Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name, Praise Him! Praise Him!, Oh How I Love Jesus, Mighty Is Our God, Glorious Is Thy Name, and His Name Is Wonderful followed by an instrumental rendition of Make Me a Servant by Adrienne Ingram, Janice Sutton, and BC Vickers
Message Title: When We Build Bridges
Text: Acts 9:26-31
Take Home Point: We are called to build bridges between our fellow believers so the church may be united in our commitment to Jesus.
Message Title: Shared Leadership
Text: Exodus 18:13-23
Take Home Point: God's people and the ministry to which He has called them is far too important for any one person to handle alone.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing Great is the Lord and Have Faith in God followed by the Worship Choir singing This I Believe (Creed). The First Baptist congregation singing The Solid Rock and Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) and concluding with Matthew Jones singing You Were There.
Message Title: When We Choose to Believe
Text: John 20:24-29
Take Home Point: Jesus will meet you right where you are and transform your life even if you have doubts and questions.
Message Title: Living Examples
Text: 1 Timothy 3:8-13
Take Home Point: The life of a deacon should reveal to others the truth of the gospel and provide an example of what it means to follow Jesus.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing Lord Here In This Place, Let's Just Praise the Lord, Emmanuel, Come Thou Long Expected Jesus, and How Deep the Father's Love for Us followed by He Touched Me sung by Fred Ward with Jerry and Ida Hale
Message Title: When We Choose to Obey
Text: Matthew 1:18-25
Take Home Point: When God reveals His plans to you, He is inviting you to join Him in fulfilling His plans through obedience.
Message Title: A Critical Ministry
Text: Acts 6:1-7
Take Home Point: Ministers and deacons are called to unique but complementary ministries that together enable the church to fulfill its calling effectively.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing Hosanna (Praise Is Rising), My Faith Has Found a Resting Place, Have Faith in God, Cry of My Heart, I Know Whom I Have Believed, and My Faith Looks Up to Thee followed by Jim Duncan singing No More Night
Message Title: When We Choose Faithfulness
Text: Daniel 1:8-21
Take Home Point: When we choose to be faithful to what God has revealed to us, we demonstrate a heart that God can use for His glory.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing Glorious Is Thy Name, How Great Thou Art, Christ Is Enough, Jesus What a Friend for Sinners, and I'd Rather Have Jesus followed by Kira Gibbs singing Storyteller accompanied by Benjamin Carpenter
Message Title: When God Is Big Enough
Text: 1 Samuel 17:26-47
Take Home Point: Everything God has done in your past has been to prepare you for what He desires to do in you and through you in the future.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing My Country 'Tis of Thee, God Bless America, America the Beautiful, Because of Your Love, Enough, and Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus followed by Dr. Tom Isbell singing People Need the Lord
Message Title: When We Shortcut Faith
Text: Genesis 16:1-6
Take Home Point: When we attempt to fulfill God's plan in our ways, the result will never be all God desires for us because our ways simply are not His ways.
Message Title: Reformation
Text: Nehemiah 13:1-31
Take Home Point: We don't have to do anything to falter in our relationship with God, but growing in our relationship with Him requires constant effort.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing Cry of My Heart, All the Way My Savior Leads Me, He Leadeth Me, Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us, In Christ Alone, and The Solid Rock and concluding with Holy Ground by Sue Willis and Elaine Severs
Message Title: When We Lost It All
Text: Genesis 3:1-8
Take Home Point: We all have moments when we are forced to decide whether we will trust God in obedience or trust ourselves in disobedience, and how we respond to those moments will forever impact all our relationships.
Special Note: Due to a recording error, the volume on congregational music is very low. We fully expect to have the error corrected prior to future episodes.
