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In this final Sunday of Advent, we consider the extreme faith and submission of Mary. Mary is visited by the angel Gabriel and told that her life is about to dramatically change. His news must have been disturbing and filled with uncertainty. May we be challenged to live in the same sort of all-out trust in God’s movement in our lives.Full Live Str…
 
In this season of Advent, we celebrate the coming of Jesus. In Isaiah 40, the prophet reminds the people that God deeply desires to rescue them. The prophet declares that God is making a highway to rescue us, we are incapable of our own rescue (we are grass), and God’s promise is good news for us.Full Live Stream Video K-2nd Grade 3rd-5th Grade…
 
Advent is the season of waiting, yearning for God to show up. The Old Testament prophets lived in the tension of two truths. God is able to deliver His people. Yet, His people are in terrible shape. Are they beyond repair? Why would God respond to a people so far gone? It is in this tension that Isaiah calls for God to respond. In Isaiah 64, Isaiah…
 
The psalmist in chapter 107 instructs the reader to thank God for his intense love and marvelous deeds. Too often, we go about our days neglecting to give God credit for who He is and what he has done. As we consider this text, we are challenged to live lives with a thankful heart.Full Live Stream Video K-2nd Grade 3rd-5th Grade…
 
Jesus uses tangible, visible illustrations to remind us of God’s provision in our lives. The birds of the air and the plants in the fields (flowers and grass) have all they need. Our Father cares for them and provides for them. As far more valuable creations, we can trust God to care for us. Jesus instructs us to relinquish our worry and place our …
 
As we continue in our series on the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus challenges our motivation in giving and praying. Are we doing righteous acts to highlight our spirituality. Are we attempting to impress those around us or are we simply focused on pleasing God. As we study Matthew 6:1-6, we are challenged by Jesus instructions to act in secret.Full Liv…
 
As Paul closes his letter to the church at Philippi. He reflects on the provisions received from Epaphroditus. He is careful to express his gratitude to God without encouraging a patron relationship that was so common in the first century. We can learn much from Paul’s understanding of financial support for spiritual leaders.Full Live Stream Video…
 
As Paul instructs the church at Philippi to resist anxiety and accept the peace of God, he urges them to consider what they observe and meditate upon. He urges them to consider all that is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. As we consider these descriptions, we are challenged to do the same.Full Live Stream Vi…
 
Paul’s imprisonment is a difficult life circumstance; he is not sure if he will make it out alive. All the while, the church at Philippi is struggling with persecution and false teachers. It is into this context that Paul instructs the church to avoid anxiety by presenting their petitions to God. He assures them that God’s peace will overwhelm them…
 
As we flip over to chapter 4 in our Philippians study, Paul addresses the church with deep affection. He then calls out two women who seem to be in conflict with one another. Paul realizes how quickly a church family can be divided and destroyed. We can learn much from these words as we consider how we function at First Baptist Church Muncie.Full L…
 
Paul has learned to reframe his perspective. He looks past his current circumstances and looks forward to God’s ultimate plan to rescue and redeem His people. Like running a race, Paul has his eye on the finish line. Paul goes a step further and urges the church at Philippi to follow his example in this.Full Live Stream Video K-2nd Grade Sunday Sch…
 
Paul calls out the methods of false teachers, highlights his resume in light of their tactics, but quickly crumbles it up and throws it away. He then calls the church at Philippi to take a different approach, one of knowing Jesus. Knowing Jesus involves giving up, laying down, joining Him in his sufferings. But in doing this, we will also be able t…
 
The final verses in Philippians 2 (19-30) could be seen as minor instructions pertaining to Paul’s companions. They give an indication of how Paul plans to send these fellow servants back to Philippi. But as we dig a bit deeper, we discover powerful descriptions that point us toward faithful service to Christ. These verses help us examine how we mi…
 
Paul’s desire to please God far outweighs his desire for his own comfort, status, or reputation. He challenges the church at Philippi to have the same sort of mindset. In Philippians 2:12-18, Paul urges them to work out how to please God in the midst of difficult situations. In the same way, we must consider this dynamic in our lives. Who are we tr…
 
Paul turns from a discussion about his imprisonment to instruction to the church at Philippi. He prompts them to reflect on the ways in which they have benefited from Christ and encourages them to model the posture of Christ. He bids them to relinquish selfish ambition and vanity in order to take on humility and an others first mindset. In doing th…
 
As Paul writes to the church at Philippi, he is imprisoned with an uncertain fate. Yet in this letter, he expresses joy and trust that God will provide deliverance. But in Paul’s mind, deliverance does not necessarily mean an improvement in circumstances. It might be death. Paul relentless trust in God in every circumstance prompts us to consider o…
 
As we begin our study in Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi, we consider how he re-frames the difficult circumstances of his imprisonment as well as other church problems. Paul is filled with joy in the midst of a chaotic world. He is sure that God is working and moving in the difficult situations at hand. As we consider the troublesome days o…
 
