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F i r s t B a p t i s t C h u r c h of D e R i d d e r

Guide Book


Dear Fellow Members, Very soon, we will conclude “Faith Quest.” This is the financial journey we started in December of 2009. Believing that God was leading us to relocate to the property we had purchased on Hwy. 171, our congregation stepped out on faith to begin the process of raising the necessary funds to start building. Through “Faith Quest,” we committed to give, above our regular tithes and offerings, $2,463,343 over a three-year time span. As we approach the end of this giving period, let us praise God that to date we have given more than $2.2 million. God has truly blessed the faithful giving of His people. Not only has He allowed us to raise the funds needed to start the building project, He has now brought us to the point of seeing its completion in the very near future. In a few months we will relocate and even now we are preparing to move to our new site. As we do, our goal will be to continue raising funds, again above our regular tithes and offerings, to pay off the building note in as short a timeframe as possible. In doing so, this will allow us to save money on interest, thus freeing up capital to be used elsewhere in God’s work. To accomplish such a worthy goal, at the end of “Faith Quest,” we will begin a new three-year giving period called “Faith Quest II: The Next Summit.” We have seen by our involvement in “Faith Quest,” that there are two things necessary to accomplish what has been, is being, and will be done through our gifts. In order to be pleasing to God, giving requires both faith and sacrifice. Hebrews 11:6 says of faith, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Concerning sacrifice, Hebrews 13:16 says, “But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” Those of us who have been a part of “Faith Quest” have the opportunity to continue through “Faith Quest II” to help our church reach the next summit in giving. Those of you who have joined FBC since we began “Faith Quest,” now have the opportunity to join us, through your gifts, in this fantastic journey of faith. At this point in the process, we are all simply being asked to prayerfully seek God’s will as to what He would have each of us do in committing to being a part of “Faith Quest II: The Next Summit.” What a privilege it will be to sacrificially in faith give back to Jesus some of that which He has monetarily blessed us, because He is the one who gave His all on the cross for us so that we might be saved. Yours in Christ,

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Bro. Lindsey


Table of

Contents 3 History 6

Sermon Notes

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Key Scriptures

13 Devotional 24

Giving Profile

25 FAQ

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1923-1962

first church building 1904

1962-Present

history

1913-1922

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From a secular worldview, history is “a chronological record of significant events (as affecting a nation or institution), often including an explanation of their causes.” [Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition] However, the tracing of significant events in the life of an evangelical church transcends this definition to a higher level of composition. In church history the events are factually recorded, but through the workings of a spirit-led, spirit-filled body of believers, the character of Jesus Christ consistently shines. The facts are not only a record of the events, but also they become milestones tracking the redemptive will and purposes of the sovereign God at work in the lives of His children. Throughout its history when the body of believers at First and Pine Streets, DeRidder, Louisiana, voted to purchase land or contract a debt for a visionary building project, these actions gave testimony to church members’ faith, commitment, and faithfulness. Their investment in a mission work or a new evangelism program exemplified their confidence that “casting their bread upon the water” was a priority in their lives. Through every committee process, the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the dependency on God’s leadership can be traced. Even the reports of numerous, routine committee meetings are today evidence of the dependency of the congregation on the leadership of the Holy Spirit to achieve God’s purposes in Jerusalem, Judea, and the uttermost parts of the earth. From a biblical worldview, the essence of the bits and pieces of the history of First Baptist Church is the presence of a loving God amongst humanity.


