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 →

God’s Salvation – Part 5

God’s Salvation – Part 5

Lesson on Romans 7 Originally delivered on 3/4

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • Dead to the Law
    • Death alters the law
    • Since we have died to sin, we have also died to legalism
      • We have been released from the law, so we can serve in newness of spirit
    • The law reveals sin. Through the law, we can recognize our sin.
      • Colossians 3:5
      • We live with a tension of His will vs. Our sinful nature
      • We need to know when we miss the mark
        • Leviticus 18:5, Psalm 19:7-10, Ezekiel 20:11
    • Sin has kills me, not the Law
      • Sin took advantage of the Law
      • The Law is what it has always been (A good thing), but sin creeps in and entices us to break the law. (V. 13)
  • The Conflict of Two Natures
    • Christians are a hybrid of created and fallen man — we have experiential knowledge of good and evil and we’ve been reconciled to God through faith.
    • There’s a tension — my inner self wants to do right, but my sinful nature holds me back.
    • V. 25 should encourage us

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God’s Salvation – Part 4

God’s Salvation – Part 4

Lesson Originally delivered on 2/25

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • What now?
    • We’ve died to sin, how can we still live in it? Doing so would be hypocritical.
    • We have a personal responsibility for ministry
    • We’ve been baptized into Christ’s death
      • Mark 10:38, Luke 12:50
      • We who have died no longer rejoice in sin – we have a newness of life (V. 4)
        • As we place out faith in Jesus, we die to ourselves
        • We are justified so that we may no longer be enslaved to sin (V. 6-7)
        • His death is what enables us to live differently.
  • What does this look like?
    • Titus 2:14
    • Romans 6:11- Paul’s first exhortation to the Roman Christians comes midway through the sixth chapter. In light of what he’s said in chapters 1-5, we should consider ourselves alive in Christ
    • We are free of the debt we have accrued, but sin may still exist
      • Based upon grace, do not let sin reign in your life (V. 12)
      • We now have the ability to live righteously
    • We are slaves to whom (or what) we obey
      • Obedience leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to sanctification.

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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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God’s Salvation – Part 3

God’s Salvation – Part 3

Lesson Originally Delivered on 2/18

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • Since we have been justified
    • We have peace – Through Christ’s death and resurrection, we can be rightly related to God
    • God’s reconciliation is unlike human reconciliation – only we have transgressed
      • In our sin, we are the ones who run. Yet it is God who reconciles us to Himself
  • We are in a state of grace
    • Ephesians 2:18, 3:12
      • We’ve been transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of his son
    • Hebrews 10:19-22
      • Even in suffering, we can hope in God’s promise
        • That hope becomes a testimony of God’s love to the world
    • God’s love goes beyond our own, because Christ died for the unworthy
    • Since we have been reconciled, let us live as free people
  • Adam and Christ
    • Adam sinned, and through it, death entered the world. However, we’re all just as guilty
    • Christ brings grace and grace is greater than sin.
    • Grace leads to righteousness

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God’s Salvation – Part 2

God’s Salvation – Part 2

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • Justification did not start in the New Testament
    • God is consistent. He was the same in the Old Testament as he is now.
    • Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness
      • Genesis 15:6
  • The Righteous Shall Live by Faith
    • We are not made right by the works we do, but by our faith in Jesus Christ
      • Luke 18:9-14, John 6:26-29, Hebrews 11:1
      • Faith is believing in God and knowing his word is true.
        • Then we must live our lives in accordance with those beliefs
    • Abraham’s faith is credited to him before the sign of circumcision
      • Circumcision was to be a sign of faith, not a giver of righteousness
  • Righteousness imputed
    • It is by Jesus’ righteousness that we are saved.
    • He has given account on our behalf through faith, resetting our relationship with him and changing our trajectory.
      • Philippians 3:9, Hebrews 11:6, Colossians 1:13

Additional Resources to consider:

Russell Moore | When Someone You Admire Does Something Disgusting

Matt Smethurst | 20 Quotes from a Mission’s Book that Every Pastor Should Read

Adam Graber | C.S. Lewis on Tech Addiction

Trevin Wax | The Missing Strand in Much of Our Discipleship

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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God’s Salvation – Part 1

God’s Salvation – Part 1

Lesson originally delivered on 2/4

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • Jewish Advantage?
    • The people of the covenant have a great advantage: they have received redemption, provision, law, land, protection, the prophets, discipline and God’s word.
    • Righteousness comes not from background or heritage, but from God’s faithfulness
    • But are the Jews better than the Gentiles?
      • No! Sin affects all
        • Verses 10-18 illustrate what our lives would look like without Christ.
        • No one can be justified by works outside of faith and trust in God.
  • Righteousness comes through faith
    • The words “faith” and “believe” in verse 22 are both the Greek word Pisteo – “living Faith”
    • All people have access to God through faith
    • The debt is paid, so we are made right before God
      • Jesus’ death on the deals with our sins and satisfies God’s wrath
  • No one may boast
    • V. 27- Since we are justified by faith, not works, there’s no room for boasting
      • No one is worthy of God’s grace, yet He offers it freely to all
      • Those who live by faith to receive it.

Additional Resources to consider:

Justin Taylor | The Incredible Testimony as a Former Gymnast Confronts Her Sexual Abuser in Court

John Bloom | The Best Leaders are Often the Least Noticed

Kimberly Pelletier | Evangelism Meet Soul Care

Joe Carter | “Groundhog Day” Shows We are Stuck with Virtue

 

The Content of the Gospel – Part 2

The Content of the Gospel – Part 2

Lesson originally delivered on 1/28

Here are some takeaways from the lesson:

  • Romans 2:1-16
    • God’s judgment is right
      • Ezekiel 18
    • God’s impartial judgment is based on what we do
      • Free grace is not a license to freely sin
      • V. 4-11- God’s grace is given to us so we can do good
  • Romans 2:17-29
    • Paul is not condemning the church here, but rather asking them questions. Condemnation comes only if we don’t line up our actions with our beliefs.
    • God judges both Jews and Gentiles by their actions
    • All people who live by faith in Jesus are saved
  • Romans 3:1-4
    • Even though all are judged equally, it is of advantage to have grown up in the Covenant
      • Growing up in the church is an advantage, but we should take better advantage
    • Wherever we are with our walk with God, He only desires us to grow closer to him

Additional Resources to consider

Becca Vandekemp | What We Get Wrong About “Giving Our Testimony”

Carolyn Mahaney | The Cure for Most of Your Unhappiness

Russell  Moore | Have Bible Quoters Replaced Bible Readers?

Glen Stanton | New Harvard Research Says U.S. Christianity Is Not Shrinking, But Gro

Episode 8 : Discipleship

Episode 8 : Discipleship

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

Caroline and April discuss discipleship and then they get to know Pastor Chad Smith, our new-ish Children’s Minister. He is the MOST fun, so don’t miss the party with Pastor Chad!

Listen online below or go here to listen/download/subscribe on iTunes for free (so you can listen in your car)!

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