Come worship with us!!
Welcome! We are so glad you found us! It is our sincere desire at First Baptist to serve the Springfield community by uplifting Jesus as the one and only Lord of life! Our prayer for all believers is that you will be blessed and strengthened in the Spirit, Grace and Power of the Lord; that through Him you will find a life of abundant peace, spontaneous joy, and unending passion. First Baptist is a growing fellowship of Spirit filled believers coming together to declare the awesome glory of the Lord and to celebrate Jesus as King. We study the Word, practice what we learn and in the process grow together. Visitors are always welcome! We hope that you will come join with us in humble praise and joyous celebration of the risen Lord!
Hopefully Spring will be here soon and the activities below will become part of your planned activities for 2014
Every Saturday at 7:00 pm we have a contemporary worship service. This is geared toward those who cannot worship on Sundays or those who cannot attend on Sunday because they will be away. We have a lot of fun and the service is as worshipful as at any other time. Please consider and also bring a friend. All are always welcome!
The 4th Saturday of every month is “Movie & Munchies” night. Starting at 5:30 pm we have a meal along with snacks and refreshments. Following that around 6:15 pm we show the latest in Christian Films. This is always a fun attraction for the family. Please consider coming. There is never a charge!
In March we will start up our Weds. evening Children’s activity night. We dub it Kaleidoscope Kids. All children are invited and we serve a full meal for your children at no charge. The festivities begin at 6:00 pm each Wednesday. All are invited.
Also in Wednesday’s is our Midweek Bible Study followed by a time of prayer. John Snyder, teacher and deacon, leads this study every week. All are encouraged to attend.
Other things going on, Bible study’s on Tuesday. For the early risers or those who want some fellowship before work, we have a Men’s Bible study at 6:15 am. We always show a video filled with Bible teaching and then follow with discussion and prayer.
The Ladies also have a Bible Study on Tuesdays at 10:30 am. Experiencing God. All are welcome.
We do not want to forget that we have age based Sunday School classes on Sundays at 9:30 am. These classes go from kids to Sr. Adults. This is followed by Worship at 10:45 am. That evening at 6:30 pm we have Discipleship classes for adults and children. What a blast!! We study and share the Bible and our experiences with everyone. We Pray and we rejoice. All are welcome!
If you need more information about the church please call Joyce at 217-523-7731. If no answer just leave a message.
God Bless all!
Bible Studies and Worship!
Tuesday Morning Men’s Bible Study
NEW study Begins Tuesday March 4th 6:15 am (Early Birds)
33 The Series, Volume 4: A Man and His Work
Work and career play a major role in the life of every man. This volume of 33 The Series begins by recognizing the obstacles and tensions that men can experience in their work-lives and then unfolds a process that helps men move beyond the conventional perspective of work that can lead to dead ends and frustration. It leads them to a bigger, biblical vision of work that goes back to God’s original intentions.
Ladies Bible Study every Tuesday Morning! “Experiencing God”
Join Joyce Mancke and a host of ladies for “Experiencing God” every Tuesday Morning at 10:30 am!
All ladies of all ages are welcome to attend. For more information contact the church office at 217-523-7731
Bible Studies: Radical Living & Fresh Start
Sundays at 9:30am – Music and Youth Pastor. Brian Morgan will lead a Bible Study entitled, “Radical Living!” The study will be ongoing and will cover topics that center on being real, genuine, and honest in a not so Christ-Like world.
Sundays at 6:30pm – The Sr. Pastor, Michael Henderson will teach a class entitled “Fresh Start” for all believers. The class is geared toward growth “In Christ” and is ideal for those who would like a refresher in the foundational Biblical Studies found in Scripture. The is is a must class for all who desire to draw closer to God and understand Him on a deeper level.
Saturday Evening Worship, KLE3 Saturdays at 7:00pm weekly!
Saturday Worship service at 7:00 pm weekly. We call it KLE-3.** Brian Morgan, our Music Minister, will be leading the music which compliments a timely message from Pastor Mike which follows. There is plenty of opportunity to lift praises to God in song and testimony so we are inviting you to come and share what our AWESOME GOD is doing in your life. Please make every opportunity to attend. Many have said they cannot come on Sunday Mornings so this is your opportunity to Worship the King during the evening. We are here to serve the Lord and in doing that serve you! Remember John 3:16, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him may have eternal life!
** KLE3 – We are CLAY in the potters hands, we are the ekKLEsia, the called out ones for Christ, and Jesus is the CLEs de La Vie, Key to New Life!
