Weekly Stories

The following stories are featured on the back of the worship folder each Sunday

Serving Refugees in Jordan

Last week, I had the joy of leading our third team on mission for Jesus serving refugees in Jordan. Jordan is the temporary home of millions who have fled war and terrorism from Syria, Iraq and Yemen. Our mission partner in Jordan, Global Hope Network International, labors every day to bring hope and healing for refugees across the Middle East...


Foundation Donates to Habitat House

Legacy is defined as anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor. A legacy can be anything that puts a stamp on the future and serves as a contribution to future generations. People want to leave a legacy because they want to feel that their life mattered and has an impact beyond their years on earth...


Missions Month Continued

Along with our Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) partnerships, First Baptist Tulsa partners with other missional agencies around the world in places where God is at work, places we can send short-term mission teams from First to aid in that work.

Just this past week, we sent a team to serve alongside our partner, Global Hope Network in Jordan. Team members ministered to refugees by visiting their homes and delivering care packages containing a one month supply of food staples. They were also able to spend time with these families listening and offering prayer...


November is Missions Month

In November, we highlight and celebrate missions at First Baptist Tulsa. Every year we set a goal to give sacrificially towards a year-end missions offering. For 2019, that goal is $235,000, and every penny of that will go out of our church to the mission field. But how is that money spent?

Sixty percent of what is given through the missions offering goes to fund missions work through the International Mission Board (IMB). Currently, the IMB employs 3,678 missionaries living and working among the 4.5 billion unreached people in the world. Tens of thousands of people are coming to Christ, being baptized and discipled because of Southern Baptists’ collective efforts of giving through the IMB...


Guatemala Medical Mission Trip

You’ve heard of the least of these from Matthew 25:31-46. It’s a beautiful statement of Jesus’ concern for the weak and the vulnerable. It’s also a challenge for Christians to model that same concern. It’s important to not only acknowledge, but to also serve the least of these, and that is exactly who we found ourselves serving on our recent medical mission trip to Guatemala. Our team of First Baptist Tulsa members traveled to three different villages over three days; two of which were further up in the mountains. We arrived early each morning, set up our clinic and worked until dark. Everyone stayed busy throughout the day... 


Personal Worship Challenge

In the words of Dave McPherson, “I’m excited!” We have a great opportunity to challenge ourselves this month by participating in First Baptist Tulsa’s Personal Worship Challenge (PWC). This challenge is designed to help us discover what it means to hunger and thirst after God. 

Matthew says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst, for they will be filled.” Jeremiah says, “If you seek me with all your heart you will find me.” In the Psalms, we are told, “Taste and see that the Lord is good!” It all seems fairly simple. If we humble ourselves and honestly seek Him everyday, we will be filled. We will find Him. We will know that the Lord is good! Wow! ...


God's Call to Face Abuse in the Church

Disclosures surrounding the #MeToo movement have brought the horrifying scope of abuse within this broken world into the light. Evangelicals have not been left untouched—many of us are only now discovering our own denomination’s shameful history of abuse and coverups...


GoTEN Christmas Project

Two years ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Phoenix on a short-term mission trip with GoTEN (Go to Every Nation). Our team participated in GoTEN’s outreach program to refugees living in Phoenix, which has accepted more than 85,000 refugees since 1980. We spent the week with GoTEN and witnessed first-hand the determination, friendliness, courage, generosity and hospitality of the refugees living there. We helped with their English classes, visited their homes, delivered furniture from GoTEN and listened to their stories. Everyone on our team was impacted by time spent with the refugees we met in Phoenix. We returned to Tulsa with a deeper understanding of the multitude of opportunities God has given us to reach the unreached, right next door...

 


Annual Christmas Store Returns

This December marks the third year we will host a Christmas Store at First Baptist Tulsa. The Christmas Store is offered for families who are struggling to provide gifts for their children this Christmas, allowing First to stand in the gap with those parents...


New Children's Library Opens

If you’ve found yourself walking the third floor hallway of the Children’s Building, you may have stumbled upon a hidden jewel in the northeast corner. The children’s library (previously located on the second floor of the North Building, is being renovated for the adult library to relocate from the South Building) has settled into its new glass-front location near the children’s Sunday school classrooms...


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