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February 18, 2018 - Message/Ministry in Song: The Journey of a Worshipper

posted Feb 20, 2018, 6:00 AM by Grant Garber

We would like to thank Tim for coming and sharing his story with us!

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Tim Kaufman

February 11, 2018 - Love’s Imperative - Romans 13:8-10

posted Feb 20, 2018, 5:55 AM by Grant Garber

Jack Doyle | Romans 13:8-10

February 4, 2018 - Am I Ready for Communion? - 1 Corinthians 11:23-29

posted Feb 20, 2018, 5:52 AM by Grant Garber

Mike Nottingham | 1 Corinthians 11:23-29

January 28, 2018 - On Purpose - Romans 8:26-29

posted Feb 20, 2018, 5:47 AM by Grant Garber

Tom Logue | Romans 8:26-29 (NASB)

January 21, 2018 - A Righteous Heart - Part 1 - Matthew 15:17-20; 38-39

posted Jan 23, 2018, 12:15 PM by Grant Garber

  1. Background
    • Searching for a Savior but tied to tradition.
  2. Matthew 15:17-20
    • Jesus sets the standard for righteousness.
  3. Matthew 15:38-39
    • Righteous response to attack on personal dignity.

January 7, 2018 - Dedication Prayer of Pastoral Servants

posted Jan 20, 2018, 5:42 PM by Grant Garber   [ updated Feb 3, 2018, 8:29 AM by FBCrin Booth ]

Upon the retirement of Pastor Jim at the end of 2017, FBC finds itself in the position of searching for a new lead pastor.
In the interim, five lay leaders have volunteered to fill the pulpit and assume pastoral duties until God reveals His choice
for our new pastor.  On January 7, 2018, a dedication ceremony was held for these lay leaders, our Minister of Music,
and our new Family Minister.  The following prayer of dedication was offered as part of this service.  We share it here
in hopes that, in addition to ministering to our own church family, it may provide inspiration and guidance for you,
wherever you are in your walk with the Lord.

      On this day of dedication, O Holy God, we raise our spirits to You and ask Your blessing upon us.  As we remember our true calling--to serve and glorify You, we thank You , and ask for You to bless in a mighty way, all those in our church who minister to us.  Those in the church office who work tirelessly;  the support staff and volunteers who keep our buildings safe and beautiful; for our technicians who help us hear and see during worship;  our dedicated teachers and small group leaders who present Your Word with warmth, humor and grace; for our dedicated professional staff--special protection and favor we pray for Rex and Tim; thank you for Caryl, whose music leads us to worship You;  those volunteers on the committees and  boards, and those are chairing our boards  who comprise the Board of Managers - be present in all meetings that have oversight - grant them wisdom as well as skill and knowledge. We thank You for these mentioned ; but also for all who perform the "behind the scene" deeds to help weave this church together in strength. For their steady and quiet work we say thank you to them, and to You for Your provision of them. Bless all those who minister here in any way, Sunday after Sunday, to Your purpose and for the glory of Your name.


     Holy God, We know You hold a special charge to leaders in Your church.  We come to You now asking a special outpouring of love and grace on these 5 men who have answered Your call to service in ministering to this congregation.  They have been faithful and honest through prayer and are willing to give of themselves during this interim to lead us.  We the congregation can have peace, knowing they will be diligent in service, because we have seen them in action before, and have received the benefits of their service in times past. We know they will be creative in thought, and open to Your leading. We know their words will be formed by Your Word, and they will be strengthened by worship. Thank You Holy Father for these men! They are hopeful in their outlook, and they are joyous in practice! We know they will do all within their power, and with Your grace, to be faithful to the tasks to which You have called them. May You anoint them with  physical strength, courage, compassion, joy, and wisdom in the tasks before them.


