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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).

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~ Pastor Mike

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An Unlikely Ally

And Joshua the son of Nun sent two men secretly from Shittim as spies, saying, “Go, view the land, especially Jericho.” And they went and came into the house of a prostitute whose name was Rahab and lodged there. And it was told to the king of Jericho, “Behold, men of Israel have come here tonight to search out the land.” Then the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “bring out the men who have come to you, who entered your house, for they have come to search out all the land.” But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them. ~ Joshua 2:1-4 (ESV)

In the city of Jericho lived a woman named Rahab, who had the occupation of prostitute. This could mean that she served as a cult-prostitute for certain religious services at a temple, or she could have possibly owned a brothel as part of an inn, which would help explain why the spies stopped there seeking room.

Either way, this woman, who to this point had been involved in sexual sin, helped the spies in their mission and ultimately found a place among God’s people. Many in the Promised Land had heard of this people of Israel, former slaves of the Egyptians and wilderness wanderers who won mighty battles. Thus, the spies were quickly identified and the king of the city came looking for them.

Rahab could have turned them in, not wanting to upset the king and trusting in his protection. Instead, she believed in the power of God and feared him more (2:8-11). So, she hid the spies and sent the king on a wild goose chase.

Because of this act of faith coupled with kindness, a request was granted her: That she and all her household be spared when the armies of Israel conquered her city. Little would she have known the greater significance that would come.

You see, this unlikely ally of the spies, a prostitute of a pagan people who heard of God and believed, later married into the people of Israel. Matthew 1:5-6 tells us that Rahab was the mother of Boaz, the man who would rescue Ruth the Moabite widow of an Israelite. Boaz would then be the father of Obed who became the father of Jesse who became the father of King David. But it didn’t stop there as David’s linage ultimately gave rise to Jesus, the Savior-King being born among God’s people.

In life, it can be easy for us to look down upon and judge other people because of their reputation, occupation, ethnicity, age, education, and a host of other things. We tend to be most comfortable with those who are most like us and uncomfortable with those who are most different.

Yet, Rahab’s story is a reminder to us that God can and does use people from all sorts of backgrounds. He took a prostitute from a city destined for destruction and placed her in the linage of his Son, the world’s Savior and King. So, let us not shy away from taking the gospel to someone because of their background, remembering that they could be a brother or sister in Christ in the making.

New posts in this devotional series will appear most Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

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Good Reads 03.22.17 (on: adoption, godly mothers, and more!)

Here is a collection of good reads gathered from across the internet this past week. Enjoy!

On adoption: Adoption is Commitment by Joel Littlefield

Unlike a good dream where one hopes it never ends, adoption may not always feel that way. There may be days when tiredness gets the best of me, and physical and spiritual fatigue leaves my wife and me to sit on the couch at the end of the day and feel stuck. But God will meet us in that place. We will look each other in the eyes and remind each other that this is God’s work. It’s His calling on our lives and His heart for adoption. We cannot do this in our own strength.

I’m here to say that we didn’t pursue adoption because it sounded fun, or to be heroic, or to make a statement. We went down this long road because at the core of the Gospel is a Father’s heart for orphaned souls. God sought me before I ever knew He was coming for me. He knew my name, my birth, my whole life, my sin and the sin of my ancestors, and yet, He still ran to me in His perfect timing. He showered His grace upon me and said, “You’re mine. I died for you. I purchased you. I’ve adopted you as my own and no matter what you do I’m never going to leave you…ever.” (click here to read more)

On parenting / mothering: Christian Men and Their Godly Moms by Tim Challies

It may surprise us, though, to learn how many of our Christian heroes were shaped by the attentiveness and godliness of their mothers. Even though they may have had fathers who were present, involved, and godly, still they would insist that their primary spiritual influencer had been their mother. One of history’s greatest preachers would say with affection, “I am sure that, in my early youth, no teaching ever made such an impression upon my mind as the instruction of my mother,” while one of its most committed evangelists would say, “I learned more about Christianity from my mother than from all the theologians in England.” An eminent theologian would state, “To our mother, my brother and myself, under God, owe absolutely everything.” A great defender of the faith would write about an overwhelming moment of doubt, then relate how he found deliverance: “My mother [spoke to me] in those dark hours when the lamp burned dim, when I thought that faith was gone and shipwreck had been made of my soul. ‘Christ,’ she used to say, ‘keeps firmer hold on us than we keep on him’.” (click here to read more)

