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.

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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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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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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