The subject of suffering came up during Men’s Group recently. We need to understand the subject and how it fits into our belief system. My own theology of suffering grew out of my heavy exposure to southern gospel music. Some of the songs that came to mind seemed to be worthy of a sermon, and that is why I decided to share this series with my church. These songs have run through my mind during the week as I prepared each message. Click the Logo to go to the sermon downloads.
Happy new year is the traditional seasons greeting. Let’s move beyond the traditional greeting and let me really encourage you. Have a holy new year. Have a peaceful new year. Have a godly new year. Seek to become better acquainted with the God who loves you this year.
The best way I know to do that is by reading the Bible daily and spending time with other believers regularly. If you need a bible let me know. If you need to meet other believers, come to church on Sunday at 10:30. If you want to get to know other believers, join a small group for Bible study. There are many available at First Baptist Church.
2014 is a new year. It is time for a new start. Come to Jesus for a new heart.
Christmas is coming!
Join us for NOEL: A Christmas Program on Sunday December 15th at 10:30am.
The candlelight Christmas Eve Service will begin at 5:30 on (you guessed it) December 24.
Our Sunday worship includes Christmas carols this time of year, and if you need an infusion of CHRISTmas spirit, come sing and worship with us on Sunday morning at 10:30am.
There is a link below to a Christmas message from December 8 called Average Joe. It is based on Joseph the earthly father of Jesus. I think of myself as an average joe, and I believe that God can use anyone who will obey and follow His leading. Anyone includes you.
Our church family sent 37 shoe boxes out through Operation Christmas Child this year. Last year we sent 24, so we thank God for the increase in giving. Our food pantry prepared over 20 Thanksgiving baskets with turkeys included. We received a generous holiday donation from the local Waste Management. We are very grateful for the food our local Hannaford store in Hampton often provides. Our Annual Snowflake Fair raises funds used to purchase food from local grocers and the New Hampshire food bank.
This began as just one sermon on John 4, but I felt lead to return to the same chapter for a second sermon the next week. It is the story of the conversion of the Samaritan woman who met Jesus at the well. She was surprised to meet a man who could see her inside and out. The first message is about worship, because she came to know who Jesus was. The second message is about witness. This woman went into the town and told everyone about Jesus. Her testimony was so compelling that many went out to the well so that they could meet this man she believed to be the Messiah. Most of us could use a little help in the areas of worship and witness. Click the picture at left to listen to sermon recordings.
We will host twenty four hours of continuous prayer on September 20 and 21. Prayer at the church begins at 6PM on Friday and concludes at 6PM on Saturday. The church will be open, and someone should be present each hour. People are signing up for blocks of time at the church. Feel free to stop in if you would like to pray or request that someone pray for you.
The focus on prayer also led into a series of sermons about prayer, which you can see by clicking on the PRAY icon below.
I’ve taken two Sundays to preach on Psalm 107 this month. The audio is available here.
There were over 100 campers at the camp in Douglas this year. It was a challenging time for our young counselors. We are all so glad we went. We had Mission Sunday at First Baptist Church on August 18th. Our worship service was filled with praise, testimony, and burdens for the children that were loved, evangelized, prayed with, and continue to be prayed for. God touched our hearts this summer. It was a wonderful time of reflectiona and there was no need for a sermon. Imagine that!
A group is leaving today for our annual mission trip to Douglas, Massachusetts. Child Evangelism of Massachusetts hosts a camp for kids from the low income housing projects of Worcester. Our volunteers and others will work as camp counselors, kitchen staff, and construction crew. The camp works with many children that have been blessed by Walking in Light, a ministry that works in the housing projects all year long.
We are praying for three things.
1. The gospel will be clearly presented and understood by the campers.
2. God will give safety to campers and workers.
3. The weather will be pleasant for all.
There are things you should have learned in spiritual kindergarten, basic foundational truths for new believers. A spiritual life must be built on the right foundations. Unfortunately, many believers are are not offered discipleship, no basic training. Those who have been discipled even briefly may have a better foundation than others who have attended church faithfully for years. It doesn’t seem like that should be possible. I encourage all believers, no matter where you are on your spiritual journey to go back to the basics and learn these foundational truths.
A personal study guide developed by Kenson Kuba of Faith Cycle Ministries will help you study the same subjects for this sermon series. Discipleship Study Book 1: Basics of the Christian life is available for free download here.
The subject of Revival will continue to be woven into the fabric of this series, because discipleship must be included in the process of revival.
Are we about to experience revival at First Baptist Church? I hope and pray that we are. Many have never experienced a church wide revival. If God is sending a wave of his spirit, I do not want to miss it. The church needs periods of awakening. We can miss God’s best through lack of attention to spiritual things.
Some would say there is nothing we can due to bring about revival. God sends revival when his people pursue Him passionately. When God’s people forsake sin, seek His face, and humbly pray, then God hears, forgives, cleanses, and revive his people. A revived church shares God’s burden for the lost.
Our loving gracious heavenly father is ready to send revival. Are we ready to receive it?