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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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The Suffering Servant

Isaiah 53 is a well known passage describing the crucifixion. Careful analysis of the text reveals that Isaiah is prophesying the birth, death and resurrection of God’s servant. We know that God has a plan, and his plans are sure, because he reveals what he is going to do ahead of time.

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God’s Plan for Messiah

Even if we overlook birth prophecies is chapters 7 and 9 (we will return to those the first week of Advent) Isaiah 11 describes the shoot that will come up from the roots of the stump of Jesse.

The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him,
The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,

The Spirit of counsel and might,
The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
-Isaiah 11:2 

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Isaiah’s Message, God’s Plan

Isaiah is an Old Testament prophet. While he lived and wrote in a specific time period, God knew what his plan was all along. He revealed his plan to humanity over a period of time. Isaiah didn’t have a full picture but it was clear even by his time, 800 – 900 years before Christ, that God would be doing something new.

*I read Isaiah 1:12-17 and said that I would come back to verse 18. We did do that on Sunday evening but take a look at verse 18 and consider how the sermon points apply.

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Isaiah, Prophet of God

Isaiah served during a time that God was judging Israel. Judgement and salvation are both from God. Much of this sermon compares Isaiah 6 and Revelation 4 illustrating that the Bible has many writers but there is one author.

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Why Preach the Gospel?

I wrote a series of posts at The Master’s Table answering the question “Why Preach the Gospel?” Here’s a link if you’d like. This sermon uses 2 Timothy 4:1-5 to illustrate the same three points.

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Solomon’s Proverbs

The Book of Proverbs is a collection of wisdom sayings, insights and instructions. While not used in worship the ways the Psalms are many passages are still well known to us. Solomon makes many appeals to his readers to pursue wisdom and righteousness as well as many helpful tips for daily living.

*At some point I mashed the words rebuke and reproof together and got “rebufe.” I didn’t hear until listening to the sermon audio myself Monday afternoon. 2 Timothy 3:16 in the NRSV should read like this:  All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

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The Psalmist David

David is remembered for a few things he did. He was little more than a child when he defeated the Philistine giant Goliath. He is perhaps remember in another light because of Bathsheba and Uriah, and a series of events beginning with conspiracy and culminating in murder. Let’s not forget that David described as a man after God’s own heart. The Psalms, many written and others collected by David, give us insight in his mind and heart. Passages from Psalms are still often used today in our praise & worship choruses, church bulletins, signs and posters today. Jesus quotes from the Psalms many times in the Gospels. Let’s take a look at Psalm 1 specifically and the entire collection in a general way and see what David has to teach us about worship.

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State Missions

I preached two sermons in September related to the Georgia State Missions Offering. Mission Georgia was the first, on September 2nd, as we began a week of prayer focus on missions and missionaries serving in our state. Near and Far, on September 9th, explains why Jesus told his followers to start where they were located and work outward (cf. the Great Commission statement to Acts 1:8).

Mission Georgia:

Near and Far

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Solomon

Solomon was the son of David and Bathsheba hand-picked by David to succeed him. He was the last king to rule over a united kingdom of Israel. He was blessed by God with wisdom, which he asked for, and with peace and prosperity.

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King David: 3 Sermons

The Rise of King David briefly examines the tension between Saul and a young David that became very popular with the people very quickly. God’s Spirit was taken from Saul and given to David. This was his plan and his doing.

The Fall of David looks at not only David sin but all that he did to cover it up, up to and including murder. Perhaps thinking that he had pulled it off he was then confronted by Nathan the Prophet.

The Redemption of David describes how David and Saul responded differently when being challenged by sinful behavior. Saul justified his actions with explanation, redefining right and wrong in his own terms. David confessed his sins and repented, seeking after God.

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