Our Italy mission team leaves this week! Our partnership with the Evangelical Church of Belluno is in its 4th year. God is doing great things in Belluno and the difference in the local church since 2016 is remarkable. Each year the team has gone we have seen new faces and growing enthusiasm. In 2016, we… Continue reading Everyday Missionaries Everywhere (Acts 1:8)
What makes a church great? It depends on who you ask. There are some people who consider a church to be “great” when its average attendance reaches a certain point (e.g., 250 or 500). Only a great church—they argue—could attract that many people. The presence of many people is their proof that it is a… Continue reading What Makes a Church Great?
Six members of Cape Girardeau Baptist Association Churches (FBC Scott City, Rescued & Redeemed, FBC Millersville) just returned from a mission trip to Belluno, Italy. Belluno is a town in northeast Italy of about 30,000 people. We are partnering with the Evangelical Church of Belluno, Italy to reach their community with a witness of Jesus… Continue reading Italy Mission Team – September 2018
You are in line at a grocery store and, while there seem to be 50 checkout lines, it seems as if only 3 are open. What are you most likely thinking while you stand there with your items? What are you most likely feeling? I confess that I too often find myself irritated and frustrated.… Continue reading The Lord of the Harvest (Matthew 9:35-38)
Those who enter the kingdom of God do so through repentance and faith. God welcomes them into His kingdom; giving them a new heart that hungers and thirsts for righteousness (Matt 5:6). The Beatitudes, as we learned earlier, describe the character of a Christian; namely, what Christ is developing in them. In our next section… Continue reading Christian Witness (Matthew 5:10-16)
Jesus commissioned His church to make disciples. In this sermon series we learn how.
One of my favorite sections of Scripture is Ephesians 2:1-10. In these ten verses we have a glorious picture of our salvation in three parts: 1) We were spiritually dead, 2) God has supernaturally delivered us from spiritual death, & 3) being delivered from death to life, we are given good work to do. As… Continue reading God’s Glorious Gospel (Ephesians 2:1-10)
While a lake may be beautiful, a river is powerful. Jesus designed His church to be more like a powerful river rather than a leisurely lake. While many factors contribute to this power, consider that it is the banks of the river that channel energy and momentum. Last week we discussed what we are supposed… Continue reading Our Values: A Mighty Flowing River
What happens when a church forgets her purpose? She becomes distracted and unconcerned as the devil steals, kills, and destroys. Do not be deceived, our enemy is on the prowl and ready to pounce; sowing seeds of discord in the world and leaving a trail of destruction. Jesus came to “destroy the works of the… Continue reading Our Mission: Bringing the Love of Christ to a Hurting World
With a new year upon us, this is an opportune time for First Baptist to reflect on the past year. The most common method of examination for churches is to count “nickels and noses”. How many nickels were collected and how many noses appeared this week? While we thank God for every “nickel and nose”,… Continue reading An Effective Instrument in Christ’s Hands