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FBC Inside – 4.13.17 – Midweek

Ephesians 2:11-13

11 Don’t forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders. You were called “uncircumcised heathens” by the Jews, who were proud of their circumcision, even though it affected only their bodies and not their hearts. 12 In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope. 13 But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.

Ephesians 2:8-10 – Community Group Connections

Ian just walked us through Ephesians 2:8-10 with the idea that God’s grace in us produces good works by us. He used three point to communicate that truth:

  1. Christ’s faith in His Father defines our trust in him
  2. What starts with God ends with God
  3. Our DEEDS are always defined though relationship

Download our Field Guide below and work through it before Community Group.


FBC Inside – 3.30.17 – Midweek

Ephesians 2:1-7

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

FBC Inside – 3.23.17 – Midweek

Ephesians 1:15-23

15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church,23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Associate Pastor, Prayer and Back to School Bash

Associate Pastor

We will make an announcement on Sunday about where we are with the Associate Pastor search.


After church on Sunday we will gather together to pray for our country in light of the upcoming elections and racial devision.

Back to School Bash

This Saturday the youth will be participating in a Dodgeball competition against other school districts that we are hosting in the Zipp Gym in Wilson. Pray for a chance for youth to get connected to us for the upcoming year. If you would like to volunteer please email Rich Jennings at

Country Christmas, Christmas Caroling and Biblical Decision Making

 What is FBC Inside?

FBC Inside is a weekly or bi-weekly video series that I (Stephen) have started to record. The goal of these videos are to give you some inside information (that’s not typically to be covered on a Sunday morning) about what is going on in the life of the church.

Please feel free to use the form below to share information on what you would like to know more about and I will try to address what you guys send over.

Love Stephen & Nicole

What would you like to know more about?

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Elder Update 10.12.14

September/October 2014

The elders are hoping that everyone is well and God blessed.  This is our first update since finishing up the summer and we are moving ahead with our current work on several fronts.

Our first update concerns Elder Ken Twist.  Ken has requested a temporary Sabbatical leave from the elder board to attend to some pressing personal matters. While the elders were sorry to learn of Ken’s concerns, we certainly understand his reasoning and wish him the very best during his time away from the elder board and look forward to his return in due season.  Be sure to wish Ken your best when you see him in church.

Even in light of this temporary shrinking in the number of our elders, God is still sovereign and very good.  We are pleased to announce five men have expressed interest in learning more about being an elder and will begin training classes in October. These men are Christopher Scrufari, Tim Lauger, Tom Bach, James Harasimowicz, and Robbie Riesman.  Please pray for these men and for the full elder board as they work together to create a framework for spiritual growth.

Another update that is very important concerns our current search for a Youth/Worship Pastor. Please recall that following Renae’s departure as Youth Director and in our budget planning, it was decided that the church would be best served by a paid vocational staff of two pastors, the Teaching/Outreach Pastor and a new position of Youth/Worship Pastor.  Pastor Stephen is continuing in his role as Teaching/Outreach Pastor and Pastor Tim decided that although he was not interested in the position long term, he would continue as interim in the Youth/Worship Pastor position while a search was conducted for a new pastor to fill this role.  After checking out several local candidates, the elders expanded their search nationally and received many good responses.  We are proceeding with a group of six candidates at this time and will provide more information as this process moves forward.  Please pray for discernment for the elders and candidates.

Thank you again for your patience and support as the elders address these and other issues in the life of the church.  Please remember that you are always welcome to talk to the elders, either at a meeting, or simply send an email or make a call.  We would be pleased to hear from you.

Annual Report & Meeting Minutes

July 26, 2014

The First Baptist Church of Wilson held its Annual Meeting at noon on Sunday, July 25, 2014 with 30 members in attendance. The members of the Elder Board each offered updates and answered questions from the congregation.  Financial reports for the last fiscal year (July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014) were reviewed.  The new budget was discussed and a motion was made and seconded (Chris Scrufari, Brian Meacham) to approve the new budget for July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015.  It was noted that a new mission budget will be established for the following fiscal year.

A discussion of the church property as well as the recent purchase of property was discussed and a list of ideas was assembled for the elders to prayerfully consider.  Pastor Tim reported on  the outcome of a meeting with the Executive Pastor of ABC/NYS and discussed our current affiliation with American Baptist Churches. Following discussion, a motion was made and seconded (Chris Scrufari, Lois Farley) to allow the elders to begin to examine other denominations or affiliations with a goal of leaving the ABC in the future.  This motion passed without dissent.

