Advent and Christmas

November 29, 2015

Peter Rhea Jones
Pastor Emeritus, First Baptist Church Decatur

Delivering Love
Mark 10:25-37

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” They were even more astonished and said to Him, “Then who can be saved?” Looking at them, Jesus said, “With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.” Mark 10:25-27


December 6, 2015

David Gushee
Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at McAfee School of Theology

Justice and the Incarnation
Luke 1:46-55

"His mercy extends to those who fear him,
    from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
    he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
    but has lifted up the humble."
Luke 1:50-52


December 13, 2015

Roger Paynter
First Baptist Church Decatur Interim Pastor

Grace and Limits
John 1:1-9

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."
John 1:1-4


December 20, 2015

David Gushee
Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at McAfee School of Theology

Healing and the Incarnation
Luke 1:5-25

"With the spirit and power of Elijah he will go before him, to turn the hearts of parents to their children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord."
Luke 1:17


December 27, 2015

David Gushee
Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at McAfee School of Theology

New Year's Nuggets
James 4:13-17

"Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that apprears for a little while and then vanishes."
James 4:14


January 3, 2015
EPIPHANY SUNDAY

Roger Paynter
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Decatur

Simeon's Song
Luke 2:22-40

"Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."
Luke 2:29-32