First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 2/14/2021
Live IN-PERSON worship has resumed. If you are unable to join us, the service will be available live on Facebook at 10:30am and then posted to YouTube and Archive early in the week.
Locations & Times
  • First Baptist Church
    10781 76th St, South Haven, MI 49090, USA
    Sunday 6:00 AM

Live Worship: Facebook

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Virtual Worship: Archive

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Virtual Worship: YouTube

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Weekly Bulletin

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Developing a Kingdom Perspective
Matthew 13
Pastor Jerry Koller
From a chronological point of view of Jesus’ ministry, the 13th chapter of Matthew seems to be the beginning of when Jesus began using parables in the majority of His teaching.
All eight of these parables were delivered by Jesus on the same occasion or during a specific period of time.
The first complete parable Jesus delivered was that of the Sower and the Seed.
When we read, in Matthew 13:10 that The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” (Matt. 13:10), we assume they came to Him immediately after He delivered the parable. However, that probably was not the case.
Five weeks ago, I talked about hidden things, secret things, or mysteries. You can listen to that message on our website or watch it on our YouTube page if you want.
Then he left the crowd and went into the house…
· Most likely it was the home where Jesus was staying (Matthew 4:13).
Overview: All eight parables address some aspect of the kingdom of God.
God’s kingdom is a central theme of Matthew’s gospel.
· “kingdom of God” 4x
· “kingdom of heaven” 33x
· “kingdom” 17x
The first mention of God’s kingdom in Matthew’s Gospel
This is the same message with which Jesus launched His earthly ministry. Matthew 4:17 states:
The kingdom is at hand because Jesus is in their midst.
Four of these parables, Jesus delivered in public, present the kingdom from a human viewpoint.
· The four that are given to the disciples deal with the kingdom from a divine perspective.
· In the first four parables, Jesus described two antagonistic forces at work in human history.
· There will be a long and continuous conflict between them.
· Kingdom of God vs. the world and the evil forces behind it.
The Sower and the Seed, reveals the nature of His mission.
The Wheat and Tares, there are two sowings.
· As the crop grows, the initial growth of both seed look very much alike.
· As they mature, the differences become very clear.
· The Mustard Seed/Tree and theYeast, we continue to see the continuing conflict between the world and its evil forces and the kingdom of God.
In the next four parables, Jesus is talking about the kingdom from a divine perspective.
· The Hidden Treasure
· The Pearl of Great Price
· The Net
· The Householder
Webster’s New College Dictionary defines kingdom as:
· a political or territorial unit ruled by a king or queen
· the realm over which God’s sovereignty extends
As far as the Old Testament is concerned, there were two key aspects:
· Authority Figure
· Realm or Territory
From Moses on, God worked through appointed mediators, great leaders such as Joshua and Samuel. Theologians call this a Mediatorial Kingdom.
Prophets of God foretold of a coming King:
· rule over God’s people
· establish His kingdom on earth
· dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever
The Prophets also foretold that the coming kingdom would also be spiritual in nature.
· bring personal salvation from the hand of God,
· divine forgiveness for sin,
· God’s own righteousness for men,
· moral and spiritual cleansing,
· a new heart, a new spirit, and so on.
1. Those who are in Christ are kingdom citizens.
· We do not become kingdom citizens on our own.
· We come by invitation.
· The Holy Spirit draws us.
Therefore, our loyalty must be directed to Him and Him alone.
2. His realm or territory over which He rules is not confined to a physical geographical location.
3. A simple definition:
· The kingdom of God is where Jesus reigns supreme.
· It refers to God's righteous reign in the earth, mediated by His Son, Jesus Christ—who send His servants into the world to bear kingdom fruit—fruit that will glorify the King.
· The kingdom has a present aspect to it.
· It also has a future aspect to it.
Happy Birthday!
· Anna Bocock (2/15)
· Tim Hendrix (2/15)
· Linda Rooker (2/19)
· Rob Zantello (2/19)
· Savannah Follman (2/21)
Greeter Needed
If you are able to serve as a Greeter for any of our Sunday worship services this month, please let Kim know ASAP.
Sedar Dinner
On Wednesday, March 24, we hope to host a Seder Meal here at FBC. Because we plan to serve a meal, you will need to RSVP to Kim so we can plan accordingly. We will also collect a love offering for our facilitator so please come prepared to give a gift.
We Care Food Pantry Collection
Please bring a canned good or other non-perishable item(s) with you when you come to worship each week for the We Care Food Pantry. It would be great if you would bring something substantial, such as a can of stew or something someone can use for a meal. Other suggested items are: meat–canned or frozen; cereal; dry pasta; canned vegetables; canned fruit; tuna; spaghetti sauce; crackers; rice/rice mixes; pork & beans; canned soup; and peanut butter. There will be a container in the foyer for your contribution.
Church Office Hours
While Kim continues to work primarily from home, the church office will be open on Wednesdays from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM if you need to stop in for any reason.

