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Faith Promise Missions

We believe in missions at First Baptist Cape Coral. We believe in the global call of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

This weekend marks our 3rd annual Faith Promise missions conference. Our main speakers will be Gary Frazier of Israel and Alan Green of Word of Life Hungary. Also represented at our missions conference will be Lifeline, our local pregnancy care ministry, and Joel Breidenbaugh, planting a new church in Central Florida.

Our church has responded well to Faith Promise missions. Currently we support Southern Baptist missions, as well as Abraham Thomas in India, Emmanuel Negru with Word of Life Greece, Oleg Turlac in Russia, and Jonathan Mathews in Brazil, as well as Lifeline.

Missions is dear to the heart of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “The Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” I John 2:2 makes it clear that Christ died for the sins of the whole world. It is our goal to proclaim the gospel worldwide, so that as many as possible will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Pastor Jim

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The Christmas Story

The Christmas Story in the Bible is the most compelling narrative ever told in human history. Luke does not begin chapter 2 with, “Once upon a time…” He reports that which was seen among many witnesses.

The Bible tells us of the miracle of the virgin birth, which was announced to an incredulous Mary by the angel Gabriel. Knowing that she was a virgin, she asked how it could be possible that she would give birth. The angel said that the power of the Holy Spirit would over-shadow her. The “holy” child would be born. “For with God,” said the angel, “nothing shall be impossible.”

God sent His Son into this world as a Savior, to “save” us from our sins. Only Jesus, the holy Son of God, qualifies as a Savior. The angel said to Joseph, “You shall call his name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.” The very name Jesus means, “God our Savior.”

This is the Christmas we celebrate here at First Baptist Church of Cape Coral.

Pastor Jim

 

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The Hope Christmas Brings…

Barbra Streisand is reported as saying, “I do believe the world is coming to an end. I just feel that science, technology, and the mind have surpassed the soul — the heart. There is no balance in terms of feeling and love for fellow man.” Ms. Streisand is not necessarily a prophet, but she is perceptive enough to discern that all is not well on this troubled planet. When we look around and see the unraveling of Europe, the growing tensions in the Middle East, the downward spiral of the family and the American culture, it is enough to ask what the great British statesman, Winston Churchill, asked Billy Graham some 50 years ago, “Young man, can you give me any hope?” I think if it were not for the coming of Jesus Christ, the fulfilment of His purpose to die on a Roman cross for the sins of a fallen human race, and to be raised the third day, and the assurance He will return and turn the world upside right — we would all feel like both Streisand and Churchill.

But I do not feel like them. This Christmas we celebrate the birth of eternal hope — in Jesus Christ! We are engaging every part of our worship experiences to remind ourselves and our friends — there is hope!

The mountains will be alive with the sounds of Christmas music. The preaching will explore the impact of Jesus coming to planet earth. The worship will focus on the message of hope. This Christmas season will guide us in joining the world of believers to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

Pastor Jim

 

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Block Party

As an alternative to Halloween, our church is planning a “Block Party” from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on October 31. Our new family pastor, Jonathan Phillips, is leading the Block Party. We look forward to Christian fellowship, fun & games, and of course treats and candy.

The Bible says that whatever we do, we should do all “to the glory of God!” That is our goal here at First Baptist Church of Cape Coral. Hopefully, we will see lots of friends and neighbors as we have our first “Block Party” here at 4117 Coronado Parkway in Cape Coral, FL.

Pastor Jim

 

 

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Disaster Relief

We are praying for those in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, particularly our friends & neighbors in Texas and Louisiana. At times like this, it is good to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. Our mission dollars are already at work through such agencies as the Southern Baptist Convention, which we support on a regular basis.

The SBC Disaster Relief trucks were the very first ones in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The FEMA director this week named the SBC as among the first-responders already on the ground in Texas.

So, already we have given, and we can now also give more. Anything given through First Baptist Church of Cape Coral should be designated “Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief,” and we will forward it to the appropriate SBC relief coordinators. Our local Royal Palm Baptist Association and our statewide Florida Baptist Convention are currently organizing relief teams to go to Texas to help. We can direct to them anyone who is available to help.

Pastor Jim

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God’s Summertime Blessings

We are having a great summer here at First Baptist Church of Cape Coral. We are in the middle of a “Miracle Mortgage,” which will be complete by the end of the summer. Our attendance and offerings have held up very well through the summer. And we have launched into the spiritually rich New Testament book of Ephesians in our weekend worship services.

Jonathan Phillips is off to a great start as our new “Family Pastor.” We look forward to hearing him preach this summer for the first time here at First Baptist Cape Coral. Jonathan and his wife, Cheyenne, are fitting in very well. We are quickly growing to love and appreciate both of them.

Gerard Tricarico will kick off our fall Awana program with a “Gospel Magic” ministry in the main sanctuary on Wednesday, August 16, at 6:30 PM. Gerard is a member of our church. He has ministered here before. His ministry is outstanding!

Join us here at First Baptist as we exalt and lift up the name of Jesus Christ!

Pastor Jim

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