Included Music: Serve the Lord with Gladness, Ancient of Days, Shine Jesus Shine, Open My Eyes That I May See, What a Savior, No Weapon, and Sweet Hour of Prayer
Message Title: The Greatest Joy
Text: 3 John 2-4
Take Home Point: Our faith should be lived out not simply talked about.
Christmas is always a special time at First Baptist, and one of the most important celebrations during the Christmas season is our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. This year has been different, and our Christmas Eve Service will be a bit different as well. Of course, the celebration of Christmas was never really about an event anyway. We celebrate Christmas because Jesus was born as Emmanuel - God with us. At the broken end of a broken year, we celebrate the birth of the One who would be broken for us so that our brokenness could be perfectly healed.
Included Music: Take Me Back to Bethlehem (Worship Choir), There's a Song in the Air, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear, O Holy Night, Silent Night, How Great Is Our God, and Now I Belong to Jesus
Message Title: Imperfect Joy
Text: Romans 15:13
Take Home Point: The only way to truly experience joy and peace is through a growing relationship with Jesus.
Included Music: Angels from the Realms of Glory (Worship Choir), Angels We Have Heard on High, Away in a Manger, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Joy to the World, In Christ Alone, and I Love to Tell the Story
Message Title: Imperfect Love
Text: Romans 8:35-39
Take Home Point: There is nothing you can do or can be done to you that will change God's love for you.
Included Music: The Sounds of Christmas Medley (First Baptist Worship Choir), Good Christian Men Rejoice, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Come Thou Long Expected Jesus, O Come All Ye Faithful, Christmas Offering, and Tell Me the Story of Jesus
Message Title: Imperfect Peace
Text: John 16:31-33
Take Home Point: Everyone faces suffering in this world, but only Christ-followers can experience genuine peace in Christ.
Included Music: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, Raise a Hallelujah, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, There Is None Like You, At the Cross, Who Is There Like You, and Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us
Message Title: Imperfect Hope
Text: Jeremiah 29:10-13
Take Home Point: God's power and love give us hope no matter what we face.
Included Music: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Message Title: An Invitation to Worship
Text: Psalm 95:1-7
Take Home Point: We are invited into God's presence to pour out our hearts without fear.
Due to audio difficulties, we have only included one song in this episode. Audio quality improves approximately five minutes into the recording.
Included Music: Victory in Jesus, Our God, There Is Power in the Blood, My Tribute, Just As I Am (I Come Broken), Jesus Only Jesus, and 'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
Message Title: Gratitude
Text: Luke 17:11-19
Take Home Point: We must want Jesus more than we want what Jesus can do for us.
Included Music: Jesus Saves, At Your Name, Come Christians Join to Sing, He Is Exalted, How Great Is Our God, Christ Our Hope in Life and Death, and Take Time to Be Holy
Message Title: God's Will for Us
Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Take Home Point: In light of what Jesus' has done for us, we are called to rejoice, pray, and be thankful no matter what we face in this world.
Included Music: Because of Your Love, Grace Greater Than Our Sin, Rejoice in the Lord Always, My Jesus I Love Thee, 10,000 Reasons with the Doxology, Desert Song, and Rejoice the Lord Is King
Message Title: Nevertheless
Text: Habakkuk 3:17-19
Take Home Point: If everything in the world is taken away, we can still worship and rejoice in our salvation.
Included Music: Alive Forever Amen, Have Faith in God, Wonderful Grace of Jesus, Our God Reigns, This I Believe, Lord Most High, and Amazing Grace
Message Title: Beautifully Complete
Text: Ezra 3:10-13
Take Home Point: We can bring all of our hurts, fears, and joys to God in worship because He cares for us.
Included Music: Worthy of Worship, Hear I Am to Worship, Serve the Lord with Gladness, There Is a Redeemer, Way Maker, and Take My Life (Holiness) plus Matthew Jones singing My Dear Redeemer
Message Title: Choose Life
Text: Deuteronomy 30:11-20
Take Home Point: We will never experience the abundant life God offers if we live life on our terms.
