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.
“A Compelling Life”
Does Christianity promote a beautiful vision for how we live? Are the ethics promoted within Christianity consistent with a loving God? Today we take a look.
The Scripture focus can be read on your mobile device here.
Mark 12:28-34 (NRSV) 28 One of the scribes came near and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, he asked him, “Which commandment is the first of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” 32 Then the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that ‘he is one, and besides him there is no other’; 33 and ‘to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength,’ and ‘to love one’s neighbor as oneself,’—this is much more important than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” 34 When Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” After that no one dared to ask him any question.
Galatians 5:16-26 (NRSV) 16 Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another.