What is you prayer or hope for our church going forward?
By Don Hines
First Baptist now exudes warmth. In our first encounter with this church we felt this warmth. When you enter the building for formal worship or just to look around, it’s there. The members care about each other and about any who visit. Your problems and concerns are theirs. The membership is ready to help any in need. This will be a cornerstone for the future.
In our church diversity is reflected by our socio economic and age differences. We have members in their 90’s and down. Yet there is no, “We’ve always done it that way!” attitude from our more “mature” members. This layering of ages is a key to keeping us going for another 200 years. This can be seen also in our church’s lay and professional leadership. We have a history of women deacons and female professional staff.
Jesus charged us to take care of others. First Baptist does this through our extensive missions program. Our commitment is not verbally driven, but action driven. This is reflected in our in-house medical clinic and clothes closet, other community activities, our Emma Quire Mission Center in Owsley County and in our work with churches and refugees in Morocco.
We are a church that values Biblical learning. We stress Bible study in both formal and informal group settings. Although we value the lessons of the Old Testament, we seek above all to follow the guidance of Jesus presented in the New Testament. After all, we are called “Christians” which means “little Christs” or Christ followers!
Mark 10: 28-31 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?. “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”