James, the brother of Jesus, once wrote to the church, “But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” (James 2:18) This challenge was made to those who believed it was enough simply to claim that they believed in Jesus but felt that it was not necessary to serve others, and also a challenge to those who believed that service was the end unto itself without the need to share the love of Jesus. James teaches us that the heart of God is in sharing our lives in service to others in order to demonstrate to them that they are not alone in this world and that God truly does care about them.
Here at First Baptist we are committed to not just talking about Jesus and sharing what He did, but also to following Him into our community and sharing our hearts through the service of others. We encourage anyone and everyone who wishes to make an impact – not just for a moment, but also for a lifetime – on people in our community and in our own church.
We often forget that the church is not a sanctuary for the righteous, but a hospital for the broken. We cannot ignore the real pain that surrounds us each day, including among those we call brothers and sisters in our church family.
We are also always looking for new ways to touch our community with the love of God through His willing followers who just want to make a difference in this world!