ESTABLISHED 1904 After holding a three-day revival in the Odd Fellows Hall, Rev. Corbett, a Baptist missionary from Galveston, Texas, organized the First Baptist Church of DeRidder on May 3, 1904. March 20, 1910 – Purchased property at First and Pine Sept 3, 1911 – Church severely damaged by fire January of 1914 – FBC gets electricity for the first time 1922 – Construction begins on new building 1947 – New educational space built as SS enrollment reaches 697 Also this year, FBC planted Second Baptist Church which would become Texas Avenue Baptist Church 1950 – Additional property surrounding First and Pine was purchased

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1951 – FBC forms Temple Baptist Church 1953 – FBC starts Ludington Baptist Church 1955 – Ground broken for new educational space 1958 – SS reaches 714 with a resident membership of 1062 1958 – The preschool and kindergarten were started at FBC 1960 – Cole Street Mission (which became Warren Street Mission) was formed 1962 – New Sanctuary was dedicated 1981 – Chapel and surrounding classrooms were added 2004 – Facilities Planning Committee was formed to discuss renovating the current facility 2005 – After plans were presented to renovate the current facility and the realization was made that it still does not solve the parking issues, plans began forming to relocate March 27, 2006 – 98 acres were purchased on Hwy 171 South for the purpose of relocation 2008 – Plans approved for the new church facility January 30, 2011 – FBC broke ground on the new facility

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Concerning the Collection October 7, 2012 • I Corinthians 16:1-4

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sermon notes

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Excelling in Giving October 14, 2012 • II Corinthians 8:1-7

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The Ultimate Example of Giving October 21, 2012 • II Corinthians 8:8-15

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The Blessings of Giving October 28, 2012 • II Corinthians 9:1-15

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4 P’s to a good pledge decision PRAYER...prayer starts it all. Nothing prepares our heart to respond to God like seeking His heart through prayer. Don’t rush this process. The longer you pray, “God show me how to give,” the more ways God will show you.

• Pray that we will clearly hear God’s voice, see His plan and willingly follow • Pray that God will lead us to be cheerful givers, to give generously, even as He has generously blessed us • Pray for our community and our willingness to see others as more important than ourselves

PROPORTIONAL...it is not about quantity; it is about faith and sacrifice. One of the guiding principles behind this opportunity is “equal sacrifice, not equal gifts.” All giving in the Bible was proportional because God has given us different amounts of resources. God is interested in our hearts most of all.

PLEASING...it is about seeking a commitment decision that is pleasing to God. For most of us, it is easy to find what is pleasing to us. But to find what is pleasing to God, we’ll have to struggle and stretch our faith through prayer and the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

PEACE...God will grant us a peace that “passes all understanding” through the knowledge that we have made a prayerful and proportional pledge commitment that is pleasing to Him.

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“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen… without faith, it is impossible to please Him.” Hebrews 11:1 & 6

key scriptures

“And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.” Matthew 10:42

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“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 “As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19 “…but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (ESV, 2001)


Join the quest

all you have to do is...

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atch the vision for what God is doing in and through the members of our church in this initiative.

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nvest in the future of your church.

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ake First Baptist Church and its purpose an intentional part of your daily prayer life.

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Week 1 The following is a summary of the ideas and questions from this week’s devotions. Use them for personal reflection or small group discussion, and consider journaling to record your thoughts and impressions. Forward Thinking Which of these “forward thinking” points has the most meaning for you? Least meaning? Why?

• God is the first and most generous giver. • We are most like God when we give. • When we give, the world takes notice.

Impact from the Malawi Story What was the most important thing you learned from the Malawi story? Have you personally experienced the attraction of generous giving? What do you believe God’s role is today in shaping the generosity of His children?

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Reflection Questions

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What are two ways God has been extravagantly generous to you? What impact have these gifts had on your life? Describe an example from your life when you have given generously. What impact did this have on both you and the recipient? What are some examples of how Jesus modeled generosity to His followers? Who is the most generous person you’ve ever known? What impact has he or she had on your life? What does your current giving reflect about your understanding of God’s grace (unmerited favor) in your life? What are some tangible ways that today’s Christian church can model the generosity of the early Christian church? How is giving an act of worship and devotion to God in your life?

MacDonald, Gordon (2011-09-01). Generosity: Moving Toward a Life that is Truly Life (Kindle Locations 862-887). Generous Church. Kindle Edition.

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Week 2

The following is a summary of the ideas and questions from this week’s devotions. Use them for personal reflection or small group discussion, and consider journaling to record your thoughts and impressions. Forward Thinking Which of these “forward thinking” points has the most meaning for you? Least meaning? Why?

