First Importance

First Importance

The preaching and teaching ministry from the pastors at First Baptist Church of West Memphis, AR. "For I delivered to you as of FIRST IMPORTANCE what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures..." 1 Corinthians 15:3-4


May 23, 2023 28 mins

Pastor Josh Hall diverts from His CHOOSE JOY series to share this message from Romans 11:36 entitled "All is Christ's." From this passage, we see that Christ alone is worthy of ALL glory!


1) In Creation

2) In the New Creation

3) Illustration: Looking at the Stars


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Pastor Josh Hall continues his CHOOSE JOY series from the book of Philippians. From this passage, he points out the 2 words Paul uses in hte ommand in v. 14:

  • Grumbling - a low rumble of dissatisfaction
  • Disputing - prideful debating

He notes that there are "no exemptions!" The motivation to obey this command is three-fold:

1. For the Sake of Your Own Holiness

God has called us to be:

1) Blameless


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Pastor Josh Hall shares this message on soul-winning, drawing heavily from Dr. B. Gray Allison's book, PERSONAL EVANGELISM.

1. A Call From Above

2. A Call From Beneath

3. A Call From Without

4. A Call From Within

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Pastor Josh Hall continues his CHOOSE JOY Series with this message from Philippians 2:12-13. In this passage, he examines the command from the Apostle Paul and points out:

1. The Who

2. The What

3. The How

4. The Why

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Pastor Josh Hall continues his CHOOSE JOY series in Philippians with this message from Philippians 2:5-11. This is a continuation of last week's message where he shared 1) The Motivation, 2) The Mandate, and 3) The Method. Today, he continues with...


1. What Jesus Did Not Do - vv. 5 - 6

2. What Jesus Did Do - v. 7 - 8

1) Emptied Himself

2) Humbled Himself

3. The Exaltation - vv. 9 - 11

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Pastor Josh Hall resumes his CHOOSE JOY sermon series from Philippians. As we move into chapter 2, he discusses "Unity, Humility, and the One Who is Worth It All."

1. The Motivation - v. 1

1) Encouragement in Christ

2) Comfort from Love

3) Participation (Fellowship) in the Spirit

4) Affection and Sympathy

2. The Mandate - v. 2

"Complete my joy" - be unified!

1) Same Mind

2) Sa...

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Pastor Josh Hall discusses the TACTICS OF THE ENEMY (Satan) from this passage in Genesis. Satan aims his tactics:

1. Godward

1) Questions the authenticity of God's Word

2) Warps God's Word

3) Questions the authority of God's Word

4) Casts aspersions on the intentions and integrity of God

2. Manward

In tempting Eve, we see...

1) He made what's wrong look right

2) Her proximity


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Dr. Jimmy Millikin, our guest speaker for Senior Adult Recognition Day, presents this message for both young and old from Paul's second epistle to Timothy. Citing "Paul's Epitaph," Dr. Millikin shares:

1. A Charge to the Younger Folks

1) The Charge - Be faithful in:

a) What you believe

b) How you live

c) In your calling/service

2) Our motivation

a) Because of the forsa...

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Pastor Josh Hall walks through this passage, Romans 12:9-21, identifying the "Marks of a True Christian" as listed here by the Apostle Paul.

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Pastor Josh Hall delivers this special Resurrection Sunday message from Matthew 27-28. Looking at "The Grave From God's Perspective," he shares 3 main points:

1. The Grave Prepared - 2:57-61

2. The Grave Policed - 27:62-66

3. The Grave Powerless - 28:1-7

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Pastor Josh Hall begins with the premise in verse 1, "If then you have been raised with Christ..." leading to the encouragement to "Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth." In the rest of the passage (vv. 3-17), he discusses:


1) Sexual Immorality

2) Impurity

3) Passion

4) Evil Desire

5) Covetousness (Idolatry)


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Pastor Josh Hall takes a break from his CHOOSE JOY series in Philippians to present this Palm Sunday message from Psalm 24 and John 12:12-19, "Who Is This King of Glory?"

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On the 3rd Sunday in March, 2020, churches all over the country were closed due to COVID restrictions. But FBCWM never missed a beat, beginning instead a parking lot service called FBC DRIVES IN. Each year at this time, we remember how God blessed us during those days and celebrate His faithfulness through it all. Pastor Josh Hall shares this message in the parking lot, "Rejoice in Suffering," and discusses 3 reason that ...

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Dr. Jimmy Millikin, retired Professor of Theology at Mid-America Baptist Seminary, steps in for our ailing pastor to share this message on "Revival."

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Pastor Josh Hall continues his CHOOSE JOY series with this message from Philippians 1 entitled "Only Live Worthy." Pointing out in v. 27 that the word "only" means "this and nothing else," he goes on to list 4 aspects of living worthy.

1.   Stand Firm Together - v. 27

     1) Something Firm to Stand Upon

     2) Something to Stand Against

     3) S...

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Continuing his CHOOSE JOY series, Pastor Josh Hall brings this message from Philippians 1:18-26 entitled, "Keys to An Effective and Christlike Ministry." He lists 5 keys that are apparent in Paul's letter to the Philippians:

1.   Determined Joy - vv. 18 - 19

2.  Eager Expectation - v. 20

3.  Impassioned Purpose - vv. 21 - 22

4.  Heavenly Hunger - v. 23

5.  Selfless Service - vv. 24 - 26

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Pastor Josh Hall introduces a month long study on Missions from Acts 13:1-3. 

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Pastor Josh Hall takes a detour from Philippians to deliver a message on his heart about revival. From this familiar passage in 2 Chronicles 7:14, he shares the "Prerequisites for Revival."

1.   My People

     Revival must begin with God's people.

2.  Humble Themselves 

    Emphasizing the need for humility, he quotes C.S. Lewis: "A proud man is always looking down on...

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Pastor Josh Hall finishes this Wednesday evening study, WHY WE TRUST  THE  BIBLE (based on a study by Stephen L. Nichols of Ligonier  Ministries). This session examines "The Sufficiency of Scripture." He asserts that Scripture contains all the words that God intended for us to have for the following:

1.   Salvation - vv. 14 - 15

     Passages like James 1:18 and 1 Peter 1:23 point t...

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Pastor Josh Hall continues this series, CHOOSE JOY, from the book of Philippians. Today's message from Philippians 1:12-18 is entitled "Don't Call It a Setback." From this passage, we see Paul's perspective and the truth that...


1.   Persecution to Platforms - vv. 12 -1 3

2.  Our "Misfortunes" are Others' Motivation - vv. 14 - 16

3.  Opposition to Opportunity - vv. 15 - 17

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