Current Series Come Alive

Jesus dies on Good Friday and comes alive on Easter Sunday. This reality means we now live in a world where death isn’t the final sting. Hope outshines despair, and our lives (individual and collective) are forever changed. We now live in a world in which people (through faith) can also come alive. And we need to learn to lean in to this new truth. To help aid in this truth, our sermon series looks at the scenes that immediately surround Jesus’ resurrection and pays attention to the ways in which those who meet the resurrected Jesus come alive in their own ways. Each of the characters sees a deepening, a change. They awaken spiritually and come alive to the mission of God or to unconditional love or to service, and this awakening comes packaged with purpose and hope. The same is true for us. This Eastertide, we will see how the same resurrected Jesus comes to us. The same purpose and hope awaits us still. It’s time we (as a people, as a church, as a world) come alive in Christ.

Easter Sunday

"He’s Risen! He’s Risen Indeed!" |  Luke 24:1-10  |  Rev. Barrett Owen

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Palm Sunday

Today is Palm Sunday. The day rumors spread throughout the city. You aren’t going to believe who’s coming to town! Families stumble over themselves to prepare. Women grab cloaks . . . men cut palms . . . kids organize confetti. City officials sweep the Temple Mount and clean the streets. His presence demands it. His followers will love it. You aren’t going to believe who’s coming to town!

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Signs Along the Way

Some people need a sign from God that they are following the right path. Others listen for a word or a voice. Christ came to bless and give “abundant life” to all of creation, but there are times we are slow to believe it. The Writer of the Gospel of John records, “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:30-31). During the liturgical season of Lent, join us as we journey through five of the seven "signs" (miracles) recorded in John on a path leading us to the celebration of Christ's resurrection on Easter.

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From the Heart

God speaks in various ways by the Holy Spirit to those in relationship with Him; through God's Word, prayer, circumstances in our life, and through the church. In our "From the Heart" series, you will be encouraged and challenged by hearing sermons of how God is currently speaking to our pastoral team. Each person has spent time in prayer, intimately listening for the Holy Spirit's guidance. Come, journey with us to find out how God is speaking to them, you and our congregation.

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Hope. Peace. Joy. Love. Join us for our Advent Series!

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Thank you God

During this season of thankfulness it is important to take time to name the ways in which we can thank God for the abundant blessings received this year. During the month of November we will be led through a series of sermons helping us to focus on thankfulness.

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The Battle Belongs to the Lord

We all have private battles we are facing. You do not have to look very far to see and hear the public battles raging all around us. God’s plan does not resemble humanity’s, for God’s plan is greater than ours. God has certainly given us spiritual armor to fight with, but we must remember that the "battle belongs to the Lord". How then, do we remain steadfast and faithful through the battles of this life? Our sermon series will take us on the journey of a nation in pursuit of their next leader. We are reminded that our desires are not always God’s for us. God’s ultimate plan is always perfect.

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Am I Included?

In church we talk a lot about who is included and who is not. Or do we? Every Christian community desires to reach out to those who need a relationship with God. However we tend to be selective as to who fits our model for inclusion. It seems to be our nature. However the Gospel (Good News) was and is world changing because Jesus reached out to those who were thought to be beyond the love and grace of God. The unacceptables. 2021 and beyond requires us to rethink and reimagine everything. Who needs to be included at First Baptist? Who is excluded now?  

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Dear Church,

What if God were to write a letter to First Baptist Church? What would God say to us? For what would God commend us? What would God challenge us to do? In the Book of Revelation, God sent letters to seven churches. Some of these churches sound a lot like us. What might we learn by considering these seven letters from God, and these seven churches?

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