On grace and anxiety: Everything Is Going to be Okay by Matt Moore

I’m sure most of us are well acquainted with Romans 8:28: “And we know that for those who love God all things are working together for good.” The following verse defines for us exactly what this “good” is: “for those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son” (Romans 8:29; emphasis mine). God works all things, including hard and painful things, together to make us like Christ—which is the greatest kindness he can do for us. Enjoying and reflecting the glory of Jesus is the ultimate purpose for which we were created. And as God fulfills this purpose in part through the refining fires of trials, our joy in him and love for him soar increasingly higher. We will always come out on the other side of difficult circumstances looking more like Christ and enjoying him more fully.

However, though I believe I will be okay when I exit trials, I do sometimes worry about how I will fare in the midst of them. I fear my joy and peace may completely dry up as I endure whatever painful situations lie ahead in my future. Will I have the emotional fortitude to not crumble under their weight? Will my soul be strong enough to enjoy and worship God amidst the suffering? Will God be good to me in the trials as he allows their fires to refine me? These are the questions I ask myself—the ones that cause me the most anxiety. (click here to read more)

On the little things in life: The Surprising Power of Little Things by Matt Rogers

The influence of little things can cause me to hyper-focus on every detail, thinking that if I can somehow control everything about my life then I can move toward my predetermined end. But, it doesn’t take long to realize the futility of this approach.

I can’t control my life—and neither can you. People do all sorts of things we can’t control. Life throws us curves we’d never anticipate. It’s just the way things are. Sometimes these little things work in our favor—propelling us further, faster than we once thought possible. Sometimes the little things work against us—derailing our plans before we ever begin. (click here to read more)

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Keeping Your Word

And to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh Joshua Said, “Remember the word that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, saying, ‘The Lord your God is providing you a place of rest and will give you this land.’ Your wives, your little ones, and your livestock shall remain in the land that Moses gave you beyond the Jordan, but all the men of valor among you shall pass over armed before your brothers and shall help them, until the Lord gives rest to your brothers as he has to you…” ~Joshua 1:12-15 (ESV)

During the wilderness journey to the Promised Land, two and a half tribes of Israel asked permission to remain on the east side of the Jordan. Their main reason was the goodness of the land to provide for their many livestock. Moses granted permission on the condition that the abled-body warriors among the tribes would follow the remaining tribes into battle and help them take possession of the land. This was a condition that the two-and-a-half tribes agreed with (Numbers 32).

As Joshua readied the people to cross the Jordan, he reminded these tribes of their promise and called them to be faithful. This reflects the greater biblical principle that we are to be people of our word.

In response to people swearing oaths by things that they truly had no authority or ability to give if they broke their oath, Jesus said in Matthew 5:37, “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No.’” We are to be true to our word, to say what we mean and mean what we say, and to not make promises that we cannot or are unlikely to keep.

Followers of Jesus are ultimately to be focused on truth and love, as our Savior-King embodied both and called us to both. In keeping our word, truth is being honest with our intentions and statements, and love is not hurting others by going back on what we had said to them.

Obviously, sometimes, plans have to change. Emergencies or situations crop up that we cannot control. But if we are more known for changing plans and backing out than for keeping our word, the fault does not lay in our situations but in our promises.

Reminded of the promise they made, the warriors of the two-and-a-half tribes fulfilled their word. Let us do like Jesus commanded and keep our yeses and noes simple, and let us follow the example of these tribes and stay true to those yeses and noes.

New posts in this devotional series will appear most Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

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Strong and Courageous

Today we start a new devotional series from the book of Joshua. New posts will run most Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Be strong and courageous, for you shall cause this people to inherit the land that I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. ~Joshua 1:6-9

Moses, the servant of the Lord who had led God’s people from the land of Egypt and through the wilderness for 40 years, was dead. He had spoken to God as a friend, seen as much of God’s glory as any person could see on this earth, and faithfully delivered God’s commands to the people. But, because of an act of disobedience on fully display in front of the people, Moses had to stop just shy of the Promised Land and only was able to greet it from afar.

