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First Baptist Church Lipan

Giving Thanks For 2017

Our Church, Our Vision 2018 - January 7, 2018
Scripture: 1 Samuel 7:3-12             Key verse: 1 Samuel 7:12

INTRODUCTION
1. This is the story of the Ebenezer Stone that we sang about in Come Thou Fount
2. An Ebenezer is a memorial to remember what God has done
3. It’s good to start the year off with remembering what God has done the past year

I. HISTORY OF THE EBENEZER STONE
   A. Ebenezer literally means The Stone of Help
   B. How Israel dealt with the Philistines is how we deal with sin
   C. It’s good to give yourself reminders of what God has done in your life

II. LAST YEARS FOCUS AREAS
    A. Free Sermon Ministry
         A.1. The system is created and the people are trained
         A.2. The sermons are currently on CDs and online for free
    B. Worship Ministry
         B.1. The live band is in place
         B.2. 8 musicians are being trained
         B.3. The sound booth is complete
   C. Prayer Ministry
        C.1. Most Wednesday night messages were on prayer
        C.2. Types of prayers answered
                  C.2.a) Cancer gone, tumors gone, car accident recoveries, heart conditions fixed, multiple surgeries that worked
  D. Children and Youth
        D.1. Dexter is here
        D.2. Safety and accident policies are in place
        D.3. All classes have teachers
   E. Outreach
        E.1. Our mission field has been identified
        E.2. 3 successful outreach events
                 E.2.a) Easter eggs, Fireworks, and co-host Food Pantry Benefit                                                                                                       
        F. Discipleship
        F.1. Sunday School teachers were added
        F.2. More work to be done this year

III. LOOKING AT NUMBERS
       A. Attendance
            A.1. January average 95. December average 103 (117 without Dec. 31st)
            A.2. Sunday school: January average 55. December average 58
            B. Salvations and Membership
                 B.1. 4 salvations
                 B.2. 9 new members
           C. Giving
                 C.1. Total: $174,160.30 (-$12,000 from 2016)
                      C.1.a) God supplied all of our needs

CONCLUSION
1. God has been good to us this year
2. Great foundations have been laid
3. We will keep improving
4. 2018 will be a banner year for FBC Lipan

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