Welcome to the web-space for Calvary Baptist Church. One of the trickiest parts of creating a web-space is choosing the tagline, the summary that speaks of who we are and what we are about. We chose “To the glory of God, helping people walk with Jesus in faith, hope, and love” but this does not tell the whole story about us. We could easily have chosen “into God’s Word, into God’s world” as we strive both to grow in a Bible based faith, while also looking to how we can serve God beyond ourselves, beyond our church, indeed well beyond our town’s borders. We might also have chosen “open Bibles and minds, willing hearts and hands” as this would reflect our desire for a thoughtful and Biblical faith that is expressed in generous and practical ways. Really, no one line can summarize our church family, just as no one line could summarize who you are! Visiting a web-site is not nearly as interesting as visiting the real thing, so we invite you to come and find out more about who we are and Who we are about. We invite you to consider how we can help you walk with Jesus in faith, hope, and love to the glory of God.
“Small But Mighty”. That might describe many a person you know, but is also an apt description for the Books of the Bible that can easily be neglected due to their small size. This Sunday, we turn to the three smallest books of the New Testament. You are welcome to join us to find out what they are and how they are mighty! The sermon this Sunday is called “Stuck in a Sticky Spot?”. The Scripture reading will be the book of Philemon which can also be read on your mobile device here.
Philemon (NRSV) 1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,
To Philemon our dear friend and co-worker, 2 to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 When I remember you in my prayers, I always thank my God 5 because I hear of your love for all the saints and your faith toward the Lord Jesus. 6 I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective when you perceive all the good that we may do for Christ. 7 I have indeed received much joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, my brother.
8 For this reason, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do your duty, 9 yet I would rather appeal to you on the basis of love—and I, Paul, do this as an old man, and now also as a prisoner of Christ Jesus. 10 I am appealing to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I have become during my imprisonment. 11 Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful both to you and to me. 12 I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you. 13 I wanted to keep him with me, so that he might be of service to me in your place during my imprisonment for the gospel; 14 but I preferred to do nothing without your consent, in order that your good deed might be voluntary and not something forced. 15 Perhaps this is the reason he was separated from you for a while, so that you might have him back forever, 16 no longer as a slave but more than a slave, a beloved brother—especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
17 So if you consider me your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. 18 If he has wronged you in any way, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. 19 I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand: I will repay it. I say nothing about your owing me even your own self. 20 Yes, brother, let me have this benefit from you in the Lord! Refresh my heart in Christ. 21 Confident of your obedience, I am writing to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.
22 One thing more—prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping through your prayers to be restored to you.
23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you, 24 and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.
25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.