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.

Drawing the Story to a Close

Hard as it was to hear, Sunday’s sermon text from 2 Samuel 11 on David, Bathsheba, and her husband Uriah, is an important reminder that scripture does not turn its eyes from the harshness of this world and the devastating lows of human experience. Scripture looks at the depth of these things head on. If anything, it is we who blink.

All the same, as I mentioned Sunday, I appreciate your willingness to wade out into such deep waters on a Sunday in July.

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Broken Hallelujah

We’re drawing near the conclusion of our summer sermon series on the story of David, which we’ve been calling, Holy, Broken Hallelujah. This coming Sunday we arrive at the “broken” part.

David and Bathsheba.

Or rather, David, Bathsheba, and Uriah, her husband. Walter Brueggemann claims this is “the moment of no return” in the story of Israel. “Innocence is never to be retrieved.”

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Blest Be the Tie

One of my favorite things about my role here at the church is that I get to know everyone at least a little bit.

I love being able to look out over the sanctuary each Sunday and know everyone there who’s not a visitor. And not just know who you are, but in most cases know something about you: where you’ve been, what you’re doing, what’s going on in your life. It’s a tremendous joy and honor and I take it very seriously.

But there are also times when I forget that not everyone in our congregation is afforded these same relationships!

While I think our congregation does a good job of providing ways for folks to interact with and get to know each other, it’s inevitably the case that we move in different circles and while we might recognize faces or names, we don’t know everyone as well as we might like—and others don’t know us. It's also true that we've welcomed a number of new people among us one the past couple of years and we're all still getting to know each other.

Our combined adult Sunday school offering this summer aims to help us in this.

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A Follow-Up from Sunday

As I mentioned in Sunday’s sermon, Julie and I, along with a handful of others from our congregation, were in Dallas, TX last week for the annual General Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF).

As I hope was made clear in the sermon, I thought it was a very good week. Attendance was strong, programming was thoughtful, worship was engaging.

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Changes in Communication Rhythms

By now many of you may have noticed that you haven’t received the May edition of the monthly High-Lites—we know you anxiously await it the first Saturday of every month! Well, I hope it won’t disappoint you too much to learn that no May edition is forthcoming. In fact, the monthly High-Lites are going on an extended hiatus.

It was about three years ago that we adjusted out weekly and monthly communication rhythms here at the church, moving from a weekly mailed newsletter to a weekly email and monthly mailing. Several of you also continued to receive a weekly mailed version of the email.

This was all done in an effort to increase points of contact through the week by meeting folks more where they increasingly are, which is online, as well as provide space for more “story based” news in the monthly mailing. We’ve used that mailing to report back from retreats and mission trips, and tell stories about different ministries and happenings at the church. Recently, Susan Broome has interviewed different members as part of a series we called “I Am FBCX.”

There were many successes in this change in rhythm, especially with regard to the email, which is widely read and has proven an effective tool. But we’ve also realized we’ve lost some things as well.

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In their book, The Leading Causes of Life: Five Fundamentals to Change the Way You Live Your Life, Gary Gunderson and Larry Pray, argue that our culture is obsessed with death.

Gunderson and Pray both work within the Methodist hospital system in Memphis, helping healthcare providers seek a more holistic approach to care. The title of their book might suggest a kind of gushy “self-help” approach, but it is anything but.

Their premise is simple: too often in our approach to challenges, suffering, and trauma, we we focus on death and work backward. Instead we should focus on life and work forward. For instance, for centuries, western medicine has be rooted in the identifying and treating of disease, yet in recent times the focus has shifted toward creating an environment for health. “Life,” they insist, “has a language. If we are to find ourselves on this violent, troubled planet, we just learn the language of life. Then we can tune our ears to it, so that we can choose life instead of death.”

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Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, Holy, Holy. 

Not only was this our final hymn at Sunday’s dedication of the Joan Stockstill Godsey Organ, but it was also the overwhelming feeling in the room as we sang it. 

It was a beautiful evening of church we had together Sunday, honoring one of our most faithful and beloved members, and celebrating this instrument which will surely be the cornerstone of our worship at First Baptist for generations to come. It was also heartening to so see so many friends and neighbors from around the community among us. The fullness of the music emanating from the beautiful new pipes was matched only be the number of people in our pews (sans cushions!). 

As ever, we’re so grateful for Bryan Shelburne, who recorded Sunday’s dedication. Be on the lookout for that audio as it is made available.

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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



511 High Place
Macon, GA 31201
Directions to FBCX

Telephone: 1.478.742.6485

Email: office@fbcxmacon.org

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