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First Baptist Church, South Haven

Worship Gathering: 1/7/2024

Worship Gathering: 1/7/2024

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 11:00 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.
The Majesty of God
Psalm 8:1
Pastor Jerry Koller
A.W. Tozer was an American pastor in the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination. He was an author and pastor who emphasized the need for a deeper knowledge of God and the development of the “inner life.” Tozer was extremely influential in evangelical Christianity in his generation and was often called a “twentieth-century prophet.”
The Church has surrendered her once lofty concept of God and has substituted for it one so low, so ignoble, as to be utterly unworthy of thinking, worshipping men. This she has done not deliberately, but little by little and without her knowledge; and her very unawareness only makes her situation all the more tragic. ~ A.W. Tozer
In the NIV, the word majesty appears 63 times.
· 30 times, it is used as a title of respect.
33 times, it is used as a superlative meaning “mightier than everything else.”
With our loss of the sense of majesty has come the further loss of religious awe and consciousness of the divine Presence. ~ Tozer
The decline of the knowledge of the holy has brought on our troubles. A rediscovery of the majesty of God will go a long way toward curing them. ~ Tozer
The word heavens (Psalm 8:1) is not limited to the atmosphere, to the universe, or to any portion of creation.
· God’s glory is beyond creation.
· The theological term for this is “transcendence.”
What is God like?
· God is not like anything in all of creation.
· Creation comes from the heart and mind of God.
· God has given us a heart and mind so that we may know Him.
With our hearts and minds, we have the capacity to love—love God; love one another.
In order to answer the question (What is God like?), we have to examine how God has revealed Himself to us.
· God makes Himself known to us in ways we can understand.
Six times in this passage, John describes what he saw by using the word like.
When God introduces us to things that lie far beyond our field of knowledge, He often uses things we know to help us understand what is beyond our comprehension.
When we try to imagine what God is like we must of necessity use that-which-is-not-God as the raw material for our minds to work on; hence whatever we visualize God to be, He is not, for we have constructed our image out of that which He has made and what He has made is not God. ~ Tozer
When we take these things too far or too literal, we fall into idolatry for what we have done is make God into whatever we want God to be.
In Romans 1, foolish man
An attribute of God is whatever God has in any way revealed as being true of Himself. ~ Tozer
Characteristics are features or qualities of someone or something. They can change.
The attributes of God are simply those qualities that are “Inherent.”
· They belong to God’s essence, His very being.
· They are not acquired, nor are they developed.
The attributes of God are “Unchanging.”
· They do not, nor can they change in form, quality, or nature.
· Theologians call this “Immutable.”
God’s attributes are “Eternal.”

Happy Birthday!

· Dave Hollis (1/11)
· Sarah McKamey (1/13)

Next Week’s Servants (1/14)

· Café Bakers: Annette Koller (breakfast casserole) | Allie Wilson (donuts)
· Café Attendant: Marge Dumbaugh
· Nursery: Bocock Family
· Sound Tech: Gabe Bocock

Attention Members: Annual Meeting Information

The 2024 budget proposal and explanation has been sent to members via email in a PDF format. If you would like to have a paper copy, please contact the church office. In addition to voting on the budget and the 2024 Elder Ministry Team candidates, Alyssa Newell will be presented as a proposed candidate for the Elder Ministry Team. Elder Ministry Team members willing to serve for 2024 will be Jason Avery, Patty Bales, Brian Bocock, Dan Marshall, and Alyssa Newell (if approved). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the church office.

Alyssa Newell (daughter of Dean and Linda Newell) grew up attending First Baptist Church. She came to Christ at four years old and has been active in church programs and events since. Alyssa has served in the Children’s Church program since 2006, first as a junior leader and now leads it. She graduated in 2013 from Grace Christian School and attended Grace Christian University and Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in early childhood and Elementary Education in 2019. She currently teaches kindergarten at Grace Christian School. She shares an apartment with her sister, Julie, and their cat Ginger, and enjoys reading and spending time with family. Alyssa looks forward to the opportunity to continue to serve the church on the Elder Ministry Team.

After the meeting, everyone is invited to join us for a potluck lunch in Freeman Hall Gym. Please bring a dish and a dessert to share that will feed at least 10-12 people. Beverages will be provided. Help is needed. If you're available, please let Kim know ASAP.

Have You Considered?

Did you know that if your bank offers online services, you can set your tithe up as a regular ‘bill payment’ through your bank? This is a convenient option to help with continuity in giving and the ability for you to tithe even when you are on vacation or miss church. It eliminates having to wonder if you turned in your offering while you were gone! If you have questions or would like more information about how to utilize this convenient option, check with your banking institution or contact the church office.

Pop Cans = Scholarships

Don’t forget that your beverage can & bottle donations are used to fund teen scholarships for youth retreats, summer camps, special activities, etc. Please bring your recyclable items to the church anytime!

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 | Children's Worship Room
· Ages 5 years old through 5th grade
· Contact Bailey Finch 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.

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

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

bible study
Thursdays| 9:30-11:00am | Conference Room
· on break until spring
· Contact Tina Wilburn for questions or more information.

women’s craft group
Thursdays | 6:30pm | Craft Room
· Contact Tracy Marshall for questions or more information.

coming soon
· Blood Drive | Thursday, 1/18/2024 | after worship
· Annual Meeting | Sunday, 1/21/2024 | after worship
· Nolan Marshall has had an increase in behavioral issues. Pray that they will be able to get things regulated and under control again soon.
· 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.
· Joyce Bocock continues to do well. Prayers for continued improvement and relief from pain are appreciated.
· 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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