Pastor's Blog

Sunday, February 7th

Good morning church family!


I have chosen to once again write a devotional instead of record a video. We did not know we would need to cancel church until late Thursday afternoon. I could record the sermon I prepared for Sunday, but I have to believe that recordings simply do not carry the weight of preaching live in person. Also, this sermon coming up is so good that I was getting fired up about it in my office on Thursday and began preaching it out loud to myself, HA! That sermon is just going to have to wait until a live church service.


Assuming we are in the building next week, we will also do communion. If you are watching on Facebook right now, please feel free to come by the church and pick up communion supplies, and you can participate at home. We are happy to deliver them as well. Please feel free to let us know if we can help you with that!


WORSHIP


God Omniscient, God All Knowing by Matt Boswell

Christ our Hope in Life and Death by Keith and Kristyn Getty


If interested, please watch the video about the writing of Christ our Hope in Life and Death. I am thankful for people today who are still writing new hymns with doctrinal depth that are rooted in Scripture.


Behind the Song: Christ Our Hope in Life and Death


GIVING


You can tithe online at FBC Giving.


DEVOTION


I have to admit that I was a little frustrated at the need to cancel church today. I knew this day would come when a few people may have Covid, and it would be better to cancel than to risk exposing more people, especially when the vaccine is becoming readily available to so many people. However, I woke up this morning with Psalm 118:24 on my mind:


"This is the day that the Lord has made,

Let us rejoice and be glad in it."


That's an incredibly simple statement, but it is also an incredibly powerful statement. Many of us live with various frustrations these days. You might be frustrated with politics (aren't we all?). We are all frustrated with Covid policies and Covid in general. You might be frustrated with a family member or friend. The list could go on. The truth is that all of us deal with life's frustrations, and these days seem to provide plenty of opportunity for frustration.


Yet, I wonder how often we stop and consider this one simple verse. As a preacher, I enjoy breaking down longer passages and digging into the original languages, but oftentimes, simple can be better.


So, let's break this passage down for just a moment.


First, the Psalm says this is the day that the Lord has made. This should focus your attention on what is before you today, not yesterday or tomorrow. Jesus said not to worry about tomorrow (or the day before, for that matter). Your focus as a believer in Christ is to realize that what is before you today is exactly what the Lord had planned. Live in the light of knowing that today is where you must focus your heart for Christian living.


Secondly, the Psalm says that this is the day that the Lord has made. Why is it that you should focus your attention on today? Well, for one thing, you can't do anything to change it. More importantly, today is the day the Lord has made. I love science and the laws that God created that govern the universe, but, without God, the sun would not rise today. The rain would not fall. You aren't promised tomorrow. You are only promised what is put in front of you today, and today is the day that the Lord has made. Frustrations may abound, but today is the Lord's day!


Third, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Rejoice? "But...but...this world seems so hopeless, and you don't know what my life is like." Yes, I still say, "rejoice." It seems counterintuitive, but the truth about how you feel is more determined by how you act than it is how you feel. Feelings follow actions, not the other way around. You don't have to "feel" a certain way in order to act a certain way. Feelings are not a very good guide for your actions. What if we approached each day with reasons to rejoice instead of reasons to be frustrated? Yes, life is messy and the world has gone mad, but this is still the day that the Lord has made, and we should all rejoice!


"But, I don't have to be happy about it, right?"


Wrong.


Fourth, this is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it." I think there was a reason David put this statement last. If all we do is focus on what there is to be frustrated about, we will never get to the point where we can be glad in whatever the day may bring. Here's the deal though - if you want to be glad in whatever today might bring, you cannot skip over the first three things above. You must recognize that today is the day that is before right now. You must recognize that today is the day that the Lord has made, and because it is His day, then you have reason to rejoice. If you get your heart and mind around those three things, then I bet you can begin to be glad in whatever today may bring.


As the hymn says:


When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed

When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost

Count your many blessings, name them one by one

And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.


Once again:


This is the day that the Lord has made,

Let us rejoice and be glad in it!


