First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 4/18/2021
Join us for in-person worship in the sanctuary or live on Facebook at 10:30am. The service will also be posted to YouTube and Archive Sunday after church.
Locations & Times
  • First Baptist Church
    10781 76th St, South Haven, MI 49090, USA
    Sunday 9:30 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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Good and Bad Fish
Bringing Out Treasures
Matt. 13:47-52
Pastor Jerry Koller
In four other places in Matthew 13, Jesus makes the statement “is like.”
· vs. 31—the kingdom of heaven is like… (mustard seed)
· vs. 33—the kingdom of heaven is like… (yeast)
· vs. 44—the kingdom of heaven is like... (hidden treasure)
· vs. 45—the kingdom of heaven is like… (pearl of great price)
Here, in verses 47-50, we see the kingdom is like a net.
Parable Parts:
· First of all, there is a net.
· Next, we see that the net was lowered into the lake.
· Next, we see the intended outcome was achieved: all kinds of fish were caught.
· Next, we see that the net was allowed to remain in the water until it was full.
· Then the fishermen pulled it up on the shore.
· They collected the good fish in baskets.
· They threw the bad (fish) away.
In the parable of the Net, Jesus’ explanation did not come in response to any question asked of Him. He simply explained its meaning to His disciples.
· There is a time period mentioned: the end of the age.
· Next, we see Jesus mentions angels.
· The angels are doing something. They are separating.
· They are separating the wicked from the righteous.
· Then, we see the wicked are thrown into the fiery furnace.
· Finally, in that place, we see there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The aspect of the kingdom that the parable illustrates is what will happen when Jesus comes again.
· What we are told is that there will come a time when the net is full.
· We are told it will be at the end of the age.
· The ESV says it will be at the close of the age.
· The Authorized Version calls it the end of the world.
In the parable of the Sower and the seed, we noted that the field represented the world.
· In the parable of the Net, the lake represents the world.
In the parable of the Wheat and Tares, we noted how both good and bad crops grew side by side. When the time for harvest arrived, the crops were separated—the good from the bad—the wheat from the weeds.
· In the parable of the Net, the good fish from bad fish are separated.
· The time of harvest, in the Wheat and Tares parable, is the same as the filling of the net which is then pulled on the shore.
Afterwards, both parables talk about a time of separation. Until the end of the age, there is not a separation process taking place. The good and the bad exist together. The wheat and weeds grow together.
Notice again the scenario in Matthew 13:28-43 compared to verses 49-50:
· The servants asked him, “Do you want us to go and pull them up?”
· ‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest.' (Matt. 13:28-30)
· In the parable of the Net, good and bad fish existed together.
In Matt. 13:38, Jesus said, the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one.
· In the parable of the Net, the good fish are the righteous.
· The bad fish are the wicked.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
· In verse 49, the end of the age is mentioned again: This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous (Matt. 13:49)
At the end of the age—when Jesus returns—The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. (Matt. 13:41)
The outcome of the weeds or the bad fish does not change just because the illustrations are different. The outcome of the weeds is this: They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matt. 13:42)
The outcome of the wicked, the bad fish is the same. The angels will ...throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matt. 13:50)
Verse 43 does give the end result of the righteous. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. (Matt. 13:43)
Notice how Jesus ended the parable of the Weeds. He who has ears, let him hear.
· At the end of these seven parables, Jesus ask His disciples? “Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked.
· “Yes,” they replied. (Matt. 13:51)
Understanding leads to responsibility.
The phrase teacher of the law is translated scribe in the NASB and ESV.
The term owner of a house is also translated householder.
· It is a reference to a position of authority. His house is his jurisdiction.
· Storerooms are places where things are stored.
· The owner brings out new treasures as well as old.
· These treasures are to be shared.
What are these treasures? Jesus referred to them as secrets of the kingdom of heaven which have been given, or revealed, to them but not to others.
Progressive Revelation: God reveals more and more of His plan over time.
As those who possess both old and new truths regarding the kingdom of God, the disciples were to take what they possessed and share them with others. Knowledge and understanding lead to responsibility.
The same holds true for you and I today.
Blessed are our eyes because of what we have seen and our ears because of what we have heard.
Let us abide in kingdom truth and share the kingdom with others.
Happy Birthday!
· Janette Hendrix (4/19)
· Taylor Zantello (4/20)
· Linda Newell (4/24)
Happy Anniversary!
· Jim & Teanna McIntosh (4/18, 34 years)
· Dave & Connie Hollis (4/20, 36 years)
· Pastor Jerry & Annette Koller (4/25, 40 years)
Summer Camp
Students in 7-13th Grade are invited to attend Higher Ground at Lake Louise Camp this summer. Cost is $350 per student. Camp weeks are: 7 & 8th Graders - July 25-31; 9 & 10th Graders - July 11-17; 11, 12, & 13th Graders - August 1-7. Scholarships are available and fundraisers will be decided soon. If your child plans to go, please let Kim Collins know as soon as possible.
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.
Church Office Hours
While Kim will continue 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.

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:
Pictures Needed
As Rocky Starland continues to put history videos together, he is seeking church related pictures from 1970-present. If you have any available (church plays, Pumpkinfest, potlucks, etc.), please either drop them off in envelopes and put them in his church mailbox. Please include information about each picture: people's names, what the event is, and any other helpful details. Also be sure to put your name on the envelope so we can return the pictures when we are done. If you’d like to bring digital copies, please make arrangements with Kim.
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.

FBC App Now Available

We are excited to share with you that FBC has a new app available where you can conveniently: 1) View recordings of our Sunday worship services (unfortunately a Live option is not available yet); 2) Update your personal information if you get a new phone number or move; 3) Register for events online (including our upcoming Seder Dinner); 4) Make an online offering to FBC ; 5) Send prayer requests; 6) Receive messages from FBC; and 7) Coming soon: the ability to check our activities calendarAfter the app is loaded, you need to click on the "Profile" option and enter your phone number without dashes or other characters to sync with the church's system.  If you use the email option, be sure to enter the email that the church uses (so the one you're receiving this email at!).  You can download the app by clicking this link from your cell phone or tablet. We're excited to bring another avenue of communication to you!  If you have any issues, please contact Kim and let her know.

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.
On the Calendar
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
· It's Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered by Lysa Terkeurst.
· Contact Tracy Marshall or Brandy Zantello for questions, more information or to join the next study.

men’s group
· Tuesdays, 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.
· Taylor Brown (12 year-old great granddaughter of Frank & Mary Buchert, grandniece of Curt & Patty Bales) who has been diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia. She isn't making platelets, her blood pressure is low, and she is receiving transfusions. She is hospitalized in the Atlanta Children's Hospital for additional testing.
· Theresa Hampton & Family upon the loss of her husband, Darren, on 3/31. Darren is the son of former member Virginia Hampton-McKamey and Theresa is a girl scout leader at FBC.
· Joe Collins (father-in-law of Kim Collins) continues to recover from lingering Covid side effects.
· Steve Follman is recovering from surgery for a total knee replacement.
· 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