Included Music: Recording of Galactic Starveyors (Lifeway VBS) and First Baptist congregation singing Holy, Holy, Holy
Message Title: The Center
Text: Colossians 1:15-16
Take Home Point: Jesus is greater than all the joys we experience and struggles we face so we simply must follow Him.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing Greater Is He That Is In Me, Living for Jesus, Cry of My Heart, Let It Be Said of Us, and Lord, Be Glorified and concluding with Adrienne Ingram singing Healer
Message Title: The Persecuted
Text: Matthew 5:10
Take Home Point: If our commitment to Jesus is greater than our commitment to the world, the world will reject us.
Message Title: Dedication
Text: Nehemiah 12:27-47
Take Home Point: It is always right to worship and celebrate when God allows us to complete a task He has given to us.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing Brethren We Have Met to Worship, O for a Heart to Praise My God, Let Others See Jesus in You, I Give You My Heart, Change My Heart O God, and Take Time to Be Holy followed by Larry Cross singing Amazing Grace
Message Title: The Peacemakers
Text: Matthew 5:9
Take Home Point: When we bring the peace, love, and wisdom of God to a broken and hurting world, we reveal the character of God.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing Star Spangled Banner, God of Our Fathers, Take My Life and Let It Be Consecrated, Purer in Heart, and Refiner's Fire concluding with the First Baptist choir singing And All the People Said Amen
Message Title: The Pure in Heart
Text: Matthew 5:8
Take Home Point: We will never see God as He is until our hearts truly reflect His heart.
Message Title: Community
Text: Nehemiah 11:1-12:26
Take Home Point: Our lives can be used by God for extraordinary purposes when we humbly surrender to His plan.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing Hallelujah! (Your Love is Amazing), To God Be the Glory, Wonderful Grace of Jesus, Grace Greater Than Our Sin, and Amazing Grace followed by the First Baptist Choir singing Honored Glorified Exalted
Message Title: The Merciful
Text: Matthew 5:7
Take Home Point: As God's children, we are called to reflect His character by being merciful to everyone we encounter.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing Beautiful One, Praise My Soul the King of Heaven, Be Thou My Vision, Christ is Enough, and Enough
Message Title: Those Who Seek Righteousness
Text: Matthew 5:6
Take Home Point: Our salvation should lead us to a life that is passionately devoted to doing and being what is right in God's eyes through His power.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing Hallelujah and Great Are You Lord
Message Title: The Gentle
Text: Matthew 5:5
Take Home Point: No matter what the situation, we can quietly and confidently trust in God since we know who we are in Jesus.
Message Title: Covenant Renewal
Text: Nehemiah 9:38-10:39
Take Home Point: Our experience of revival must lead us to changed living because we cannot encounter God and walk away the same as we were.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing Holy Is the Lord, Holy Holy Holy, Open the Eyes of My Heart, Wonderful Merciful Savior, It Is Well with My Soul, In the Presence of Jehovah
Message Title: Those Who Mourn
Text: Matthew 5:4
Take Home Point: We reveal the character of the Kingdom when our hearts break simply because there is darkness in the world and in our hearts.
Message Title: Confession
Text: Nehemiah 9:1-37
Take Home Point: As we study Scripture and encounter God in worship, we are confronted with God's power and faithfulness in spite of our consistent disobedience and faithlessness.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing He Has Made Me Glad, Rejoice the Lord is King, Crown Him with Many Crowns, Jesus Messiah, and This is Amazing Grace/Amazing Grace with special music by Twang singing Ain't No Grave
Message Title: Poor in Spirit
Text: Matthew 5:3
Take Home Point: When we humbly come to Jesus trusting in Him rather than in ourselves, we experience God's approval and display the character of the Kingdom.
Included Music: First Baptist congregation singing Alleluia Alleluia, Christ Arose, Christ the Lord Is Risen Today, In Christ Alone/The Solid Rock, and Because He Lives followed by our adult choir singing Alive Forever Amen
Message Title: Resurrection
Text: Luke 24:1-12
Take Home Point: No situation is hopeless when you remember what God has done for you through the resurrection.