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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

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The Promise of God’s Presence

And Joshua said, “Here is how you shall know that the living God is among you and that he will without fail drive out from before you all the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Hivites, the Perizzites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, and the Jebusites. Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is passing over before you into the Jordan.” ~Joshua 3:10-11 (ESV)

With the spies returned from Jericho, Joshua was ready to lead the people across the Jordan River and into the Promised Land. God had been with them in the past as he led them out of Egypt with many signs and wonders, and through the wilderness wanderings via the pillars of cloud and fire. Now God again promised his presence with them as they began their conquest of the Land.

And how would they know? How would Joshua’s leadership be verified? How could they trust that the victory was sure?

God gave them a sign. They already had the ark of the covenant as a visible reminder. In it were the stones containing the words of the covenant that came through Moses, as well as Aaron’s budded staff and a jar of manna. All of these reminders of God’s promises and provision. Even more, the ark was decorated with gold and figures of cherubim (winged, heavenly creatures) that surrounded what was called the mercy seat, where God manifested his presence as he gave Moses commands for the people (Exodus 25:22).

As the priests carried the ark into the waters of the Jordan, joined by a man representing each tribe, the waters stopped and stood in a wall and allowed the people to cross on dry land, just as had happened with the Red Sea as they fled Egypt.

God demonstrated his presence.

We no longer have the ark of the covenant like those Israelites did as they crossed the Jordan. Indeed, no one knows what even became of the ark after the Babylonians destroyed the temple. But we have something better, we have Jesus.

Hebrews 8-10 explain that Jesus brings to us a New Covenant that is superior to the Old one written on those tablets of stone and sealed in the ark. This New covenant truly provides the forgiveness of sins. The ark, everything within it, and everything that surrounded it in the tabernacle and later the temple were mere shadows of a greater reality. They all pointed to Jesus and his sacrifice for our sins.

Jesus is God’s promises fulfilled and his provisions given. And through Jesus we have more than an external reminder of God’s presence with us—we have the Holy Spirit within us (Romans 8).

So, let us not be like the Israelites as they crossed the Jordan, looking to an artifact and a wall of standing water to remind us of God’s presence. Instead, let us look to Jesus and all that he has fulfilled. And by faith, let us live daily with the Holy Spirit internally reminding us that because of Jesus we are God’s children and he is our Father—a Father who will never leave nor forsake his children.

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

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Do They Hear?

“For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction. And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the Lord your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath.” ~ Rahab, Joshua 2:10-11 (ESV)

When seeking to be spared the fate of Jericho, Rahab told the spies she hid in her house how the people of her city had heard about the mighty works of God. Such caused great fear among the people, even so, only Rahab and those of her household responded with faith and not dread.

In a way, Rahab’s experience mimics modern day missions and evangelism. We believe that our God is the One True God and he indeed does mighty things. We have a Bible, our sacred texts, that speak of God’s greatness in creation, judgment, and salvation. Take a moment and read a psalm such as Psalm 135. There you see the greatness on display as declared by his people. And the call of response?—praise from a heart of faith.

This is what happened with Rahab. She heard about the mighty works of God and like the others, her heart melted. But instead of letting that keep her low, she sought salvation in the name of the Lord (Joshua 2:12).

When we think of God’s great acts, truly the greatest act of all is that of salvation. This is why the cross stands as the pinnacle of the Bible’s story. Jesus died on the cross and rose from the grave in order to rescue us from our sins and transform us into a “people for his own possession, zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14).

This is the message that we as Christians believe the world needs to hear. And how do they hear? We share it. We tell them about Jesus and the hope of the gospel, and we share with them the way that Jesus has forever changed our lives. And what will the result be? Sadly, some will continue in their rejection of Jesus and say that our story is nice or silly, but not for them. Others will violently reject the message and seek to persecute the messenger. But still, others will be like Rahab—they will hear about the Mighty God and believe.

So, let us speak of the greatness and glory of our God, longing for people to respond by turning to Jesus.

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

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Revive! Night 4 @6pm

We invite you to join us tonight for the last in our 2017 Revive! series. Dinner in the gym at 5pm and service in the auditorium at 6pm. Tonight, Rick Thompson, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist – Nevada (MO), will be here to share on the topic of building community as followers of Jesus. We hope to see you there!

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Sunday 03.26.17 (the prayer of Jesus)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at John 17 to see what Jesus prays for his followers and how that should impact our lives. Then on Sunday night we conclude our Revive! 2017 series with Rick Thompson of Cornerstone Baptist – Nevada speaking on the topic of “building community.” Hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@5pm Meal before Revive!
@6pm Revive! Night 4 – “Build Community”

Sermon Notes
The Prayer of Jesus ~ John 17:1-26

  • Jesus prayed for his glory so that the Father might be glorified (17:1-12)
    • Therefore, live your life to honor Jesus and make his name famous in all you do
  • Jesus prayed for the truth of his word to forever transform us (17:13-19)
    • Therefore, live out the truth by seeking God in his word and through prayer as he shapes your character
  • Jesus prayed for deep community to be built among us (17:20-23)
    • Therefore, live in community by seeking God together in fellowship, accountability, and worship
  • Jesus prayed for us to be on mission in the world (17:18)
    • Therefore, live on mission by giving, serving, and sharing with others
  • Jesus prayed for us to see his glory and know him fully (17:24-28)
    • Therefore, long for the day of unhindered sight–our eternity with Jesus
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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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