• Generosity helps free us from the dangers of money. • The antidote to materialism is generosity. • Generosity leads us to greater dependence on God.

Impact from the White Elephant story What was the most important thing you learned from the story of Jess and Angela Correll? Have you personally battled the “white elephant” of wealth? What do you think “giving away money recklessly” really means? How likely are you to do that?

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Reflection Questions

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In what ways does wealth create worry? In what ways does wealth relieve worry? Scripture teaches us that we can’t serve both God and money. How does wealth tend to capture your heart like the rich young ruler? Why do you think greed is such a powerful force? How does our culture encourage you to build bigger barns through wealth accumulation? In light of Scripture, is it wise to do so? Why, or why not? How is the myth of independence that wealth creates reflected in your life? How can you destroy that myth? In what ways do you find yourself tempted to serve money instead of God? What are some ways that you’ve stored up treasures on earth?...in heaven?

MacDonald, Gordon (2011-09-01). Generosity: Moving Toward a Life that is Truly Life (Kindle Locations 862-887). Generous Church. Kindle Edition.

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Week 3

The following is a summary of the ideas and questions from this week’s devotions. Use them for personal reflection or small group discussion, and consider journaling to record your thoughts and impressions. Forward Thinking Which of these “forward thinking” points has the most meaning for you? Least meaning? Why? • Great blessings accompany the generous life. • Generous givers experience a life full of joy. • God’s power abounds in a community of generous givers.

Impact from the Life Prosperity story What was the most important thing you learned from the story of Stanley and Juanita Tam? What temporal, earthly treasures and opportunities do you suppose they gave up in favor of eternal reward? On a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high), how likely are you to make such a bold agreement with God about giving generously?

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Reflection Questions

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Describe a time when you experienced the joy of giving. What role does faith play in your ability to “sow generously� for an abundant harvest of Kingdom gain? How are you seeking to cultivate an eternal perspective in your life that will impact how you spend and give your treasures? What does life prosperity mean to you? How does generosity contribute to this? Describe a time when generosity produced great unity in your church, small group, workplace, family, or circle of friends. Why do you think pride often accompanies wealth? How do you think generosity helps free you from this arrogance? Name an example from your life in which you gave to someone, financially or otherwise, out of a deep, compassionate sense of love.

MacDonald, Gordon (2011-09-01). Generosity: Moving Toward a Life that is Truly Life (Kindle Locations 862-887). Generous Church. Kindle Edition.

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Week 4

The following is a summary of the ideas and questions from this week’s devotions. Use them for personal reflection or small group discussion, and consider journaling to record your thoughts and impressions. Forward Thinking Which of these “forward thinking” points has the most meaning for you? Least meaning? Why?

• Everyone can excel in the grace of giving. • Giving accomplishes great things when done in love. • Excellent planning leads to excellence in giving.

Impact from the Miracle in Franklin story What was the most important thing you learned from the Miracle in Franklin story? What feelings and emotions do you believe the generous couple experienced by making their gift? What were some lessons about God and joyful generosity that Lance and Amy learned?

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Reflection Questions

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Why do you think Jesus calls us to place relationships above giving? How has giving to someone else deepened your relationship with that person?

How should we balance the call to secrecy with the importance of sharing our giving stories? What is your attitude toward giving to your local church? Do you appreciate and enjoy it, or is it a chore? Why? What changes do you need to make in your finances in order to prepare yourself for that day? What steps do you need to take to establish a giving plan? What obstacles in your life stand in the way of the giving God is calling you to do? What is the next thing you can do to overcome these obstacles?

MacDonald, Gordon (2011-09-01). Generosity: Moving Toward a Life that is Truly Life (Kindle Locations 862-887). Generous Church. Kindle Edition.

