Few students excel academically without the discipline of study. An athlete must be disciplined to train and practice in order to be a leader in the game. An employee must show discipline in order to do well in the workforce. We may not always like living a disciplined life but we can not deny the value it brings to any area of our day to day practice. It is no less in our spiritual life.

If you have never read The Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster I highly recommend it. Foster outlines key spiritual disciplines that must be a part of any disciples life. I am confident that prayer is at the top of the list.

Prayer is the lifeblood of a successful Christian journey.

We have far too often taken prayer for granted in the 21st century church. We have demoted prayer to a ritual that we do before a meal, bedtime, or the Sunday offering. We act as if we owe it to God to offer up some words in order to appease him so that he will help us get through the day. This is a long stretch from what we find in scripture.

All throughout the pages of God's Word prayer is the key to a healthy - intimate relationship with the Father. God doesn't need us to pray, instead we need prayer to align us with God. Prayer is a spiritual discipline not only because it is necessary in order to walk with the Father but also because it is a key area the enemy attacks in the life of any Christian. Satan knows that if he can keep God's people from praying then he can thwart their effectiveness for the Kingdom of God. On the other hand, the greatest encouragement a believer can receive is to know that he is giving his heart to God in prayer as well as being prayed for by other believers. A dear sweet lady in our church sends me a text message every morning with a specific prayer she is praying over me for the day. Words can not adequately share what that does for my heart. Prayer moves us to great places - God places.

How disciplined is your prayer life? Are your prayers honest and from the heart? Are your prayers consistently aligned to seeking the Father's will? Do you seek to change God in your prayers or let God change you?

The above questions have been a constant conviction on my heart for a long season of my spiritual walk. The Holy Spirit has been teaching me that without deep, intimate, abiding prayer I will not be the husband, father, man, or pastor that he has called me to be.

I need God, therefore, I need prayer.

My personality tends to fall more on the systematically organized side of things. I need some type of plan to follow in order to do well most days. Thus, when it comes to my prayer life I have found that the following prayer plan helps me stay disciplined and focused. Discipline in your life may look totally different but for me this works. Let me disclose, however, that the point of this is not to become legalistic or ritualistic. If the Holy Spirit is truly meeting us in prayer then we are free to adapt however He leads (and most days much adaptation takes place). My overall plan for the week is structured in the following way:

Monday - My prayer focus in my wife and my marriage.

Tuesday - My prayer focus is our adoption journey and the future children God would intrust to our care.

Wednesday - My prayer focus is the church I pastor and each of the ministries we oversee.

Thursday - My prayer focus is for missions and all of the missionaries serving in North America and throughout the world.

Friday - My prayer focus is our government and leaders.

Saturday - My prayer focus is simply praise and preparation for my heart to be ready to worship on Sunday.

Sunday - My prayer focus is that the Word of God will delivered in such a way that Jesus will be exalted and lost souls will find salvation.

Again, this is simply an outline as much as it is a work in progress. Each of these days contain very specific prayers dealing with the focal point of the day. Many times the Spirit impresses much more on my heart and the daily plan is always finding fluidity under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Some days I find myself failing more than I am faithful but God remains the same.

At the very least I hope this helps you think about how God would lead you to grow in the discipline of prayer. Your prayer life may not look like mine but please don't neglect to be growing in the discipline of prayer.

You need God, therefore, you need prayer.


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The Path to Greatness

by: Matt Alexander

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Greatness is defined as "the quality of being great, distinguished, or eminent." In life greatness is set before us as a noble goal worthy of achievement. Striving to be great is rewarded in academics, athletics, and every realm of society. Those who desire to stand above the rest are viewed as exemplary as they set a worthy standard for others. Desiring to be great is rarely seen as a negative flaw of anyone's character.

In Luke 9:46-48 Jesus found the disciples conversing over the issue of greatness. This conversation quickly escalated into an argument over who would be the greatest… read more

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Greatness is defined as "the quality of being great, distinguished, or eminent." In life greatness is set before us as a noble goal worthy of achievement. Striving to be great is rewarded in academics, athletics, and every realm of society. Those who desire to stand above the rest are viewed as exemplary as they set a worthy standard for others. Desiring to be great is rarely seen as a negative flaw of anyone's character.

In Luke 9:46-48 Jesus found the disciples conversing over the issue of greatness. This conversation quickly escalated into an argument over who would be the greatest in the Kingdom of God. They wanted to be the one who stood above all the rest in God's eyes. Then, at just the right time, Jesus interrupts them by taking a child in his arms to illustrate the true picture of greatness before God. A child - small, fragile, and with little to offer. A child - one who often represents lack of maturity. A child - one who is needy. A child - one who is yet to receive a full education. A child - one with no income. A child - one whom the temple leaders would likely never put in a place of spiritual leadership.

And yet, Jesus used a child to represent who is great in the Kingdom of God.

