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.

Praying in the Dark

One of the most difficult parts of preparing the sermon each week is making cuts. There are certainly some weeks where material seems scarce and I’m praying for God to deliver something to me to deliver to you. But it’s more often the case that there is an abundance of things to say, and I’m praying that God would help me be a good editor.

This past Sunday was one of those Sunday’s. The story from Genesis 28 of Jacob and his dream of a “staircase” into heaven is so mysterious and rich that it has inspired much reflection and interpretation through the years.

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Rediscovering the Bible

In his wonderful introduction to the Bible, The Good Book, Peter Gomes writes,

One of the more embarrassing social situations, upon which even Miss Manners and other arbiters of social etiquette have failed to provide a useful strategy, is the one in which you have more than a nodding acquaintance with someone. At the point of introduction you got the person's name, forgot it, asked it again, and forgot it again. Meanwhile you go on meeting this person, chatting and being chatted with, but you have clearly passed beyond the point where you can ask for the name again…What we should know, pretend that we know, and wish that we knew, we don't. Worse still, we do not know, without risk of embarrassment, how to ask about what we need to know.

This, I suggest, is the way it is with so many people and the Bible.

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What the Heck is Water?

As you I hope you've noticed, we’re making a push to be more intentional about our stewardship at the church, especially giving to support the operating budget. 

I’m well aware that giving to the budget is not the most exciting place to direct our resources. It reminds me of a story I heard about two fish who were swimming along one day when an older fish swam by them and said, “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” They shrugged and kept swimming until one fish turned to the other and said, “What the heck is water?”

The operating budget is kind of like the church’s water. It supports so much of what we do here that at times we take it for granted.

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Spirituality for the Long Haul

I’m still reflecting on the time spent with others from our congregation and friends from First Baptist at Duke Divinity school two weeks ago. It was a rich week of learning that left us inspired to continue our work together here.

The final day’s theme was “Spirituality for the Long Haul.” The work of God is hard and filled with disappointment, set backs and failures. Old and deep wounds do not heal over night, and opposition is never far away. Commitment to tending to the Kingdom of God requires an equal commitment to tending to your own soul.

Unfortunately, this is not something that comes natural to most of us. Neither will we find help from our surrounding culture; true spiritual self-care is at odds with our culture’s self-centeredness. 

Tending to our souls is something that requires discipline. As our facilitator pointed out, it requires an inward discipline toward prayer, study and self-examination. But also an outward discipline toward simplicity, solitude and service to others. And finally, it requires a “corporate” discipline of communing with others through worship, guidance and celebration. 

This last one struck me: the discipline of celebration.

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Family, Failure and Faith

A reasonable person might expect the lives of those early people called by God to carry out divine purpose in the world to be exemplary models of faithfulness, justice and morality. But this is far from what we find. Their stories run the gamut of human weakness, indiscretion, and even recklessness. 

In short, what we find are people.

People, with all their complexities, life-giving highs and devastating lows. People trying to find their way through life, being led by a God who was still new to them. People who make up families, modeling all the blessings and curses, the joys and disappointments that come with living within those bonds. 

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One Body, Many Members

The sermon text this past Sunday was Paul’s beautiful description of the church as a “body” from 1 Corinthians 12: For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.

It’s a powerful image, not only pointing to the variety of gifts within the congregation, but also to our shared commitment to one another. A perfect text for Pentecost, the Sunday each year when we celebrate the continued gift of the Holy Spirit that binds us together as God’s people. But also an opportunity for us to talk about stewardship.

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Update on Our Friends from FBC on New. St.

Many of you have been asking about what we have planned this year to continue our relationship with First Baptist Church on New St. 

After an eventful fall, highlighted by our joint series on race, racism and reconciliation, we’ve taken it a little slower thus far this year, focusing on our Easter egg hunt and being present at each other’s ministries and functions.

Several women from FBC came to our International Women’s Day celebration in March, and I represented our church a few weeks ago at Pastor Goolsby’s anniversary celebration. I also know of a handful of members who have connected for lunch or coffee with folks from New St. I hope this kind of relationship building will continue.

We’re still pulling together plans to serve together in different ways around the community this fall, but there are two happenings of note I’m happy to pass along.

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A Letter from the Church Council and Board of Deacons

Dear Church Family,

For some months, the Church Council and Board of Deacons have been involved in conversations about the extent to which persons of different sexualities and gender identities are included in the life of our church. We are writing to make you aware of those discussions and their resulting actions as well as to seek your thoughtful participation as we move forward together.

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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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