Sunday 12.23.18 (the simple faith of Christmas)

This Sunday we’ll continue our journey through Luke and take a look at the simple, uncluttered faith that Mary and Elizabeth expressed in response to Gabriel’s announcement that Mary would become miraculously pregnant with Jesus. Then on Monday night, we will celebrate Christmas with our annual Christmas Eve service at 6pm. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
Monday 12/24 @6pm Christmas Eve Service followed by cookies, snacks, and hot chocolate

Sermon Notes
The Simple Faith of Christmas ~ Luke 1:26-52

The sermon in one sentence: Trust in and praise God with a simple faith like Mary and Elizabeth

  • Strive for a simple, uncluttered faith (1:26-45)
    • “Simple” faith is not immature or basic
    • Rather, it takes God at his word, asks sincere questions for clarity, sees God as the God of infinite possibilities, and takes joy in the promises of God
  • With a simple faith, trust in Jesus as the Great, One-and-Only King (1:31-35)
  • With a simple faith, praise God for who he is and what he has done (1:46-56)

Songs for Worship
Angels We Have Heard on high
Carols Sing
Trusting Jesus
In Christ Alone

Luke

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Sunday 12.16.18 (God is at work)

This Sunday we start a new series, journeying through the Gospel of Luke. We’ll take a look at the promised birth of John the Baptist and see how God works for our joy even in the face of difficulty and doubt. Then on Sunday evening, we’ll have our Living Nativity followed by snacks. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Living Nativity (auditorium) followed by snacks (gym)

Sermon Notes
God Is At Work ~ Luke 1:1-25

The sermon in one sentence: Trust that God is at work in your difficult circumstances for your greatest joy.

  • Luke’s Introduction: Have Certainty (1:1-4)
  • Trust that God is at work in your difficult circumstances (1:5-13)
  • Trust that God is at work for you joy (1:14-17)
  • Trust that God is at work even when you doubt (1:18-25)

Songs for Worship
Joy to the World
Bless His Holy Name
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
He Leadeth Me
The Solid Rock

Luke

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Sunday 12.09.18 (the life of Barnabas–a man of encouragement)

This Sunday we’ll finish our “The Life of…” series by taking a look at the life of Barnabas and how he encouraged others to greater faith through his words and deeds.  Then on Sunday evening, we’ll continue our Judges video study. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday school for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@Noon Widows/Widowers and Singles Dinner hosted by the Deacons
@6pm Judges Bible Study (youth room)
@6pm Children’s Christmas Program Practice (auditorium)

Sermon Notes
The Life of Barnabas ~ Various Passages

The sermon in one sentence: Following the example of Barnabas, our love for others should lead us to give them support and hope.

  • žBe an encourager by meeting needs (Acts 4:32-37)
  • žBe an encourager by majoring on the good things Jesus brings to a person’s life (Acts 9:28-31)
  • Be an encourager by taking the gospel to those who need to hear (Acts 13:2)
  • Be an encourager by including others in the mission (Acts 13:5)
  • Be an encourager by offering forgiveness and second chances (Acts 15:36-41)

Songs for Worship
The Family of God
There’s Something About That Name
King of Glory
O, Come All Ye Faithful

Sunday 12.02.18 (the life of Tabitha–a woman of good works)

This morning we’ll continue our “The Life of…” series with a look at the life of Tabitha from Acts 9:36-43, and we’ll see how faith leads to a life of good works. Then tonight at 6pm, we’ll continue our video study of the book of Judges. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@6pm Children’s Christmas Program Practice (auditorium)
@6pm Judges Bible Study (youth room)

Sermon Notes
Tabitha–A Woman of Good Works ~ Acts 9:36-43

The sermon in one sentence: Following the example of Tabitha, our faith should lead us to love others through good works.

  • Be a disciple and a saint who trusts in and follows Jesus (9:36, 41)
    • “Disciple” is about our lifestyle–we learn from and follow Jesus
    • “Saint” is about our nature–we are made pure and righteous by Jesus
    • We are disciples and saints through trust in Jesus
  • Be a disciple and a saint whose life is filled with good works and acts of charity (9:36-43)
    • Good works are anything you do for another person to help make their life better
    • Acts of charity are good works that focus specifically on helping the poor and less fortunate
    • Good works and acts of charity should be a defining part of our lives

 

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