First Baptist Church, South Haven
Worship Gathering: 8/6/2023
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

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

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Prayer Requests

Please let us know how we can pray for you or if you are in need of specific care or encouragement.
Conduct Yourselves
Phil. 1:27
Pastor Jerry Koller
Whether he gets to see them again or not, he tells the saints to conduct yourselves in a (certain) manner...
· The word conduct has to do with citizenship of some sort.
· It required complete loyalty to the city-state to which one was a citizen.
· Paul exhorts the brethren to conduct themselves as citizens—not of any earthly kingdom but as citizens of heaven.
The saints at Philippi were to conduct themselves—to live the life of a citizen, a citizen of the kingdom of God, in a manner that is worthy.
· bringing something into equilibrium or balance, like the balance of a scale.
· In balance or in a manner that is worthy of the Gospel of Christ.
· Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet.
· Jesus is the beginning and the end, the beginning and the end of life—physical as well as spiritual.
The word translated Gospel, literally means good news.
What is the Gospel?
· The story of how one can find forgiveness of sin and life everlasting through Jesus Christ.
· It includes His death and resurrection.
· It includes calling upon Him for salvation.
· It also includes bad news—the reason why we need forgiveness of sin.
· The Gospel includes how we are to live as followers of Jesus.
· It includes how we are to love God and love one another.
· It includes the components of our salvation, such as God’s choosing and calling, such as redemption, justification, sanctification, and glorification.
· It includes God’s entire plan to redeem a people for Himself—when the plan was put in place and how it is carried out.
· It includes all the ways God has revealed Himself to us: through creation, through Jesus, through the Scriptures.
As citizens of heaven, the saints at Philippi were to live as citizens of God’s kingdom in a balanced man, one that is worthy of the Gospel of Christ: whether I come and see you or remain absent.
If the saints live their lives as citizens of heaven in perfect balance with the Gospel of Christ, then he will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the Gospel.
· Standing firm—being strong and sure, unwavering in devotion, fixed on the cause; standing side-by-side with others.
· In one spirit—being like-minded, having the same mentality.
· With one mind—with the will, emotions, desires, and affections; soul.
· Striving together—contending together reflects joint-effort or cooperation; fight or struggle together side-by-side.
The brethren are to stand firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together as a team for the faith of the Gospel, or faith that is a result of the Gospel.
Until Jesus comes, we can Conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.
· We can live our lives in complete balance with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Until Jesus comes, we can Stand firm in one spirit, side-by-side, with the same focus or mentality.
Until Jesus comes, we can Strive together in a joint-effort, side-by-side, striving together as a team—for the faith that is a result of the Gospel.
Happy Birthday!
· Bailey Finch (8/6)
· Bruce Ferguson (8/8)
· Alayna Wilburn (8/9)
Next Week’s Servants (8/13)
· Café Bakers: Sharon Danapilis (casserole) | Julie Newell (donuts)
· Café Attendant: Marge Dumbaugh
· Nursery: Esther Sullivan, Tracy Marshall
Backpack Collection: ENDS TODAY
School is fast approaching, and we have been requested to do a backpack collection for El Ayudante in Honduras. [] Denise Hodge (daughter of Stan & Jean Robinson) who serves at this mission-based clinic asks that the backpacks be of good quality so they will last the entire school year. We will be collecting backpacks through Sunday, 8/6 and your donation can be left in the container in the foyer OR you can make a monetary donation and we can purchase the backpacks for you. Please consider supporting this need if you are able. Thank you!
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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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.
· Butch & Gail Sternum (friends of Roberta Newton) - Gail is recovering from hip surgery and fell and broke her ankle. Butch is in need of a liver transplant, but refuses to have one.
· Gloria Groce (Vasha Ferguson’s cousin in Alabama) suffers with PMR (Polymyalgia Rheumatica), an autoimmune, inflammatory rheumatic disease.
· James & Melissa Kirby (nephew of Bruce & Vasha Ferguson) who recently bought a new house and are having plumbing and a/c issues. Please pray that their issues can be easily resolved.
· 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) has been placed at River Ridge Retirement Center and has been diagnosed with vascular dementia due to strokes.
· 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.
· 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