“Lord, our Lord, how magnificent is your name throughout the earth! You have covered the heavens with your majesty.” (CSB – Read the chapter)
Last night my family and I got the chance to take in the truth of these words in a way it may be a very long time—or ever—before we get to again. We saw the majesty of the Lord through the splendor of creation. It was one of those moments where nature boasts loudly of the fingerprints of God, but which only those with the eyes to see will truly appreciate. The pictures you see here were all taken by my good friend and excellent photographer, Heather Perry.
Yesterday was Resurrection Sunday! We celebrated our risen Lord together by telling the incredible story of which we can be a part if we will receive Him as our Lord. We celebrated our part in this great story as individuals, but also as a whole community as we finally put together the three key pieces of our identity into one clear and compelling idea: First Baptist is a place where people can connect to grow in Christ and reach out for His kingdom. Keep reading to see how this all unfolded.
Telling Our Story
Three weeks ago, we started a journey together. It was a journey that came out of a conversation about who we are as a church; what our God-given identity is. The idea here is that while each individual person has a unique, God-designed identity, so do whole churches. The church is the body of Christ and we are individually members of it. That means we each have a specific role to play in the body, but one local church does not by itself comprise the whole body of Christ. That means that each individual local church is itself part of the larger body of Christ and thus has a specific role to play as a community in that larger body. Read the rest…
This past Sunday we kicked off a brand new teaching series called, The Big Story. Over the next few weeks we are going to look at the story of Scripture. We often spend a lot of time studying the details of the Bible, and that’s not a bad thing. But if we don’t know the much bigger context in which those details are situated, we run the risk of misunderstanding them. The goal of this series is to help us understand the big story of Scripture more so we can better understand and know the God who is writing it.
A Good Start
Around parts like these where most everybody’s a “from here,” when folks meet someone new there are two primary questions they ask. Anybody know what these are? Where are you from and who’s your daddy? The first question will tell them important things like whether or not you’re a Yankee. It lets them know whether you’re a Tar Heel, a Blue Devil, or some other strange species…like a Jayhawk. It gives them a sense of what kind of culture you bring to the area with you. The second question—especially if you’re not a “come here”—gives them more of a sense of who you are. If your daddy was well-respected in the community, you’ll probably be given the benefit of the doubt in a lot of things. If your daddy was generally considered a scoundrel, though, you’re going to be treated with at least a bit of suspicion whether you deserve it or not. Read the rest…