God is doing great things at First Baptist Church in New Albany. We preach from the Bible and believe that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life in every thing and in every way. We love traditional hymns and contemporary Christian music as well and have just recently revived our church choir for the glory of God. No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, or what you have done, you are welcome to become a part of our family at First Baptist.
Letter from Dr. Jim Ivey concerning the virus crisis:
Dear Church Family,
I have never seen times like the one we are in right now, but I have seen difficult and scary times in my life. When I was young, I would have been in a panic in times like these. Since finding the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior and growing in trust in Him, I am actually amazed that I can find calmness in the midst of today’s troubles.
I have tried to stress just how big the family of God is in our monthly communion services. To know we are not the only Christians in the world is very comforting. In this kind of crisis however, knowing that coming in contact with others could result in a very serious sickness and possibly even death, our church council and I have decided that our regular church activities need to be suspended until the medical crisis has passed.
That does not mean that we are abandoning our church family or ceasing to be a church. We are implementing a church family calling program to check on each other weekly. We are in process of creating ways for you to have a weekly sermon, even if it is recorded on a CD or printed on paper. We will be doing our best to keep connected and if necessary to supply the needs of our church family in any way we can.
This is an excellent time to turn to the Scriptures and to turn to the Lord. The Scriptures are full of support in times of fear, anxiety, and worry. Comfort is everywhere in the Scriptures so God’s people need to take advantage of these resources every day and not just in times of crisis. And prayer, well that is always an opportunity to draw closer to God and to be reassured of His loving presence. God has promised in many Scriptures to hear our prayers and to be present in our times of trouble. Psalm 91 is one of my favorite assurances of that very promise (read verses 14-16).
No matter what the future holds, we as followers of Christ know who holds the future. In order to make our family connection easier, Tammie will continue to be in the church office on Monday through Thursday from 10 AM to 12 Noon. She is there to receive calls from you and to make sure that nothing is overlooked in our ministry. Tammie will also be there to make sure our bills get paid and our church continues to operate. We trust that God will supply our needs financially through your tithes and offerings, and Tammie will gather those daily as you mail them in or drop them off through the mail slot at our front door.
We will get through this with the Lord’s help. God is faithful to watch over His people and His church. Remember, the church is not the building, and it is not the Sunday service. It is the people of God who desire to follow God and join together as family. We are God’s family at First Baptist Church New Albany and nothing the devil can do will change that. Pray, have faith, trust the Word, trust the Lord and we will overcome. I love you all.
But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.
Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.