The mission of First Baptist Church is to minister to our congregation, the community, and the world so all may experience the love and grace of God.

Recent Sermons

Dec. 4, 2016: “Advent Regime Change”

Isaiah 11:1-10; Matthew 3:1-11 Malcolm Gladwell has a book called Blink – Go with your instinct.  I don’t think that is really the way we should live.  Let’s ask, “Am I living a useful life?”  Gladwell also wrote Outliers.  Success, he says, is more a product of circumstances, even luck. I would expand that to […]

Nov. 20, 2016: “Long Live the Poet”

Luke 1:68-79 Colossians 1:11-20 An angel (another name for a poet) named Gabriel is sent by God to a priest named Zechariah. His message: the old couple would have a baby and he would prepare the way for the promised king. Zechariah, keeper of the poems of Israel, should have known, but through long years […]

Nov. 13, 2016: “Live Now!”

Isaiah 65:17-25, 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13, Luke 21:5-19 Our readings from Isaiah and Luke are apocalyptic texts – the most complex of all biblical texts.  The word refers to “revelation,” the unveiling of truth through the use of symbolic language.  The usual church usage of this language is to use it to predict the future.  In […]

Nov. 6, 2016: “Blessings We May or May Not Want”

Ephesians 1:11-23, Luke 6:20-31 In Luke we are troubled once again with words from Jesus known as beatitudes.  The word sounds so sweet.  After all, it smacks of blessing and beauty.  Instead, we learn that this is the Manifesto of Jesus.  These are not some sweet words that we get to read and shrug our […]