Church Update

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, in terms of Sunday School for our children, we now have three different classes. For ages 0-4, there is a class in our nursery suite, ages Kindergarten-3rd grade will meet in U-5, and ages 4th-6th grade will meet in U-6. For the time being, our youth will attend an adult Bible study class, until further notice. For our adult Bible Study classes, we also have three different options. First, there is a ladies’ class that is walking through the Old Testament using The Gospel Project . Second, there will be a class meeting in the Fellowship Hall to study the Old Testament book of Hosea. Then third, there will be a class meeting in the sanctuary to study the topic of How People Change. The aim of our Bible study hour is to teach and equip you to faithfully live the Christian life. If you aren’t connected yet, consider coming this Sunday at 9:15am.

Click HERE for a video invitation.

Second, I want to highlight a point of the sermon from this previous Sunday. There were a few aspects concerning the call for elders that Paul gives to Titus in Titus 1:5-9. One of these aspects dealt with the number of elders. So then, in Titus 1:5, Paul tells Titus, “This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you.” Here you will notice that the word elder is in the plural (elders) and every town is in the singular. This is significant because it means that Titus needs to ensure that multiple, qualified men are appointed to this role for each church that was planted. This wasn’t unique for the early church though. In fact, if you read through the New Testament, every singular church had multiple elders. Consider just a few of them:

Acts 14:23; Acts 15:4; Acts 20:17, 28; Philippians 1:1; 1 Timothy 4:14; 1 Timothy 5:17; James 5:14; and 1 Peter 5:1-2.

As you read these passages you will notice that sometimes the word elder is used, whereas other times it might be overseer or pastor. All three of these words are the same. The bottom line is, it is impossible to read the New Testament without at least considering that it was the norm for every church planted to have multiple elders leading them.

We will continue to look at this topic for the next two weeks. This week we will consider the elder’s character and next week we will consider the elder’s role. Then, as I did last week, I will be over in the alcove behind the piano if anyone wants to discuss and ask questions about this topic after the sermon this Sunday.

Serving Him with You,
Pastor Michael Nelson

Written by Pastor
Michael Nelson

Fighter Verse for the Week

"This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." - Acts 4:11-12


Missouri Missions Offering: Every year, along with nearly 1,800 other churches, our church partners to pray and give concerning the Lord’s work in our state. The statewide goal is $740,000 this year. Our church goal is $4000. I hope that you will consider praying and giving to this effort throughout this month. As with your normal offering, you can give in person, by mail or online. Just mark MMO when you do give. Check out more information about this effort HERE.

Ladies Bible Study: Ladies, join us for a Bible study through the book of Exodus starting on Tuesday nights at 6:30pm. The study will be a video based study led by Sheryl Nelson. There is a sign up sheet in the hallway, or sign up by contacting the church office. You can learn more about this 10 week Bible Study HERE

Wedding Invitation: The entire church is invited to attend the wedding ceremony of Rachel Blankenship and Kamto Eze. The wedding will be held at the church at 3pm on Saturday, September 17th. A cake and punch reception will follow in the Faith Center.

Home Groups: New home groups will be forming on Sunday, September 18th. Sign up in the hallway for a group. You can find more information about home groups HERE.

Members’ Meeting: On Sunday, September 25th, we will have our regularly scheduled quarterly members’ meeting at 6:30pm. There will be a potluck dinner beforehand at 5:30pm. Come and be encouraged through hearing updates regarding various ministries and participate in making decisions regarding the life and direction of the church.

Child Protection Meeting: On Sunday, September 25th, following our Members’ Meeting, there will be a brief child protection meeting. This is required for all who regularly work with children.

Awana Bible Club: Awana opening night is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28th. Dinner will be held at 6:00pm and Awana will be held 6:30-8:00pm. If you are interested in volunteering, talk with Amy Blankenship.

Bible Study

Join us for Bible Study at 9:15am on Sunday mornings. Click HERE for more information.


To Give Online, Go HERE

You can also mail your offering to: 1416 Main Street, Grandview, MO. 64030

Home Groups

New home groups will be forming on Sunday, September 18th. Sign up in the hallway for a group. You can find more information about home groups HERE.


An updated Prayer Guide can be accessed HERE

Prepare for Sunday

Guide for Worship can be found HERE

Worship Service

Worship Service begins at 10:30am on Sunday mornings. Nursery care for children ages 0-3 years is available during the worship hour. 


Continue to join us at 10:30am on Sunday mornings. 

Facebook live:  HERE

YouTube: HERE

Join us and invite a friend or family member to watch with you.   

Sunday School

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.


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