There is always something to be frustrated about, but today is the day that the Lord has made. Rejoice and be glad in it!


I hope you have a wonderful day! It is my hope that we will be back in the building again next week!


Sincerely,


Pastor Jon


PRAYER REQUESTS


I would encourage you at some point today to take some time and pray for the following individuals:


Charles & Doris Davis

Gene and Linda Woody

Donna Barnette

Kitty Ham (she is home from the hospital)

Lorraine Gooding

Terry Gooding's son and grandson

Megan Lynch

Mary Alice Beaman

Martha Poythress

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Sunday Devotion

Good morning church family!


I certainly wish we were able to meet at church today, but I do believe it is best that we take at least one week off to make sure there is no spread of COVID within the church. Again, if you were exposed to COVID and develop any symptoms, please let us know so that we can make a quick and wise decision about church services on Sunday, January 31st.


I have decided to write a Sunday morning devotion that you can do by yourself or with your family. I want to save the sermon I prepared for this week for when we meet at church again. It's an important sermon in this series in Galatians, and I believe it will better serve more of our church to preach it live.


WORSHIP THROUGH SONG


Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Christ Our Hope in Life and Death


WORSHIP THROUGH GIVING


Tithes and Offerings


DEVOTION


My encourage to you is to work through the following passages in your Bible. Don't use a phone or a tablet. Get out your Bible and read through it by yourself or with your family!


Read:

Hebrews 4:12

Matthew 4:4

2 Timothy 3:16-17

John 1:1-14


These passages focus on the Word of God, and the passage in John focuses on Jesus being the eternal Word of God who came to the earth to save you from sin!


There is a very real sense in which I believe Christians must renew their commitment to the authority of God's word - the Bible. Everything in our culture screams at us to trust other sources and worldly philosophies that clash with the Bible. This is to be expected in a post-Christian society that would rather "go along to get along." It's easier for a fish to swim downstream than it is against the current. Likewise, it will be far more difficult for Christians to remain faithful in the years and decades to come. This should not come as a surprise.


However, if you are to remain faithful, what is it that you are to remain faithful to? The answer to that is obviously the teachings of the Bible. If you are going to take your faith seriously, you must take the Bible seriously, and that means that you must have a rock-solid faith in what it teaches and proclaims.


The passage in Hebrews says that the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword. It discerns your motives, intentions, and thoughts.


Matthew 4:4 states that you cannot live on bread alone, rather you will need every word that comes from the mouth of God. Of course, Jesus knew that people must have food to physically survive. That was not his point. He knew that spiritual survival was far more important than physical survival. There's an interesting point to make here. The hungrier you get, the more food you need to sustain life. Likewise, the more the world starves you of truth, the more you will need the word of God to survive. If anything is true right now, it is the fact that truth is elusive. Many people have lost their grip on reality. I believe it is because they are starved for truth and are searching for it in all sorts of places except the one place they can ALWAYS find it - in the Bible. Unfortunately, this can be true for many Christians, too. You need the Word of God to survive spiritually just like your body needs food to survive physically. If you've lost your desire to feed on the Word of God, then I encourage you this morning to pray that God will renew in you a hunger for the Word of God.


The passage in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 also serves as a reminder that the Word of God is perfect. In fact, the text there says that it was "breathed out by God." This means that God used human authors to write down exactly what he wanted them to have. This is why it says that is useful for correction and reproof. The Bible is not just a good book with some good moral suggestions. It is the Word of God, and you must yield to it in every aspect of life and faith.


Finally, the passage in John reveals to us that God didn't just give us words. He gave us his Son, Jesus Christ, the eternal Word. How amazing is it that God stepped into history to save you from your sin?


If you've lost your passion for the Word of God, then this morning is a perfect time to renew It and to commit yourself again to trusting the Bible as a reliable source of spiritual nourishment and truth!


