So…What is the CHURCH?

Here at First Baptist Church, Darlington WI, we believe in the Biblical definition of “church”. First of all the Bible says that the church is PEOPLE not a building. Listen to Pastor Nick’s series of messages entitled “What is the Church?” He is looking at church membership and church leadership, according to God’s Word. We hope that you will check out our church family. We would welcome you!

Summer’s winding down…

The summer fun continues at FBC-Darlington! The Community Family Movie Night this past Friday was a blessing to all! Weather and technology both cooperated to give us a great outdoor movie experience.

On Friday, September 1, we’ll be sponsoring a Parents’ Night Out. Drop the kiddos off at the church; they’ll be entertained while the parents get some time alone. More details to follow.

Wednesday evening, August 23, will be the final 2017 summer study gathering. Join us for pizza at 6:00 and good fellowship at 6:30. We will be looking at Joshua’s farewell address to his people.

Stepping Out

Transition is a part of life. Change can be both exciting and scary. Joshua probably felt both of those emotions in the beginning of his story in the Bible book of Joshua- he was about to step out as the next leader of God’s chosen people, the Israelites. Their first beloved leader, Moses, had died. He would be a tough act to follow!

Joshua was going to lead the people into a new territory. Both God and the people tell Joshua to be strong and courageous as they step out and into this new life. God didn’t lay it all out for them; He just told them to step out and trust. We need to do the same as we face transitions in our own lives. (Read Joshua chapters 1, 2, and 3)

Summer sizzles!!!

Summer is sizzling at FBC! Join us for some great activities. Pastor Nick has started a new sermon series entitled: “The Storyteller: Parables of Jesus“. This goes right along with the summer quarter of adult and children’s Sunday studies “Stories and Signs“. The women’s Sunday group is doing a DVD study on prayer from Ann Graham Lotz.

On Wednesday evenings, Pastor Nick is leading a study on the book of Joshua. We fellowship with a meal at 6pm, followed by study and discussion at 6:30. There are also activities for children.

The annual FBC day camp returns July 24-28 with “Spy Academy“. Children entering K-6th grade in the fall can sign up to become secret agent trainees. Click on the front page banner to spy out details and discover the registration forms.

Hope to see you sometime this summer!

Memory Challenge!

Ok, here’s the beginning lyrics for a couple songs. What are the next few words? “Jesus loves me…” “Amazing grace how…” I’ll bet you knew them immediately. Our brains are amazing computers and we really can memorize a lot. God’s word tells us to do just that – to lay up His word in our hearts (Psalm 119:11), we’re blessed by doing it (Psalm 1:1-3, John 15:7). Since Pastor Nick is teaching through the book of Colossians, we have been challenged to commit the book to memory. You can click on the banner at the top of this front page for the details and a link to Colossians set to music to help you out. And you CAN do it!

What Are You Wearing?

How much time this morning did you spend putting on the “right stuff” to wear for the day? Did you realize that the Bible tells us what God wants us to “put on” to face the day? Here are a few of the verses about what a well-dressed Christian should wear: Colossians 3 – 12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Romans 13:14 – But put on the Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 6 – 13  [Put on] the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit.

He Did It!

Easter day 2017 is about over (the sun has set here in SW WI). But the hallelujahs can continue because we can live in Easter every day. Jesus rose from the dead to conquer death for us. If we believe in Him as risen Savior and Lord, we too can live in newness of life today and with Him in eternity. Hallelujah! Thank you Jesus!

In the Meantime

Yesterday was Good Friday – Jesus died for our sins. Tomorrow is Easter – we will celebrate His resurrection! But it’s Saturday. We don’t often hear much about the time between Jesus’ death and resurrection. It was a time of grief, fear and confusion for a lot of people. Been there? You know the promises of God and you’ve prayed, but you are living “in the meantime”. Sometimes that is a difficult place to be. I know. My husband died nine months ago and I’m waiting for God to show me what that means for my life going forward. But He’s told me to rest in Him and wait to see. Friends, He is ALWAYS working. We don’t often see it because the work “in the meantime” is usually God’s purpose being accomplished in the spiritual realm. Be of good cheer, my fellow “meantimers” – Sunday’s coming!!!

GOOD Friday?

How could the day of death be a good Friday? Because, as we read in Hebrews 9 “26 But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age[k] to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice. 27 And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, 28 so also Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.” Hallelujah for the cross! 

He Did It!

The Christian church is commemorating Passion Week. Passion Week is so named because of the passion with which Jesus willingly went to the cross in order to pay for the sins of the world. The week is described in Matthew chapters 21-27; Mark chapters 11-15; Luke chapters 19-23; and John chapters 12-19. It begins with the triumphal entry on Palm Sunday on the back of a colt as prophesied in Zechariah 9:9.

Today, Thursday, we remember the last hours Jesus spent with his disciples. He ate the Passover meal with them and told them to remember his sacrifice whenever they would participate in what we now call “The Lord’s Supper” or “Communion”. Then he took them along to a garden to pray. Here he prayed to the Father “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” (Matthew 26:39) Then he was arrested.