Loving God, with You as our strength, may we as a congregation, commit ourselves to joining these men in being the Church-gathering for worship, prayer, and study and then scattering for witness, love and service. May Your strength of purpose be upon us all, and may we find the call for our own rededication to the life and faith in Christ.  During this time of renewal, help us to grow. We ask you, Holy God, to bless the spiritual health of our whole congregation. Let Love abound! Give us a spirit of devotion to Your people and move us to cling to one another in times of gladness and affliction.  Thank You for those who came before us in this place- building the building, furnishing it down to hymn books in pews. Let us not take for granted all the hopes and cares so many have poured into this congregation.


Help us now run with patience the race that is before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.  Faithful God, give us Your sustaining power, and grant us the strengthening presence of the Holy Spirit in whatever challenges await us. It is through  Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior we pray, Amen.

"May All Who Come Behind Us Find Us Faithful"

January 7, 2018 - Moving Forward by Faith - Hebrews 11:1-3,6

posted Jan 20, 2018, 5:40 PM by Grant Garber

  • Faith is Defined
  • Faith is Demonstrated
  • Faith is Tested
  • Faith is Rewarded
Jack Doyle | Hebrews 11:1-3,6

December 31, 2017 - A Fresh Start - Acts 16:22-34

posted Jan 20, 2018, 5:37 PM by Grant Garber

Wouldn’t it be great to get a fresh start in 2018? To feel like it’s really going to be different, to know that even if disasters occur, as they are bound to, even if the weather is unpredictable and even if aches and pains flare up once again, in spite of that sameness and routine, wouldn’t it be great if each day felt like a breath of fresh air, and you could greet each day with a smile on your face and joy in your heart?
  1. Bow Down.
    • The jailer was no longer bowing down in fear, but in faith.
    • On the Last Day every knee will bow before Jesus. The question is: Will people bow down in fear or faith, in anxiety or joy, in humiliation or happiness?
    • Get a fresh start this New Year in the name of Jesus and bow down like the Bethlehem shepherds, the Magi and the jailer, not in fear but in faith.
  2. Speak Up.
    • The jailer started each day fresh in the name of Jesus, speaking up openly about the joy that comes only from Jesus, whose name isn’t just a label but summarizes His reputation, “Savior”.
    • Those who push Jesus aside in this life will have to acknowledge Him in the next.
    • Sharing good news about victory has nothing to do with whether you are an introvert or extrovert, nothing to do with whether you are a private person or the life of the party. The good news about victory simply pops out.
    • Get a fresh start this New Year in the name of Jesus, and speak up.
  3. Work Out.
    • The jailer continued to live out his salvation because God was working in him to will and act for God’s good purposes.
    • Let’s get a fresh start this New Year in the name of Jesus and work out, exercise our faith.
One day we’ll look back on 2017 as “so many years ago”, and I pray we will always remember it as the year you, I, and First Baptist Church of Richmond got a fresh start in the name of Jesus!

Pastor Jim Spon | Acts 16:22-34

December 24, 2017 - Immanuel -- Hope - Galatians 4:4-7

posted Dec 29, 2017, 10:25 AM by Grant Garber

“A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.”
  • We all need hope desperately.
  • Today there are definitely false teachers and philosophies which try to take away our hope and offer other saviors besides Jesus, our true Savior.
    • Moralism
    • Rationalism
    • Romanticism
    • Pragmatism
  • We have hope because at just the right time, at just the right place, and among just the right people who were guided and protected by God’s Law which was their guardian and tutor, God sent His Son.
  • God sent His Son Jesus to become a human being just like every one of us, that is, born of a woman, and born under the Law.
  • God sent His Son to free us from the Law.
  • Paul reminds us that we have hope because the set time for all of us came when God sent His Son, born of the Virgin Mary, born under the Law, to redeem us from slavery to sin and death, and make us free, holy, and justified children of God.
  • As a child of God, we have Jesus’ Spirit who calls God “Abba, Father.”
  • Since we are God’s children, we are also heirs to a heavenly inheritance in God’s kingdom.
Advent Series
Pastor Jim Spon | Galatians 4:4-7

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