First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 6/11/2023
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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In Accordance with Sound Doctrine
Titus 2:1-10
Pastor Jerry Koller
Literally, the verse reads: But you speak what is proper (or suitable) for sound teaching.
The phrase "but you" shows a comparison is being drawn between Titus and the rebellious individuals mention in verse 10 of chapter 1.
The word "sound" has to do with properly applied teaching that extends to its necessary lifestyle; without mixture of error.
In the remaining nine verses, we find five specific groups that seem to demand Titus’ immediate attention. The first group is found in verse 2
The teaching of older men will focus on six specific areas:
1-3: Older men are to be temperate, dignified, self-controlled (NASB)
· Temperate has to do with being level-headed, rational, not given to extremes.
· Dignified has to do with being worthy of respect.
· Being self-controlled has to do with not being extremein behavior; with curbing one's desires and impulses; with being careful and sensible while exercising sound judgement.
If older men were looked up to in society, these three characteristics—temperate, dignified, and self-controlled give support that they have a stable and mature outlook or philosophy of life. These characteristics are pleasing to God. They are beneficial not only for society, but also for the church. They are in accord with sound doctrine.
4-6: In addition to teaching them to be temperate, dignified, and self-controlled, Titus was to teach older men to be sound in faith, in love, in perseverance.
· The word sound has to do with being proper and in good working order.
· Their belief in God was to be in accordance with sound doctrine.
· Their love was to be in accordance with sound doctrine.
· They were to persevere in these things—in love, in faith, in being dignified, in being self-controlled, in being temperate.
Why was Titus to teach these things to older men? I believe the answer has a three-fold possibility: correction, caution, and instruction.
· These three go hand-in-hand.
The second group Titus was to teach is found in verse 3
Titus’ instruction will center on four areas of focus:
#1. Older women to be reverent in the way they live.
· To live in a dignified manner
· in a manner that is worthy of honor
· The word reverent carries with it a sacred responsibility.
#2. They must not be slanderers.
· Slander always an attack on a person’s character.
#3. Older women are not to be addicted to much wine.
#4. They need to learn to teach what is good.
· …that which is noble, honorable, and good
Who really looked up to women as examples to follow? God.
There is an overarching reason why Titus is to teach older men and older women what is in accord with sound teaching. The overall goal is to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.
With this overarching goal in place,
Have a proper respect for the senior members of society.
There is much that can be learned from them.
The importance for the senior members of society to be good examples.
Happy Birthday!
· Vasha Ferguson (6/11)
· Dylan Goff (6/11)
· Barrett Hagger (6/14)
· Kyle McKamey (6/18)
Next Week’s Servants (6/18)
· Café Bakers: Annette Koller (casserole) | Vasha Ferguson (donuts)
· Café Attendant: Marge Dumbaugh
· Nursery: Rooker Family
Graduation Open House TODAY
Sunday, June 11 | 2:00-5:00pm | Upstairs at FBC
for Cameron Wilson, son of Jeff & Allie Wilson
Teens: Bible on the Beach
What: A morning of Bible time on the beach studying the book of Ecclesiastes

Who: Anyone youth group age and up

When: Thursdays at 9:15am from June 8-August 17

Where: Meet at Kids Corner Park in South Haven then walk down to the beach. After the Bible study, we will meet at McDonald's for breakfast for anyone who wants to join. Please bring money to pay for your own food.

For questions or more information, contact Julie Newell.
Celebrate Freedom: Hot Dog Giveaway
Monday, July 3 | Kids’ Corner Park
To celebrate Independence Day, we will be giving away free hot dogs and sharing the freedom we have in Christ with our community… don’t miss our annual event which will be here in just a few short weeks!
Get Involved!
« MONETARY SUPPORT NEEDED...We are hoping to give away at least 1000 free hot dogs at this event. If you would like to make a donation towards the purchase of hot dogs, please leave it in the jar in the foyer or note “Hot Dogs” in the memo of your check. We hope to purchase hot dogs from Village Market (in Allegan) again this year as they’ve sold them around Memorial Weekend for 88¢ in the past.
« HELP NEEDED @ EVENT...It takes a lot of servants to make this event successful. We will need people to set-up, cook, serve, and clean-up. Sign up online or at the Welcome Center!
« For questions or more information, contact the church office.
Nursery Volunteers Needed
If you are willing to serve in the nursery on a rotating basis, please contact Kim in the church office as soon as possible. A background check is required.
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!

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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
· On break until Fall.

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.

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 | 5:00-6:30pm | Conference Room
· Contact Tina Wilburn for questions or more information.

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

women’s craft group
Thursdays | 6:30pm | Craft Room
· Contact Tracy Marshall for questions or more information.
· Sarah McKamey is waiting for test results for heart related issues. She has a follow up appointment with her doctor on 6/21. Please pray for good results and that there is no significant damage.
· We extend our condolences to Bruce & Vasha Ferguson upon the death of Vasha's godmother, Mary Ann Jones, on 5/30 in Washington.
· Leslie Robinson (friend of Bruce & Vasha Ferguson) is home and using a walker. Thank God for His mercy and faithfulness, and please continue praying for her full recovery.
· Sadie (29 year-old friend of Steve & Lisa Follman) had a liver transplant shortly after birth and is now having a lot of health complications. She is receiving palliative care. Also keep her family in prayer.
· Terry Buckley (father of Keith Buckley) is being evaluated for heart issues.
· Shirley Means (Miriam Bryant's sister) is receiving therapy and hopes to go home soon. She is in Henderson, Nevada.
· Caroline Bocock has been terribly ill as she is dealing with a Lyme Disease outbreak. Some of her symptoms included being in excruciating pain, having blackouts, issues with sleeping, darkening vision, random skin issues, a constant headache since 11/5, and so much more. She is taking a regiment of medications to get it under control.
· Nolan Marshall (son of Dan & Tracy) is receiving outpatient therapy but hasn’t found an even keel yet. He has been allowed to return to the school environment with many boundaries in place. The Marshall family is still very much in crisis mode and continued prayers are appreciated as they try to adjust medications and work with Nolan to manage his diagnoses.
· Joyce Bocock has completed chemo and radiation; praise God that both tumors have shrunk significantly more than expected; evaluating additional treatment options.
· 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