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Please note: During the winter months we will be meeting for service on Sunday mornings only. Sunday School will start at 10 a.m. and Worship at 11. Evening services will resume when the time changes March 10th.


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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. (See note above about evening services during the winter months.) Throughout the year we have events like Easter Egg Hunts, 4th of July cookouts, Trunk ‘R Treat around Halloween and a Christmas dinner. (This year’s Christmas dinner will be Sunday, December 16th, following the morning worship service.) 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 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 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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Religion vs. Relationship

“Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship.” We are invited into a relationship with God the Father, made possible by Jesus the Son. Ideally Christianity creates a healthy relationship but that doesn’t mean it is not a religion. As religions go, Christianity can be just as good or bad as any other. Religion is about what we do, the Gospel is about what Christ has already done.

 

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Go and Tell

There are different talents and skills, there are different gifts of the spirit, there are many different tasks to which Christians are called. Each Christian believer has a similar calling, however, to tell others what Christ has done. Whether it’s on stage, in a book or sitting in a coffee shop with one friend at a time, every Christian in some way does the work of an evangelist.

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Epiphany

January 6th, the traditional date for celebrating Epiphany, falls on the first Sunday in January this year, a date that many Christians have been observing more recently.

The Christian celebration of Epiphany marks the wise men (Magi) finding Jesus and bowing down to worship. Many of the claims made of the wise men are from church tradition; what little we know of the them from scripture is found in a few verses of Matthew 2. Perhaps we can learn a lesson or two from their ancient wisdom.

 

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Simeon and Anna

Luke 1 offers some prophetic words from Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Zacharias, father of John the Baptist. Both spoke great truths being filled with the Holy Spirit. In Luke 2 we meet two individuals at the Jerusalem temple who again have prophetic words about the baby Jesus.

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Peace: Week 4 of Advent

The angels declared “Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men.” Is the world at peace? Of course not, but don’t let that stop you from finding peace. We have peace with God and can be at peace in the world that is not.

 

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Joy: Week 3 of Advent

We light the pink candle, the only brightly colored candle on the advent wreath, and celebrate the message of joy the angles brought to shepherds in the field. Joy to the world, the Lord is come!

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Faith: Week 2 of Advent

We light the Bethlehem candle to honor the faith of Mary and Joseph. They made the difficult journey to Bethlehem perhaps not understanding but walking in faith.

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Hope: Week 1 of Advent

There are many prophetic texts throughout the Old Testament. This year on the first week of Advent we focus on two verses from Isaiah 9, specifically looking at the names given to Messiah.

 

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Advent

Advent wreath, candlesDecember 2nd will be the first Sunday of this year’s season of Advent. To read more about what that means and how we celebrate, try this article I wrote a few years ago for the local paper. It’s a good introduction to anyone new to Advent.

Our Sunday School literature this year is doing a series of lessons very similar to our annual Advent services. Each week in Sunday School we will follow a person or group of people as they encounter God and respond to the birth of Jesus. There will be one lesson Joseph and another on Mary while in our Sunday morning worship we will consider the faith of Joseph and Mary together; there is a lesson on angels but not one for shepherds. Again, the Sunday School lessons are similar but not exactly the same. We will certainly spend more time exploring the scriptures learning about all those surrounding the birth of Jesus than we have in years past.

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Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

I read more of the text than these three verses but this gets to the heart of the matter.

 

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