You can do that by using the following prayer as a model for yourself or your family:


Dear God, thank you for speaking to me through the Bible. In a world gone crazy, please help me and my family to trust your Word. Please renew in me a desire to read, study, and apply the Word of God to every aspect of my life. It is my desire to follow you, and I know that faithfulness to you requires that I follow your Word. Please convict of sin and apathy, and renew in me a desire to follow you all the days of my life. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.


As they say, "if you fail to plan, plan to fail." What's my point? You need to develop a plan to read the Bible on a regular basis. Devotionals are great, and I encourage you to use them. New Morning Mercies by Paul Tripp and I highly recommend it to you. However, devotionals must be secondary to Bible study and reading. Below are a few plans you can use to study the Bible on a regular basis.


Read Scripture - This is my personal favorite for daily Bible reading and study. It's an app you can download, but I encourage using your actual Bible to read the Scripture.


Ligonier Ministries Bible Reading Plans - Here is a helpful roundup of Bible reading plans for 2021.


In any case, whatever you do to read the Word of God, make sure you do it regularly! I have always been told that you will develop an appetite for what you are fed. If you fill your life full of worldly ideas, then expect to find yourself craving for more of the world. However, if you continually feed on the Word of God, you will find yourself desiring to know God more and more!


All this talk about food and hunger has me quite hungry already! So, like any good Baptist after church, it's time to eat!


Have a blessed and restful Sunday afternoon!


