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Welcome to the First Baptist Church of Adrian!

We are a community of people dedicated to follow Jesus in all that we do. If you’re looking for a church committed to loving God, loving each other, teaching his word, and worshiping him, then we invite you to come join us at any of our worship gatherings and activities for adults, youth, and children (see our About page and Activities page). Also, if you’re looking to learn more about Jesus and what it means to be his follower, I would love the chance to talk with you (also, see our About page for contact information, or see our Follow Jesus page).

Check out our site, read the blog posts below for news updates and devotional posts, and check out one of our worship gatherings!

~ Pastor Mike

Sunday Morning Schedule
9:45am ~ Small Groups / Sunday School
10:45 am ~ Worship Gathering

Providence: God Behind the Scene

This post is part of a devotional series based on our 2019 Bible Reading Calendar.

The book of Esther is the beautiful story of a young woman who became queen and was able to use her influence with the king to save the Jews, her people, from sure extinction while they lived in exile. One thing that sets the book apart from the other books of the Bible–Esther is the only one to not directly mention God.

It is a story of the survival of God’s people, who remained religious in their troubled times, yet God seems to be hidden in the background.

In a way, this makes the book of Esther a study on the doctrine of providence. Providence is God’s everyday, behind the scenes work. Miracles, in the Bible, are interventions by God against the normal course of the world and laws of nature. Revelation is God speaking to various people in various ways. Both are signs of God working in the open. Yet, compared to providence, both are rare.

Romans 8:28 says, “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” On the surface, not everything looks to be working for the good of God’s people, and sometimes we spend a lifetime wondering how the pieces fit. Yet, the promise is there: God is at work, intimately involved in the every day details, good and bad, to bring about the best as he rescues rebellious people from a broken world.

In Esther, Mordecai, the queen’s cousin, encourages her by pointing to providence. When it is made known that Haman has plotted to exterminate the Jews, Mordecai urges Esther to break rank and go before the king without summons to expose the plot and plead for the people. When Esther states that doing such could mean her own death, Mordecai responds, “Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).

Why else would a young Jewish lady become a Persian queen, if not placed there at that time to rescue God’s people.

This is providence. This is God behind the scene. This is encouragement that even if we don’t see God directly at work, he is, always, on behalf of his people.

Scripture quotes taken from the Christian Standard Bible

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Praying the Bible ~ Luke 19:37-38

Praying through verses or passages of the Bible is a great way to help you pray according to the will and desires of God. Below is a passage of Scripture and a sample prayer. I would encourage you to pray that prayer, or, even better, read the passage and pray as God leads you.

Text: Luke 19:37-38
Now Jesus came near the path down the Mount of Olives, and the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heavens.”  (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Lord, you are the great King, the giver of peace, the one full of glory. As the crowd praised Jesus on his entry into Jerusalem, may my heart ever praise you–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Fill my heart and mind with joy. Let my words ring forth with your praise. May I declare your greatness day and night, especially because of the mercies and salvation you have given. Amen.

Practical Reconciliation

This post is part of a devotional series based on our 2019 Bible Reading Calendar.

In Luke 19, Jesus encountered a man named Zacchaeus. As a man who had gotten rich from being a tax collector, Zacchaeus would have spent years defrauding people through extra fines and such. When Jesus declared he must visit Zacchaeus, the people even complained that someone like Jesus would dare go to the home of someone so sinful.

Yet, Zacchaeus received Jesus with joy. Yes, he had been a sinner, in rebellion against God, but through Jesus he found forgiveness.

This joy moved Zacchaeus on his own to seek to make amends with those he had wronged: “I’ll give half my possessions to the poor, Lord. And if I have extorted anything from anyone, I’ll pay back four times as much.” (Luke 19:8)

When we encounter the grace of God, it changes us. Through that change we long to correct damage done by our sinful past. Often this comes in the form of seeking to reconcile relationships.

On the one hand, we must be careful. Jesus doesn’t call us to do works to assuage our guilt. Jesus is the one who removed our guilt through the cross. We cannot add to that nor take away from it. On the other hand, though, when we have experienced the great love that God has for us through Jesus, then we can’t help but begin to love others in the same way.

So, we begin to practice reconciliation. We show forgiveness to those who have wronged us and we seek forgiveness from those we have wronged, at least as much as we are able. Restoring what is broken in relationships, after all, is what the Gospel is about–God reached to us, and feeling his love, we reach to others.

Scripture quotes taken from the Christian Standard Bible.

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The Bible, it’s that important

This post is part of a devotional series based on our 2019 Bible Reading Calendar.

In Second Timothy, Paul wrote to his protege, Timothy, whom he considered a son in the faith. We see hints in the letter that Timothy had fallen on some difficult times, at least emotionally and spiritually, and seemed to be backing away from a once passionate faith.

The letter is filled with encouragement to persevere, following Paul’s own example. Within that encouragement, Paul wrote:

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know those who taught you, and you know that from infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. ~ 2 Timothy 3:14-17

Paul encouraged Timothy to remain faithful to God’s word, like those who had taught it to him.

