First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 1/22/2023
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 later in the week.
Locations & Times
  • First Baptist Church
    10781 76th St, South Haven, MI 49090, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM


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Live Stream

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Weekly Bulletin

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Prayer Requests

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Balance, Not Extremes
1 Peter 3:1-2
Pastor Jerry Koller
1. The Apostle Peter did not address this letter to you.
2. This letter was written around the middle of the first century
3. It was written to people living in what is referred to as an Oriental culture.
4. It was written to people living in a patriarchal society.
5. It was written to people who were governed by Rome.
Peter is addressing a sub-group of saints. He is addressing wives.
The overarching subject? It is submission.
Back in the Day:
· They had few or limited rights (again, unlike today).
· They were they not considered equal as partners.
· They were not considered companions to their husbands in any real sense.
· They did not eat with their husbands.
· They didn't go out by themselves.
· They had all the real marital duties while their husbands had all the marital privileges.
· A woman would never go out and mix with the general public or even talk to a man. But a man could go out and flirt with as many women as he wanted without any social stigma attached to his actions.
The Church offered liberties and personal value that society did not.
Value or worth is not being addressed in today’s Scripture passage.
· Relationship is being addressed.
· Respect is being addressed.
· Social norms and expectations are being addressed.
Scripture is not silent on the subject of submission between wives and husbands (see Ephesians 5:21-33 and Colossians 3:18-19).
There is a God-ordained order of responsibility and accountability within the family unit. It is not based on who is ruling the world at the time. It is not based on society’s standards. It is not based on culture. It is not based on worth.
Within the Godhead—Father, Son, and Spirit, we find the element submission, respect, and obedience. When it comes to the family unit, we find God’s design also includes submission, respect, and obedience.
We are not told the Church is to submit to Christ. Paul says it (already) submits to Christ.
Submitting to their husbands as the Church submits to Christ means wives are the recipients of ultimate love.
There is a comparison drawn between the physical and the spiritual.
Why submit? ...So that, if any of them (husbands) do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.
· Purity means being free from moral defilement (chaste).
· Reverence comes from the same word as respect, which carries with it an element of healthy fear.
“Actions speak louder than words.”
This is not an either/or issue. This is actually a both/and issue.
“Peter’s words are not to be so understood as though a holy life alone could lead the unbelieving to Christ, but that it often softens and pacifies their minds, so that they might have less dislike to religion; for as bad examples create offenses, so good ones afford no small help.”
~ John Calvin
· Balance is the key.
· Words are important.
Must wives still submit to their husbands today? The answer is, yes.
1. God says they are to submit.
2. It is a part of God’s design for marital relationships and family order.
3. If you are in a marriage where both of you are believers, you are not the only one who is expected to follow God’s design.
4. Brow-beating an unbelieving spouse with the Gospel may do more harm than good. Live holy and upright lives and look for opportunity to share with them the reason for they joy you have in your heart.
Happy Birthday!
· Courtney Goff (1/25)
Happy Anniversary!
· Jeff & Allie Wilson (1/23, 19 years)
We congratulate Pastor Adam Parmenter and Pastor Rob Zantello who have become licensed clergy members and are now officially adjunct pastors here at FBC.
Next Week’s Servants (1/29)
· Café Bakers: Marge Parmenter (casserole) | Don Jenks (donuts)
· Café Attendant: Marge Parmenter
· Nursery: Paul Fitton, Tina Wilburn
Annual Meeting Recap
We thank each of you that attended the meeting. We are happy to report that all items (2023 budget, 2023 Elder Ministry Team members, and By-Laws changes) voted on were passed. Those who will serve on the EMT in 2023 are: Jason Avery, Patty Bales, Brian Bocock, Janette Hendrix, and Rob Zantello.
New Member Class
We will soon be offering a New Members Class. If you are interested in learning more about FBC and considering becoming a member, then this class is for you! Please contact the church office ASAP to join.
NEW Class Starting Soon
Wednesdays | 7:00-8:00 PM | Conference Room beginning 1/25/2023
Beginning January 25, we will be introducing a new class entitled Reason.
Reason has to do with thinking logically. It requires us to use our mind. It requires knowledge. In the book of Isaiah, we read: “Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. (Isaiah 1:18)
Living our faith is not an exercise of mindlessness. God gave us a mind. He gave us the ability to think and reason. In this class, we will learn to use our minds more fully in regard to how we can understand our culture and live out our faith.
We will be using the book The God Question (Revised Edition), by J.P. Moreland. This book will need to be purchased by all participants as there will be required weekly reading from it. Please make sure you purchase the revised edition.
Pastor Jerry will be the facilitator. Each class will run for one hour (7:00 – 8:00 PM). Sign up online or at the Welcome Center. Other than purchasing the book, there will not be a cost involved in taking the class.