Pastor Jon

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Sunday, June 7, Song Lyrics

How Great Thou Art #10


Verse 1


O Lord my God

When I in awesome wonder

Consider all the worlds

Thy hands have made

I see the stars

I hear the rolling thunder

Thy power throughout

The universe displayed


Chorus

Then sings my soul

My Savior God to Thee

How great Thou art

How great Thou art

Then sings my soul

My Savior God to Thee

How great Thou art

How great Thou art


Verse 4

When Christ shall come

With shout of acclamation

And take me home

What joy shall fill my heart

Then I shall bow

In humble adoration

And there proclaim

My God how great Thou art


Glorify Thy Name #249


Verse 1


Father we love You

We worship and adore You

Glorify Thy name in all the earth

Glorify Thy name

Glorify Thy name

Glorify Thy name in all the earth


Verse 2


Jesus we love You

We worship and adore You

Glorify Thy name in all the earth

Glorify Thy name

Glorify Thy name

Glorify Thy name in all the earth


Verse 3


Spirit we love You

We worship and adore You

Glorify Thy name in all the earth

Glorify Thy name

Glorify Thy name

Glorify Thy name in all the earth


Majesty #215


Chorus


Majesty worship His majesty

Unto Jesus be all glory

Honor and praise

Majesty kingdom authority

Flow from His throne

Unto His own His anthem raise

So exalt lift up on high

The name of Jesus

Magnify come glorify

Christ Jesus the King

Majesty worship His majesty

Jesus who died now glorified

King of all kings


All Creatures Of Our God And King #27


Verse 1


All creatures of our God and King

Lift up your voice and with us sing

O praise Him alleluia

Thou burning sun with golden beam

Thou silver moon with softer gleam

O praise Him O praise Him

Alleluia alleluia alleluia

Verse 2


Thou rushing wind that art so strong

Ye clouds that sail in Heaven along

O praise Him alleluia

Thou rising moon in praise rejoice

Ye lights of evening find a voice

O praise Him O praise Him

Alleluia alleluia alleluia


Verse 4


Let all things their Creator bless

And worship Him in humbleness

O praise Him alleluia

Praise praise the Father praise the Son

And praise the Spirit three in One

O praise Him O praise Him

Alleluia alleluia alleluia


God Our Father We Adore Thee #248


Verse 1


God our Father we adore Thee

We Thy children bless Thy name

Chosen in the Christ before Thee

We are holy without blame

We adore Thee we adore Thee

Abba's praises we proclaim

We adore Thee we adore Thee

Abba's praises we proclaim


Verse 2


Son Eternal we adore Thee

Lamb upon the throne on high

Lamb of God we bow before Thee

Thou hast bro't Thy people nigh

We adore Thee we adore Thee

Son of God who came to die

We adore Thee we adore Thee

Son of God who came to die


Verse 4


Father Son and Holy Spirit

Three in One we give Thee praise

For the riches we inherit

Heart and voice to Thee we raise

We adore Thee we adore Thee

Thee we bless thro; endless days

We adore Thee we adore Thee

Thee we bless thro; endless days


Breathe On Me #238


Verse 1


Holy Spirit breathe on me

Until my heart is clean

Let sunshine fill its inmost part

With not a cloud between


Chorus


Breathe on me breathe on me

Holy Spirit breathe on me

Take Thou my heart cleanse every part

Holy Spirit breathe on me


Verse 4


Holy Spirit breathe on me

Till I am all Thine own

Until my will is lost in Thine

To live for Thee alone

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Sunday, May 31st Lyrics

Come Thou Almighty King


Verse 1


Come Thou Almighty King

Help us Thy name to sing

Help us to praise

Father all glorious

Over all victorious

Come and reign over us

Ancient of Days


Verse 2


Come Thou Incarnate Word

Gird on Thy mighty sword

Our prayer attend

Come and Thy people bless

And give Thy Word success

Spirit of holiness

On us descend


Verse 4


To Thee great One in Three

Eternal praises be

Hence evermore

Thy sovereign majesty

May we in glory see

And to eternity

Love and adore


Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing


Verse 1


Come Thou fount of every blessing

Tune my heart to sing Thy grace

Streams of mercy never ceasing

Call for songs of loudest praise

Teach me some melodious sonnet

Sung by flaming tongues above

Praise the mount I'm fixed upon it

Mount of Thy redeeming love


Verse 2


Here I raise mine Ebenezer

Hither by Thy help I'm come

And I hope by Thy good pleasure

Safely to arrive at home

Jesus sought me when a stranger

Wandering from the fold of God

He to rescue me from danger

Interposed His precious blood


Verse 3


O to grace how great a debtor

Daily I'm constrained to be

Let Thy grace Lord like a fetter

Bind my wandering heart to Thee

Prone to wander Lord I feel it

Prone to leave the God I love

Here's my heart Lord take and seal it

Seal it for Thy courts above


Blessed Assurance

Verse 1


Blessed assurance Jesus is mine

O what a foretaste of glory divine

Heir of salvation purchase of God

Born of His Spirit washed in His blood


Chorus


This is my story this is my song

Praising my Savior all the day long

This is my story this is my song

Praising my Savior all the day long


Verse 2


Perfect submission perfect delight

Visions of rapture now burst on my sight

Angels descending bring from above

Echoes of mercy whispers of love


Verse 3


Perfect submission all is at rest

I in my Savior am happy and blest

Watching and waiting looking above

Filled with His goodness lost in His love


Holy Spirit

Verse 1


Holy Spirit living Breath of God

Breathe new life into my willing soul

Let the presence of the risen Lord

Come renew my heart and make me whole

Cause Your word to come alive in me

Give me faith for what I cannot see

Give me passion for Your purity

Holy Spirit breathe new life in me


Verse 2


Holy Spirit come abide within

May Your joy be seen in all I do

Love enough to cover every sin

In each thought and deed and attitude

Kindness to the greatest and the least

Gentleness that sows the path of peace

Turn my strivings into works of grace

Breath of God show Christ in all I do


Verse 3


Holy Spirit from creation's birth

Giving life to all that God has made

