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 a few special events throughout the year and partner with local churches for others. 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 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.
Some years I have chosen not to preach a Mother’s Day sermon at all. Others I have focused on God’s plan for all the family relationships and how each teach us something about our relationship to Him. The number one rule of public speaking is Know Your Audience and I had a sanctuary full of godly mothers. On Mother’s Day this year we examine Mary, mother of Jesus, as a model of what all mothers are like.
It’s a very well-known verse often used in calls to worship. The tone of Psalm 118 is worship but this verse could serve as a reminder that we are called to more than worship. This is the day the Lord has made and we are the craftsmanship of his hands. We are not our own but have been bought with a price. The world and all that are in in are his. Something to think about each and every morning.
The Gospels record several instances of Jesus appearing to his disciples after the resurrection. Today, the week after Easter, we will look at one of those from John 21. If the question is “What would Jesus do?” then have a fish fry is always a possibility. Not sure I’d want fish for breakfast but the point of the story is that Jesus was performing miracles, providing for their physical and spiritual needs, basically doing the same things Jesus always does.
Apologies regarding the Easter sermon. Another person, with the best of intentions, stopped the recording and I didn’t realize what happened until the end of the service. So here is a summary of what you missed.
The preaching of the cross is foolishness/folly to those who perish but to those of us being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18) Paul wrote in Galatians 6 that we have nothing to brag or boast about apart from the cross of Christ. How can we brag about what seems to be the final and greatest defeat of the leader we follow? The cross looks like the end and even many of Jesus’ closest followers thought so. But that was his purpose for coming into the world. The crucifixion was God’s plan. At Calvary is where heaven touches the earth, building the only path/doorway/bridge by which we can approach God.
And of course the cross was not the end. On the third day the stone was rolled away and the tomb was empty. Jesus is risen and lives forever more. He is seated at the right hand of God where he ever lives to make intercession. Serving in humility doesn’t look like “winning” to the world but they have always had their winning and losing backwards. The wicked appear to prosper and their is pleasure in sin for a season. But the one who loses his life for the sake of Christ and the gospel will save it. When we stand before God on the day of judgement he will determine who the winners and the losers are.
Galatians 6:11-18 wraps up our series in Galatians and serves us well as our text for Palm Sunday. Far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ… Paul exhorts his readers to look past the Law, circumcision, anything that is not becoming a new creation in Christ.
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (Galatians 5:13) This sermon doesn’t take freedom out of context, like some verse of scripture used to describe an American holiday, but finds it’s place right at the center of Paul’s letter to the Galatians.
Easter will be on April 21st this year and we invite you to celebrate the resurrection with us! Here are some events and things to look forward to.
Calhoun First United Methodist Church will again host a series of Lenten luncheons during Holy Week, Monday through Thursday at noon with a different speaker each day. This year’s Good Friday service will also be at First UMC. I will be speaking on Isaiah 53, others to follow with Matthew 26 and 27 texts.
The Plainville Church of God of Prophecy has an annual Easter Egg Hunt that is open to the public at the Plainville Recreation Department. Our family attended last year, Pastor Ronnie Chandler invites everyone in the community. Join us Saturday, March 20 at the Plainville Park on School Street. Details below.
Gordon County Christian Ministerial Alliance puts together a communitySunrise Service at BB&T Park in downtown Calhoun. I preached last year, Mark Piotrowski will bring this year’s sermon. Several local pastors will take part. Sunrise Service begins at 7 am and will last 30 to 40 minutes.
We will have Sunday School and Worship at Unity at the regular times, 10 and 11 am. Join as we worship the resurrected savior who lives forevermore!