Category: Life at First

National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Noon – 1:00
Boyce Chapel

National Day of Prayer Prayer Guide Preview

“Until we all attain the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:13

Government
Pray for our local, state and national leaders. Ask God to grant them wisdom, discernment, and hearts that are open to His leading. Ask God to give them unity of purpose for the good of our country.

Church
Pray for the Churches and Church leaders throughout our nation and in your community. Ask God to preserve and protect them, as He inspires and empowers them to equip His “Saints” for ministry. Pray for unity in our churches.

Military
Pray for our Military and it’s leaders. Pray for God to grant courage, protection, and strength for them and their families.

Family
Pray for families in our nation, your state, and throughout your community. Pray for the Lord to protect and strengthen marriages, encourage parents, and bring healing to relationships. Pray for unity in our families.

Education
Pray for God’s presence in our schools, colleges, and universities. Ask Him to select teachers and administrators who honor His statutes and protect our children. Pray for teachers, administrators and families to work together for the benefit of our students.

What is Hermeneutics?

What is Hermeneutics?

Hermen…what?

My first semester in seminary involved a lot of crying. Yes, it was a lot of spiritual stretching and loads of work but mainly I could not understand what my professor was saying in class. Half of the words I heard were either Greek, English, or Hebrew, so it made the class even more difficult. Hermeneutics was one of those words that I had no idea what it meant. Not only was it a foreign word to me, but it was going to be a class I needed to take my first semester. I quickly learned what Hermeneutics meant and discovered that the class was going to be the best and most helpful class I would ever take in my schooling.

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Sunday Lunch Blog : Freshe Poke

Sunday Lunch Blog : Freshe Poke

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Freshe Poke -1102 Huger St, Columbia, SC 

Freshe Poke is one of those places that kind of does for sushi what Chipotle, Moe’s, etc. have done for the burrito, which is deconstructed the rolled food, put it into a bowl, and make it choose your own ingredients fast food style. Just as burrito places were taking over around ten years ago, now is the age of the sushi bowl. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.
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Episode 12 : Missions with Zach Pippin

Episode 12 : Missions with Zach Pippin

Welcome to the First Community Podcast where we talk about life and faith with our First Baptist Family.

Caroline and April get to talk with Zach Pippin about working in the government, mission trips, and the importance of forming a relationship with communities you serve around the world and frequently returning to those locations. Hear the impressive story of how Zach made it to Haiti his first time and tales from subsequent visits. Find out ways that you can get involved with missions at First by listening below.

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What is Propitiation?

What is Propitiation?

What we believe about God and the Bible is important. Throughout the history of Southern Baptists we have done a good job with evangelism, but have failed in discipleship. The word doctrine simply means, “A set of beliefs held by a church.” One of the most important doctrines of our faith is the doctrine of propitiation. The word propitiation is found 4 times in the New American Standard Bible. It is used in Romans 3:25, Hebrews 2:17, I John 2:2 and I John 4:10. The Greek word used for propitiation in the Greek New Testament is hilasmos and hilasterion as a noun. According to Dr. John F. Walvoord the word propitiation means, “The biblical doctrine embodying the concept that the death of Christ fully satisfied the demand of a righteous God in respect to judgment upon the sinner.” God is holy and just, because of that fact He must have a suitable sacrifice for sin that will satisfy His holiness. Only Jesus can meet the satisfaction of God’s demand for a pure sacrifice for our sin. When John the Baptist saw Jesus coming to him for baptism, he said in John 1:36, “and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and said, Behold, the Lamb of God.” Jesus is not just a lamb sacrifice, but He is the Lamb of God. Only that Lamb can atone for sin and satisfy God’s righteous holiness. God has judged my sins at the cross. When I accept His offer of salvation my sins not in part, but all of them are forgiven. In Romans 3:25 it says, “Whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;” The text in Hebrews 2:17 using the word propitiation says, “Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.” The doctrine of propitiation tells me that Jesus is my merciful and faithful high priest.

Let me close by looking at perhaps the greatest verse in the Bible on propitiation. In I John 2:2 it says, “and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.” Jesus is the suitable sacrifice for my sin, but also for the sin of the world. H.G. Spafford and P.P. Bliss said it wonderfully in the hymn, “It is Well with My Soul,” when in verse 3 it reads, “My sin oh the bliss of this glorious thought, My sin not in part, but the whole, is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!”

Blessings,

Rev. Richard Humphries
Pastoral Care & Sr. Adult Minister

Episode 11 : Serving with the Raybons

Episode 11 : Serving with the Raybons

Welcome to the First Community Podcast where we talk about life and faith with our First Baptist Family.

Caroline and April get to talk with Jim and Ada Raybon and hear about all of the areas of ministry that they’ve served at First Baptist since joining in 1975. They are a true example of commitment, both in the church and to each other. Find out what it takes to make a marriage happy, successful, and sold out to Jesus, despite the obstacles and road blocks that life throws in the way. Have fun with Jim and Ada by listening below.

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Sunday Lunch Blog : Blaze Pizza

Sunday Lunch Blog : Blaze Pizza

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Blaze Pizza -275 Park Terrace Dr Columbia, SC 

Ok, so Blaze Pizza is a chain, but it’s a chain that I’ve decided that I really like. The “make your pizza in front of you” restaurants are popping up all over the place, just like frozen yogurt stores were a few years ago, so it can be difficult to know which one has the best taste for your buck. Before going to see a movie with some friends from the First Young Professionals group, we decided to grab dinner. I had had a tumultuous few days and played no part in the decision making, but pizza sounded as good as anything.  Continue reading →

Episode 10 : Reading The Bible Through Neuroscience

Episode 10 : Reading The Bible Through Neuroscience

Welcome to the First Community Podcast where we talk about life and faith with our First Baptist Family.

Why don’t we hear God’s voice like God’s ancient people (Old Testament Israelites) did? Has God quit speaking or have we quit listening? Does our culture impact the way that we hear, see, and interact with God? Or maybe it’s the way our brains are wired? Caroline and April discuss these questions raised by James Kugel, Professor Emeritus in the Bible Department at Bar Ilan University in Israel through an article in The Atlantic, “Reading the Bible Through Neuroscience.” You can read the article here.

What are your thoughts? Join the discussion by commenting in the comments section at the bottom of this page or head over to Facebook and comment on this article.

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Episode 9 : Hanging with Brittany Odom

Episode 9 : Hanging with Brittany Odom

Welcome to the First Community Podcast where we talk about life and faith with our First Baptist Family.

Caroline and April hang out with Brittany Odom and discuss all kinds of stuff such as Brittany’s call to Student Ministry, how it led her to First Baptist and now Ben Lippen to be an English teacher, the importance of Christian community, personality types, and April and Caroline get really self conscious about their English speaking skills.

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