A general Q&A time followed and the meeting adjourned at 1:45 pm

Respectfully submitted, Douglas Farley, Executive Elder


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Lessons in Fatherhood 2

I’ve always had problems sleeping. I’ve battled insomnia, sleepwalking (as a child), and bizarre dreams. As a child I would occasionally wake up in a confused state; my visual perception was skewed so that things appeared distant and my movements seemed exaggerated or sped up. I would sometimes experience mild tremors that pulsed through my body. This state was also accompanied by nonsensical reoccurring dreams. During these incidents I would navigate my way downstairs and alert my parents in a confused manner that something was wrong. My father would often be the one to get out bed to deal with his confused son. I clearly remember lying on the couch as he calmly rubbed my back, waiting for the incident to end. I remember abruptly sitting up on the couch to babble nonsense or look out the picture window that was situated overhead. My father would graciously stay with me until I calmed down and the tremors went away.

Although those episodes have long passed, a good night’s sleep is still sometimes hard to come by. We have a baby who still cries at night, and a 5-year-old daughter who occasionally cries loudly in her sleep. I often wake up multiple times for no good reason or struggle to fall asleep. Another disruptive, yet enduring, nighttime event occurs when my son stumbles out of bed at night, stomps rather loudly down the hall, comes to the side of my bed, and tells me that he’s had a bad dream. My initial irritation with being woken up is quickly offset by the realization that my son is scared and finds comfort with his father. I usually call out to him so that he can find me in the dark, tell him that it’s just a dream, give him a hug, and walk him back to his room. He is typically sleeping again as soon as his head hits the pillow. Crisis averted, but such an event only increases my fatigue the next day.

These anecdotes reveal two very important elements about life as a Christian. First, it provides a picture of how fathers graciously interact with their children and do not ignore their needs. Of course, I am imperfect and fall short in my duties as a father (that’s another blog entry). I get tired, grumpy, impatient, and often cannot simultaneously comfort or closely interact with all my children. God has none of these deficiencies. He is perfectly loving, merciful, just, sovereign, holy, unchanging, all knowing, and always present (just to mention a few of his attributes). His love never fails; it endures forever (Ps 136). Whereas I don’t want to be woken up at night, God is always graciously there waiting. I put my son back to bed as quickly as possible; God is not limited by time or fatigue.

Yet, just as we can use personal experiences to better understand God, we can also use them inappropriately. When we inaccurately apply human characteristics to God, we engage him as a flawed, albeit powerful, being. We may think of God sitting in the sky, not having the time or desire to deal with our “meaningless” lives. Or we think that he is angrily judging everything we do wrong, and so we run from him rather than to him. We forget about grace, atonement, and our adoption into God’s family. We fail to see that the very best in us is immeasurably less than the goodness and lovingness of God. We forget that he is always present, waiting for us to run to him. His embrace will be immeasurably greater than that of our human fathers.

Second, it illustrates the need that children have for their father. Like I needed my father and my son needs me, we need our heavenly Father. The act of needing is not done apathetically nor accompanied by stubborn self-reliance or pride. At times it is done in a manner that is much like my son’s desperate stomping in the middle of the night. The reasons for such desperation are wide ranging. Perhaps we are suffering, anxious, confused, or afraid. Perhaps we’ve done our own thing too long and find ourselves at a point where our only option is to run back to our Father. Regardless of the reason, a loving Father awaits. Other times our need is acted out in a manner comparable to when my daughter tiptoes into my bedroom around 7:00 on a weekend morning, politely crawls to where my wife once slept, and we doze off and on until it is time to get up. Neither of us are particularly talkative in the morning; she just seems to like being nearby. Maybe we should all start our day by drawing near to our Father. It might even eliminate some moments when we have to stomp back to Him in desperation.

Such an act requires a degree of humility that can be conveyed with anecdotes about young children calling out for their human father. But as adults we often become self-reliant so that acknowledging our need to commune with God contradicts much of what we do in life. Perhaps this is one of the reasons Christ instructed his disciples to become like little children (Matthew 18). There is something very childlike in desperately running or quietly coming near to our Heavenly Father. I could use more of that childlike humility in my life.