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THIS WEEK'S NOTES
First Baptist Church, Spartanburg
October 18, 2020
Donald J. Wilton
THE CHURCH WITH THE DOOR
Revelation 3: 14-22
HOW JESUS PRESENTS HIMSELF
- The Amen
- The Faithful One
- The True One
WHAT JESUS SAID TO THEM
- I know your deeds (15)
- You are lukewarm
- They were deceptive
WHAT JESUS INSISTED THEY DO
- Buy gold
- Buy white garments
- Buy salve
- Open the door
The Church with the Door
“Behold I stand at the door and knock…” are words that ring in our hearts as we think of the church of Laodicea, a city built on a hill in a prosperous area at the time of the writing of Revelation 3. The city was known for its aqueduct system that brought pure fresh water to the people inside the city. However, by the time the water reached the people, it contained impurities from the system, making the water lukewarm and unclean.
Jesus compares the church at Laodicea to the water – not pure and cold; rather they were lukewarm and their deeds and actions were deceptive. The church was encouraged to put aside their unrighteousness and material prosperity and serve God wholeheartedly. He insisted that they open their eyes and see clearly that Jesus stands at the door and knocks. They needed to get serious, repent and confess their sins; otherwise He would spit them out as lukewarm water.
This message is for believers as well as unbelievers. Perhaps as believers we have allowed our hearts to become impure and lukewarm- not focused completely on Jesus. This church may remind you that as an unbeliever, you need to open the door as you hear Jesus’ knocking.
Thank God for the door where He stands knocking. Allow Him to come in and have fellowship with you again or for the first time. He is waiting.
Online Video is Live 4 times a week:
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
Each time featuring live chat along side the stream.
Broadcasting the Message of Christ!
Day after day we are able to broadcast the message of Jesus Christ and the hope that He brings. Each week a new broadcast is available for download and we even keep an archive here in case you missed a week.
We also want you to be able to watch The Encouraging Word comfortably in your living room or at a friend’s house. It is our hope that this page will serve as a resource for you; giving you the stations and times that The Encouraging Word’s broadcast is available. (Click here to discover more on The Encouraging Word website)
In The Upstate of South Carolina:
Sunday mornings Live on CBS affiliate WSPA TV-7 at 11:00 a.m.
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.
First Baptist Spartanburg satisfies the caption quality standards set forth in FCC Rule 79.1(j)(2), 47 C.F.R. § (j)(2)
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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.