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 a few special events throughout the year and partner with local churches for others. I don’t shove religion down anybody’s throat; I want to introduce you 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.
I often quote from 1 Peter 2 when studying other passages of scripture, or I should say the parts that talk about the stone the builders rejected and believers as living stones. The submission parts probably get much less attention, and not just from me. Submitting to rulers and authorities, doing good while suffering wrong for it, these are ways to be like Christ and being conformed to the image of Christ is the goal.
Jesus is the stone the builders rejected, the human builders that is, the leaders of the Jewish faith. He remains, however, chosen and precious in the sight of the God the Father. We as believers are also stones, living stones that God is building into a spiritual house.
In Philippians 2 the Apostle Paul challenges believers to be like minded with Christ who set the bar pretty high in terms of humility. Jesus himself taught and preached on humility. Our goal, just like Jesus and Paul, is to draw people to God and not attention to ourselves.
Goliath was the champion of the Philistines who intimated the army of Israel. (That’s the reason for talking about WWF wrestlers talking trash I just forgot the full analogy). David was an adolescent, little more than a child. Goliath came with a shield and a sword but David told him he came in the name of the Lord. That made all the difference.
1st Timothy 3 tells us what to look for in a pastor (overseer) and deacons. The standards are set higher for church leaders, as they should be. Leaders need to walk in such a way that others can follow in their footsteps in the right direction. We should be on the same journey, looking toward Christ as the finish line.