Our Leadership Team
God created families as the first and most intimate place where we learn to walk with Him. Blackman Baptist is focused on supporting families as they walk in Christ in their home lives. We seek to provide age appropriate and meaningful opportunities for children, youth and parents to engage with the truth of Scripture and help as they apply it to their lives. Sometimes these opportunities are planned and packed with spiritual meat, like asking our teens to lead Sunday School for the younger ones. Sometimes they are spontaneous or more focused on relationship building, like a marshmallow roast in the fall for no particular reason!
To be a disciple of Jesus is to be a student and a follower of Jesus. As students, we are called to engage our minds in learning more about our Savior and His ways. At Blackman Baptist Church, we do this by studying the Bible together — in Sunday School, Community Groups and in the preaching.
As followers, He expects us to follow: to act and to do. We take the things we have learned and apply them to our lives. We do this in the context of the community of the church, encouraging and strengthening each other.
Service is anything and everything done to fulfill the two great commandments: love God and love your neighbor. This concept of service is deeply rooted at Blackman Baptist Church. We are the body of Christ and each part of the body has its function.
Our order of service is intended to be crafted around Scripture from start to finish. We want to lift up the Word of God and make it preeminent in our services. That means that God’s Word is the true north for our Sunday service. Through our Scripture readings, the songs that we sing, the sermon that is preached, the time of confession of our sins, and the confessions of faith that we speak together, Scripture is the backbone. These components of the worship service weave together to proclaim the truth about God and the gospel of His Son. Bringing God glory is our foremost desire.
Musically, our focus is the same. we sing songs that are old and songs that are new. In a service we might sing “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” or “All Creatures of Our God and King.” These are songs that are rooted in Christian tradition and have been sung for many years by believers who have gone before us. But in that same service we might sing “Stronger,” or “Christ is Risen,” which were been penned in the past few years. These songs are chosen not because they are old or because they are new. Instead, we would sing “Great is Thy Faithfulness” to highlight God’s faithfulness, or we would sing “All Creatures of Our God and King” to highlight the glory and splendor of the Creator. “Stronger” and “Christ is Risen” might be sung because they speak beautifully of Christ’s death, resurrection and return. God’s glory and His Word are our focus. Not melodies. Not keys.
Come and worship with us. We’d love to lift up God’s name along side of you! May we all worship Him in Spirit and in truth!
The gospel is our central focus on Sunday mornings because we think the gospel is the most clear demonstration and revelation of God’s greatness and character. In the gospel story, we see his holiness and justice, and we see his steadfast love, grace and mercy. It’s our belief that when we encounter God, we are changed. So the hope of the liturgy and worship service is to help our congregation “see” God, so that we can be changed and moved to worship him in praise and thanks. The liturgy is crafted in a way that communicates different “themes” or “movements” of the Gospel. Not just the content of the liturgy, but the actual shape and flow of the liturgy itself.
Section One: Call to Worship
Section Two: Time of Confession
Section Three: Confession of Faith
Section Four: Welcome Time
Section Five: Response
Section Six: Sermon
Section Seven: Benediction
Not every service will be lined out with these exact same formats and sections. But the general feel is that the gospel will be proclaimed thoroughly by the end of the service. Liturgy sets the boundaries, categories, and standards for the content of each Sunday’s service. Liturgy also displays the rhythm of the faithful Christian’s life.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.