Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing Have Faith in God, Great is the Lord, Praise Him! Praise Him! and Jesus Messiah followed by Matthew Jones singing End of the Beginning
Message Title: Benediction
Text: Numbers 6:22-27
Take Home Point: The greatest blessing we can ever receive is the privilege of experiencing God's presence as He works on behalf of His people.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing Go Tell It On the Mountain, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, As with Gladness Men of Old, and It Came Upon the Midnight Clear followed by Brad Breeding singing Mary Did You Know?
Message Title: The Light Has Come
Text: Isaiah 9:2-7
Take Home Point: Because of God's great love, Jesus came so that every need we have could be fulfilled in relationship with Him.
Christmas is a very special time for the First Baptist family. One of our most exciting Christmas traditions is our annual Christmas Cantata. We would like to share with you the audio recording of our 2017 cantata titled Glory in the Highest.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing Angels We Have Heard on High and Isn't He followed by Trisha McCain sharing her story of joy. We return to song with O Holy Night and Knowing You followed by Irl Hees introducing and singing Christmas Is a Problem
Message Title: The Light of Joy
Text: Psalm 30:11-12
Take Home Point: Understanding what Jesus has done for you will always lead you to praise Him and worship Him with every aspect of your life.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing Joy to the World, For Unto Us a Child is Born, O Come All Ye Faithful, and Hallelujah What a Savior followed by the Praise Choir singing This Holy Night
Message Title: The Light of Love
Text: 1 John 3:16
Take Home Point: True love isn't about feelings; instead, it is about a commitment to sacrifice everything for the benefit of another.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing O Little Town of Bethlehem and All Is Well followed by a testimony from Mike Sisk before continuing with Away in a Manger and Christmas Offering ending with Beautiful Star of Bethlehem sung by Pam Setser, Heather DuBroc, Jim Duncan, and Irl Hees
Message Title: The Light of Peace
Text: Ephesians 2:14-15
Take Home Point: True peace is not something we can create because it is only possible through the work of Jesus Christ in our lives.
Message Title: Our Great High Priest
Text: Hebrews 4:14-16
Take Home Point: Jesus' sacrifice enables us to approach God's throne without fear of judgment as we seek the strength to live in obedience to Him.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing You Are Holy (Prince of Peace), Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, Great Is Thy Faithfulness, and In Christ Alone followed by Matthew Jones singing One True God
Message Title: The Light of Hope
Text: Lamentations 3:19-24
Take Home Point: As Christ-followers, our hope is not in our circumstance in this world. Instead, our hope is in God's relentless love revealed in Jesus Christ.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing Blessed Assurance, There Is a Redeemer, O Worship the King, and Worthy Is the Lamb followed by our Men's Ensemble singing Table of Grace
Message Title: Sacrifice of Praise
Text: Hebrews 13:15-16
Take Home Point: The words we speak and the way we live become our sacrifice of worship to the One who sacrificed Himself so that we might be forgiven.
Message Title: The Living Word
Text: Hebrews 4:12-13
Take Home Point: God's Word cuts through all our defenses and appearances to judge the hidden things in our hearts and minds.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing Days of Elijah, To God Be the Glory, Blessed Be the Lord God Almighty and Just As I Am followed by the Praise Choir singing Jesus Only Jesus
Message Title: Humble Silence
Text: Job 42:1-6
Take Home Point: God is all-powerful and all-knowing so we must humbly submit ourselves to His plan even when we don't completely understand it.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing God Will Take Care of You, Wonderful Merciful Savior, Praise to the Lord Almighty, and Mighty to Save followed by Heather DuBroc and Irl Hees singing In the Palm of Your Hand
Message Title: Legacy of Faith
Text: Joshua 4:19-24
Take Home Point: Your legacy is not just about you; it is about pointing people to the God who has powerfully worked in your life.
Message Title: Different Outcome
Text: Hebrews 4:1-11
Take Home Point: It is not enough to simply hear and understand the gospel. We can only experience the power of the gospel when we submit to it in faith.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing Beautiful One, Wonderful Grace of Jesus, Crown Him with Many Crowns, and At the Cross (Love Ran Red) followed by Tom Isbell singing His Eye Is On the Sparrow
Message Title: Source of Encouragement
Text: Ephesians 4:29-32
Take Home Point: Our words must build up, encourage, and strengthen other believers because anything less simply grieves God.
Message Title: The Danger of Unbelief
Text: Hebrews 3:7-19
Take Home Point: As a community of faith, we are called to help others persevere in their faith through encouragement and Biblical accountability.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing Every Move I Make, My Jesus I Love Thee, I Gave My Life for Thee, and Shout to the Lord followed by Blessed Assurance performed by Pam Setser, Heather DuBroc, and Irl Hees
Message Title: Instruments of Grace
Text: Colossians 4:5-6
Take Home Point: Each time we encounter someone, God gives us a chance to show that person the grace, mercy, and love of Jesus.
Message Title: Consider Jesus
Text: Hebrews 3:1-6
Take Home Point: When we focus on Jesus and what He has done for us, we will find the courage and strength to persevere in our faith.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing Worship the King, The Potter's Hand, I Saw the Light, and Jesus Messiah followed by Jim and Ashlyn Duncan singing In Christ Alone
Message Title: Dealing with Inconsistency
Text: James 3:7-12
Take Home Point: We cannot effectively share God's love if we praise God with one breath and tear people down with the next.
Message Title: The Importance of Suffering
Text: Hebrews 2:5-18
Take Home Point: Following Jesus does not eliminate suffering; it provides us the strength and perseverance to overcome suffering by His power.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing You're Worthy of My Praise, I Am Thine O Lord, Give Me Jesus, and Knowing You followed by the Worship Choir singing Everything
Message Title: A Life of Service
Text: 1 Peter 4:10-11
Take Home Point: God has made you unlike anyone else so that you can impact the world in a way no one else can.
Special Guest Speaker: Wes Kent
Message Title: The Word Is
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing My Tribute and How Great Is Our God with How Great Thou Art followed by an instrumental version of Come All Christians Be Committed by Judy Kent and Janice Sutton
Special Guest Speaker: Mike Fowler
Message Title: There Was a Man Sent From God
Text: John 1:6-29
Message Title: Drift Away
Text: Hebrews 2:1-4
Take Home Point: No one plans to drift away from Jesus, but drifting away requires nothing more than failing to hold tight to the truth of the gospel.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing Love the Lord, All That Thrills My Soul, Oh How I Love Jesus, I Give You My Heart/Change My Heart
Message Title: A Life of Generosity
Text: 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Take Home Point: You reflect God's lavish love when you generously bless others out of the blessings God has entrusted to you.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing Sweet Hour of Prayer, I Will Call Upon the Lord, Be Thou My Vision, and Lead Me to the Cross followed by the Worship Choir singing Somebody Prayed for Me
Message Title: A Life of Prayer
Text: Ephesians 6:18-20
Take Home Point: We are engaged in a great spiritual battle that we will only overcome through the power of prayer.