Newsletter | September 30, 2020

Drvie-Thru Wedding SHower

Drive-thru Wedding Shower Honoring Lacy Lewis and Johnny Brown

Saturday, October 10, 2020, 3:00-4:00 PM
First Baptist Church Parking Lot

Enter church parking lot from McLendon Street
Follow signs to greet Lacy and Johnny

Please remain in your vehicle

Gift Registry
Belk, Walmart, Target

Giving as of September 30, 2020

Budget for 2020 . . . . . . . .  $326,787.00
Tithes Needed to Date . . .  $232,521.69
Received to Date . . . . . . . . $191,803.81

Needed for weekly budget . . . . . . $6,284.37
Tithes Received this week . . . . . . . $1,733.52

Mission Ga Offering

The Mission Georgia Offering Emphasis represents the collaborative efforts of 3,600 Georgia Baptist churches to do what Jesus Christ commands His followers to do – love our neighbors and serve the vulnerable.

Our church goal for the GA Mission Offering: $1500.00
Taken up so far: $150.00

From our Family and Music minister

One of the strongest leaders in the Bible was Moses. Moses was born Jewish, and as an infant, was put into a basket by his mother to save his life. He was found by found Pharaoh’s daughter, who adopted him and raised him in the palace. However, his life took a turn when he killed a slave master and fled. Moses then became a farmer and got married with kids; but when he was around 80 years old, God called on Moses to be used as a vessel to save the Israelites.  

Moses may not have realized it at the time, but God would use the experiences in his life to rescue God’s people.  As Moses was out minding his own business one day, he came across a bush that was covered in flames but was not burning up. When Moses went to take a closer look, God spoke to him. 

God commanded Moses to take off his sandals, for he was on holy ground. Holy means “set apart for God”. In the ancient Middle East, where this story took place, taking off your shoes was a cultural sign of respect and humility. God was making Moses aware that he was in the presence of God and was being set apart for a task.

As Christians, God has called us to be set apart. Because we have been saved from our sin through the blood of Christ, we are different. That means we should stand out in a society that is full of sin. God does not want us to live up to the standards our friends have for us. He wants us to live with Jesus as our example. We should strive to live as He did.

Secondly, just as God called Moses, we are called by God. Jesus was very clear to believers in His command in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you . . .” God is calling us to step up for Him. He isn’t asking. This isn’t an option. If God tells us to do something, we must do it!

Finally, if God is sending us, then we have no valid excuse to not go.  Nevertheless, Moses came up with plenty of excuses:

". . .Who am I . . ." Exodus 3:11
". . . they will not believe me or listen to my voice . . ." Exodus 4:1
". . . I am slow of speech and tongue . . ." Exodus 4:10
". . . Oh, my Lord, please send someone else . . ." Exodus 4:13

God knew what He was doing, but Moses still felt like he wasn’t good enough. When we compare ourselves to others, we might feel like God would be better off using anyone else but us.  But, if we look at Moses’ life, he was raised in a palace, and he understood the royal political structure. Even though Moses didn’t see it, we can see how he would be qualified to fulfill God’s task.

When God calls us, we may feel unequipped, inadequate, or can only see the ways we could fail; but that is not what God sees when He looks at us! He sees someone He designed to be set apart, someone who He has called, someone who needs to stop giving excuses and just needs to be ready to go!


Carl Hobbs, the teacher for Christians Under Construction, is teaching live on Facebook each Sunday at 9:30 AM. Everyone is welcome to join.

To Join: Search for Carl Hobbs on Facebook. You will then see a link to join on his page.

Call Jonathan if you have any issues.