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

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August 15, 2022 37 min

Pastor Josh Hall continues his BELIEVE & LIVE series from the  Gospel of John. This is the last of 3 messages from John 17 where the High Priestly Prayer is Jesus is recorded. In this message, Pastor Josh looks at what he calls "Livin' on a Prayer."

1.  United Now - vv. 20 - 23

2.  United Forever - vv. 24 - 26

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Pastor Josh Hall continues his BELIEVE & LIVE series from the  Gospel of John. This message from John 17:6-19 examines Christ's "Prayer for Safe-Keeping" for the Disciples in the Upper Room with Him, and by extension, for us.

1.  In His Name - vv. 6 - 12

2.  From the Evil One - vv. 13 - 15

3.  In the Truth - vv. 16-18

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Pastor Gary Hair (Calvary Baptist Church, West Memphis) is our guest speaker for this special episode recorded at our Manly Monday at First Baptist. Bro. Gary shares the pattern for discipleship found in 2 Timothy 2:2: "And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."

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Pastor Josh Hall continues his BELIEVE & LIVE series from the Gospel of John. This message from John 17:1-5 examines the first part of Jesus' High Priestly prayer for His disciples. 

1.  The Posture - v. 1

2.  The Priority - v. 1

3.  The Purpose - vv. 2 - 3

4.  The Premise - v. 4

5.  The Promise - v. 5

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Pastor Josh Hall continues his BELIEVE & LIVE series from the Gospel of John. From John 16:16-33, he examines the Lord's last words to His disciples. In this passage, Jesus encourages His followers with:

1.  Out of Sorrow: Joy - vv. 16 - 24

2.  From Distance: Nearness - vv. 26 - 32

3.  In Tribulation: Peace - v. 33

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Dr. Jimmy Millikin leads a Wednesday evening study from Colossians 2 describing the believer's "Completeness in Christ." He discusses:

1.  Completeness Denied

2.  Completeness Confirmed

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Pastor Josh Hall continues his BELIEVE & LIVE series from the Gospel of John. This message, "The Helper" from John 16:1-15, examines the work of the Holy Spirit.

1.  The Helper Sent - vv. 4 - 7

2.  The Helper's Work - vv. 8 - 1  

3.  The Helper and the World - vv. 8 - 11

4.  The Helper and the Believer - vv. 12 - 15

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Pastor Josh Hall continues his BELIEVE & LIVE series from the Gospel of John. This message, "Hated," from John 15:18 - 16:4 examines three trying truths:

1.  You Will Be Hated - 15:18-19, 22-25

2.  You Will Be Persecuted - 15:20-21

3.  You Will Not Be Alone - 16:1, 4

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Pastor Josh Hall concludes his study in the book of Proverbs with this lesson entitled, "2 Paths."

1.  Wisdom & Life

2.  Foolishness & Death

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Pastor Josh Hall shares this special Communion service message, "A Meal with Meaning."

1.  A Look Backwards - vv. 23 - 25

2.  A Look Inward - vv. 27 - 31

3.  A Look Upward - v. 26

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Pastor Josh Hall continues his study in the book of Proverbs with this lesson, "The Wisdom of God," from Proverbs 30.

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Pastor Josh Hall continues his BELIEVE & LIVE series from the Gospel  of John. This message from John 15:12-17 examines our friendship with God through a relationship with Jesus Christ. In this passage we see:

1.  A Clear Command - vv. 12 - 13

2.  A Comforting Declaration - vv. 14 - 15

3.  A Calculated Calling - vv. 16 - 17

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June 23, 2022 25 min

Pastor Josh Hall walks verse by verse through Psalm 90.

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Pastor Josh Hall continues his BELIEVE & LIVE series from the Gospel of John. This message from John 15:1-11 examines the importance of abiding. From this passage, we will see eight reasons why abiding in Him is so important.

1.  He Is the Source of Life - v. 1

2.  He Is the Source of Care - vv. 1 - 3

3. He Is the Source of Fruitfulness - vv. 4 - 5

4.  He Is Our Only Hope; Apart From Him There Is No Hope - v. 6

5.  He Will Answ...

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Pastor Josh Hall continues his study in "The Wisdom of Proverbs" with this lesson, "Wisdom for Your Words." He notes 3 contrasting types of words:

1.  Prudent vs Loose

     1)  Prudent Words are:

         • Pondered - 15:28

         • Restrained - 10:19; 27:27

         • Apt - 15:23

     2)  Loose Words are:

         • Hasty - 29:20

         • From big mouths - 13:3

         • Create strife - 18:6

         • "Sh...

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Pastor Josh Hall continues his BELIEVE & LIVE series from the Gospel of John. This message from John 14:27-21 deals with Jesus' promise to give us His peace. 

1.  Peace Inherited

2.  Peace Unequaled

3.  Peace Enjoyed

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Pastor Josh Hall continues his BELIEVE & LIVE series from the Gospel of John with this message, "An Extraordinary Life," from John 14:12-26.

1.  An Extraordinary Work - vv. 12 - 14

2.  An Extraordinary Helper - vv. 15 - 17

3.  An Extraordinary Presence - vv. 18 - 21

4.  An Extraordinary Teacher - vv. 22 - 26

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Pastor Josh Hall continues his study in "The Wisdom of Proverbs" with this lesson, "Family and Friends." The book of Proverbs presents invaluable wisdom on...

1.  Marriage

2.  Children

3.  Friends

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Pastor Josh Hall continues his series in the Gospel of John. In this message, he looks at Jesus' promise in John 14:1-14 to go and prepare a home for all believers.

1.  The Quality of Home - v. 2

     1) The Owner

     2) The Size

     3) The Builder

2.  The Accessibility of Home - vv. 3 - 6

     1) A Personal Escort

     2) The WAY

3.  The Company of Home - vv. 7 - 14

     1) God, the Father

     2) Jesus, the Son

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Retired Missions Pastor Steve Smith shares insights into the prayer life of Jesus and its application to our lives.

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