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 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.
After several chapters of instructions, followed by several chapters of building, sewing and carving, the Tabernacle was raised in Exodus 40. It was one year from the day the Israelites left Egypt and it was all a picture of what was to come. God is less visible but nearer to believers than in the days of Moses.
The Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention took place earlier this week in Dallas, TX. Because of some hot button topics in the news lately, and the perceived importance of selecting the next SBC president, this convention was the highest attending since 2010. Nearly double the messengers met in Dallas as in Phoenix last year.
This article from Baptist Press does a good job summarizing everything of importance that took place this week. J.D. Greear is the new SBC President, Vice President Mike Pence spoke to the convention, 79 IMB missionaries were appointed and there was lots of discussion about women and minorities being represented well and given opportunities for leadership. There was talk in the 11th hour about electing Beth Moore as president. (I have not even heard is she was willing to accept the nomination.) Follow the link above to Baptist Press for a good summation.
If you are concerned about Greear’s election after hearing that he is a Calvinist please read my post at The Master’s Table. I am not a Calvinist but don’t believe our ship is sinking or that any nails being driven into the SBC coffin. I don’t even believe there’s a coffin.
I spent a lot of time last week on the Ten Commandments but gave very little focus to the way Israel knew God was near. It was a good sermon, all it really needed was a part 2. So here we are. The Ten Commandments are spoken by God in Exodus 20. In this sermon we will look into Exodus 19 and 24 at the different ways God made his presence known. Before and after the words of the covenant the people declared “All the Lord has said we will do.”
I said a lot about the Ten Commandments in this sermon, did not do as much as I could have to illustrate that God was near. The people saw the mountain smoke and felt the earth shake. Beginning at Exodus 20, and continuing for several chapters, God is speaking. The commandments have not been written down at this point. The people’s response was to declare that all God said they will do. There was no question that God’s presence was clearly manifest at Sinai.
Adding sugar to iced tea does not make sweet tea. If you want sweet tea you need to just throw that out and start over. Adding Jesus to a bitter life really can make life sweeter. Let’s look at the end of Exodus 15 together and talk about the language of allegory.
In the past I have preached a Memorial Day themed sermon but don’t plan on it this year. We will honor all men and women who served especially family members and friends of our church family. Then we will continue the God is Near sermon series currently in Exodus.
The weather is beyond our control but we will plan on having our church picnic/cookout Sunday evening beginning at 5 pm. We will be in the Fellowship Hall regardless and will only cancel in the event of an active tornado/ severe thunderstorm/ flash flood warning at that hour.
There’s an old saying about being between a rock and a hard place. In Exodus 14, the children of Israel found themselves between the Red Sea and the Egyptian army led by an angry Pharaoh. This by God’s design as he continued to demonstrate to Egypt who and what he was. Hopefully it’s not a tired cliche: If God brings you to it, he will bring you through it.
The sermon I almost preached last year. Three scriptures from Luke and John’s Gospel accounts in which Jesus sets the example for us to follow. Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Unity Baptist Church.
When Jesus and his disciples took Passover together for the last time, he gave his followers new meaning to a tradition they knew well. “Do this in remembrance of me.” The Passover meal was meant to remind Israel that God is near. Communion reminds Christian believers today that God is near. Circumcision was an outward sign identifying those in covenant relationship with God. Baptist is our outward sign of an inward change. Neither makes one righteous. Our ordinances of communion and baptism are constant reminders that God is near and that he does for us what we cannot do for ourselves.
We have identified the first nine plagues and read a warning of the tenth. Last week, in the first passage of Exodus 12, the instructions for preparing the Passover sacrifice and eating the Passover meal were given. In this sermon we will not only get to see Israel allowed to leave but commanded to get out quickly. It marked a new beginning for the children of Israel and a night they would always remember as solemn before God.