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)”

Love One Another (1 Thess 3:12)

As we conclude our series on the “one anothers” of Scripture, it is only fitting that we end with loving one another.  Our text this morning is 1 Thessalonians 3:12, “May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you.” The key to lovingContinue reading “Love One Another (1 Thess 3:12)”

In Love Serve One Another (Galatians 5:13-15)

Of the many “one another” passages in the Bible, the one today is another one that is well-known but difficult to put into practice.  This morning we shall discuss the difference between having a man-centered and a Christ-centered view of salvation.  Our verses are found in Galatians 5:13-15: For you were called to freedom, brothers.Continue reading “In Love Serve One Another (Galatians 5:13-15)”

Able to Instruct One Another (Romans 15:14)

There are many “one another” passages in the Bible.  These passages are commands from God for how the members of the Church are to think, speak, and act towards one another.  This morning we shall discuss a very important, but often neglected “one another” passage.   It is from Romans 15:14: I myself am satisfied aboutContinue reading “Able to Instruct One Another (Romans 15:14)”

Count Others More Significant (Philippians 2:2-3)

God instructs us in Philippians 2:3-4: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests but also the interests of others.” Sounds easy, doesn’t it!  Actually, if we are honest, we realize that fulfilling these verses isContinue reading “Count Others More Significant (Philippians 2:2-3)”

Speaking the Truth in Love (Ephesians 4:15)

Take a moment to consider the people who are in this worship service.  As you consider them, ask yourself this question: “Who are these people?”  This is not a silly exercise because how you answer that question about one another says a lot about how you treat one another. What if we refused to seeContinue reading “Speaking the Truth in Love (Ephesians 4:15)”

Stirring Up One Another (Hebrews 10:23-25)

Tragically, we find ourselves in an age in which our culture is intent on calling “evil good and good evil…putting darkness for light and light for darkness…putting bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Is. 5:20).  We find ourselves in a time in which Christian values are ridiculed as intolerant and oppressive and thus areContinue reading “Stirring Up One Another (Hebrews 10:23-25)”

Help for a Mother’s Anxious Heart (Philippians 4:6-7)

Today, the second Sunday in May, is a day set aside by former President Woodrow Wilson “as a public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”  For some women here, this is a very joyful day filled with the laughter and fun of family and friends.  For others, today mayContinue reading “Help for a Mother’s Anxious Heart (Philippians 4:6-7)”