Whether you’re considering checking out First Baptist for the very first time or you’ve already spent a few weekends with us, we’re honored that you would set aside time to come and worship God with the many who call First Baptist their church home. Every weekend you can expect to experience a couple of things:
+ A Dynamic Worship Experience that lasts about 75 minutes (9:45am-11:00am)
+ A Casual and Friendly Atmosphere
+ Really Great Live Worship (praise music both ancient and modern)
+ Relevant and Practical Teaching from the Bible
+ A Children’s Ministry that Your Kids will Love
And in case you were wondering, you don’t have to dress up or look a certain way. You don’t have to be any particular age. It doesn’t matter where you’re in your walk with God. You don’t have to pretend or put on face; You can just, be you.
First Baptist is a place where God meets people who aren’t perfect, and no matter where you are in your personal relationship with God, you are absolutely welcome here.
“Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; talk of all His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD! Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face evermore! Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth…”
1 Chronicles 16:8–12
It is so important to remember all that God has done and to remember to have a heart of gratitude. Everything He does is done out of love to create a future for us—even the hardships He allows. When we choose to have a thankful heart regardless of our circumstances, we humble ourselves to remember His faithfulness daily. When we remember His faithfulness, it increases our faith to see us through the obstacles we experience. Whether you are in the midst of hardship or are ex-periencing tremendous victory, you should be found praising the Lord. As it is writ-ten, “…in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Truly our greatest battle is against our own heart. It can be difficult to flee temptations, keep a focus on the Spirit, have hope when there is none, find good in evil circumstances, and praise God through all the pain. There are times when our own mind and heart cast the shadow of darkness, terror, and fear– an impend-ing danger when really there is none. But the Word tells you to fight back with a thank-filled heart, which adjusts your focus onto the Lord who is capable in all cir-cumstances to comfort, sustain, and even bring about good. As you learn to sur-render your thoughts and feelings and just thank God, it offers a peace of the Spirit’s presence. It is not that we should thank Him for the evil in our life, but rather, that we should find reason to thank Him for His presence and hope even during those experiences.
It is during those moments, a person can look back through the Word or a personal experience and find reason to hope in the Lord. Those who are “of the world” have nothing when faced with such days. But we have comfort from the most compassionate being to exist. Look into your own circumstances and find something to be grateful for today. Let the Spirit guide your heart as you find the things for which to praise God in prayer.
While you may not be suffering now, one day you will be, and if you commit yourself to developing a habit of praise, you will find strength in your darkest mo-ments. Even when it seems impossible to move, God will reach down into your empty heart and create joy from the nothingness that consumes it. Dedicate your-self from this time forward to give thanks in every situation, every day. Find reason to adore God and build a habit of praise!