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Monday Meditations: Thankful for 175 Years!

on November 25, 2013

{I was in the nursery again during my husband’s sermon, but I was able to catch some snippets (in between the screeching and car sounds) from the little tv that lets the nursery workers view the service.}

bannerOn December 22, 1838 our church, First Baptist Church in Rockford, IL was chartered with just a handful of members. Because it is the week of Thanksgiving, my husband gave a history of the 175 years that our local church has existed, in order for us to thank God for his goodness to us as a body of believers. One of our members, a sweet 87-year old lady, has been at our church for almost half of its existence!

Pastors came and pastors went. Babies were born, and older members died. Visitors came and joined. Others moved on. Numbers went up. Numbers went down. Men who promoted false teaching were removed. Faithful men and women served the Lord and each other. Other churches were planted. And through it all–through 175 years of church history–God faithfully preserved First Baptist Church.

We have much to be thankful for. We have many to look back upon who faithfully ran the race before us–in Rockford, IL! We, too, are just a blip in the time-line of our church. Yet the degree to which we point ourselves and others to Christ, the degree to which we too remain faithful to the Gospel, is the direction that we continue to set for future generations in our church.

May God help us to continue to be faithful to him and to the Gospel. May we continue to remain true to our mission:

The First Baptist Church of Rockford, Illinois, exists to glorify God by expounding the truths of His Word; by establishing mature followers of Christ who declare God’s excellencies corporately in worship and individually in life; by passionately spreading Christ’s saving gospel; and by perpetuating God’s work by reproducing itself in Rockford, Illinois, the United States, and the world.

This general mission will be accomplished through regular, vibrant, loving, prayer-filled, and Bible-centered worship; through the administration of the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper; by the development of spiritual maturity in believers through preaching, discipleship, service and fellowship; by the consistent practice of personal and corporate evangelism; by the establishment of other churches of like faith and practice both locally and on the foreign field; and by the earnest defense of the faith.

Mt. 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; 2:41-47; Eph. 4:11-16; 2 Pet. 3:18; Jude 3

To God be the glory!

{On Mondays, I share some thoughts from my pastor’s (husband’s 🙂 ) sermon on Sunday. This will be good for me, as it will help cement God’s truths in my head and heart. I hope these truths will encourage and challenge you! If you’re interested in hearing a particular sermon, you can head here to listen.}

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