The Bible is meant to be a lifelong companion and guide to the follower of Jesus. It is to shape our thoughts, attitudes, and actions, as it continually shows us Jesus.

Even if it’s through someone else paraphrasing and summarizing the message, the Bible is the way that we learn the good news of Jesus so that we place our faith in him. It is God’s gift to us, his self-revelation in verbal form, that continues to teach, challenge, correct, and train us for a life dedicated to Jesus. The Bible is the very thing that equips us and continues to equip us to live each day loving God supremely and loving others deeply.

The Bible is that important.

So whether you read through it quickly and read through it again or whether you take your time and absorb at your own pace; whether you struggle to understand certain parts or whether you grasp them with little trouble; whether you choose to use the King James or the Christian Standard versions; whoever you are and wherever you are in your journey of faith: Read the Bible, learn the Bible, and live the Bible.

Scripture quotes taken from the Christian Standard Bible.

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Praying the Bible ~ Luke 17:15-19

Praying through verses or passages of the Bible is a great way to help you pray according to the will and desires of God. Below is a passage of Scripture and a sample prayer. I would encourage you to pray that prayer, or, even better, read the passage and pray as God leads you.

Text: Luke 17:15-19
But one of them, seeing that he was healed, returned and ,with a loud voice, gave glory to God. He fell facedown at Jesus’ feet, thanking him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus said, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Didn’t any return to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And he told him, “Get up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you.”  (Christian Standard Bible)

Prayer
Father, we sing of your amazing grace, but sometimes our hearts aren’t really amazed. We live with spiritual leprosy until, through Jesus and our faith in him, you make us clean. May we be more thankful for your kindness and more worshipful for your goodness. Every good thing in life is a gift from you. May our hearts resonate with thanksgiving each day. More than that, may we always remember the cleansing from sin that you provided. For, even on the worst of days, to have Jesus is to have more than we can dream or imagine. Thank you, Father. Amen.

Be a blessing

This post is part of a devotional series based on our 2019 Bible Reading Calendar.

A city is built up by the blessing of the upright, but it is torn down by the mouth of the wicked. ~ Proverbs 11:11

Complaining is easy and seems to be people’s default. On Google and Yelp, you can leave reviews of all sorts of things and many people use them to lodge complaints. We complain on social media about happenings in our communities, issues with neighbors, or politics. We complain to others about others in conversations.

Proverbs 11:11 is a reminder from Solomon that even though not everything in the world is perfect and there are indeed legitimate problems, it is your choice to be part of the problem or part of the solution

Blessings are words and works that seek to bring positive results to other people. To be blessed is to have a life that, in general, is a happy experience.

God’s people are to be the upright. Through our faith in Jesus and the gift of the Holy Spirit, God takes a stubborn and rebellious heart and makes it good and righteous. All the goodness of Jesus is freely given to us and we, in turn, are to seek to show goodness toward others. Living in and acting out God’s goodness, we are to be positive influences on others.

Jeremiah 29 gives a hint at what this might look like in our cities or towns. The people of Judah were about to go into exile in Babylon for 70 years. It was an unfavorable situation and one that could be a source of complaining. In fact, false prophets were saying, “Oh, it won’t be that bad, it’ll only last a short while,” to try to make people feel better.

But God sent Jeremiah to remind the people that they would be in this exile for the long haul. So what should they do?

Build houses and live in them. Plant gardens and eat their produce. Find wives for yourselves and have sons and daughters. Find wives for your sons and give your daughters to men in marriage so that they may bear sons and daughters. Multiply there; do not decrease. Pursue the well-being of the city I have deported you to. Pray to the Lord on its behalf, for when it thrives, you will thrive. ~ Jeremiah 29:4-7

Though exiles in a foreign land, God told his people that as the city thrived they would thrive, so seek to help the city thrive.

There are countless options: Run for city council, work at a thrift store or food pantry, get involved with the schools, encourage the teachers, help coach your son’s or daughter’s little league teams, volunteer to pick up trash or beautify a park, invite people to church… Be a blessing to your community.

Scripture quotes taken from the Christian Standard Bible.

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Sunday 8.11.19 (what matters most)

Join us this Sunday as we take a look at Luke 10:1-24 and consider how knowing Jesus is what matters most in life and how if you know him you should desire to share him with others. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Why? video study in Youth Room

Sermon Notes
What Matters Most ~ Luke 10:1-24

The sermon in one sentence: What matters most is knowing Jesus as your Savior-King; and if you know Jesus, one of the greatest things you can do is help others know Jesus too.

  • Know Jesus as your Savior and King, finding joy and humility in an ever-growing relationship (10:21-24)
  • Knowing Jesus, seek to share him with others so they may know Jesus as well (10:1-20)

Songs for Worship
Greater Is He That Is in Me
All in All
Knowing You
I Know Whom I Have Believed
Send the Light
Facing a Task Unfinished

Luke

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