Blood Drive: 1/26/2023

Donate blood - save a life! Blood provider for Michigan patients. Giving warms the heart! Donate and keep warm this winter with a limited edition Versit beanie, while supplies last.

We Care: Warm Your Heart Month

February is the month that We Care raises money for their heat assistance program. Check out their website to see how you can participate and help.
Childcare Help Needed
If you are able to provide childcare in the FBC Nursery during the Wednesday morning Bible study from 9:30-11:30am, please contact Tina Wilburn or Kim Collins.
Mission Cafe
Sundays | 9:00-10:15am | Mission Cafe

The Mission Café is a great place to have a breakfast treat and coffee, enjoy lively conversation and have fun while helping support missions at First Baptist. All items are store bought and served safely. Featuring:
¨ Donuts
¨ Bagels
¨ English Muffins
¨ Snacks
¨ Hot & Cold Beverages
¨ And more!
For your convenience, we accept cash, check and debit/credit cards!

Online Giving is Available!

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You can download the app by clicking the link below from your cell phone or tablet. By using the app, you can conveniently view recorded Sunday worship services; look up addresses and phone numbers for other church members; update your personal information; register for events; tithe online; send prayer requests; and more.  We're excited to bring another avenue of communication to you!  If you have any questions or issues, please contact Kim.
On the Calendar
mission café
Sundays | 9:00-10:15am | Mission Cafe

children’s sunday school
Sundays | 9:15-10:15am | Classroom 3
· Ages 5 years old through 5th grade
· Contact Bailey Rooker for questions or more information.

Sundays | 10:30am | Sanctuary
· If you're unable to join us in-person, you can watch live on Facebook or view later in the week on Facebook or YouTube or listen to an audio only version on Archive.

children’s worship
Sundays | 10:30am | Children’s Worship Room
· Ages 5 years old through 5th grade
· Contact Alyssa Newell for questions or more information.

Sundays | after worship | Upstairs
· Join us for lunch and a discussion about the worship message.
· Contact Pastor Jerry for questions or more information.

youth group
Sundays | 1:00-3:00pm | FBC upstairs
· Middle & High School students
· Contact Allie Wilson for questions or more information.

men’s bible study
Tuesdays | 7:00-8:30pm | Mission Café
· Contact Paul Fitton or Larry Dobberstein for questions or more information.

bible study
Wednesdays | 9:30-11:30am | Classroom 3
· Contact Tina Wilburn for questions or more information.

reason class: starts 1/25
Wednesdays | 7:00-8:00pm | Conference Room
· Contact Pastor Jerry for questions or more information.

church office open
Wednesdays | 11:00am-4:00pm

women’s craft group
Thursdays | 6:30pm | Classroom 2
· Contact Tracy Marshall for questions or more information.
· Sandi Starland is recovering from knee replacement surgery.
· Tom Craig & Family upon the death of his wife, Darlene, on 1/10.
· Tina Dell & Family upon the loss of her brother, Matt Chambers, on 1/7.
· Marge Benham is recovering from a fall that fractured both of her ankles.
· Roberta Newton is recovering at home following a procedure to repair a leaking blood vessel. Cards can be sent to Roberta Newton, P.O. Box 51, Palmadale FL 33944.
· Curt & Patty Bales and their family upon the loss of Curt’s mom, Norma Bales, on 12/21.
· Caroline Bocock received a really bad concussion on 11/5 while playing soccer. Doctors are concerned because she is still vomiting, dizzy, and having constant headaches. She has to see a Sports Medicine doctor before they will schedule a neurological appointment. Please pray that this appointment will be scheduled quickly and continue to pray for healing, wisdom for the doctors, and that the Lyme’s Disease hasn’t been triggered. Old symptoms are surfacing but can’t determine if they are concussion symptoms vs. Lyme’s symptoms because they are the same symptoms for both.
· Walter Hatfield is recovering from hernia surgery.
· Annette Koller is recovering from knee replacement surgery.
· Keith Buckley is recovering from injuries due to a fall off a ladder.
· Nolan Marshall (son of Dan & Tracy) got diagnosis results earlier than expected. He is in the process of having his current medications reduced. Dan & Tracy are trying to find a new psychiatrist and working with Nolan’s school to find a safe plan to keep him in the classroom while changes are in process and doctors are evaluating his needs and medicinal changes.
· Shannon French (son of Curt & Patty Bales) continues eye drop treatment for an infection. It looks the damaged part is creating new cells and hopefully healing.
· Joyce Bocock finished radiation on the large tumor in her spine. She is handling the medication for the endocrine therapy well.
· Pete Danapilis is recovering from a successful back surgery.
· Linda Newell is recovering from surgery to have a rotator cuff repaired.
· Vincent Bryant (Miriam Bryant’s son) is recovering from a broken ankle.
· 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