Pathways Baptist Church
We welcome you to Pathways. We hope you will feel the presence of God's Spirit in today's worship service. Pastor Ed Williams brings today's message in our Sermon Series, "Wordle: key words for life today." Discover God's perspective for today's word... FREED, and how it applies to your spiritual life. We honor our father's today, and pray that their influence in our life will continue to reflect the light and life of Christ to others. Feel free to take notes using this YouVersion app. Fill out a Connection Card (link provided below) and let us know how we can serve you better.
Locations & Times
  • Pathways Baptist Church
    200 W Diamond Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM

Today's Worship Songs

The music in today's worship service is now available using the Pathways playlist on Spotify. Enjoy listening to the entire playlist throughout your week.

Welcome to Worship at Pathways

Ephesians 1:3-7, Good News

3 Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! For in our union with Christ he has blessed us by giving us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world.
4 Even before the world was made, God had already chosen us to be his through our union with Christ, so that we would be holy and without fault before him. Because of his love
5 God had already decided that through Jesus Christ he would make us his children—this was his pleasure and purpose.
6 Let us praise God for his glorious grace, for the free gift he gave us in his dear Son!
7 For by the blood of Christ we are set free, that is, our sins are forgiven. How great is the grace of God,

Praise God for His abiding grace, love, and mercy.


Happy Father's Day Video

The Most Amazing Man Alive video
Thank you to all the Pathways and IBBW Youth, Kids, and leadership who participated in the 30-Hour Famine! Thank you to all who supported this event financially and with prayer! The goal was $1000 and $5641.02 was raised to support those who live with hunger through World Vision.

World Vision 30-Hour Famine

Pathways/IBBW Kids and Students (grades 3-12) video

Baby Bottle Campaign

Thank you for supporting the Shady Grove Virtual Baby Bottle Campaign this year. Know that your participation in this fundraiser will make a difference for a precious baby’s life and a mother in need of love and support. The link provided is available through today to give to the Baby Bottle Campaign. Please return your filled baby bottle to Pathways as soon as possible.

Elder Nominations

Recommendations for Elder will be accepted through this week. You may pick up a Elder Recommendation Form in the Gathering Area or complete a virtual form using the link below. All recommendations are confidential. Thank you for taking time to complete this Elder Recommendation Form.  This is an important position for our church, not to be taken lightly.

Deacon Nominations

Deacon nominations will be accepted through this week. You may pick up a Deacon Nomination Form in the Gathering Area or complete a virtual form using the link below. All nominations are confidential. Thank you for taking the time to prayerfully complete this form. Deacons are a vital ministry in our church.

Give joyfully to the Lord with all your heart.


Giving Your Tithes and Offerings online

Thank you for your financial support of the ongoing ministries at Pathways. It is greatly appreciated. In an effort to reduce personal and paper contact as much as possible, we offer a safe and secure online giving link. We look forward to serving you at Pathways.


Pastor Ed Williams, Senior Pastor
Galatians 5:1, 13-23; John 8:31-36
Double Celebration: Father's Day and Juneteenth
Galatians 5:1
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

John 8:36
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Two "slave-drivers" still trying to keep us in bondage:
John 8:31-36
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.
32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”
34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.
35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.
36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Sin is a reversal of the divine order:

• God – others – self
We have been FREED from our legitimate guilt through Jesus because He died for our sin, and we have been FREED from our self-centeredness in the power of his resurrection life.
True freedom is freedom to be myself, my true self as God made me and who my Creator meant me to be.
Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Reflect: a fish is only free as long as it is restricted to water; what is the element we humans need to be truly freed?
Galatians 5:13-23
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.
18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions
21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Put your hope in Jesus! He will set you free.


Bringing people together at Pathways

Connection Card

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Bible Wordle App

If you like word games and want to try your hand at Wordle, you may be interested in this Christian Wordle app.

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