What is the Transfiguration?

What is the Transfiguration?

What does the bible say about the doctrine of the transfiguration? The word transfigured means, “to transform into something more beautiful or elevated.” In Matthew 17:1-8 and in Mark 9:1-13 we see the story of Jesus being transfigured on the Mount of Transfiguration. Jesus gives the disciples a snapshot of His glory. In the gospel account in Matthew it really begins in Matthew 16:28 where Jesus says, “Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.” The transfiguration of Jesus recorded in Matthew 17:1-8 is a fulfillment of that promise made by Jesus in Matthew 16:28. The bible says in Matthew 17:1 after 6 days Jesus takes the inner circle of disciples including Peter, James and John to a high mountain. That mountain was probably Mt. Hermon near Caesarea Philippi. Jesus was transfigured or transformed before their eyes. He was glorified as He is in heaven today.
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Helping Hands – Clearing the Disaster

Helping Hands – Clearing the Disaster

When our church organist, Charlton Bozard and his wife Sallie went to take their Sunday afternoon naps a few weeks ago, they didn’t know that it was going to be a near death experience. Sallie was in the bedroom and Charlton was in the den in his recliner. They heard the storm warnings on the televisions, so he walked back to their room to joke, “Maybe we should take naps in the bathtub.” Within five minutes of returning to his chair, the rain came in.

“Not rain start and get harder and harder and harder, but a solid wall of water,” Charlton recalls. “I hollered, ‘Here it comes!’ and then I saw green go down outside the back door.” He called Sallie to come look out the back door, to which Sallie replied. “Forget the yard, come look out the bedroom window!” Their neighbor’s tree had fallen and hit a tree on the corner of their yard. Then both of those trees fell on a huge oak tree in their yard, creating an entanglement of three large trees.

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Our Response of Sacrifice

Our Response of Sacrifice

Lesson on Romans 12:1-3 originally delivered on 4/22.

 

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • Romans has three movements
    1. Our condition without Christ
    2. God’s act of salvation
    3. Our response
  • Because of Romans 1-11, we should respond (Romans 12)
    1. Plea to lay down ourselves (V. 1)
      • The only thing we can really give is ourselves
        • Christ bids man to come and die
        • The condition of the life we offer matters
          • Leviticus 22:19-22
          • Ephesians 1:4, 5:27, Colossians 1:22
    2. Why we should respond this way (V. 2)
      • Conformity to the world happens without intentionality in the other direction
        • 2 Corinthians 4:18
          • We are called to the eternal
        • Hebrews 11:10
          • What can I do to turn my gaze to heaven?
      • The process is not the result
      • We know the will of God by laying ourselves down (Submitting to Him)
    3. How do I live God’s way?
      1. Think about ourselves correctly by immersing ourselves daily in the reality of who we are in Christ and who He is to us
      2. John 4:34 – Like Jesus, we must desire the will of the Father.
  • How is the Holy Spirit asking me to respond?

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Episode 13 : Importance of Scripture

Episode 13 : Importance of Scripture

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

Caroline and April talk about the importance of Scripture and read some of their favorite verses that they’ve heard commonly taken out of context. They also share about times that they’ve struggled through Scripture and manage to struggle through Scripture right in the middle of this podcast episode. They invite you to come struggle with them and explore the goodness and power of God’s word in this episode of the First Community Podcast.

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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.

The Way of Salvation

The Way of Salvation

Lesson on Romans 10 originally delivered on 4/15

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • Matthew 1:21
    • Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua (Yeshuah), His name means “Yahweh saves”
    • “For he will save his people from their sins”
  • We should be excited about our salvation
  • Obedience in the midst of relationship
    • Nehemiah 9:29
    • Romans 7:10
  • We need to be zealous for God as it relates to righteousness
  • Deuteronomy 30:11-14
    • God’s salvation, that which he offers, is not impossible through him.
  • Romans 10:9
    • Confessing and Believing
      • Confession of Christ is our public declaration of the Lordship of Christ in our lives
      • Belief details the heart — Our confession needs to be an inward expression of our hearts
  • 1 Corinthians 15:16-17
    • The resurrection means everything to the Christian faith.
    • Salvation is something we enter into and that propels us forward — Jesus satisfies
  • What does it mean to call on the name of the Lord?
    1. To recognize Christ as the only authority
    2. To know we have access to Him and He can do something about it.

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God’s Sovereign Mercy

God’s Sovereign Mercy

Lesson on Romans 9:19-24 Originally delivered on 4/8

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • Four Truths:
    1. Israel has the same standards for salvation as Gentiles (It is the Gentiles who are grafted in)
    2. Ethnic Israel’s failure to obey does not mean God/God’s Word has failed
    3. God has chosen to use Israel to bring about His specific will
    4. Because of this, we cannot charge that God is unjust
  • Justice depends on correctness
  • God’s Character
    • Hebrews 3:12-15, Colossians 2:8, Hebrews 12:25, Ezekiel 18:30-32, 2 Peter 3:9, 1 Timothy 2:4, Revelation 2:21, Romans 2:4
      • God is patient, wanting all to repent and hoping none perish
      • John 3:17, 1 Timothy 4:10
    • Now is the time for salvation
    • Our worth to God is not changed by what we do or do not do
    • Jeremiah 18:1-12
      • God’s standard does not change — Mercy comes with our obedience
    • V. 22-23: What if we don’t understand the application of His mercy
      • Now is the time for mercy and compassion
        • Joel 2:13, Jonah 3:10, 2 Timothy 2:21-22, Exodus 34:6-7, Ephesians 2:3-5
  • God does not harden someone’s heart unless they have first gone astray
  • Ultimately, God’s mercy comes from His love for us
    • Deuteronomy 7:7-8

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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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