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We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth

 
First Baptist Church is a place where you are loved, where you will encounter spiritual truths and wrestle with questions in a safe and welcoming community. Come join in what is happening at First Baptist Church!
 
 
 
 

 Student Ministry

 
Crossfire Youth exists to help our young people grow in their relationships with Christ and to give them the tools they will need to reach their highest potential for Christ. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 Life Groups

 
FBC Murphy has a wide variety of Life Groups to fit everyone’s needs. The Life Groups meet on Sunday mornings at 9am.
 
 
 
 
 

 Worship

 

The worship service begins at 10am and ends at approximately 11:15am. It is a unique time for sharing which provides for a greater sense of family and belonging.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Upcoming Events
 
 

Pop-Up VBS

 Sunday, July 7th
 
Longfellow Park

Jamaica Mission Trip

 
 Leave July 19th
 
 First Baptist Church of Murphysboro

Trimester Business Meeting

 
 Sunday June 23rd following Worship
 
 First Baptist Church of Murphysboro
 
 
 
 
 
From The Pastor
 

July 1st, 2017

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” – Romans 8:37
 
Lately, I have been pondering the question “What does God think of me?” because as I read the scriptures, it is clear to me what God thought of me even before I was born. In Psalm 139:14, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” He says “I’m fearfully and wonderfully made.” In Psalm 17:8, I am the apple of His eye. In Deuteronomy 7:6, God tells me I’m His treasured possession. In Galatians 3:26, “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,” He is saying I’m a child of God. In Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” I’m an incredible work of art. I can find all over the scriptures what God thinks of me. Paul in his letter to the Romans tells me “I’m more than conquerors.” I should be ecstatic about God’s opinion of me. But we seldom take His word.
 
We are troubled by what others around us think of us. I’m too thin, too fat, no one wants to be around me, or I don’t have this or that. Does it really matter what others think of me compared to what the creator God thinks of me?
 
You know most of us Christians know how the story ends. If you have forgotten, read Revelation which tells me we won. God is on the throne and I’m going to be sitting next to Him. My confidence and hope is in God. I know I’m God’s treasured possession.
 
When I first started pastoring, I didn’t feel like a pastor, and I didn’t look like one either. It took a few years to realize it didn’t matter whether I looked or felt like one, I was chosen by God to “serve” HIM.
 
So when I look into the mirror in the morning, I ask myself, what does God think of me? I’m assured I’m God’s treasured possession, I’m God’s child. How did I behave yesterday in my walk. Did I make Him proud, did I disappoint Him, how was my attitude toward others, my speech, my thought process, etc., because I did try to please in every way possible my earthly parents, peers and others.
 
I now have a poster in my office which says, “What Does God Think of Me?”, so I focus on it everyday. I will please my God, because I will spend eternity with Him and also share the joy of being with my heavenly father.
 
Finally, this is what I know!
  • I’m a citizen of heaven. (“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ” Philippians 3:20)
  • I’m God’s messenger to the world. (“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8)
  • I’m God’s disciple maker. (“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” Matthew 28:19)
  • I’m the light of the world. (“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14)
  • I’m Jesus’ friend. (“I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15)
Hope you are having a wonderful summer. God’s blessings will be upon you.
 
Your’s in Christ’s steps,
Pastor Shaker

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Mar 12, 2016
Don Gladden
"3-12-17-low". Released: 2017.
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    Don Gladden
    "3-12-17-low". Released: 2017.
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    What is it Worth to You?
    "3-5-17-low". Released: 2017.
 
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Sunday
 
8:15am – Fellowship with Coffee and Donuts
9:00am – Life Groups
9:00am – FBC Kids Worship
10:00am – Worship Service
 
 
 
 
Wednesday
 
3:30pm – FBC Kids Club
3:30pm – Crossfire Youth Group
5:00pm – Family Dinner
6:00pm – Bible Study with the Pastor