Messages from a small church seeking the center of God’s heart and will.

June 26, 2022

Who’s In Charge Here?

NOTE: THIS EPISODE INCLUDES A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT. SEE BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS.

Series: Storyteller #10

26 June 2022

Luke 16:1-15

What to do when you're faced with a passage of Scripture you don't understand. Also what to do (and what not to do) if and when you're faced with a loss of power and resources when you had them before.

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Scripture Reading: Paul Layte

Message in a Basket: Rev Barbara Jernigan

Main Message: Pastor Jenn (Rev Jennifer A G Layte)

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Central Baptist Church is embarking on a capital campaign to restore key aspects of our historic 1860's era building. This is partly for the historic value, but even more so we can more faithfully serve the community where God has placed us, using the resources God has given us. If you would like to participate in this good work, please visit our website, cbcsouthbridge.org, and designate your gift to "Ezra's Purse." Thank you.

June 19, 2022

The Prodigal Father

Series: Storyteller #9

19 June 2022 - Father's Day/Juneteenth

Luke 15:11-32

The Prodigal Son parable takes the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin a step further. But also, we miss some important details when we focus on the son who ran away. Like, what about the son who stayed? And who's the real prodigal in all this?

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Scripture Reading: Kathleen Youngs

Message in a Basket: Rev Barbara Jernigan

Main Message: Pastor Jenn (Rev Jennifer A G Layte)

June 12, 2022

Lost and Found

Series: Storyteller #8

12 June 2022

Luke 15:1-10

The only difference between the sheep is that one of them is lost. And it isn't always the one you might think.

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Scripture Reading: Mark Bertrand

Message in a Basket: Rev Barbara Jernigan

Main Message: Pastor Jenn (Rev Jennifer A G Layte)

June 5, 2022

How to Behave at Parties

Series: Storyteller #7

5 June 2022

Luke 14:7-24

Ever think about how except for that one time, Jesus must've been really awkward at parties?

To guests: Sit somewhere else.

To hosts: Stop inviting your rich friends.

Someone tries to redirect Him with talk about the Feast in the Kingdom. Jesus: Yeah, about that...

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Scripture Reading: Tom Jernigan

Message in a Basket: Rev Barbara Jernigan

Main Message: Pastor Jenn (Rev Jennifer A G Layte)

May 29, 2022

Humble and Stubborn

Series: Storyteller #6

29 May 2022 - Memorial weekend

Luke 18:1-14

A stubborn widow hassles a corrupt judge for justice, an arrogant religious person tells God how awesome he himself is, and an immoral, unjust tax collector gets humble before God. Somehow all of this is connected to the Good News...and the crazy things that have been happening in the world lately.

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Scripture Reading: Rev Barbara Jernigan

Message in a Basket: Rev Barbara Jernigan

Main Message: Pastor Jenn (Rev Jennifer A G Layte)

May 22, 2022

What Does This Cost?

Series: Storyteller #5

22 May 2022

Luke 14:25-33

Do I have what it takes to be a disciple? What if the point is that I don't?

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Scripture Reading: Mark Bertrand

Message in a Basket: Rev Barbara Jernigan

Main Message: Pastor Jenn (Rev Jennifer A G Layte)

May 15, 2022

Responsible or Foolish?

Series: Storyteller #4

15 May 2022

Luke 12:13-35

Rich bank account or rich soul?

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Scripture Reading: Kathleen Youngs

Message in a Basket: Kathleen Youngs

Main Message: Pastor Jenn (Rev Jennifer A G Layte)

May 8, 2022

Mother Hen

Series: Storyteller #3

Mother's Day - May 2022

Luke 13:31-35

Is this really a parable? And what does "mother-love" have to do with either Jesus or salvation?

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Scripture Reading: Paul Layte

Message in a Basket: Rev. Barbara Jernigan

Main Message: Pastor Jenn (Rev Jennifer A G Layte)

May 1, 2022

Who’s My Neighbor?

Series: Storyteller #2

1 May 2022

Luke 10:25-37

Pastor Jenn was sick this weekend. So Barb preached two Messages from her Basket, and Pastor Jenn recorded her sermon from home. This communion Sunday recording is therefore longer than usual, but such good stuff--we hope you'll listen to all of it!

Today we looked, with Jesus, at the questions, "What must I do to inherit eternal life?" and "Who's my neighbor?" (Turns out they're related.) We discover that parables work because we're usually all the characters, one way or another. And also, Jesus Himself is hiding somewhere in them, too.

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Scripture Reading: Tom Jernigan

Message in a Basket x 2: Rev. Barbara Jernigan

Main Message: Pastor Jenn (Rev Jennifer A G Layte)

April 24, 2022

The Storyteller

Series: Storyteller #1

24 April 2022

Luke 1:1-4; Mark 4:33-34

Why do we tell stories? Why are there so many stories in the Bible? Why would Luke, trying to write an orderly account of the life of Jesus, bother to include so many of Jesus' stories which were, in fact, fiction?

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Scripture Reading: Mark Bertrand

Message in a Basket: Paul Layte

Main Message: Pastor Jenn (Rev Jennifer A G Layte)