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

August 12, 2018: Candidate Sunday

Please listen to the sermon delivered by our pastoral candidate, Rev. Dr. Robert Collins. There will be a short business meeting following worship on August 19th where a membership vote will be taken.

March 18, 2018: “We Have A High Priest”

Jeremiah 31:31-34, Hebrews 5:5-10, John 12:20-33 Baptists have never “cottoned” to priests. The words of Jesus about calling no man “father” have been taken literally. Putting aside our allergic reaction to the office of “priest,” we have a “high priest.” Hebrews 5 tells us that Jesus is our high priest after the order of Melchizedek. […]

March 11, 2018: “Snake on a Stick; Savior on a Cross”

Numbers 21:4-9, Ephesians 2:1-10, John 13:14-21 The wilderness is no place for the weak. Label the wilderness, like March Madness for favorites (one of the most solemn and joyful festivals in our liturgical calendar): Danger Zone. Moses’ sister, Miriam, soprano diva of Israel, died there. His brother Aaron, stripped of his priestly vestments, died there. […]

March 4, 2018: “Commandments and a Temple”

The season of Lent invites us to turn inward and reflect on the depth of human sin. The Exodus reading reminds us forcefully that we are far too casual about God’s commandments and so apt to change commandments, temples, and churches into objects of our own idolatry. The fourth gospel’s account of Jesus’ cleansing of the Temple […]

February 25, 2018: “How Not to be Satan”

Legend says that as Shoeless Joe Jackson was leaving the courthouse during the trial of the Chicago Black Sox, as they were known, a young boy begged of him, “Say it ain’t so, Joe.” Well, Jesus began to teach his disciples that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, […]