Welcome to 2015 here at Travis Avenue Baptist Church. It’s going to be a great year. At the end of our worship today you’ll hear more about the start-up of our Wednesday night programming for all ages, preschoolers through adults. We have a great new study in I Corinthians led by Dr. Mark Taylor who has just published a commentary on that book of the Bible. As I pray this morning I want to give thanks for God’s abundant provision and your great generosity. Our budget offering goal for December was just a little under $600,000. As of December 31 we had received over $640,000, and that total will actually grow as we received gifts by mail and through online giving. God is faithful; let’s give Him thanks.
ILLUSTRATION – Imagine this scenario. Our City Council passes an ordinance that preaching on certain controversial topics is considered hate speech. And because our church is unapologetically committed to the Word of God, I and some of our ministers are arrested. Criminal charges are filed, and a trial date is set. The authorities threaten that if we don’t comply the doors to our buildings will be chained shut so that we cannot meet. What would be our churches immediate response to that? Would we be scared into compliance worried that we might lose members or money? Would we hire an attorney? Would we mount a protest march in downtown Fort Worth? Would we appeal to the state and federal Supreme Court on the basis of the separation of church and state? What would we do? (more…)