Sunday 05.29.16 (to the ends of the earth)

This Sunday we’ll be taking a look at Psalm 67 and see how God has blessed us in order to make his glory and joy known to the ends of the earth. We hope to see you there! If you’re traveling this holiday weekend, we pray that you travel safe. Starting on Sunday nights in June, we’ll be doing a study through Thom Rainer’s book I Will. For a copy of the book, please see Pastor Mike.

@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
**No Evening Services, enjoy the holiday weekend!**

Sermon Notes
To the Ends of the Earth ~ Psalm 67

  • A prayer for God’s blessing (67:1)
    • This prayer echoes Numbers 6:23-27, asking for God to supply his people with joy, protection, grace, and peace
    • To be blessed is to be made happy by God through the fullness of Jesus
    • The ultimate purpose of blessing is that God might bring joy to us by displaying his glory through us which will bring joy to others
  • Blessed by God we are to take God’s blessing to others:
    • We are to make the way of God known… (67:2)
    • …to multiply praise to God throughout the world (67:3-7)
    • …to multiply joy in God throughout the world (67:4)

Revive! 2016 (coming in March and April)

A dictionary definition of the words revive and revival would include a “return to life or strength” or “to renew, to take up again.” In the modern history of the church, we often use the term to speak of a supernatural, God-empowered spiritual awakening in people—a coming to follow Jesus of those who previously did not follow, and a growing in one’s faith and character of those who do follow.

In this sense, to revive would be to return to the pinnacle of spiritual health and devotion to Jesus.

Now, on the one hand, we cannot program a move of God. God is God and therefore he does as he pleases when he pleases. Setting aside a few days, a week, or a series of weeks and calling them a “revival” does not guarantee masses of people coming to Jesus or experiencing spiritual growth. On the other hand, we can take steps to prepare ourselves for great moves of God while also strengthening our everyday faith in Jesus.

Paul wrote about this in Ephesians, first praying that the Christians of that church would together be spiritually strengthened and come to a fuller understanding of Christ and his love (3:14-21); and second encouraging them to live “filled with the Spirit” through corporate singing, thankful prayer, and humble service (5:18-21).

This is what Revive! 2016 is about. On five Sunday evenings spread across the course of the six weeks in March and April, we will be joining together to sing in worship to our God and Savior, and to hear from guest speakers who will encourage us to grow in our faith.

Revive! is for the faithful follower of Jesus who desires to be challenged to grow even further; it is for the new, young, and growing follower of Jesus who wants to learn more about what it means to be faithful to Jesus in all things; and it is for those who are not yet followers of Jesus, but desire to learn more about who Jesus is and why he is worth following.

For more information, you can take a look at our Revive! 2016 page or contact the church office.

The schedule for Revive! is as follows (all services begin at 6pm on Sunday evenings):

Date – Speaker – Topic
March 6 – JP Williams – God’s Word
March 13 – Malachi O’Brien – Prayer
March 20 – Tony Jones – Praise/Worship
March 27 – Easter, no evening activities at FBC Adrian
April 3 – Rick Thompson – Missions/Evangelism
April 10 – Steve Donnelly – Fellowship

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Sunday 01.24.16 (the worth of wisdom)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at Proverbs 3, consider the worth of wisdom and how we are to seek after Christ-centered wisdom. Sunday evening will also be the final session of our Bonhoeffer video series. Hope to see you there!

@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Bonhoeffer study in the church library

Sermon Notes
The Worth of Wisdom ~ Proverbs 3:13-35

  • More than mere knowledge, wisdom is using true knowledge in practical ways that honor God and help others to honor God
  • Why value wisdom and how does it relate to Jesus?
    • It brings true happiness; such joy is ultimately found in Christ alone (3:13)
    • It is more precious than all the wealth of the world; Jesus is our greatest treasure (3:14-16)
    • It leads to peace; Jesus is our peace with God who helps us live at peace with others (3:17)
    • It leads to life; Jesus is the ultimate source of life (3:18)
    • It helps us to mimic our all-wise, Creator God; Jesus is the great One to be mimicked (3:19-20)
    • It helps us to avoid stumbling in sin; Jesus is the one who frees us from sin and leads us from its snare (3:21-23)
    • It brings confidence from God; Jesus is our great confidence and hope (3:24-26)
    • It helps us to love our neighbors; Jesus is the ultimate source of love in our lives (3:27-32)
    • It brings and inheritance of honor; Jesus is the One with whom we share a perfect inheritance (3:33-35)
  • How do you gain wisdom?
    • Trust God whole-heartedly (3:5)
    • Humbly depend on God each day (3:5-7)
    • Stand in a sin-avoiding awe of God (3:7-8)

