Vision: Mission – What Are We Supposed To Be Doing?

This Sunday morning we will focus on our Mission as Christians and as a local Church. When we speak about our mission we are asking the question: “What are we supposed to be doing?” Is our mission to serve the community? Deliver meals? Pick up trash? Provide clothing? Is our mission to meet once aContinue reading “Vision: Mission – What Are We Supposed To Be Doing?”

Vision: Identity – Who Are We?

We learned last week that many people around us are hurting. They are looking for answers or at least something to take away the pain. The most common “answers” people turn to are: money, possessions, fame, drugs, alcohol, love, and sex. None of these satisfy because none of them can address the root cause ofContinue reading “Vision: Identity – Who Are We?”

Vision: Needs – What’s Going On?

Introduction In Hebrews 12:1-2, we were instructed to “lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus…” (Heb 12:1-2). This command applies to every Christian and it also applies to Churches. Churches can become hindered byContinue reading “Vision: Needs – What’s Going On?”

Are we a Great Church? Our Measures

Most churches want to be great. Rarely do you find a church that wants to fail, close, or bring dishonor to the name of Christ. Most churches want to be great, but how do you know when a church is actually great? We have learned in this sermon series that it is God who determinesContinue reading “Are we a Great Church? Our Measures”

Our Strategy: Take the Next Step (Hebrews 10:24-25)

What is keeping you from taking the next step of faith? Taking a step of faith is simple (God tells us what to do), peaceful (obedience brings peace), and necessary (we must step out in faith in order to mature). So why don’t we do it? Maybe it is because we have listened to theContinue reading “Our Strategy: Take the Next Step (Hebrews 10:24-25)”

Our Values: A Mighty Flowing River

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 supposedContinue reading “Our Values: A Mighty Flowing River”

Our Mission: Bringing the Love of Christ to a Hurting World

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 theContinue reading “Our Mission: Bringing the Love of Christ to a Hurting World”

An Effective Instrument in Christ’s Hands

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”

Thinking Biblically about Tragedy (Luke 13:1-9)

The subject matter of today’s sermon is difficult because most–if not all–of us have either experienced tragedy or know someone who has. For those in the midst of tragedy, you know that there are no easy answers. As a pastor, my prayer is that you will find comfort in the midst of life’s storms fromContinue reading “Thinking Biblically about Tragedy (Luke 13:1-9)”

Settle With Your Accuser (Luke 12:57-59)

What is the largest debt you have ever had?  It may be a debt you currently have and are seeking to pay off.  Most people would reply that it is their mortgage.  Others may say a student loan and still others may say it is a credit card (or two).  This morning we will considerContinue reading “Settle With Your Accuser (Luke 12:57-59)”