Included Music: Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee, Indescribable, Worthy Is the Lamb, Goodness of God, and Jesus Messiah
Message Title: The Evidence of Faith
Text: 1 John 2:3-6
Take Home Point: The evidence of our faith is not found in the words we say but in the way we live.
Special Note: There is a significant volume change at approximately 5 minutes 20 seconds.
Included Music: Today Is the Day, Raise a Hallelujah, Everlasting God, Blessed Be Your Name, Cornerstone, Do It Again, and Trust in You
Message Title: Partial Obedience
Text: 1 Samuel 15:7-23
Take Home Point: No amount of religious activity can overcome a heart of disobedience.
Included Music: Blessed Be the Name, Who You Say I Am, I Will Sing of My Redeemer, Thank You Lord, Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone), Glorious God, and O Come to the Altar
Message Title: Doing Faith
Text: James 1:22-25
Take Home Point: God hasn't just called us to know His Word. He has called us to do His Word.
Included Music: All the Way My Savior Leads Me, How Can I Keep from Singing, He Hideth My Soul, Praise the Name of Jesus, In Christ Alone (Solid Rock), No Weapon, and Before the Throne of God Above
Message Title: Powerful Question
Text: Luke 6:46-49
Take Home Point: A life built on obedience to Jesus simply cannot be overcome by the world.
Included Music: I Stand Amazed in the Presence, Mighty to Save, There Is Power in the Blood, Wonderful Merciful Savior, Glorious Day, Lost in Wonder, and Nothing but the Blood
Message Title: Testimony
Text: Psalm 34:1-7
Take Home Point: We do not need to fear anything in the world, if we fear the God who created the world.
Included Music: Revive Us Again, Sing to the King, Ancient of Days, Blessed Assurance, Is He Worthy, At Your Name, and Living Hope
Message Title: Reorient
Text: Philippians 4:4-7
Take Home Point: You will never experience the peace of God while you hold on to your fears.
Included Music: Victory in Jesus, This Is Amazing Grace, Beautiful One, Think About His Love, Oceans, I Just Can't Stop My Hallelujahs, and Grace Alone
Message Title: Unfinished Faith
Text: Matthew 8:23-27
Take Home Point: It is okay to start with "little faith" as long as you allow God to grow your faith.
Included Music: Rescue the Perishing, What a Savior, You Are My All in All, He Lifted Me, Great Are You Lord, Lord I Need You, and Lord Have Mercy
Message Title: Beloved
Text: Isaiah 43:1-4
Take Home Point: As a follower of Jesus, nothing in the past or in the future can change the fact that God created you and has redeemed you.
Included Music: The Lily of the Valley, God So Loved, Blessed Be the Lord God Almighty, My Tribute, Cornerstone, Your Great Name, and Long Live the King
Message Title: Blessed Opportunity
Text: 1 Peter 3:13-17
Take Home Point: You cannot explain the hope you have in Jesus if your way of life contradicts that hope.
Included Music: Higher Ground, Because of Your Love, Everlasting God, God Will Take Care of You, How Great Is Our God, King of Kings, and Jesus Paid It All
Message Title: Numbered Days
Text: Psalm 90:1-6
Guest Speaker: Cory Bennett
Included Music: Jesus Saves, Indescribable, Our God, All That Thrills My Soul, This I Believe (Creed), No Longer Slaves, and In Christ Alone
Message Title: Active Faith
Text: James 2:18-26
Take Home Point: What we do outwardly reveals who we are inwardly.
Included Music: There Is a Fountain, Blessed Be Your Name, God of Wonders, My Faith Has Found a Resting Place, I Will Rise, Who You Say I Am, and Whom Shall I Fear
Message Title: Living Faith
Text: James 2:14-17
Take Home Point: Our works are a silent but powerful testimony to the genuineness or deadness of our faith.
Included Music: I've Got Peace Like a River, Mighty to Save, Jesus Messiah, I Worship You Almighty God, Worthy Is the Lamb, Jesus Only Jesus, and Waymaker
Message Title: Fulfilling Our Purpose
Text: Ephesians 2:10
Take Home Point: When we walk with Jesus, we will see God-prepared opportunities to do good for others.