At First Baptist, our worship style is blended with hymns and praise choruses, organ, piano and harp. Throughout the year we also use drama to deliver the message of Christ.
The sermons are generally expository in nature, that is, we analyze what the passage meant to the original audience, take that meaning and apply it to our lives today.
If you are new to the area, looking for a church home, or are just exploring your spiritual life, please come and join us. Bring your questions. Be ready for a challenge. Come and be transformed!
FROM THE PASTOR
"You Are the Church"
“Consequently you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his spirit.”
On a Saturday afternoon in August 1944, Bishop Hans Lilje was in his study putting the finishing touches on the sermon he was to preach the following day in St. John’s Church in Berlin. The doorbell rang violently. He went to the door and there stood two men from the Gestapo. They arrested him, and a few hours later he found himself in a prison cell. He tells us that it took all the courage and resolution he had not to lose self-control when the steel doors clanged shut behind him. He felt utterly alone. Then he heard someone in a prison cell across the courtyard whistling the melody of an old hymn. He sprang to his window and whistled back. “O for a thousand tongues to sing my great redeemer’s praise.” So it went back and forth, each answering the other with whistled hymn—a congregation of two, supporting each other’s faith. And in that mutual support they found, mysteriously, that their tiny congregation was multiplied by the presence of another. What a story. A man who thought he had lost his Christian community rediscovered the church in a prison. In Bishop Lilje’s life, I am sure that this one person whoever they were was doing as much if not more than his entire parish at St. John’s in actually being the church. And, of course, what I wish to point out and celebrate is your potential in the world in which you live to actually be the church, to actually represent the Kingdom of God to someone.