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 Halo Effect

I recently read about Canadian study called The Halo Project that sought to measure the impact of faith communities to the common good in “quantitative monetary terms.” As the authors note, typically studies “have focused on qualitative contributions that congregations make to the cultural, spiritual, and social well-being of the communities that surround them.” But they wondered about the impact in hard numbers. Their finds were surprising.

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Sighs Too Deep for Words

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 

-Romans 8:26-27

“For we do not know how to pray as we ought.”

I have found myself turning to these words of the Apostle Paul too often recently. There have simply been so many disasters, tragedies, injustices and acts of violence that have rendered inadequate my capacity for prayer. 

This week began with yet another horrendous mass shooting, this time in Las Vegas.

Lord, have mercy.

My thoughts this morning have drifted in three directions which have helped me to focus my attention. Perhaps they’ll be of some use to you.

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Ear Worm Spiritual Formation

This is Billy’s first year in children’s choir and so over the past week we’ve gotten our first taste of an experience with which many of you are well acquainted. We’ve had the CD of all the songs they’ll be learning this fall on loop in the car, and I can’t get them out of my head.

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Who We'll Be the Next Day

It’s hard to put this past month in the life of our church into words. We’ve had good, hard conversations about inclusion, scripture and the church. We’ve heard powerful testimonies from some of our own. We’ve learned about each other and who we are as a congregation; what binds us together, as well as the differences among us. And of course, all of this came to a head on Sunday with our vote. It has been a remarkable journey, and one that has left us with some tenderness. But I’m proud of where we’ve come together.

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Hopes for Sunday and Beyond, guest blogger Bonnie Chappell

We are standing on the edge of a big decision, and that has brought with it an understandable measure of anxiety. I hope that naming our fears and hopes—hearing that many others share them—has given you a measure of peace about Sunday’s vote.

Many of us have worried about the potential of a vote on same-sex marriage to divide us. This fear has prevented many churches from having conversations like these at all. But here we all are, having spent time in a room together for three consecutive weeks, discussing openly how God might be calling us to something new. These conversations have been hard, but I am struck by how healthy it feels to have let everything out into the open air.

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Remarks for Macon Unity

Monday evening, James Goolsby and I had the privilege of speaking as part of an anti-white supremacy rally in downtown Macon to "stand with Charlottesville and walk with Macon." A crowd of some 500 people gathered in a spirit of anger and frustration, but also hope and love. it was good to be there with many members of our two congregations (including Judge Verta Colvin, who also spoke). Here are the remarks I gave:

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Grant Us Wisdom, Grant Us Courage

So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus.

Matthew 14:29

 

The guiding metaphor in the sermon on Sunday was stepping out of the boat to meet Christ in the storm. Given the conversations we’re having as a church, and the events of the weekend, it turned out to be an especially potent image.

Sunday morning we assembled as the faithful to once again find our voice and the presence of God against disturbing and distressing images of racial violence, this time out of Charlottesville. It was good for me to be in that place with you, as we lifted up our cries of lament for the ugliness we see in the world, but also confessed our own individual and cooperate sins in creating a climate in which that sort of hate would feel so empowered.

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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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