Joshua, who had followed along faithfully with Moses as an assistant, was God’s chosen leader to take the people into the Land. Though we don’t know everything about Joshua’s mindset, we can tell from the words that God spoke to him that perhaps Joshua faced some trepidation.

Moses’ were big shoes to fill, the people were many to lead, and the Promised Land was filled with mighty opponents.

So, what does od do? He spoke of courage to Joshua. He told Joshua to be strong and courageous, and he based this on his choosing Joshua to fill this position, the promises and teachings of his word, and his own presence with Joshua.

It is the same for us. In general, all followers of Jesus have the same call on our lives. We are to live in this world to make disciples of others as we make much of Jesus in our lives. This will play out in many ways and many arenas as we seek to love God and love others where we live, work, and play. Our role in this will look different as teachers, pastors, bankers, factory workers, and students.

But we should not back down from our task, because Jesus promised us much the same. All authority is his and he will be with us (Matthew 28:18-20).

Like Joshua, we need to be confident of our call by God, we need to look to the promises and teachings of his word (scripture, the Bible), and we need to be assured of his presence. So, let us obey God’s call on our lives to make disciples and honor him, no matter our occupation or season of life. And let us be strong and courageous, working for Jesus.

Joshua 1_9

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Revive! Night 3, tonight @6pm

Revive! is back for 2017. Every Sunday night in the month of March we will have a meal at 5pm in the gym and a worship gathering with a guest speaker at 6pm. These special services are designed to help you learn more about Jesus and what it means to be his follower. We invite you to join us and bring a friend.

Tonight we have Cody McCully, on staff at The Church of Pleasant Ridge (Harrisonville, MO), coming to share about what it means to pursue missions. For a full list of speakers for the month, please click here.

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Sunday 03.19.17 (deepening joy)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at John 16:16-33 and see how we can live a life of ever-deepening joy. Then on Sunday evening, we’ll have our third night of Revive! 2017 with Cody McCully from the Church at Pleasant Ridge (Harrisonville) speaking on pursuing missions. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@5pm Dinner before Revive!
@6pm Revive! 2017 “Pursue Missions”

Sermon Notes
Deepening Joy ~ John 16:16-33

  • Joy is happiness in God
  • Joy develops deeply as we live in light of the resurrection of Jesus (16:16-22)
  • Joy develops deeply as we go to the Father in prayer (16:23-28)
  • Joy develops deeply as we trust in our overcoming Savior-King (16:29-33)
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Generous

Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.

I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. ~Philippians 4:14-23 (ESV)

Paul concluded his letter to the church at Philippi thanking them for their ministry support. They had given to the cause of Christ, so that Paul could spread the gospel further without the need to support himself. This freed him to share even more on his missionary travels.

Philippi was alone in their giving in this season of Paul’s ministry, but they gave generously. So much so that Paul was able to say to them, “I am well supplied.” In other words, he didn’t need them to keep sending him money at this point. This shows that Paul was no charlatan preacher. He wasn’t in it for what he could gain. He wasn’t pleading for more and more money despite having a nice house and fancy clothes.

And in return, Paul assured them that God would bless them and supply their needs. This not that every want would necessarily be met, but that they would not lack in the basics of day to day living.

From this example, we learn what it means to be generous. God has chosen human beings as the ordinary means for the gospel to spread in this world. He could use a choir of angels. Jesus even said he could make the rocks cry out if every other voice fell silent of God’s glory. Yet, he chose people as the means.

The spread of the gospel takes money, then. It costs to travel and to live in new places. It costs for new Bibles to be printed in the languages of those who have no access to the scripture. It costs to meet basic human needs of clean water, good food, and clothing. Those of us who have been supplied by God have a duty to share with those who are in need.

But we should also be careful to whom we give our money. When people who are more than “well supplied” beg for our giving, we should question just what they intend to use our money for. There are too many needs in the world, too many people who have not heard the gospel for us to give unwisely. Let us be generous to the cause of Christ all throughout the world.

This is our last post in this devotional series on Philippians. Look for a new series starting next week.

Philippians 4_19-20

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