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First Baptist Church, South Haven

Worship Gathering: 7/16/2023

Worship Gathering: 7/16/2023

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



Please use our website as a resource tool to stay informed and up to date on our most current activities. **Please Note*** Under "Resources" we have a page for "FBC Members Only" which has our latest emails and any pertinent info from Pastor Jerry.  If you try to access this page, you will need the password "Know Him" to see the content.

Live Stream

If you're unable to join us in person, you can view today's service live on our Facebook page beginning at 10:30 AM.


View today's message later this week on our YouTube channel.

Weekly Bulletin

View this week's bulletin including general announcements and weekly prayer requests by clicking here.

Prayer Requests

Please let us know how we can pray for you or if you are in need of specific care or encouragement.
Before and After
Titus 3:3-7
Pastor Jerry Koller
These 5 verses can be divided into two sections, which is easy for anyone to remember—a before and an after.
The before part is reflected in verse 3:
A better word for passions is lusts. Lust is a longing or strong desire for that which is forbidden.
Hedonism is the strong desire and pursuit of those things that bring us pleasure.
Malice is not just the desire to cause ill-will or injury to someone, it is the underlying principle of evil itself—inherent evil.
In verses 4 and 5, we see how one transitions from being lost to being saved. It is a result of God’s kindness, love, and mercy.
The word appeared has to do with being seen and understood; to bring to light.
The first way salvation comes to us: through the washing of rebirth.
· There are two issues at stake here. One is a heart issue. The other is a sin issue.
· Throughout time, water was used to symbolize cleansing in many, many religions—including Judaism.
In addition to this washing, rebirth is required.
· Another word for this is regeneration or being born again.
No one can renew their fallen, spiritual nature.
· No one can become born again on their own.
How then does this rebirth come about if it is impossible for man to achieve? through the Holy Spirit,
· through renewing by the Holy Spirit.
· The word renewing has to do with a renewal or change of heart and life that is affected by the Holy Spirit.
Those in Christ have this power in abundance for the Holy Spirit has been poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior.
Justified is a judicial term that has to do with being cleared of all charges.
We stand before God not as sinners condemned to death

Heirs are those who receive their allotted possession by right of sonship.
Biblical hope is something that will come true because it is a strong and confident expectation.
Address the Before
· We are all sinners.
· We are all foolish and disobedient.
· We are all deceived and enslaved by our lusts and passions.
Address the Catalyst
· Through the kindness, love, and mercy of God.
· Through grace.
· These are all expressed through Jesus’ shed blood, through His death on the cross, and through His resurrection from the dead.
· God has provided a way for our sins to be forgiven.
· He has provided a way for us to receive salvation/eternal life.
· The invitation was extended to you and you accepted it.
Address the After
· You are no longer foolish and disobedient.
· You are no longer deceived and enslaved by your lusts and passions.
· You are a child of God and as such, you are an heir.
· You have the hope—the strong and confident expectation—of eternal life.
· You are not perfect, by God is helping you become more like Jesus every day.
As you share your faith story, keep in mind the fact that you are a messenger of truth. You are not the Holy Spirit.
· You cannot renew anyone.
· You cannot draw one to Christ apart from Him.
· You cannot give spiritual understanding.
· And you cannot change hearts.

Happy Birthday!

· Doug Zantello (7/17)
· Eric Brower (7/18)
· Riley Marshall (7/18)
· Loretta Avery (7/20)
· Gena Bassett (7/20)

Happy Anniversary!

· Steven & Lesley Galante (7/17, 30 years)
· Dan & Tracy Marshall (7/22, 17 years)


We extend our condolences to Mike & Linda Rooker and their family upon the loss of Linda’s aunt, Diane Martin, on 7/9.

Next Week’s Servants (7/23)

· Café Bakers: Sharon Danapilis (casserole) | Jean Robinson (scones)
· Café Attendant: Marge Parmenter
· Nursery: Rooker Family

Blood Drive: 7/27

Thursday, 7/27 | 1:00-6:00pm | Main Foyer at First Baptist Church Patients live when donors give. Please make your appointment to save 3 lives today. Blood is vital, precious, and in short supply. Appointments preferred; walk-ins welcome. Sign-up online today or call 866-642-5663. Make sure to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water before donating.


Sunday, July 23 after Worship
The Elder Ministry Team is calling a special business meeting to discuss financial concerns regarding our mortgage, giving, and HVAC issues. All members are requested to attend as we discuss these important issues.

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!

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:


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
· 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.
· Mike & Linda Rooker and their family upon the loss of Linda’s aunt, Diane Martin, on 7/9
· Caroline Bocock has been terribly ill as she is dealing with a Lyme Disease outbreak. She has begun a treatment regimen that looks promising. Please pray that it is effective and that she will be feeling better soon.
· The Marshall Family: Give praise that Dan’s request for a flexible work arrangement was approved by the executive board at his job. Continue to pray for Nolan who is still struggling.
· Chris Tragna (Kristen Schultz' mother) is recovering from a stroke, and they are working through her healing as well as looking at options for 24 hour care. Please keep her and her family in prayer as she recovers and decisions are made.
· 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.
· 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

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