Let me be the first to welcome you to Unity Baptist Church! Perhaps you are looking for a church to visit in person or maybe you have been to a service and are now doing a little research. In either case I will take a moment and share a little about us.
As a small country church, we don’t have people directing traffic in the parking lot or a team of greeters to meet you at the front door. But I can promise you this: any visitor will be met and warmly welcomed. Our people will be happy to see you. My wife and I have served at Unity since October of 2014. I cannot write a long list of things our church “has to offer” but our goal is to be the body of Christ in this community. We read and study God’s Word and seek to share the Gospel – Good News – at every available opportunity.
Sunday School begins at 10 am and our worship service is at 11. Singing, praying, reading scripture, giving, preaching and the response to preaching are all acts of worship. We have Discipleship on Sunday evenings which is a small group focused on living the Christian life and a short worship service after that. On Wednesday evenings we have a short Bible study followed by prayer meeting. Throughout the year we have events like Easter Egg Hunts, 4th of July cookouts, Trunk ‘R Treat around Halloween and a Christmas dinner. Visit a few different things to get a good idea of who we and what we’re about. I don’t shove religion down anybody’s throat; I want to introduce to Jesus and tell you more about him. And don’t get the wrong idea – we’re still learning as well, myself included.
You can read about our beliefs, the church’s history and listen to sermons at this website. Contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call (770) 608-7005 to schedule a pastoral meeting or discuss any concerns you may have. Don’t be a stranger. Feel free to drop in anytime we are here.
The Garden of Eden, in the perfect world God made, was home to Adam and Eve. After sin and the curse, they were driven from the Garden to keep them from eating of the tree of life. We often say they were driven from God’s presence but I suggest it’s not as simple as that. God has always been near.
This is the first sermon is a series that outlines all the ways God has been near to his people. Through divine revelation, the Prophets, miraculous events, manifestations of smoke, fire and cloud, Old Testament appearances of Jesus, the incarnation and the indwelling Holy Spirit, God has always made his presence known.
I enjoy starting open ended series that do not have a set number of entries or a deadline to finish by. On Sunday, January 14th, I will begin preaching a series of sermons broadly titled “God is Near.” I have often said that the Bible, from one end to the other, is about the way a Holy God deals with people that are sinful, fallen and broken. At the center of that story is Jesus. Beginning with the creation account in Genesis 1 and 2, I plan to walk through the entire Bible, hitting just the high points, and demonstrate that statement to be true. We will deal with Old Testament covenant relationships, such as with Adam, Noah, Abraham and Moses and go from there. In time I will preach on the establishment of Israel as a nation; King Saul, David and Solomon; the purpose and work of the Prophets; the incarnation of Jesus in the Gospels; the earthly ministry of Jesus; the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus; the coming of The Holy Spirit; the growth and spread of the New Testament Church; the epistles (letters) of the New Testament; and finally how God’s promises at the beginning of the biblical narrative are realized in the coming Kingdom as foretold in Revelation.
In 2018 we will survey the Bible. Sunday evenings and the Wednesday night Bible study will help to fill in the blanks and put Sunday morning sermons into context, as well as give us time for questions, answers and discussion. God is near to the brokenhearted and God inhabits the praise of his saints are true statements but do not tell the whole story. God desires to be in the presence of the people made in his image; the Father wants to love and be loved by his children. Join us at Unity Baptist as we step back and -prayerfully, thoughtfully – take a look at the big picture. Consider this your personal invitation.
Jesus has come into the world and nothing will ever be the same. Light shined into darkness. Where Jesus is there is life and light; where Jesus is not there is only darkness and death. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matt 5:16)
“Peace on earth, goodwill toward men.” Even when the world is in turmoil we can have peace and be at peace. For the believer he himself is our peace (Ephesians 2:13). He will someday make all things new but on the night of Christ’s birth everything profoundly and immediately changed.
One of these pics was taken during the recent snowfall. The other was taken the next day after the sun came out. If you had to pick just one for the cover of the Unity Baptist Facebook page, which would you choose? Answer in the comment section here or visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/UBCPlainville. (The cover image has changed but your vote still counts.)
Advent traditions vary but if you have three purple candles and one that is pink, that brightly colored candle is lit on the third Sunday of Advent. The angels brought good tidings of great joy to a small group of shepherds near Bethlehem. The story of the shepherds is a good example of how receiving and sharing the Gospel works.
Join us Sunday, December 24th at 4 pm for a special Christmas Eve service. We will have our regular Sunday School and morning worship service at 10:00 and 11:00 respectively. But instead of the regular evening services we will have a special gathering at 4 pm to sing together, read scripture and light the Christ candle in our Advent wreath. The service will be short, scriptural and share the Gospel. We will get in out in plenty of time for a Christmas Eve dinner with family.