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Clarity, New Series

January 16, 2022

Seeking Clarity
Matthew 24:1-4
Dr. Don Wilton
January 16, 2022

On this beautiful snowy Sunday, you are invited to join us in worship as Dr. Wilton continues to share about clarity. Today's message concerns seeking clarity. We are surrounded by opinions and interpretations of spiritual matters through social media, written materials as well as well-meaning spoken words. Confusion abounds so how do we seek clarity and know the truth?

Although Jesus was speaking to the people of His time, the same principles apply to us today. God will give us clarity as He reveals the truth to us through His Spirit. Dr. Wilton shares some principles of the clarity the disciples wanted as well as the clarity they received. Jesus warned the disciples not to be led astray but to look to Jesus and be obedient to what He says. We must do the same especially in our complex world today. 

Are you seeking clarity as you grow in your Christian walk? Where do you go for clarity to the questions you have? Are you swayed by all the opinions of friends or other forms of media that surround you? We are reminded that having questions is all right if we listen to the right people and then trust in the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding. We will never have all the answers. We face an uncertain future but be assured, my friends, God owns the future and He will give you the clarity you need as you seek Him.

 

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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.

FEATURES
  • 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.
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