Show Your power once again on earth

Cause Your church to hunger for Your ways

Let the fragrance of our prayers arise

Lead us on the road of sacrifice

That in unity the face of Christ

May be clear for all the world to see


Brethren We Have Met To Worship


Verse 1


Brethren we have met to worship

And adore the Lord our God

Will you pray with all your power

While we try to preach the Word

All is vain unless the Spirit

Of the Holy One comes down

Brethren pray and holy manna

Will be showered all around


Verse 2


Brethren see poor sinners round you

Slumbering on the brink of woe

Death is coming hell is moving

Can you bear to let them go

See our fathers and our mothers

And our children sinking down

Brethren pray and holy manna

Will be showered all around


Verse 4


Let us love our God supremely

Let us love each other too

Let us love and pray for sinners

Till our God makes all things new

Then He'll call us home to heaven

At His table we'll sit down

Christ will gird Himself and serve us

With sweet manna all around


I Surrender All

Verse 1

All to Jesus I surrender

All to Him I freely give

I will ever love and trust Him

In His presence daily live


Chorus

I surrender all

I surrender all

All to Thee my blessed Savior

I surrender all


Verse 4

All to Jesus I surrender

Lord I give myself to Thee

Fill me with Thy love and power

Let Thy blessing fall on me

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Sunday, May 31st

Good morning church family!


On June 14th, we will begin moving back inside the building for our church services. That service will continue to be contact-free. All doors will be propped open and seating will be arranged in such a way to allow for social distancing. We hope that you will feel comfortable joining us!


CALL TO WORSHIP

Colossians 3:1-17


HYMNS

Come Thou Almighty King

Come Thou Fount


OFFERING

FBC Online Giving


HYMNS

Blessed Assurance

Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God


SERMON

Colossians 3:1-14


BENEDICTION

I Surrender All



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Song Lyrics for May 24th

O Worship the King


1. O worship the King, all glorious above,

And gratefully sing His wonderful love;

Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,

Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.


2. O tell of His might, O sing of His grace,

Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space!

His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,

And dark is His path on the wings of the storm.


4. Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,

In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail:

Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,

Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.


Holy, Holy ,Holy


1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!

Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;

Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!

God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!


4. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!

All Thy works shall praise Thy name, in earth, and sky, and sea;

Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!

God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!


Crown Him with Many Crowns


1. Crown Him with many crowns,

The Lamb upon His throne,

Hark! how the heavnly anthem drowns

All music but its own;

Awake, my soul, and sing

Of Him who died for thee,

And hail Him as thy matchless King

Through all eternity.


2. Crown Him the Lord of life,

Who triumphed o'er the grave,

and rose victorious in the strife

For those He came to save;

His glories now we sing

Who died, and rose on high,

Who died eternal life to bring,

And lives that death may die.


4. Crown Him the Lord of love;

Behold his hands and side,

Those wounds, yet visible above,

In beauty glorified:

All hail, Redeemer, hail!

For Thou hast died for me:

Thy praise and glory shall not fail

Thro-out eternity.


What A Friend We Have in Jesus


1. What a friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Evrything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,

Oh, what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry

Evrything to God in prayer!


2. Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged,

Take it to the Lord in prayer:

Can we find a friend so faithful

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our evry weakness,

Take it to the Lord in prayer!


3. Are we weak and heavy laden,

Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge;

Take it to the Lord in prayer:

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?

Take it to the Lord in prayer;

In His arms He'll take and shield thee;

Thou wilt find a solace there.


O Church Arise

Verse 1


O church arise and put your armour on

Hear the call of Christ our Captain

For now the weak can say that they are strong

In the strength that God has given

With shield of faith and belt of truth

We'll stand against the devil's lies

An army bold whose battle cry is Love

Reaching out to those in darkness


Verse 2


Our call to war to love the captive soul

But to rage against the captor

And with the sword that makes the wounded whole

We will fight with faith and valour

When faced with trials on every side

We know the outcome is secure

And Christ will have the prize for which He died

An inheritance of nations


Verse 3


Come see the cross where love and mercy meet

As the Son of God is stricken

Then see His foes lie crushed beneath His feet

For the Conqueror has risen

And as the stone is rolled away

And Christ emerges from the grave

This victory march continues till the day

Every eye and heart shall see Him


Verse 4


So Spirit come put strength in every stride

Give grace for every hurdle

That we may run with faith to win the prize

Of a servant good and faithful


As saints of old still line the way

Retelling triumphs of His grace

We hear their calls and hunger for the day

When with Christ we stand in glory


I Have Decided to Follow Jesus


1. I have decided to follow Jesus;

I have decided to follow Jesus;

I have decided to follow Jesus;

No turning back, no turning back.