Rejecting the Holy Spirit’s Witness
I have taught concerning the “Unpardonable Sin” Jesus spoke of on numerous occasions. Sadly, many Christians today still live in fear that they have committed it. This type of understanding gives them impetus to walk away from the church and service to God. Below I have written to demonstrate what this sin really is and to give an understanding that only those who reject Jesus’ claims of Messiahship and the witness of the Holy Spirit, the One who illuminates the sin within us, can commit this end-all-beat-all of sins.
To give a better understanding I would like to use the coming Tribulation period as a foundation.
The Coming Day of Tribulation
The Bible predicts a coming day of tribulation that Jesus describes as the most horrible time on earth. So horrible is this period of time, that unless He returns to end it all flesh will destroy themselves, (Mt. 24:22). But thankfully, for those left living, He does come back to end the destruction. Concerning this time, the Apostle Paul speaks of a period within it’s time-frame when people will be deceived to such a point that they cannot receive salvation and eternal life in heaven.
The ones who will not be saved are:
1) Those who obviously refused the love of the truth that they may be saved, 2 Thess. 2:10.
* Simply put these are they who have placed their love of unrighteous living above the love for the truth of the gospel.
**These are they who currently are living aloof of the gospel by allowing other things (idols) to control their lives. They are obstinate and unwilling to submit their lives to the God of Grace. These are they who know the truth but fiercely resist it as did those in the crowd who killed the deacon Stephen after he delivered his bold rebuke, (Acts 7:51).
But this definition needs to be refined to define at what point Love of unrighteous living trumps the ability to be saved? I believe the answer lies in the unpardonable sin. In Matt. 12:10-13, Jesus had just healed the man with the withered hand on the Sabbath. This angered the religious leaders. Matt. 12:22-23 He heals a demon possessed individual who was dumb and blind because of it. It was at this point the crowds are wondering if Jesus is the Messiah for He was doing the works of the Messiah, Isaiah 42:6-7. Immediately after the Pharisees saw the reaction of the crowds Matt. 12:24, they accuse Jesus of casting out Demons by the power of Beelzebub (Satan). Jesus declares this to be “Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit” and “Unforgivable.” (Matt. 12:31-32)
In the historical account, Jesus had clearly portrayed Himself to be the “Anointed One,” the Messiah. The people knew this was a Messianic miracle because no one ever born blind had been healed of blindness. The Blind man in John 9 exclaimed, “Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.” (John 9:32-33 NKJV) The Pharisees make their self-damning accusation by clearly rejecting Jesus’ claim and attributing His miracles to Satan by whom they believed he was in contact with. This case illustrates that the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is a complete rejection of all claims to who Jesus is and the final nail in the coffin by rejecting the witness of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit we are told will convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment.
John 16:9-11 (NKJV)
“of sin, because they do not believe in Me; “of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; “of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
It seems that rejecting Him and in turn attributing his witness to familiar spirits or Satan himself, is the final straw.
A recent and most vulgar blasphemous letter written by a Gay supporter to the Illinois Family Institute in response to the Grammy’s reflects this sin. I will not link to this letter because it is so BLASPHEMOUS! If you desire to see it search on the IFI website. It reflects a vicious display of demonic vulgarity fitting of those who fully reject Christ.
2) Those who have completely hardened their dark hearts towards Gods invitation to salvation
3) The ones who have for so long suppressed the truth in unrighteousness that they can no longer be saved – God has given them over to their sin and the delusion during the tribulation period is that state of the hardened heart.
When a person hears the gospel in its fullness, understands it, then fully rejects it they cannot be saved. It may not be immediately known that they have but God knows. “For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. “Matthew 13:12 (NKJV) The first person possesses salvation. The second does not possess salvation but HAS heard the gospel but rejected it, what he has will be taken away.
I believe the deception on in 2 Thess. 2:11-12, is no more than this sin of blaspheming the Spirit of God. The deceptions of the world fueled by Satan caused a rejection that cannot be reversed.
See Also: Rom. 1:24, 26, 28
Why would the Holy Spirit inspire Paul to write such things as “…who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them”???? Rom 1:32 (NKJV) Because they were given over by God to do the despicable and abominable. God has given them over to the darkness. They have suppressed the truth they have heard and seen for so long; they have rejected the witness of the Holy Spirit for so long that at some point they cannot be saved.
Those are the ones, if living at the time, that accept the Mark Of the Beast of the world system thereby sealing their doom. Revelation 13
If your loved ones have heard but not rejected, if they are just putting if off by Him-Hawing around, there is hope. Share Christ and be sure to point out the events to come. So if they have not accepted Christ at the time of His appearing they will remember what you said and turn to Christ for salvation.
*In this post I purposely overlook radical liberalism and radical conservatism with the express opinion that most know there are some wackos on both sides of the fence.