Dr. Rob Wilton
As Christ-followers, we are called to be counterculture, not conforming to the ever-changing morals and values of our times. Our current culture is one of anger, unrest, criticism, and conflict, yet scripture instructs us to love, forgive, show kindness, practice humility and mercy, and promote peace. As Christians, we have a responsibility to renew spiritually in the image of our Creator, to focus on Christ, and tell others the good news of a God who redeems. Is this possible? Can we stand strong and overcome the challenges of choosing a different path than those around us? Not in our own strength, but with God, all things are possible. Following Christ is not a burden; it is an indescribable blessing.
First Baptist Spartanburg
August 2, 2020
Lead pastor, Vintage Church
1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
As Christians, we are called to...
1) Remove (vs. 9)
9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices
5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
2) Renew (vs. 10)
10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
3) Rally (vs. 11)
11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
4) Redeem (vs. 12-17)
12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
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Sunday Morning at 9:30 for the Celebration Service
Sunday Morning at 11:00 for the Genesis Service
Wednesday Night at 6:46 for the Crossfire Service
Saturday Night at 10:35 for the Genesis Broadcast
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Sunday nights on 106.9 WMIT FM The Light at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday nights with the Genesis Service on WYCW TV-62 at 10:35 p.m.
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Whether you're brand new to FBS or you grew up in this church body, there is something exciting and inspiring to learn about what God has done in our city over the past 180 years and what He continues to do as we look forward to the future. I Love To Tell The Story is a collection of stories, facts, images, testimonies, and historical context organized in a loosely chronological manner to paint a picture of First Baptist Spartanburg from 1839 to today. Available online for a donation of $40 (shipping included) or more. Pick up your copy on campus for a donation of $30 or more.
- 300 pages of rich content featuring inspiring images, testimonies, historical information, and fun facts
- Offset CMYK printed hard cover with nylon, matte laminate for protection and durability
- Case bound, Smyth sewn binding allows pages to be opened and comfortably spread flat
- Pages printed on premium satin finish paper for beautiful clarity in color while reducing glare on imagery
- Book dimensions: 11.25" x 10.44" x 1.25" / Opens to full width of 23.125"
- Each book individually shrink wrapped and packaged with care
DID YOU KNOW?
The History Book is filled with facts and information you might not know. Did you know:
- WICKED VILLAGE Spartanburg was known by many as a "wicked village" in the 1830's, when 25 people formed our church to share the Gospel with its people. Originally, known as "The Baptist Church of Christ At Spartanburg", FBS was the first church of any kind in Spartanburg. Read more about how our church family was born on Page 9.
- BURNED TO THE GROUND At our current main campus location in 1962, the church caught fire and burned to the ground? On Page 89, read the personal testimony of the photographer and church member who watched it burn.
- BREAKING BARRIERS OF RACE, LANGUAGE, & CULTURE In 1857, years before the Civil War (1861-1865), our church began asking extra time each month from our traveling pastor, John Landrum, to share the Gospel with people of color in the community, despite the prejudice and racism that permeated The South during that time and decades beyond it. Immediately after WWII, in 1946, our church sent missionaries to spread the Gospel in Japan to the very people some church members fought against in the war. In 1947, FBS realized the need and began providing worship service interpretation to deaf members of our community. Beginning in 2015, FBS helped plant Spanish-speaking church The Gathering, and created an event called B1: Exploring Unity Together, bringing together leaders of local Hispanic, African-American, and Messianic Jewish congregations to discuss race, culture, and how our faith in Jesus makes us family in Christ. Read more about these subjects on Pages 18, 74, 76, 270.
- DEDICATED LEADERSHIP FBS has been uncommonly blessed with faithful senior pastors. Since our church family started, 24 US States have been established. During that time, our church has only had 15 senior pastors total—a handful of whom served 15 years or more. Read detailed bios of each pastor and their ministry throughout the book, with a quick-access index in the back.