2. Tho none go with me, I still will follow;

Tho none go with me, I still will follow;

Tho none go with me, I still will follow;

No turning back, no turning back.


4. The world behind me, the cross before me;

The world behind me, the cross before me;

The world behind me, the cross before me;

No turning back, no turning back.

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Sunday, May 24th Worship Service

Good morning church family!


I hope everyone had a great week! We are enjoying the outdoor service here at the church, but we also understand not everyone is comfortable coming. That is ok! I hope you enjoy the message and music here! Have a blessed Sunday!


SUNDAY SCHOOL

Right Now Media

LifeWay Kids at Home


CALL TO WORSHIP

Psalm 5


WORSHIP

O Worship the King

Holy, Holy, Holy

Crown Him with Many Crowns


TITHES & OFFERINGS

FBC Online Giving


WORSHIP

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

O Church Arise


SERMON

Romans 8:31-39


CLOSING HYMN

Romans 15:13

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Sunday Lyrics: May 17th

10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)


Chorus

Bless the Lord O my soul

O my soul

Worship His holy name

Sing like never before

O my soul

I'll worship Your holy name


Verse 1


The sun comes up it's a new day dawning

It's time to sing Your song again

Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me

Let me be singing when the evening comes


Chorus

Bless the Lord O my soul

O my soul

Worship His holy name

Sing like never before

O my soul

I'll worship Your holy name


Verse 2


You're rich in love and You're slow to anger

Your name is great and Your heart is kind

For all Your goodness I will keep on singing

Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find


Chorus

Bless the Lord O my soul

O my soul

Worship His holy name

Sing like never before

O my soul

I'll worship Your holy name


Verse 3


And on that day when my strength is failing

The end draws near and my time has come

Still my soul will sing Your praise unending

Ten thousand years and then forevermore


Chorus

Bless the Lord O my soul

O my soul

Worship His holy name

Sing like never before

O my soul

I'll worship Your holy name

Bless the Lord O my soul

O my soul

Worship His holy name

Sing like never before

O my soul

I'll worship Your holy name


Ending

Worship Your holy name

Lord I'll worship Your holy name



Nothing But The Blood

Verse 1


What can wash away my sin

Nothing but the blood of Jesus

What can make me whole again

Nothing but the blood of Jesus


Chorus

O precious is the flow

That makes me white as snow

No other fount I know

Nothing but the blood of Jesus


Verse 4


This is all my hope and peace

Nothing but the blood of Jesus

This is all my righteousness

Nothing but the blood of Jesus


Chorus

O precious is the flow

That makes me white as snow

No other fount I know

Nothing but the blood of Jesus


There Is A Fountain

Verse 1


There is a fountain filled with blood

Drawn from Immanuel's veins

And sinners plunged beneath that flood

Lose all their guilty stains

Lose all their guilty stains

Lose all their guilty stains

And sinners plunged beneath that flood

Lose all their guilty stains


Verse 4

E'er since by faith I saw the stream

Thy flowing wounds supply

Redeeming love has been my theme

And shall be till I die

And shall be till I die

And shall be till I die

Redeeming love has been my theme

And shall be till I die


To God Be The Glory

Verse 1


To God be the glory great things He has done

So loved He the world that He gave us His Son

Who yielded His life an atonement for sin

And opened the life gate that all may go in


Chorus


Praise the Lord praise the Lord

Let the earth hear His voice

Praise the Lord praise the Lord

Let the people rejoice


O come to the Father through Jesus the Son

And give Him the glory great things He has done


Verse 2


O perfect redemption the purchase of blood

To every believer the promise of God

The vilest offender who truly believes

That moment from Jesus a pardon receives


Chorus

Verse 3


Great things He has taught us

Great things He has done


And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son

But purer and higher and greater will be

Our wonder our transport when Jesus we see


Chorus


O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing


Verse 1


O for a thousand tongues to sing

My great Redeemer's praise

The glories of my God and King

The triumphs of His grace

Verse 2


My gracious Master and my God

Assist me to proclaim

To spread thru all the earth abroad

The honors of Thy name

Verse 3


