SERMONS THAT MATTER

This Sunday, I want to begin a new sermon series that will take us through the spring.  The title of the series is “What Really Matters.”  The inspiration comes from my alma mater, Furman University.  Once each semester a faculty member is invited to deliver the L. D. Johnson lecture on “What Really Matters.” Dr….

The Mission to Bulgaria

Our Bulgarian Mission Team returned on Saturday from our eighth mission trip over the past nine years.  It was another year of successful construction projects and fun games and crafts, but most importantly this year was a chance to see the fruits of our labor that have developed over the past nine years.   We were…

Passport Camp Report

Last Sunday fifteen students and five chaperones piled into two church buses to head off to Greensboro, North Carolina full of excitement and anticipation for the week ahead.  Six days later we arrived back at the church, unloaded the buses and went home.  We were not, however, the same group that left Commerce a week…

PRESENTATION FROM BAPTISTS TODAY

This past Wednesday night, John Pierce (editor) and David Hull (board member) of Baptists Today were our guests for prayer meeting.  They presented us with a bell and ringer on a stand.  The bell is inscribed “Freedom Rings/ First Baptist Church/ Thanks to you.”  The plaque on the stand reads “With deep appreciation for your…

NEW WEDNESDAY NIGHT STUDY: SABBATH, THE GIFT OF REST

Beginning Wednesday, June 10th we will embark on a new bible study. Based on the study “Sabbath, The Gift of Rest” by Lynne M. Babb, the study will take us through the summer months. Many of us grew up in an era in which most stores were closed on Sundays and we were not allowed…