Posts by Michael Nelson

Posts by Michael Nelson

Highlights

Weekly Update – September 29th, 2022 This week I want to highlight a couple of points from our members’ meeting last Sunday night. This is the first time we have held our members’ meeting at this time and it seemed to be a great transition for us. We started with dinner at 5:30pm before we moved into our meeting that night. What resulted was one of the largest crowds we have had in years for a members’ meeting. Here are…

Members’ Meetings

Weekly Update – September 22nd, 2022 This coming Sunday night, we will have our regularly scheduled “members’ meeting” for the third quarter of the year.  Most churches call these meetings, their “business meetings” but we have opted to call them “members’ meetings” instead, in order to convey a different sort of tone for this time.  You see a “business meeting” sounds cold and informal.  It is almost as if you are here to simply cast a vote and make sure…

Church Update

Weekly Update – September 15th, 2022 There are two things that I want to update you on this week as we consider life at First Baptist Church. First, I want you to be aware of our new Bible Study and Sunday School options for Sunday mornings. Then second, I want to highlight an aspect of the sermon from this previous Sunday, as it pertains to what we will be considering at our Members’ Meeting on Sunday night, September 25th. First,…

Elders and the Church

Weekly Update – September 8th, 2022 Last Sunday, we took a look at Titus 1:1-4 and Paul’s introduction of his letter to another disciple in the faith, Titus. Paul said that he had been entrusted by the command of God to preaching the hope of eternal life for the sake of the faith of God’s people (Titus 1:1-3). Then, with this knowledge, Paul tells Titus that God’s people will be pressed towards living a life of godliness before others. As…

Why Home Groups?

Weekly Update – September 1st, 2022 Last fall, in our series titled, “Why Church?”, we asked a number of questions, such as: Why Gather?, Why Pray? and Why Evangelize? One of the questions that we did not ask is, “Why Home Groups?” Since the summer of 2018 our church has held home groups, but when Covid came, with the exception of one that began meeting virtually, we paused meeting together in smaller groups outside the walls of the church. Well,…

Fall Opportunities

Weekly Update – August 18th, 2022 Last Sunday we took a look at Ephesians 4:17-5:2 and how we are called to live the Christian life. The calling given to every single one of us is to “be imitators of God” (Eph. 5:1) as we live lives that are transformed (Eph. 4:17-24) together in the church (Eph. 4:25-32). The best way to sum up what this looks like is to say that as Christians united together in the church, or for…

Preaching Verse by Verse

Weekly Update – August 18th, 2022 Over the next few weeks, we will examine a few different topics that are pertinent to the context of our church.  This week we will look at our vision/mission, as well as some opportunities for this fall.  Then in September, we will take a few weeks to examine biblical leadership as we consider our own leadership structure at FBC.  Nevertheless, even though we are taking a few weeks to examine topics from the scriptures,…

The Gospel Made Visible

Weekly Update – August 11th, 2022 As First Baptist Church, we believe that we are to strive to be the true community that God has designed his people to live within in the church. Now, the reason why I would call it a “true community” is because there is no other community that rivals it.  All other clubs and organizations gather based upon preferences, talents, or other demographics, but the church is the gathering of people who are united together…

Expositional Preaching

Weekly Update – August 4th, 2022 In the apostle Paul’s final days, right before his own death, in 2 Timothy 4:1-5, he gives the call to Timothy to preach the word. In light of false teachers, perhaps decreased attendance, controversies in the church, and a pagan culture, the encouragement given to Timothy is not to get creative, to do something funny or to be more entertaining. No, again, preach the word. Our day is not too much different than this.…

Scriptural Authority

Weekly Update – July 28th, 2022 As we continue to watch the downgrade of our culture, we must remember how important it is for the church to remain counter-cultural to all that we see around us.  There is pressure from many angles to capitulate to what are quickly becoming the norms of society in terms of the sexual revolution, the idolatry of self, and the general acceptance of immorality.  The only hope we have as the church to resisting these…

Clothes Closet

Weekly Update – July 21st, 2022 It is not unusual to have multiple people stop by during the week looking for help from our church.  First Baptist Church is situated in the center of town and has been in the center of town before the center of town was even located where it currently is.  We have a reputation for helping others, whether it be through our clothes closet and food pantry or through providing gas or for the temporary…

Vacation Bible School

Weekly Update – July 14th, 2022 This week, we have had the opportunity to host our annual Vacation Bible School.  The theme for this year is, Monumental:  Celebrating God’s Greatness.  Every day children from all over our community have come to learn about how big our God is and how much he cares for them.  This has been shown through the different memory verses that we have had, as well as through our teaching time about the life of Joseph. …