Jesus the name that charms our fears

That bids our sorrows cease

Tis music in the sinner's ears

Tis life and health and peace


Verse 4


He breaks the pow'r of canceled sin

He sets the pris'ner free

His blood can make the foulest clean

His blood availed for me


Turn Your Eyes

Verse 1


Turn your eyes upon Jesus

Look full in His wonderful face

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim

In the light of His glory and grace


Verse 2


Turn your eyes to the hillside

Where justice and mercy embrace

There the Son of God gave His life for us

And our measureless debt was erased


Chorus


Jesus to You we lift our eyes

Jesus our glory and our prize

We adore You behold You our Savior ever true

Oh Jesus we turn our eyes to You


Verse 3


Turn your eyes to the morning

And see Christ the lion awake

What a glorious dawn fear of death is gone

For we carry His life in our veins


Chorus


Jesus to You we lift our eyes

Jesus our glory and our prize

We adore You behold You our Savior ever true

Oh Jesus we turn our eyes to You


Verse 4


Turn your eyes to the heavens

Our King will return for His own

Every knee will bow every tongue will shout


All glory to Jesus alone

Chorus


Jesus to You we lift our eyes

Jesus our glory and our prize

We adore You behold You our Savior ever true

Oh Jesus we turn our eyes to You

Jesus to You we lift our eyes

Jesus our glory and our prize

We adore You behold You our Savior ever true

Oh Jesus we turn our eyes to You

Oh Jesus We Turn Our Eyes to You

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Sunday Message

Sunday, May 10th, 2020

First Baptist Church


As I thought through a sermon for today, I wasn’t quite sure what to preach on or what the mood of everyone would be like. I knew that I did not want to continue this week in the series that I have been preaching through online. 


I’m honestly not sure I would even call this a sermon. Rather, what I want to be brief and speak with you about what I think we must learn from this pandemic.


When all of this started, I wrote a short article I posted online which detailed 3 hopes I had following the coronavirus outbreak. I want to return to that this morning. I’d like to update it, and then I want to give you some additional commitments I think every single person in church should make as we reopen our economy and our churches. 


A GREATER PASSION FOR GOD’S WORD


The first thing I hope for is a greater passion for God’s Word. It’s been an interesting couple of months for me. Week after week, I receive comments on email or through social media from people looking for hope or for a greater understanding of the Bible. 


When all this started, there was a tremendous amount of fear in every corner of society. I saw reports online of Bibles selling out at Walmart. Curious to know if it was true, I went to our Walmart in Kinston, and sure enough, their Bible section was low on Bibles. At Walmart. 


At the same time, hopelessness was on the rise. Suicide prevention hotlines were frequently reporting a twice as many calls as usual with the average call lasting twice as long. And this is still happening even now - hopelessness is on the rise.


In other words, what all this revealed is that people need an anchor that can latch onto a foundation that will hold them secure when the waves of life feel more like an approaching tsunami.


The Bible says in Hebrews 10:23 that we must hold fast to the hope that we profess. That hope is the gospel of Jesus Christ that we read about in the Bible. It’s so easy to let other things fill the void and tell us they are more worthy of our time and attention. But, they’re not. God’s Word is an anchor that will hold tight when everything else seems to fail. 


We must be people and a church who proclaim and believe that God’s Word is an anchor that is far stronger than anything the world has to offer. So I hope and I pray that we would grow in our love for God’s Word. 


When the world began to fall apart and so much was unsure, people went in search of hope. They went to the Bible section at Walmart, and yet we have many Bibles in our homes collecting dust. Let us return to the Word of God. 


Secondly, I pray for a GREATER PASSION FOR CHURCH ATTENDANCE


The second thing I hope for is a greater desire for church attendance and in-person gatherings. 


ZOOM is great. I am thankful for that kind of technology, but it has its limitations. The fact of the matter is that we were created for community. We were created for a relationship with God and with other people. We are relational beings, and when you remove that relationship, something isn’t right. 


