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Welcome to the Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) blog! Here, you will find up-to-date posts on our latest church news, interesting articles related to the Christian faith, explanations of common key doctrinal questions, and more. Be sure to check back with us regularly to see our very latest posts!


“Healed by His Stripes” – Sermon Application Part Two

Nov 18, 2021, Sermon Applications

The doctrine of substitutionary atonement through Jesus Christ makes manifest the immeasurable love of God.  In 1 Peter 2:24, Peter says that “[Christ] his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree.”  Even without the familiar quotation “by whose stripes ye were healed” the connection to Isaiah’s prophetic crowning jewel is […]

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“Healed by His Stripes” – Sermon Application Part One

Nov 15, 2021, Sermon Applications

It was a great privilege to spend Sunday morning meditating upon those marvelous words in Peter’s first epistle, “by [Christ’s] stripes ye were healed (1 Pet. 2:24).”  Pastor Vradenburgh pointed out that the Greek word translated to “stripes” is not plural, but rather singular; literally “by whose stripe ─or wound─ ye were healed.”  Since the […]

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Zoom Prayer Meetings Draw Us to God and Each Other

Oct 11, 2021, News and Updates

Almost every Saturday morning since the pandemic began, I’ve met with a handful of ladies over zoom to pray. Before we knew the term “social distancing,” these prayer times were held in person at church, which I admittedly attended very rarely. Now, with my coffee cup in hand, I slip away for 45 minutes on […]

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The High Cost of Discipleship – Sermon Application #2

Sep 30, 2021, Sermon Applications

Jesus gave the connected parables of deliberating over potential construction and potential battle to make us pause and contemplate the cost of living a genuine Christian life (Luke 14:25-33).  Our fleshly inclination is to make our own costless form of Christianity, but this compromise only leaves us with a form of godliness void of spiritual […]

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The High Cost of Discipleship – Sermon Application #1

Sep 29, 2021, Sermon Applications

The connected parables of the man setting about to build a tower and the king deliberating about whether or not to go to battle confront us with the high cost of discipleship (Luke 14:25-33).  If we are to be true disciples─ followers of Jesus Christ (which the Bible assumes that all Christians are), then we must […]

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The Great Supper – Sermon Application #4

Sep 23, 2021, News and Updates

In the parable of the great supper (Luke 14:12-24), a feast has been prepared and all that remains is for the guests to come and enjoy the meal.  What a marvelous picture of our salvation!  Time would fail us to describe our entrance into the brightness of this glorious peace, the deepening realizations of a […]

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The Great Supper – Sermon Application #3

Sep 21, 2021, News and Updates

The parable of the great supper sets two extremes in our view, the extravagant grace of God and the wretched disregard of sinful man (Luke 14:12-24).  God, the Master of the magnificent soul-feast of salvation, shows His grace not only in preparing the great supper, but also in sending His servants out into the world […]

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The Great Supper – Sermon Application #2

Sep 16, 2021, Sermon Applications

In the parable of the great supper (Luke 14:12-24), Jesus provides us with direction for Christians disillusioned with seemingly futile evangelistic efforts.  In the parable, a servant goes out to invite guests to a great supper only to meet with a series of irrational and petty excuses: “I have bought a piece of ground, and […]

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The Great Supper – Sermon Application #1

Sep 14, 2021, Sermon Applications

Immediately following the parable of the exalted wedding guest, Jesus gave another parable with a similar theme, the parable of the great supper (Luke 14:12-24).  Jesus, the Master Teacher, loaded this parable with rich application both for the lost who refuse to come to the feast of salvation and to the saved who have become […]

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Parable of the Exalted Wedding Guest – Sermon Application #2

Sep 10, 2021, Sermon Applications

In the parable of the exalted wedding guests, all of the guests were vying for the most honorable seats. In contrast, Jesus, who was the most honorable of all, did not strive for the high place. Rather, he taught his disciples to take the lowly place and to leave the matter of honor to God. […]

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Our purpose is to make much of our Lord Jesus Christ and His gospel through the preaching of His Word and the making of disciples. At Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) we teach the Bible in order to facilitate spiritual growth in all of God’s people and to provide opportunities for Christian fellowship. God has graciously used Friendship to further His work both locally and across the globe since 1965.