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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

Sunday 11.18.18 (Hannah: A Woman of Prayer)

Today in our “life of…” series, we’ll take a look at the life of Hannah and see her commitment to and dependence on God through prayer. This afternoon, we’ll be at the Adrian Manor nursing home, and tonight we’ll join with other churches from the town for the annual Ministerial Alliance Thanksgiving service. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@230pm Adrian Manor service
@7pm Ministerial Alliance Thanksgiving at First Baptist

Sermon Notes
Hannah: A Woman of Prayer ~ 1 Samuel 1:1-2:10

The sermon in one sentence: Following the example of Hannah, our prayers should express our sorrows and joys, boldness, and praise.

  • Your prayers should express your sorrows and joys (1:1-18, 2:1)
  • Your prayers should be bold before God (1:9-11, 19-27)
  • Your prayers should be moments of worship and praise (2:1-10)

Songs for Worship
Have Faith in God
How Great Is Our God
Sing, Congregation, Sing
Cares Chorus
Change My Heart, O God
Be Strong in the Lord

Sunday 11.04.18 (the life of Mary)

Join us this Sunday as we start a new series “The Life of…”; beginning with “The Life of Mary.” Also, don’t forget to set your clock back an hour as we “fall back.” We hope to see you there!

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Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
**No Evening Study This Week

Sermon Notes
The Life of Mary ~ Various Scriptures
Sermon by Ben Palmer (Pastor Mike on vacation)

Songs for Worship
Open the Eyes of My Heart
My Worth Is Not in What I Own
Take My Life and Let It Be
It Is Well
Lord, Here Am I

Sunday 10.28.18 (shining the light)

This Sunday we’ll wrap up our series on the Bible and mental health, Finding Light in the Darkness, by looking at Romans 12:9-15 and how love compels us to be there for others in the midst of their struggles. Then on Sunday evening, we’ll continue our video series on Judges by JD Greear. We hope to see you there!

Sunday Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Judges video study in youth room

Sermon Notes
Shining the Light ~ Romans 12:9-15

The sermon in one sentence: Jesus, the Light of the world, is the great answer to darkness in life, and Jesus calls us to shine his light in love for others to have hope and help.

  • žThe primacy of love:
    • Love should be our primary attitude and motivation for action toward others (12:9-10)
    • žOur love and concern for the well-being of others should be ever-increasing (12:10-11)
  • Shining the light of love:
    • žShine the light spiritually, love others by pointing them to Jesus (12:12)
    • žShine the light physically, love by meeting practical needs (12:13)
    • žShine the light relationally and emotionally, love by being present for and empathizing with others (12:14-15)

finding light in the darkness (sermon series)

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Songs for Worship
Blessed Be the Name
Send the Light
They’ll Know We Are Christians by Our Love
O Church, Arise
Make Me a Blessing

Sunday 10.21.18 (The Light of Peace)

This morning, we’ll continue our series on the Bible and mental health, Finding Light in the Darkness, by considering what Jesus says in Matthew 6 about anxiety, worry, and peace. Then tonight, we’ll be in part 3 of our Judges video study by JD Greear. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Judges video study in youth room

Sermon Notes
The Light of Peace ~ Matthew 6:25-34

The sermon in one sentence: Anxiety and fear can be driven by a number of things, but God’s will for us is a sense of peace, even in a troubled world.

  • Two foundations for peace:
    • Remember that life is more than our present circumstances and future fears (6:25)
    • Remember that God delights in caring for his children (6:26-34)
  • Four practical ways to find peace:
    • Seek God above all else (6:33)
    • Remember the hope of the gospel: God will rescue (Isaiah 35)
    • Take your anxieties to God in prayer (Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Peter 5:6-7)
    • Seek help from others (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

finding light in the darkness (sermon series)

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Songs for Worship
Victory in Jesus
Seek Ye First
Cares Chorus
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
Near to the Heart of God
Because He Lives

Sunday 10.07.18 (the greatest light)

This morning we start a new sermon series looking at the topic of finding hope in the midst of the darkness of depression and anxiety. We’ll take a look at Genesis 3 and John 1 and see how sin has broken the world but Jesus provides the solution as the Greatest Light. Then following morning worship, we’ll have our quarterly fellowship meal and business meeting. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@Noon Fellowship Meal followed by Business Meeting
@6pm Video study on the book of Judges

Sermon Notes
The Greatest Light ~ Genesis 3, John 1

The sermon in one sentence: The fall brought spiritual and mental darkness and despair into the world; Jesus is the greatest answer and our eternal hope.

  • žTwo realities about despair, hopelessness, and mental illness
    • Every instance of despair or mental illness is rooted in humanity’s fall into sin (Genesis 3)
    • Not every instance is tied to a specific sin (John 9)
  • žTwo pursuits in our quest for hope
    • Pursue Jesus as the greatest answer (John 1)
    • Pursue the help of other means you need in order to see Jesus clearly

finding light in the darkness (sermon series)

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Songs for Worship
I Am Resolved
Christ Receiveth Sinful Men
As the Deer
God Will Make a Way

Sunday 09.30.18 (God and Money: Give Generously)

This week we’ll finish our “God and Money” series by taking a look at 1 Timothy 6 and what it means to be generous in our world. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering

Sermon Notes
Give Generously ~ 1 Timothy 6:17-19

The sermon in one sentence: Having learned to stay focused, plan well, and live within your means, work to increase your generosity toward others.

  • The attitudes of generosity (6:17)
    • Be humble
    • Be wise
    • Be hopeful
    • Be joyful
  • The actions of generosity (6:18-19)
    • Do much good (6:18)
    • Share more freely (6:18-19)

God and Money (sermon series)

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Songs for Worship
The Solid Rock
I Exalt Thee
All in All
Simple Living
Because I Have Been Given Much
Let Your Heart Be Broken

Sunday 09.23.18 (God and Money: Live Within Your Means)

This morning we’ll be in week three of four of our God and Money series, as we seek to discover how to grow in generosity. We’ll talk about avoiding debt by living within your means and how this helps us to be good managers of what God has provided. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@2pm Missions and Evangelism Team Meeting
@6pm Bible Study

Sermon Notes
Live Within Your Means ~ Luke 12:42-48 & Various Scriptures

The sermon in one sentence: Avoid the stranglehold of debt by living within your means so you can maximize generosity.

  • We are “stewards” of God’s resources (Luke 12:42-48)
    • We keep watch over what he has given and we use it wisely
    • We remember that all our money and resources belong to God, not to us
    • We maximize our wise use of resources to fulfill God’s purposes with our wealth
    • We minimize debt that hinders our wise use and generosity
  • To minimize debt and maximize generosity:
    • Maintain an attitude that you will avoid debt (Romans 13:8)
    • Adjust your lifestyle to avoid debt as much as possible (Proverbs 21:5)
    • Make a plan to pay off your existing debts as soon as possible (Psalm 37:21, Ecclesiastes 5:5)
    • Give more generously (Psalm 37:21)

God and Money (sermon series)

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Songs for Worship
Seek Ye First
Come Thou Fount
Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult
Thou Art Worthy
Take My Life and Let It Be
Freely, Freely