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Update – October 15, 2020

As we continue to look at the Sermon on the Mount, there is a common theme that shines through. That theme is the heart. This theme comes through in Matthew 5:20 when Jesus tells us that our righteousness must exceed even the religiously elite. Essentially that means we must be perfect to be acceptable before God. The problem is that this is impossible. Jesus shows us this in Matthew 5:22. Here Jesus tells us that it is not merely enough…

Update – October 9th, 2020

Every year in October we have our fall festival. Last year we had somewhere around 300-400 people who came through our church, ate chili, enjoyed a hayride and received candy. Due to Covid-19, this year may look a little different. This year, on October 31st from 6-8pm, the plan is to only have the trunk or treat portion outside in our front parking lot. We will release the health guidelines for this event in the next week or so, but…

Update – October 2nd, 2020

This week we will have Joe Nogalski with us during our morning worship service. Joe serves as the regional representative for Kansas City for the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home. The Missouri Baptist Children’s Home is one of the organizations our Missouri Baptist State offerings funds for service. As stated on their website, for more than 130 years, Missouri Baptist Children’s Home (MBCH) has shown God’s love to hurting children, youth and families. Originally founded as an orphanage, MBCH has grown…

Update – September 25th, 2020

Last week during our worship service, we looked at Matthew 5:13-16. The main call from this passage was to live as salt and light in this unbelieving world. There is no option to this type of lifestyle as a Christian. If your tastes have been satisfied through the living water that Jesus offers, then you will live a life that will reflect that reality. Essentially living as salt means that our actions will confirm our confession of Jesus. Then with…

Update – September 18th, 2020

On Sunday mornings we will be in two different studies. In our service time, we will continue through The Sermon on the Mount. Then during our Bible Study hour, we will be in the book of James. Contrary to first impressions though, these are not necessarily two separate studies. Sure they are in two different places of Scripture, but there are a lot of parallels between the two. Consider some of the topics addressed in both studies: Rejoice and Be…

Update – September 11th, 2020.

This Sunday officially kicks off our emphasis on Missouri State Missions. Along with nearly 1,800 other churches, our church partners to pray and give concerning the Lord’s work in our state. To understand a bit more about what this means, here is a description from our Missouri Baptist Website: “Imagine helping a prison inmate in Jefferson City earn a four-year biblical studies degree from Hannibal-LaGrange University, and thus transform the prison culture as a trained missionary. Or making it possible…

Update – September 4th, 2020

Dear Church Family, The Sermon on the Mount is the most famous sermon ever recorded.  It is a summarization of the teachings of Jesus given during his short 3 year ministry and it has been studied for over 2000 years since.  Many take the contents of this sermon and they try to sift helpful tips for living well out of them, or they will pull one line out that they really like and try to live by it.  Others look…

Update – August 28th, 2020

Dear Church Family, Last week I shared with you a lot of what I have been struggling with from Hebrews 10:19-25. In this passage, the author of Hebrews calls the church to continue to gather together, even in the face of fear. Well, right now there is a lot of fear surrounding this pandemic. Some fear is legitimate for those in vulnerable health categories, whereas for others, this fear may need to take a backseat to the spiritual danger that…

Update – August 20th, 2020

Dear Church Family, Typically during this time of the year we are gearing up for all of our fall activities. Students return to school, vacations come to an end and many of us return to a busy schedule. Of course, that will all look different this year. Even so, though we might not be returning completely to normal, we here at First Baptist Church will still be active in ministry in the upcoming weeks. We will begin a new cycle…