Jesus’ instructions to non-retaliation are perhaps the most difficult words in the Sermon on the Mount. Our concern for justice often serves as an excuse to give people what they deserve. Yet Jesus proposes a radical, generous, forgiving posture toward those who mistreat us.Full Live Stream Video Music Videos Pre-K Sunday School K-2nd Grade Sunday …
 
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus forbids his followers from swearing. In the Kingdom of God, we are called to live lives of raw honesty in the light of world that devalues commitments. We should not escalate our words in order to heighten our level of honesty. We should live lives of simple honesty in all we say and do.Full Live Stream Video Music…
 
Marriage and divorce are important and complicated issues throughout the Bible. Jesus exposes the permissiveness of the first century religious leaders in regards to divorce. He raises the standard for marriage and reconciliation. As we discuss the issue of divorce, we survey other parts of the New Testament for a more complete understanding of thi…
 
This has not been an easy year. With the COVID-19 Pandemic, the economic implications of the pandemic, along with the recent events surrounding the tragic death of George Floyd, our world seems out of control. At the same time, voices from all directions are speaking. How do we know who is telling the truth and who is twisting the narrative for the…
 
Jesus calls his followers to radical adherence to the Law. More than just remaining in the bounds of rules, Jesus prompts us to stop sin at the source. In Matthew 5:27-30, Jesus directs us away from lust and calls us to submit our eyes and hands to him as we seek to love one another.Full Live Stream Video Music Videos Pre-K Sunday School K-2nd Grad…
 
In Matthew 5:17-20, Jesus warns against throwing out the Old Testament in light of his life and ministry. Rather, Jesus explains his fulfillment of the Old Testament. As we read all of God’s story, from Genesis to Revelation, through the lens of Jesus, we discover how Jesus completes what God plan to restore his creation.Full Live Stream Video Musi…
 
On Mother’s Day, we take a break from the Sermon on the Mount series to travel a bit further back in time. We reflect on the story of Samuel’s mother, Hannah. As a barren woman she was grief stricken. God comes to her in her brokenness and provides a child. Through this story, we learn much about what it means to be a mother. At the same time, we a…
 
The familiar passage about salt and light is often simplified into Jesus’ followers serving as moral influencers in our broken world. Yet the story of God provides a greater calling for us. We are created by God in His image and called to be a kingdom of priests in our world. As we explore several passages throughout God’s story, we can read Matthe…
 
As we come once again to the passage we call The Beatitudes, we consider how counter cultural and counter religious Jesus’ description of his followers might seem. Yet as we explore why Jesus must have opened his sermon with this description, we begin to rethink spiritual success.Music Videos We have several videos for you this week. We would sugge…
 
As we prepare for our study on the Sermon on the Mount, we explore how to read this ever important section of Matthew’s gospel. Too often, we attempt to redefine Jesus’ words in light of the ethical systems of our day. Instead, we need to understand Jesus as the authoritative Messiah who is forming a people to fulfill the mission of God in the worl…
 
It is Resurrection Sunday and we gather to celebrate the Risen Christ. We will explore Mark and Matthew’s accounts to get a full picture of the story. Because of the Risen Christ, death is defeated and the Kingdom of God can be established.Music Videos Pre-K Sunday School K-2nd Grade Sunday School 3rd-5th Sunday School Live Stream Recording If you …
 
As we begin Holy Week, we will walk through the story of Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion. Jesus’ control and determination to fulfill his mission are stunning. He could have called it off at any point. Yet, he willingly steps into pain, suffering, humiliation in order to rescue us.Music Videos Pre-K Sunday School K-2nd Grade Sunday School 3rd-5th Sun…
 
As we venture with Jesus into the Garden of Gethsemane, we explore Jesus’ courageous prayer in contract to the failings of the disciples. We consider how God might be calling us to surrender to his will rather than following our own.Videos from Molly and Julie (organ) Videos from Caleb Rolling Pre-K Sunday School K-2nd Grade Sunday School 3rd-5th S…
 
In this video podcast, our pastor addresses the congregation at First Baptist Church in Muncie in the wake of the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic. As we explore the Bible’s teaching around fear, anxiety, and peace, we remember God’s instruction to trust and rely on Him alone. We often see how fear and faith live in contrast to one another. May God provid…
 
The season of Epiphany ends with the story of the Transfiguration. In this story Jesus turns toward the Cross. On this dynamic occasion, Jesus takes Peter, James and John with him to the top of mountain. There they experience an impressive display of God’s power, along with an affirmation of Jesus’ identity. The Transfiguration reminds us of God’s …
 
In the season of Valentine’s Day, we think a lot about hearts. In Matthew 5:21-37, Jesus is not talking about romantic love. He calls us to examine our hearts in terms of sin. As we continue our study on Jesus’ words, we are challenged to allow God to do the inner work of transforming our hearts. Adjusting our actions is impossible without a change…
 
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