FBC Macon

Nurture. Love. Serve. ALL.

We’re proud of our Baptist history and heritage, but we’re also proud of our diversity. At First Baptist you will find a group of people coming from a variety of different church backgrounds and denominations who have found a home at the “top of Poplar.” And while our congregation comes from all over middle Georgia, we are a downtown church and see it is our mission to be the presence of Christ to our InTown and College Hill communities here in Macon.

The Fullness of Life

No where else is the fullness of life more embraced, honored, and celebrated than the local church. This will be especially true for our congregation this weekend.

On Saturday at 1:00 p.m., we will host the funeral service for Ida Ford, our church custodian who was tragically killed last week. We will be working in tandem with Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, where Ida was once a member. Rev. Henry Ficklin is pastor there and he and his choir and musicians will lead the service in our space. We will then host a reception in the fellowship hall immediately following the service.

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Ida Ford

Dear church,

It is with a heavy, shocked, and broken heart that bring you the news that Ida Ford, our church custodian, was shot and killed last night outside her home.

You may have seen the report in the Telegraph this morning. There are very few details at this time. We in the office are heartbroken.

Ida joined our staff a little over three years ago and it did not take long for her to endear herself to her co-workers. She had a big, expansive personality that had an orbit all of its own. You couldn’t help but be pulled in. She exuded a warmth and generosity of spirit that was such a big part of our staff family, and was noticed by many of you. She knew just about every one of our “regulars” by name. She cared about you, your families, and the ministries of this church. Ida was more than simply a custodian, she truly was a part of our church.

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A Long Obedience

Jody Long was called to be our Minister of Youth and Outreach in January of 2004 during his final semester as a seminary student at the McAfee School of Theology of Mercer University. In September of that year, Julie Whiddon, also a seminarian at McAfee, was called to be our Minister to Children and Families. Jody and Julie were dating at the time and before long would be married in our sanctuary, beginning a tenure of shared ministry at our church that is truly unparalleled.

I think its safe to say that even in our church’s 190 year history, no couple has done more to shape and nurture our congregation than Jody and Julie Long. 

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You Will Obtain Joy

This past Sunday in worship we turned out attention to those familiar words from the prophet Isaiah, speaking of the day of God’s arrival: 

A voice cries out: 

“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, 

make straight in the desert a highway for our God. 

    Every valley shall be lifted up, 

and every mountain and hill be made low; 

the uneven ground shall become level, 

and the rough places a plain.

This image of “the way of the Lord” is an important one in Scripture. Of course, in the gospels, John the Baptizer references this passage to tell of the coming of Jesus. The book of Acts tells us the early church actually called themselves “The Way.” But this image also appears earlier in Isaiah. Chapter 35, too, looks ahead to a time when the people of Israel will be brought home from exile (it’s a little long, but it’s worth it): 

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Neither Safe Nor Private

From time to time people ask me for recommendations for daily devotions. This is always tricky, because I don’t think there’s a “one size fits all” devotional resource; it really depends on what you’re looking for and what speaks to you. In the end, the same advice I once heard for picking a biblical translation is true for devotions: the best one is the one you’ll read. 

But for what it’s worth, I’ve just begun using a new collection of daily readings and reflections from Walter Brueggemann, Gift and Task.

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Church Security

Just over a month ago on October 3, I posted a few words of reflection in the wake of what was then our country’s most recent mass shooting, when a gunman opened fire at a concert in Las Vegas. I offered three points to help focus our attention:

  1. Don’t rush past grief.
  2. Stay engaged.
  3. This has to do with us.

Here on November 7 I find myself once again searching for words in the wake of what is now our most recent mass shooting, this time unfolding at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, TX.

I stand by that previous post, even as I'm still wrapping my head around the fact that we're reliving this same trauma yet again, and just 4 weeks later. 

Lord, have mercy upon us.

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WEEKLY SERVICES

Sunday
Sunday School at 9:45am
Morning Worship at 11:00am

Wednesday Evening
We begin with a meal at 5:30pm. Music and missions activities are available for adults, youth, and kids. Learn More

 

CONTACT US

511 High Place
Macon, GA 31201
Directions to FBCX

Telephone: 1.478.742.6485

Email: office@fbcxmacon.org


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