Weekly Update – January 5th, 2023
On Sunday, January 8th, at 9:15am, we will begin what we are now calling, Adult Equipping Classes. These Equipping Classes will take the place of what we have traditionally called Adult Sunday School or Bible Study Classes. This hour won’t look much different from what it has looked like the last year or two. We will still have three classes, they will still meet at the same time, and the studies will still be similar to what they have been in the past. The reason for the change in name is simply to convey what it is we are trying to achieve during this hour in life of our church.
Our mission at First Baptist Church is to speak and live out the gospel of Jesus Christ. The reason for this mission, is so that we might see our vision fulfilled of seeing our families, our community and our world transformed by the power of God. Therefore, we want to have a time where we can specifically teach and discuss what it looks like to apply the truths of scripture to our lives, so that we might equip our members to better speak and live in such a way that their transformation by the power of God is made evident in their sphere around them. That means that the goal of our Adult Equipping Classes is to equip you to speak and live out the gospel before your family, community and the world around you.
With this being said, there are three options for our Adult Equipping Classes that will be offered this winter and into spring:
First, War of Words. The ability to talk and communicate is what sets us apart from the rest of creation. Despite having the “gift” of words, how we speak can also be our greatest struggle. We might try to “watch what we say” or “try to be positive” in how we speak, but often times, these efforts simply do not go far enough. Our words ultimately come from our hearts (Matt. 15:18). Therefore, to ultimately speak “words of life” instead of “words of death” we need a heart change. This study will examine what that heart change looks like and how you can be “equipped” to speak words that show the transformation that God brings to us through Jesus Christ. This study will take place in the sanctuary.
Second, Joel, Amos and Obadiah. Through this study of the books of Joel, Amos, and Obadiah, we will be confronted with sin and judgment, but we will also be offered the hope of God’s salvation through our Savior, Jesus Christ. As the prophets Joel, Amos, and Obadiah awaited a coming day of the Lord, we, too, eagerly await the day of the Lord in which our King and Savior Jesus Christ will return and establish his rule over all nations. This study will seek to further “equip” you in living in a world tattered with sin, as you long for the return of Jesus. This study will take place in the fellowship hall.
Third, From Captivity to Restoration. The nation of Judah experienced decades in captivity. But even in the land of their exile, God worked to provide for and restore His people both physically and spiritually. As the Old Testament narrative draws to a close, this Ladies’ study will see the gracious faithfulness of God on display and seek to “equip” you to live in the hope of Jesus. This Ladies’ class will take place in M-5, next to the nursery suite.
Additionally, our youth will start their Sunday school class back up this week. They will be using the gospel project curriculum as they walk through the Bible. They will meet downstairs in the youth room. Our children’s Sunday school classes will continue to meet upstairs, with K-3rd meeting in U-5 and 4th-6th meeting in U-6. Our nursery will also be available at this time as well.
I hope that you will join us this Sunday! There are a number of opportunities for you and your family to connect and be further equipped in living out the Christian life. This all starts at 9:15am.
Serving Him with You,
Pastor Michael Nelson
Written by Pastor Michael Nelson
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9
Membership Matters Class: Beginning Wednesday, January 18th at 6:30pm, there will be a Membership Matters class for those interested in joining FBC. This 4 week class (1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8) will be held in the library. Sign up in the hall if you plan to attend. You can find out more about our membership process HERE.
Men’s Retreat: On Saturday, January 21st, the men will head to Emporia, KS for a day long men’s conference. Unfortunately, we only had 15 slots that are now all filled. For more information about this conference, go HERE.
Volunteers Needed: Volunteers are still needed during the 10:30am nursery time. Check the update or email the office for more information on how you can serve.
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering: Every year at this time, we raise funds to support missionaries all over the world who are serving with the International Mission Board (IMB). Our goal at First Baptist Church is to raise $10,000. So far, we have raised $6,946.54. If you haven’t already, will you consider partnering with us by giving, as we seek to support international missions? You can give on Sunday mornings through one of our offering boxes located in the foyer or the welcome center. Just mark your envelop as “missions” or “Lottie Moon.” Or you can give online HERE. Choose “missions” under the Fund tab. You can find more information about this offering HERE.
Join us for Awana Bible Clubs on Wednesday nights. Dinner is at 6:00pm and Awana Clubs are from 6:30-8:00pm.
Beginning January 8th we will be offering three equipping classes at 9:15am on Sunday mornings. War of Words will meet in the Sanctuary, a biblical exposition of Joel, Amos, and Obadiah will meet in the Fellowship Hall, and a Ladies’ class studying the Old Testament will meet in the classroom next to the nursery. You can find more information HERE about our equipping classes.
To Give Online, Go HERE.
You can also mail your offering to: 1416 Main Street, Grandview, MO. 64030
Home Groups will start back up in February. They typically meet on the 1st and 3rd Sunday nights. Look for a sign up sheet in the next week or two. You can find more information HERE.
An updated Prayer Guide can be accessed HERE.
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Guide for Worship can be found HERE.
Worship Service begins at 10:30am on Sunday mornings. Nursery care for children ages 0-3 years is available during the worship hour.
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Children and Youth Sunday School take place at 9:15am on Sunday mornings.
Ages 0-4 meet in the nursery suite.
Grades K-3rd meet upstairs in U-5.
Grades 4th-6th meet upstairs in U-6.
Grades 7th-12th meet downstairs in the youth room.