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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 email@example.com 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.
Ministry involves preaching the Word and serving tables. The Apostles recruit some help in Acts 6 and outline the characteristics of who qualifies. We don’t turn to Exodus 18 in this sermon (but we did read it last Wednesday and looked at it again Sunday evening) but you might want to take a look. Jethro gave Moses wise advice in the wilderness after telling him “You cannot bear this burden alone.”
The Apostles are arrested, imprisoned, freed by an angel, then brought before the council. A Pharisee named Gamaliel wisely surmises that if their movement is a plan of man then it will come to nothing, but if it is a work of God the council can do nothing to stop it. Click play below to listen to this sermon based on Acts 5:12-42.
Ananias and Sapphira sold their property and brought some, but not all, of the proceeds to the Apostles. The sin was not in the sale or the donation but their motivation was wrong and according to Peter they “lied to the Holy Spirit.” You can fool all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time nor God any of the time at all. God loves a cheerful giver. When the widow gave her two mites God was more interested in why she gave than in what she gave.
Peter and John were sternly commanded not to to teach or preach any more in the name of Jesus. As soon as they are reunited with the other believers they pray for boldness and continue to teach and preach with even greater boldness than before. The Christian believers were all of one heart and mind, and had all things in common.
After Peter’s sermon at Solomon’s Portico (porch) Peter and John were brought before the council and entire family of the High Priest. They thought that crucifying Jesus put an end to their “Jesus problem” but in truth the Jesus movement was just getting started. The healed man stood with the accused, compelling evidence of the healing power of faith in Jesus.
Much of Acts 2 is Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost. After the healing of a lame beggar at the beginning of Acts 3, Peter preaches another sermon. He explains that the God of the Hebrews, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob, raised his servant Jesus. He quotes Moses in saying there will be a leader like him, and offers another invitation to believe in the one that can turn them away from all iniquities.
Peter preached on the Day of Pentecost and the audience was “cut to the heart.” What happens next is recorded in Acts 2:37-47. Peter tells the crowd what they must do, essentially sharing the plan of salvation for the first time; it’s the first invitation to trust in the resurrection savior. 3,000 people were saved that day and then the church was added to daily. The Holy Spirit is still at work today, convicting of sin and drawing people to Jesus.
Due to an error on my part, the Father’s Day sermon was originally posted here a second time. By the time I noticed it was too late; the “Time of Response” sermon audio is gone forever. Read Acts 2 and if you like we can discuss it in the comments.
Taking a break from the Acts series we recognize fathers on Father’s Day and look to our heavenly father as the perfect example. Note: It was Robert Kennedy, not John F. Kennedy, that gave the speech referenced in the sermon.
Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost is recorded in Acts 2:14-36. It is the first “Christian message” in that it’s the first time the death, burial and resurrection were proclaimed. Peter explains that God’s Spirit is being poured out on mankind as the prophets had said and that Jesus has been made Lord and Christ.
We have made it to Acts Chapter 2! The disciples remained in Jerusalem as instructed before the ascension and the Holy Spirit came as promised. We don’t have to wait for the Holy Spirit today but we do need to pay attention and take action when he leads.