And the truth is that this is a highly theological point. The reason we are relational beings is because God is a relational God and we are created in his image. 


In John 1, in Matthew 3, in 1 Corinthians 6, and in 2 Corinthians 12, we see this relationship of the Father, Son, Holy Spirit all together. The Trinity was present before creation and there was a relationship there within the Trinity itself. God is a relational God and if we are created in his image, then we are relational people, and that means that being together in-person with one another matters greatly. 


So my hope following all of this is that we would be reminded of the importance of faithful church attendance. I pray that many would be brought back to church, and that many would realize how important it is that we have one another. The gathered church matters because of relationships and that truth is rooted in who God is and who he made us to be. 


My third hope is for a GREATER PASSION FOR EVANGELISM


This point is somewhat related to the first. As we saw the sharp rise in hopelessness, it should cause a sharp rise in the desire for evangelism. If nothing else, the coronavirus should teach us that life is brief. It should teach us that we aren’t as secure as we think we are. And it should teach us that we must be a people who consistently and faithfully share the hope we have within us. 


1 Peter 3:15 says that we should always be ready to give an answer for the hope that is in us. In the days ahead, people are going to return to work fearfully. It’s likely that many won’t go into a crowd for quite some time. That’s ok. But as believers, when we have the opportunity, let us be the kind of people who are hopeful even in the midst of times that are uncertain. 


It is in those moments that people often listen and need to see in us that Jesus Christ is our rock and our foundation. 


In the months ahead, it will be increasingly important that we anchor ourselves to the Word of God. It will be increasingly important that we realize the importance of gathering as a church. And it will be even more important that as things open back up, we are ready to share the hope that each of us has in Jesus Christ. 


Finally, I hope and pray that these last couple of months will cause us to value the humanity in each and every person. 


One of the most difficult and parts of all of this, at least for me, is when I’m in a grocery store and there seems to be a common fear between people. You keep your distance of 6 feet, but other people look at you and you can tell that they avoid close contact because you might have the virus. I get it. People don’t want to get sick.


But there’s something not right when everyone is afraid of each other and they don’t even want to look you in the eye. We live in a highly polarized society where deep distrust exists among people. This virus is going to cause that polarization to be even greater. 


What I hope for is that no matter how you feel about all of this - my hope is that we learn to value the image of God in all people, and that we might turn away from the polarization that exists all around us to see the shared humanity that we all have because of the image of God in us. 


When you go out to the grocery store or to work, be safe, but look people in the eye and say, “hello, it’s good to see you.” As more and more things open up, some people are going to have a deep distrust of others. As Christians, we must be the light of the world. We must exude hope. And, now more than ever, we must see other people as people created in the image of God. 


In closing, I want to read from Romans 8. I know many people are fearful and have great heaviness in their hearts. This passage is a tremendous reminder of God’s love for us. Romans 8 beginning in verse 31.


 Romans 8:31-39

31  What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 


32  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him 

graciously give us all things? 


33  Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 


34  Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 


35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 


36  As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 


37  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 


38  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 


39  nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 


Have a blessed day!

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Sunday, May 10th

Good morning and Happy Mother's Day!


Mother's Day is one of great celebration and one of great grief for many. However, God is always faithful in both circumstances. I am beyond grateful for my mother, and I know all of you are grateful as well.


To all the wonderful mothers in our church, Happy Mother's Day! Please enjoy this Mother's Day video:


Mothers of the Bible


SUNDAY SCHOOL

LifeWay Kids at Home

Right Now Media


CHURCH AT HOME

CALL TO WORSHIP

Psalm 9:1-2


WORSHIP

A Mighty Fortress

The Solid Rock


PRAYER TIME

Pray for those who have lost jobs and businesses

Pray for those who are sick or have lost loved ones to COVID


TITHES AND OFFERINGS

FBC Online Giving


WORSHIP

Victory in Jesus

In Christ Alone


SERMON

Hope Following COVID


WE WISH YOU A HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

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