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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!


Dec 28, 2021, News and Updates

  written by Pastor Vradenburgh George Frideric Handel’s oratorio – Messiah – is without doubt his “magnum opus”– his greatest work (and he had many). Having suffered a stroke and fighting depression, he gave what he considered his “farewell concert” in April, 1741. Then from the depths of anxiety, he rose to compose this Magnum […]

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Why Jesus Came – Sermon Application #2

Dec 16, 2021, Sermon Applications

As we have been learning, studying Jesus’ purposes for coming into the world lead us to meditate on many wonderful truths about our salvation!  We know that Jesus came to save us, but the glory of this salvation unfolds before us only as we continue searching the Scriptures.  In Sunday’s sermon, we examined several marvelous […]

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Why Jesus Came – Sermon Application #1

Dec 13, 2021, Sermon Applications

Sunday, December 5, we were blessed to focus on the reasons for why Jesus came into the world. If we were asked why He came, we would probably reply with something similar to Paul’s words: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Tim. 1:15).  And while this is certainly true, there are […]

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Thanksgiving Obtains the Spirit’s Blessing – Sermon application number two

Dec 04, 2021, News and Updates

As the redeemed people of God, it is only proper for us to be filled with thanksgiving and praise to our Savior.  In the fortieth psalm, which likens our salvation to being lifted out of a “horrible pit,” the psalmist writes, “[the LORD] hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our […]

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Thanksgiving Obtains the Spirit’s Blessing – Sermon Application Part One

Dec 03, 2021, Sermon Applications

A thankful heart is a humble heart.  As Pastor Vradenburgh noted, a proud heart is what makes us unthankful toward men and God.  When we are proud and unthankful, God resists us and we forfeit many blessings of the indwelling Spirit.  The Bible says, “God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” (James […]

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“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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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.