Activities Resume
Youth Group resumes today from 2:00-4:00pm in Classroom 2. Children’s Sunday School, Children’s Worship, Men’s Group, Wednesday Morning Bible Study and Craft Group have all resumed meeting. If you are interested in joining any of these activities, please see the “Opportunities this Week” section for meeting times and who to contact for more information.
2021 Giving Statements
Statements were emailed on 1/18/2021. If you did not receive yours or would like a copy sent via snail mail, please contact the church office.
FBC Church App Coming Soon
We are working out the tweaks, but we will soon have our own church app available. This will give you an easy place to check directory info for other church family members (address, phone number, email addresses, etc.), make prayer requests, check your giving information, give online, and so much more! We are excited to share more info with you in the next few weeks.

Check Out Our Web Page

We are keeping our web page ( updated regularly.  Please use it as a tool.  Under "Resources" we have a page for FBC Members only which has our latest emails and letters from Pastor Jerry.  If you try to access this page, you will need the password "Know Him" to see the content.

Online Giving is Available!

If you would like to support our ministries by giving an online donation via debit/credit card or your bank account, you can do so by using this link:

Items Needed for We Care Pantries

The We Care Food and Personal Care Pantries continue to need supplies.  We suggest calling ahead to make sure someone is there to receive your items. For a list of items and pantry locations, please visit their website at
Opportunities this Week
children’s sunday school
· Sundays at 9:30 AM in the Resource Room
· Ages 5 years old through 5th grade
· Contact Janette Hendrix for questions or more information.

mission café
· Sundays before and after church

· Sundays at 10:30 AM in the Sanctuary
· Available live on Facebook beginning at 10:30 AM
· If you're unable to join us in-person, you can view the service later in the week on, or

children’s worship
· Sundays at 10:30 AM in the Gym
· Ages 5 years old through 5th grade
· Contact Alyssa Newell for questions or more information.

women’s virtual bible study
· Mondays, 6:45 PM online
· Forgiving What You Can't Forget by Lysa TerKeurst
· Contact Tracy Marshall for questions or more information.

men’s group
· Mondays, 7:00 PM in the Library
· Contact Dave Hollis for questions or more information.

church office open
· Wednesdays, 10:00am-4:00pm

bible study
· Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30am in the Library
· Contact Vasha Ferguson for questions or more information.

women’s craft group
· Thursdays, 6:30pm in the Library
· Contact Tracy Marshall to participate.
· Vicki Olson is recovering from corrective surgery on both of her feet. Pray for a speedy recovery and patience as she is confined to bed while she heals.
· Rafael Cabrera (friend of Bob & Kim Collins) is recovering from a kidney transplant. He has fluid filling one of his lymph nodes which is then putting pressure on an artery causing his blood pressure to be high. Pray that draining the fluid will solve the issue and he will not need an additional surgery to have a stent inserted.
· Bruce & Vasha Ferguson and their family upon the death of their niece, Melissa Thompson, on 1/15. Please keep her husband, four children and only brother in prayer as well.
· Norman Forrest (friend of Bruce & Vasha Ferguson) who is grieving the loss of his wife, Vicki, on 1/14.
· Jim Seagren (friend of Stan Robinson) has liver and pancreatic cancer. Determining treatment options.
· Gena Bassett has found a new job. Thank you for your prayers!.
· Steve Follman is recovering from surgery for a total knee replacement.
· Randy Follman (brother of Steve Follman) is recovering from hip replacement surgery.
· Deborah Kirby (Vasha Ferguson's sister) is in a rehab center following a massive stroke in July 2020. Pray that medicare/medicaid insurance can be upgraded to cover needed treatment. Her recovery is slowly progressing and although it is greatly painful, she is gaining movement on the left side with the help of therapy.
· Lynn Rarick continues to deal with hip issues. Pray that a resolution can be figured out.
· Check out our monthly prayer card on-line at under “Weekly Bulletins” for a list of those with on-going needs.
First Baptist Church
1635 76th Street
South Haven, MI 49090