May 24, 2019

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You Must Hate Everything Else

Luke 14:25-35
25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.
34 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? 35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.
“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

I recently discovered that a woman I know is attending seminary.  I was thrilled to hear she is in seminary where a friend of mine is a professor, so I excitedly told him, “I hear ‘so-and-so’ is one of your students!”  He appallingly replied, “She may attend my lectures, but she is not one of my students.”  His reply reminded me of the difference between being a follower of Jesus and being a disciple of Jesus.  Being a follower means attending a few lectures, hanging out with other followers, being close enough to hear what the teacher says but not really living his instructions.  But being a disciple is something totally different.  Being a disciple of Jesus means being willing to be disowned by your family and willfully taking on persecution because of your faith. 
 
As we continue our series entitled “Jesus Uncensored” we will be examining a teaching of Jesus’ that is often ignored or misunderstood.  This Sunday we will be exploring what it means to “hate” your family and to carry your own cross.  We will see how this radical call to discipleship is the same radical call Jesus has for us today.  We will be challenged to renew our commitment to be devoted disciples of Jesus Christ.  I hope to see each of you in worship this Sunday at 10:45 a.m. at First Church OKC. 
 
Remember if you are out of town and want to still join us for worship we livestream our worship services on our First Church Facebook page.  You can tune in live or join at a later time.  Make sure you join us in worship on this Memorial Day weekend!

Pastor Lesly


We need volunteers to help with VBS. VBS will be on June 29th from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Talk with our children's director, Kendal Willis to see how you can help out!

We need volunteers to help with VBS. VBS will be on June 29th from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Talk with our children's director, Kendal Willis to see how you can help out!

Our summer study,  Who Is Jesus?  will begin on Thursday, June 13th. We meet in Room 234 from 9:30 am - 11:30 am on Thursdays. Books will be available in the Welcome Center on Sunday for $7.

Our summer study, Who Is Jesus? will begin on Thursday, June 13th. We meet in Room 234 from 9:30 am - 11:30 am on Thursdays. Books will be available in the Welcome Center on Sunday for $7.

Thank you for giving to our mission trip to Shiprock, NM! First Church is sending 19 missionaries to the Navajo reservation in Shiprock, NM. We raised $388 that will help make our ministry and mission more effective. Please be in prayer for everyone involved in the mission trip.

Thank you for giving to our mission trip to Shiprock, NM! First Church is sending 19 missionaries to the Navajo reservation in Shiprock, NM. We raised $388 that will help make our ministry and mission more effective. Please be in prayer for everyone involved in the mission trip.

Join us for a night of bingo and family fun on Wednesday, June 5th. The fun will begin at 6:00 pm in Harris Hall.

Join us for a night of bingo and family fun on Wednesday, June 5th. The fun will begin at 6:00 pm in Harris Hall.

 

Weekly Calendar

This Sunday
9:30 am - Sunday School for all ages
10:45 am - Worship

Monday - Memorial Day
OFFICE CLOSED

Tuesday
10:00 am - Heart to Heart Bible Study at Martie Ervin’s Home

Friday
6:20 pm - Friday Night Alive

Saturday
Missionaries leave for Shiprock, NM

Next Sunday
9:30 am - Sunday School for all ages
10:45 am - Worship


Family Prayer List

The Clark Family

The Chapman Family

Pray for Missions
Please pray for the church mission trip to Shiprock, NM, June 1st - June 8th. 

This Week’s Servants

Opening Prayer:
Texye Fernandes

Scripture Reader:
Tina Logsdon

Greeters:
Joel & Nancy Kintsel

Ushers:
Kris & Toby Nelson and Tory & Laynee Harper


Church Information

Senior Pastor, Lesly Broadbent: 
pastorlesly@firstchurchokc.com


Director of Music Ministries, Morgan Kennedy: 
mkennedy@firstchurchokc.com


Director of Student Ministries, Ridge Kennedy: 
rkennedy@firstchurchokc.com


Administrative Assistant, Laci Young:
firstchurch@firstchurchokc.com


Director of Children’s Ministries, Kendal Willis
kwillis@firstchurchokc.com


Finance Secretary, Jana Simpson: 
jsimpson@firstchurchokc.com

Organist, Sharon Austin

Custodian, Tammy Rinehart

Maintenance, John Barrett


Office Hours

M - Th  8:30 am - 4:30 pm; Fri.  8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Church Phone:  405-239-6493