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

January 1, 2017: ” Happy New Year!”

John 15:7-11 On the first day of 2017, I want to wish you happiness.  You are entitled to it.  Don’t take my word for it.  listen to Jesus: “I have said these things to you so that my joymay be in you and that your joy may be complete.”  That is the wish of Jesus […]

Dec. 18, 2016: “The Family Tree”

Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19; Matt. 1:1-25 The Christmas story from Matthew, the first one that appears in our New Testament, doesn’t begin in a barnyard in Bethlehem. Before the birth of Jesus, Matthew takes us through the family cemetery.  From the cemetery to the cradle – the opposite of our usual cradle to the […]

Dec. 11, 2016: “Confidence Renewed”

Matthew 11:1-11, Isaiah 35:1-10 Confidence can be a fragile gift.  Confidence is a come-and-go affair.  john the Baptist is in jail, and he has heard some gossip about Jesus and it has cost him his confidence.  Isn’t it amazing how fragile confidence can be?  A few words, a bit of gossip, one bad review, and […]

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 […]