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Sunday 01.17.16 (Jesus the healer)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at Matthew 9 and the various healings Jesus did and how they point to his desire to heal us and the ultimate healing we will have in eternity. Also, after the morning worship gathering, we will be having our Winter Fellowship meal–soup and salad in the gym. Hope to see you there!

@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@Noon Soup and Salad Winter Fellowship Meal
@6pm Bonhoeffer video series in church library

Sermon Notes
Jesus the Healer ~ Matthew 9

  • Jesus desires your healing
  • Spiritual healing: realize that without Jesus you are spiritually sick and that this disease is incurable and fatal but that Jesus will heal you if you trust him (9:12-13)
  • Physical healing: long for the day of complete healing and ask for physical healing (9, throughout)
  • Global healing: pray for laborers to carry the message of the Great Healer to the masses (9:35-38)

Sunday 01.10.16 (truth, community, missions)

This Sunday we’ll take our annual look at our church’s purpose statement and the scripture passage we draw it from–John 17. As the First Baptist Church of Adrian, we exist to honor Jesus by living the truth, building community, and pursuing missions. Then Sunday evening we will continue our look at the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Hope to see you there!

@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Bonhoeffer study in church library
@7pm Business Meeting

Sermon Notes
Truth, Community, Missions 2016 ~ John 17

In our lives…

  • Realize that everything is about glorifying (bringing honor and fame to) God through Jesus (17:1-10)
  • Honor Jesus by living the truth (daily manifestations of our love for God; 17:6-19)
  • Honor Jesus by building community (daily manifestations of our love for other Christians; 17:11, 20-26)
  • Honor Jesus by pursuing missions (daily manifestations of our love for non-Christians; 17:13-23)

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Sunday 12.06.15 (comfort in the greatness of Jesus)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at the first chapter of Revelation and see how even though the world may seem crazy and dark, we can find comfort in Jesus’ greatness. Also, we are one week away from the Children’s Christmas Program at 6pm on Dec 13. Hope to see you there!

@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Practice for Children’s Christmas Program
@6pm The Christmas Experience by Kyle Idleman and City on the Hill, part 1 of 2; in the church library

Sermon Notes
Comfort in the Greatness of Jesus ~ Revelation 1

We find blessing in reading and obeying what God has said in this book (1:1-3)

We should take comfort and joy in who God is and who he is making us through Jesus (1:4-10)

  • Who God is…
    • The Eternal One, the Beginning and the End
    • The source of grace and peace
    • The Almighty King of kings
    • The sacrificed Savior of the world
    • The resurrected Witness of the Father
    • The One who conquered death and now holds the keys
    • The One who dwells among his churches
    • The One who will return in glory
  • Who God has made you through Jesus…
    • His loved ones
    • Those freed from sin
    • A kingdom of priests
  • Therefore…
    • Rest in God’s grace, enjoying peace with him as his beloved children
    • Serve in your priesthood by doing good to, praying for, and sharing the gospel with others that they might rejoice with us
    • Endure patiently through trials knowing they are temporary and the best is yet to come
    • Don’t fear death or any enemy because the sovereign, resurrected King dwells with us

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Sunday 11.22.15 (the joy of turning from sin)

This Sunday join us as we take a look at Psalm 32 and see the great joy we experience by turning from sin and turning to God in Jesus. Also, Sunday night @7pm we will be hosting the annual Adrian Ministerial Alliance Thanksgiving service. Hope to see you there!

@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Children’s Christmas program practice
@7pm Ministerial Alliance Thanksgiving Service

Note: With the Thanksgiving holiday this week, there will be no Awana or prayer meeting and Bible study on the church campus this Wednesday. Have a happy holiday!

Sermon Notes
The Joy of Turning From Sin ~ Psalm 32

  • Find joy in remembering God’s forgiveness (32:1-2)
  • Find joy in confessing your sins (32:3-7)
  • Find joy in learning righteousness (32:8-11)