First Baptist Church of Plymouth

"We are called by God towards unity"



December 3, 2017                Mark 13:24-37        “PAY ATTENTION!”
We are now a society of multi-taskers.  No one blinks an eye about the fact that we’re usually doing two or three things at the same time.  At this very moment, I’m not only working on a summary of Advent Sermons for the December Record, but on another laptop that is next to me, I’m uninstalling an anti-virus program so that I can install another onto the laptop. With so many things to do in our lives, it’s sometimes hard to give the proper amount of attention to important things going on in our lives. Christ warns his disciples to stay alert to God’s presence in their lives, and to not lose sight of our calling.

December 10, 2017              Mark 1:1-8        “NOT WHO YOU EXPECT”
Sometimes we have our own ideas of the kind of people who will be used by God to share important information with us and to lead us in important activities.  Jesus reminds his disciples that God uses all kinds of different people, even those who we least expect, to do the work of the Kingdom.   We need to set aside our preconceptions and biases, and pay attention to all God’s creation to hear messages from God.

December 17, 1027              Luke 1:46b-55        “BLESSED ALL T TIME”
In the Magnificat, Mary expresses how she feels that she has been blessed by God because she was carrying the Christ child in her womb.  She focuses on the presence of God in her life, rather than on the challenges she might face being single and pregnant.  This inevitably leads to a question: Do we, as God’s people, give thanks for the blessings in our lives even though we are also facing many challenges?

December 24, 2017                Luke 1:26-38        “NOTHING WILL BE IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD!”
One of the greatest blessings of Christmas is the fact that we are reminded that with God, nothing is impossible.  Like Mary, we are regularly confronted with issues and problems that are, from a human perspective, insurmountable.  We have no idea how we are going to handle these issues.  We fret over the potential consequences.  Yet as the Angel Gabriel reminded Mary, God is greater than any challenge we’ll ever have to face in our earthly existence.  Therefore, we need to place our trust and our faith in God, not just during the holiday season, but throughout the year.

December 31, 2017    –    A New Year’s Surprise!


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