Here at Freemason Street, we seek to become a School of Christian Formation for all children, youth and adults – a nurturing environment in which we can be rooted in order to receive the light, life, and love of God so that we might become the presence of Christ for our world. On this journey, we have benefited from a variety of print or online resources that you may also find enlightening.

Children’s Ministry

Jesus says, “Let the children come to me and don’t hinder them, for the kingdom of the heavens belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14)

Here at Freemason Street, we aim to do more than programming.  Instead, we seek to support parents in their role as the primary spiritual nurturers of their children.  The goal of our family ministry is to help you find ways to talk about spiritual things with your children and help you center your lives on God’s presence.  We are working hard at empowering you to model faith at home and to use teachable moments and intentional practices to positively nurture your children in spirituality.

 

Youth Ministry

“Don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young.  Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity”. (1 Timothy 4:12)

Let’s face it.  It’s hard to be a teenager.  Friends.  School.  Parents.  Future.  Questions.  Change.

At Freemason Street we recognize that life is a swirl of joy and heartache but we hope we will be awake enough to see God in the middle of it all.  We strive to create an environment of welcome and trust so that youth feel safe enough to ask the hard questions and stick around long enough to seek the answers.

Through Bible study, prayer, fellowship, service, and worship we more clearly see how God’s good news in Jesus Christ changes us and changes our world when we are willing to become good news.

Adult Education Programs

“Speaking the truth in love, we will grow up to become in every way the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15)

There are levels and stages of faith, and here at Freemason Street we attempt to provide opportunities for you wherever you are on your spiritual journey. Through a variety of classes, small groups, workshops and retreats we seek to nurture the spiritual development of our faith community, guests and other seekers (1) by providing an effective educational ministry in light of Jesus who is our prophet, teacher, healer, and liberator and (2) by providing an integrative spiritual formation program in light of the contemplative Christian tradition.

 

FSBC - Freemason Street Baptist Church

(Our Lenten journey through Jesus' last words from the cross are proving transformational for this pastor. Walking this way with you is a gift from God for which I am grateful. -bg)

“THE DISCIPLE WHOM JESUS LOVED” (You, too)
-Bob Guffey

There it was again: “the disciple whom Jesus loved.”

I was reading the “Seven Last Words” of Jesus from the cross, and had come to the Third Word – “Woman, behold your son. Behold your mother” – and there it was again.

“The disciple whom Jesus loved.” (John 19:26)

The common assumption is those words have come from the writing voice of John the Apostle, the author of the gospel in which we find these words repeated several times.

“The disciple whom Jesus loved.”

Usually when I read those words in the setting of a bible study group, someone will remark, “Well, that John sure thought a lot of him himself, didn’t he?”

The longer I have read that passage though, I do not think so.

This is John – John, as in the brothers, James and John, who Jesus named “Sons of Thunder.” (Mark 3:17)

This is John who, with his brother, came boldly to Jesus demanding to sit in authority with Jesus in his kingdom. (Mark 20:37)

This is John who wants to call fire down to consume a Samaritan village that has rejected Jesus. (Luke 9:54) This is John who gets it wrong again and again.

“The disciple whom Jesus loved.”

I’ve come to read these words differently, especially if this is, indeed, the apostle John.

What I hear now is this.

I hear John writing: “The disciple whom Jesus loved? Can it be? After all I have gotten wrong? The disciple whom Jesus loved! Can it be? Jesus loves even me!”

That’s me, too. I see my life and all that I have done and left undone.

I see hopes fulfilled, and dreams left empty. I see successes and failures.

I see where I have not lived up to the standard set by Christ resident in me, Christ, “the hope of glory.”

I look in amazement at his face at the cross and say, “The disciple whom Jesus loved?”

Yes, even me.

Even you, too.

Grace and peace,
bg

3/24/2017

Robert Guffey

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