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PASTOR’S WELCOME

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 pastor@unitybaptist.church 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.

Clark Bunch
Pastor, Unity Baptist Church

 

Clark, Teresa and Johannah Bunch

Clark, Teresa and Johannah Bunch


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Walk in Love II

Ephesians 5 is about the love between a husband and wife, as an analogy for Christ and the Church. 1 John 4, the text for sermon 2 in this series, is about the love believers have for one another and extend to all people made in God’s image. We love because God first loved us.

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Walk in Love

 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. -Ephesians 5:31-32

The New Testament uses marriage to illustrate the relationship between Christ and his church. Paul writes to the Ephesians commanding husbands to love their wives the way Christ loves the church. We are told in 5:2 to “walk in love.”

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Upcoming Events

Valentine Banquet ❤ Feb 12th at 5 pm 
The menu is pizza and salad but there will be plenty of candy, cake and sweet things to go around. You’re invited (but please let us know you’re coming).

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University March 7th at 6:30 pm
The class will run for nine weeks beginning March 7th and ending May 2nd. Click this link for more, signs up deadline is the week of Feb. 19th.

Easter April 16th
Georgia Baptists have set a goal to invite one million families to Easter services this year. The theme for the campaign is “Start Your New Beginning.” Look for more details soon on The BIG Invite.

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National Day of Prayer May 4th
Local events include the Rome Area Prayer Breakfast and a coordinated effort to circle Gordon Hospital in prayer. Details of these and other events to come.

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Come and Dine

We are inundated constantly with messages and advertisements about food. We celebrate special occasions, holidays and even mourn the loss of loved ones by preparing food and decorating cakes. The Bible, from one end to the other, uses our need to be physically fed to illustrate spiritual needs. Join us in John 21 and accept Jesus’ invitation to come and dine.

 

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Register Now for Financial Peace University

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University will begin at Unity Baptist on Tuesday, March 7th. We have a special preview scheduled on Sunday, February 19th so you can get a feel for what the class will be like and have your questions answered and concerns addressed. Click here for more information about Financial Peace University.

If you are ready to sign up click this link for our page at the Financial Peace University website. Don’t forget to mention the class to family and friends.

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The Lord’s Supper

We take communion at Unity four times a year. Our worship service today focused on the Lord’s Supper and the unity among Christian believers. The text for the sermon is Matthew 26:26-30. The Lord’s Supper 1) Connects us to the past 2) Unites us in the present and 3) Give Hope for the future.

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Life

Today is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday in Southern Baptist Churches. My sermon is simply entitled “Life.” Let’s go beyond politics and abortion, while not ignoring those things, and recognize God as the creator of life. We are called to respect human life as he does and we are all the sheep of his pasture.

*I am recovering from illness and apologize for clearing my throat and a few coughs. We didn’t even try to record a sermon last week and I am glad to be feeling much better.

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Financial Peace University at UBC

 

Financial Peace University is a 9 week course produced by Dave Ramsey. The class is designed to teach you how to become debt free, prepare for the future and get couples on a plan together. Here is a short video about what FPU does and why:

FPU classes will start at Unity Baptist on Tuesday, March 7th. The course runs for 9 weeks with each weekly meeting lasting about an hour and a half. The cost of attending a local class and meeting with a small group is less than ordering the DVD’s and taking the course alone. When you sign up for a local class you will also receive online access to the same lessons. You can easily catch up if you miss a class or wish to review a lesson again.

In the coming weeks we will be looking at FPU in greater detail and listening to the personal testimony of just a few of the 2.7 million families that have benefitted from this training over the past 20 years. We will host a preview and begin signing people up on Sunday, February 19th. It’s not too early to sign up now! Use this link to register for our class and order materials directly from FPU.

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Epiphany

Note: Services were cancelled due to weather concerns, but the Epiphany sermon would have sounded something like this.

Epiphany is the celebration of finding something worth finding. It follows Christmastide on January 6th (back when December 25th was the beginning of the 12 Days of Christmas instead of the final day of 3 months of Christmas).

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:

“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way. -Matthew 2:1-12 ESV via Bible Gateway 

If you’ve ever heard someone say “I’ve had an epiphany” what they probably mean is they have just realized something. A true epiphany is more of a discovery than coming to a realization. We know from the Matthew 2 text that the wise men made a long journey. They were more likely from Persia than the Orient but I won’t get into all the many things we don’t know about them right now. We do know they were wise, journeyed from afar, brought precious gifts and obeyed the Word of the Lord. When they saw Jesus and his mother they fell down and worshipped. They were led to an even more valuable treasure than anything they had brought with them.

Jesus would later talk about seeking treasure in a series of parables. When the woman with 10 coins lost one (Luke 15:8-10) she lit a lamp and swept her entire house, and called on her friends to rejoice with her when she found it. When a man found a treasure in a field (Matthew 13:44) he sold all that he had so he could buy that field, much like collector of pearls who sold all his others so that could purchase the pearl of great price. (Matthew 13:45-46)

Neither the magi nor the examples in Jesus’ parables accidentally stumbled onto something. They sought diligently for the treasure they eventually found. They worked hard, devoted time and effort and sacrificed possessions of lesser value. No one accidentally pursues righteousness. You might drive around aimlessly and find a nice farmer’s market or antique store, but no one wanders into the Kingdom of God. We must be deliberate and intentional on life’s journey. It may require a little effort and sacrifice. But what we find will far surpass anything we give up.

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WEATHER ANNOUNCEMENT

 

UPDATE: Saturday, January 7 

No church services, classes or small groups will meet on Sunday, January 8th.

The snow we have on the ground, including the icy sheen on the roads, will probably stick around another day or two. The high temp today may not get above freezing and wind chill will be as low as 5 degrees.  I will post something in the morning for Epiphany.

Stay safe, warm and dry. Peace and God bless.

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