Jesus' words should resound in our ears. As he placed this child before these argumentative disciples he said, "Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me." Don't miss this next part: "For he who is least among you all is the one who is great." Did you hear that?

Jesus completely redefined greatness. He did not say that we shouldn't strive for spiritual greatness, that we should remain childlike in our faith, or not pursue worthy goals of Godliness. In fact, all of those are marks of spiritual greatness in the Kingdom of God. However, Jesus said the definition of greatness in God's kingdom is HUMILITY.

We dare not look at our religious rituals, spiritual accomplishments, church service, or any other earthly mark of greatness to define where we stand in the kingdom of God. Instead we must constantly check ourselves against God's thermometer of humility. Are we daily putting others before ourselves? Are we, like Jesus, ready and willing to get on our knees, take a basin of water, and wash the feet of those who stand before us.

The enemy desires to speak into our lives today and cause us to fix our gaze on works and duties in order to define spiritual greatness. He knows if we do this then pride will quickly take hold in our lives. The moment pride takes up residence then we become useless in the Kingdom of God. Jesus, however, desires to speak into our lives today today and lead us to humble service. He wants us to respond to him as a child - needy, dependent, and willing to follow his requests.

He desires for us to live this day putting others needs before our own. As we do that - we just might find that we are being used by God in great ways to further his kingdom on earth.

Today, don't let the world define greatness for you. Let God define it within you. Let's get our eyes off of ourselves and fix our gaze on Jesus. He will keep us humble, equip us to serve, and lead us to the place of exaltation in the Kingdom of God.

That, my friend, is far better than any earthly measure of greatness.

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When Temptation Comes: A Word to My Brothers

by: Matt Alexander

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1 John 2:15-17

What is your greatest temptation? That might seem like a loaded question. As I have ministered to and discipled men for quite some time I have found that men are under attack. The first ordination of God is marriage and the home. In the first few chapters of Genesis we find God creating Adam as the pinnacle of his creation but something was lacking, a suitable helper for man. The only thing that God said was not good was the loneliness of man. The viable option was to create a woman from his side. God then joined the… read more

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1 John 2:15-17

What is your greatest temptation? That might seem like a loaded question. As I have ministered to and discipled men for quite some time I have found that men are under attack. The first ordination of God is marriage and the home. In the first few chapters of Genesis we find God creating Adam as the pinnacle of his creation but something was lacking, a suitable helper for man. The only thing that God said was not good was the loneliness of man. The viable option was to create a woman from his side. God then joined the two together in a holy union that is incomparable to any other earthly relationship. God highly values marriage. He ordained Adam to be the head of the home to lead in Godliness and it did not take long for Satan to notice.

From the very beginning, the enemy has been out to destroy the holy foundation of the home. He attacked Adam and Eve in a very subtle way and he is still doing so today. I believe strongly that healthy churches are comprised of healthy homes. If we are going to have healthy homes we have to be healthy men who know our calling, live our calling, and protect our calling.

John has given the first century church a great warning in 1 John 2:15-17. Failure to recognize the attacks of the enemy will lead to spiritual demise. The desire of the flesh, desire of the eyes, and the pride of life are the same three temptations Satan used in the beginning and has been using throughout the course of history. Don’t be foolish and unaware. Satan is out to get you because if he can attack Godly men he can weaken the home. If he can weaken the home he can cripple the church.

Jesus offered such warning in terms of total execution of the things that trip you up. Whatever is leading your flesh astray – run from it. Whatever is causing your eyes to wander – remove it. Whatever is bringing pride into your life – destroy it.

With the indwelling of the Holy Spirit you can defeat temptation today because Jesus has already conquered the enemy.

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Welcome To The New First Baptist Church Website

by: Alan Berry

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We are so excited to present our newly designed website. As you can see, it has a fresh new look and easy navigation to help you get the information you need quickly and efficiently. Many thanks to the ChurchSpring team for helping us launch such a beautiful new church website. To God be the glory!

First Baptist Church's mission is to meet people at the crossroads of life with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to help one another along the journey of spiritual growth. Please let us know how we can help you.

There's still a lot… read more

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We are so excited to present our newly designed website. As you can see, it has a fresh new look and easy navigation to help you get the information you need quickly and efficiently. Many thanks to the ChurchSpring team for helping us launch such a beautiful new church website. To God be the glory!

First Baptist Church's mission is to meet people at the crossroads of life with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to help one another along the journey of spiritual growth. Please let us know how we can help you.

There's still a lot of information to be added, and we hope to keep the site fresh and up to date. If you have any ideas about how we can improve the site or use it better, please leave a comment below.

If you're a first time visitor to our website, we would love to have you visit our church this Sunday. You'll get a warm welcome and a wonderful Gospel message. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to give us a call at 662-334-9452 or send an email to fbc@fbcgreenville.net.

From all of us at First Baptist Church, welcome to our new church website.



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