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"We also have the new Presidential Prayer Team Journal in the church office."

UPDATE: July 27

The Power of a Shot

I’m very pleased, relieved, and gratified that despite being exposed to Covid-19 over the past two weeks, my vaccinations last winter have kept me free from the transmission of the virus.  It was unexpected when close family members became symptomatic and most likely contagious. Despite proximity, I escaped with no symptoms and four Covid tests have proved negative.

I’m not arguing or trying to persuade any to become vaccinated, although it was one of the most important things to someone like me who’s immunocompromised. Each of us must make up our own minds regarding the merits of the shot.

But there’s one vaccination, so to speak, that is far more important: salvation through the atoning work of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s cross.

The apostle Paul writes in Romans 8:2: “… because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”

The “shot of salvation” frees us from eternal separation from God. It frees us up from the consequences of our sin. And it frees us to experience the abundant life that Jesus promised.

What else does the “shot” bring?

Justification — we are declared right before God, based on Christ’s righteousness. (Ro. 3:24) We are saved from the penalty of sin.

We are reconciled to a restored relationship with God free from His wrath. (Col. 1:21,22)

Regeneration — we get a “new beginning”, a “start-over” a “new life.” (II Cor. 5:17)

Adoption — we are adopted into God’s family, no longer strangers, or sojourners. (Eph. 2:19)

We are given the Holy Spirit who tells us we are God’s children (Ro. 8:16)

Sanctification — we are set apart to become more like Jesus every day.  God calls believers out of darkness into light. God continues to purify us with His word and His Holy Spirit. (II Thess. 2:13) We are saved from the power of sin.

Glorification — With the power of God, we will receive glory at the coming of Christ. (I John 3:2). Then, we will be saved from the presence of sin.

What an amazing “shot.” (and, it’s free!)

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Please join us for morning worship this Sunday. Our service begins at 10:50. If you are joining us in person, seating is more flexible, and you are free to wear or not wear a mask. If you cannot attend, please join us on-line via Facebook Live, YouTube or the FBC Elfers website. You may place your offering in the baskets at each door as you enter or leave.

Jim West

Teaching Pastor

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First Baptist Church is an exciting, Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church committed to reaching people for Jesus Christ, ministering to the whole family, and teaching the Word of God through innovative means.

Organized in 1876, First Baptist has been a beacon in our community through the years, meeting the needs of all people. You will find our worship services to be warm, genuine, and exciting. From the music to the preaching, we desire to give God our best.

There is truly a place for anyone and everyone in our church. We hope that if you are looking for a church home, you will prayerfully consider First Baptist Church. Please feel free to contact our church staff for any reason.

Phone: (727) 849-6352

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First Baptist Church of Elfers
4050 Redleaf Dr.
New Port Richey, FL 34652