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faith The quest continues Our goal this campaign is to basically pledge what we did last time. Based on a loan amount of 6 million dollars, if we can maintain another two campaigns at the $2.5M level, we will be in a good position to either begin Phase II of the project, which includes the family life center, or have a strong last push to pay off what debt is left. If we happen to sell our current church facility, that money will go toward the note and help us arrive at a debt free status even sooner. What will people have to give to reach our goal? On the next page there is a gift profile that breaks it down so that we can all see where we might best fit. The first column is how many of each gift would be needed. The second column is the total amount they would give in the three year campaign. The third column is the total of the number of givers multiplied by the gift level, and the last column is an accumulated total of each level if contribution is totaled.

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Giving Profile NUMBER OF GIFTS

GIFT LEVEL (3 YEAR)

TOTAL AT LEVEL

ACCUMULATED TOTAL

1 $250,000.00 $250,000.00 $250,000.00 1 $150,000.00 $150,000.00 $400,000.00 2 $75,000.00 $150,000.00 $550,000.00 8 $50,000.00 $400,000.00 $950,000.00 10 $30,000.00 $300,000.00 $1,250,000.00 25 $20,000.00 $500,000.00 $1,750,000.00 25 $10,000.00 $250,000.00 $2,000,000.00 30 $7,500.00 $225,000.00 $2,225,000.00 40 $5,000.00 $200,000.00 $2,425,000.00 30 $2,500.00 $75,000.00 $2,500,000.00 20 $1,000.00 $20,000.00 $2,520,000.00 20 $100.00 $2,000.00 $2,522,000.00

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If I am already giving, do I need to pledge again? If you pledged in the first campaign, it was for that first three-year period. Even if you plan to give at the same level, we are asking that everyone fill out a pledge card.

What exactly are you asking me to do?

FAQ

First and foremost, we are asking that you earnestly pray and seek God’s leading on what He is asking of you. Prepare your heart to hear Him, and then listen to what He says. Engage with your Sunday School class for this season and if you do not already have one, this would be a great time to find one. Spend time with God in His Word while using this guide, in addition to the Sunday School lessons and the messages from Bro. Lindsey. Talk with your spouse and your family about what this commitment will be like for this season. What is being asked of you is a sacrificial commitment to set your face toward this summit and follow God’s leading – nothing more, nothing less.

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Finally, we ask that you prepare to be amazed AGAIN by God. Each of us, as we combine our generosity in giving under the guidance of our Heavenly Father, contributes to something much bigger than we can really imagine. Just let it sink in for a second that God used us to raise an additional $2.5 million dollars over and above our regular giving in these past three years.


Are there additional ways besides cash that I can give? Be creative as you explore ways you and your family can give toward this campaign. You may have some stocks, property or other items of a similar nature. Or you may have some stored resources that God has blessed you with in the past that He just might be calling you to give at this time. Some may even be considering legacy gifts where First Baptist Church is specifically named in their estate. (But of course, we hope we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to claim those funds anytime soon!)

How long is my commitment? We are asking that everyone make a three-year commitment. Your commitment will begin January 1, 2013 and will culminate on December 31, 2015.

How big is the debt and how long will it take to pay off? The remaining loan will be $6 million dollars when the building is completed. The payment schedule is actually set on an 18-year loan. Our desire is to pay that off as soon as possible. If we are able to maintain an average of $68,000 per month, we will be able to pay down on the principle of the note and retire this debt well before the scheduled time.

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Upcoming Dates September 30, 2012 – Begin reading Generosity book October 8, 9, 15 & 16, 2012 – Pathfinders Summit meetings for church leaders (Sunday School, Deacons, Committees, etc.) October 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2012 – Study the Generosity book in Sunday School October 24, 2012 – Deadline for Pathfinder pledges November 4, 2012 – Major Sunday Emphasis. Details to be announced November 11 and 18, 2012 – Response Sundays for the entire church to make pledges. January 6, 2013 – Faith Quest II pledges begin* *If you wish to have your January offering go toward the 2012 Tax year, please make sure that is submitted before December 31, 2012 and you indicate that you wish to do this on the envelope

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