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Heartbeat of First

First Baptist Church McKinney has been, is, and will be a missional church. We are a missional church because we worship a God who is on a mission to draw lost people into a relationship with Himself. Our actions as a church must reflect the One who we adore.

First McKinney reflects God’s missional heart by going. Just over the last three years close to 800 people have been on short-term trips to over 15 countries and locations across the United States. These trips were not “missional tourism” but were in partnership with long term mission outposts seeking to minister to the local needs and to foster response and growth to the Gospel. We have seen 10 families, couples, and singles raised up to GO from our very pews. Not only do we support these but also have adopted and invested in another 5 families who are serving long term. These are not the easy places and some are in extremely dangerous places.

First’s missional heart is also expressed locally. God has allowed us to have a dynamic partnership locally with 3e, Samaritan Inn, our adopted school – Finch Elementary, and Hope Women’s Center just to name some that our church is “officially involved in.” The list grows when we consider the ministries like Crosseyed Skates and Seniors Helping Seniors independently led by members of First. Members are investing their lives and resources so that the love of Christ can be experienced through word and deed.

First McKinney also reflects God’s missional heart by giving. Over the last three years alone First McKinney has given 2.8 million dollars to missions through our budget and TYW Target offering. Baptist Missional causes have received close to 1/3 of these funds for the planting of churches in the US and abroad, to reach those in Muslim context, and to fuel the future growth of the church. Your gifts have been used to provide oxygen for the sick (Uganda), a place of care for the neglected (Lifesong and 25 Project), and love and care for the broken (Sierra Leone). Your sacrificial gifts have been used to share the sacrifice of Christ in McKinney and around the world.

When most churches are closing their doors, First McKinney is continuing to leave the doors to mirror God’s love for the world. God has modeled what it means to give and go we can’t help but follow His example.

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Which Way?

More often than not I find my Christian brothers and sisters uncritically embracing the ways and means practiced by the high-profile men and women who lead large corporations, congregations, nations, and causes, people who show us how to make money, win wars, manage people, sell products, manipulate emotions, and who then write books or give lectures telling us how we can do what they are doing. But these ways and means more often than not violate the ways of Jesus. North American Christians are conspicuous for going along with whatever the culture decides is charismatic, successful, influential – whatever gets things done, whatever can gather a crowd of followers – hardly noticing that these ways and means are at odds with the clearly marked way that Jesus walked and called us to follow. Doesn’t anybody notice that the ways and means taken up, often enthusiastically, are blasphemously at odds with the way Jesus leads his followers? Why doesn’t anyone notice?

The Jesus Way by Eugene Peterson

 

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Lent Reminder

“Lent” means spring. But it’s more like winter—the last blast of cold before the warm green is here to stay. It reminds us of the flint-faced Christ moving to Jerusalem. O how we need the discipline of Lent!! Break a bad habit before Good Friday! Life is too short to coast. Brake!

Lenten Preparations for Good Friday and Easter

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

When Missionaries Come Off the Field

This is a great blog post about how we can receive missionaries when they return from the field – When Missionaries Come Off the Field

Here is the opening paragraph to give you a taste of the overall article:

They were so vulnerable and wounded, barely able to look me in the eye. They’d gone into missions directly after college, bright with hope and the thrill of obedience. With sincere love and determination, they’d adopted an unreached people group. Thousands of dollars had been sacrificed for their language study and living expenses. And here they were, three years later, looking so lost and alone, feeling all the weight of their supposed failure.

When many missionaries come off the field, churches and families don’t know what to say and the missionaries themselves don’t know how to move forward.

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

The Gospel Worked Out

Too many Christians still think of cultural life as just a setting in which the message of salvation can be communicated, not the site within which the consequences of redemption begin to be worked out, in which ramifications of the order of human life are faithfully enacted.

Ken Myers, Mars Hill Audio

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2013 in America, Christianity, Culture, God, Gospel

 

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Call to Go to the Lest of These

We need to go out to the outskirts where there is suffering, bloodshed, blindness that longs for sight, and prisoners in thrall to many evil masters. It is not in soul-searching or constant introspection that we encounter the Lord.

Pope Francis at a mass in St Peter’s Basilica on Maundy Thursday.

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Unintended Consequences

One of the unintended and unhappy consequences of St. John’s Armageddon vision is that it has inflamed the imaginations of the biblically illiterate ion consuming endtime fantasies, distracting them from the day valor of dogged obedience, sacrificial love, and a alert endurance. This is exactly what St. John did not intend, as even a  cursory reading of his Revelation makes evident. When people are ignorant of the imagery of prophets and gospels, and untutored in the metaphorical language of war in the story of salvation, they are easy pray for entertaining predictions of an end-time holocaust at Mount Meggido in Israel, conjured up from newspaper clippings on international politics. Jesus told us quite clearly that the people who make these breathless and sensationalist predictions  are themselves the false Christs and false prophets that they are pretending to warn us against (Matthew 24:23-26).

Reversed Thunder by Eugene H. Peterson

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2013 in Peterson, Revelation

 

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