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The Rise, Ruin, and Restoration of One of America’s Great Churches

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The Challenge
Was Great!

Hear from the pastors and members who were there and learn about the challenges they faced and the lessons they learned along the way. Whether you’re a seasoned pastor or new to ministry, this podcast has valuable lessons for you.

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A Celebration of God’s Grace at First Baptist

September 8, 2019 | Recap Video

September 8, 2019 | Sunday Service

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“Hard stories are difficult to share, particularly when the story is yours. Why in the world would I talk about a season of difficulty now that happy days are here again?”

First Baptist Church’s last Passion Play, The Well, was presented in 2019.

Sunday, September 8th was a very important day in the life of our church. We had been asking a lot of hard questions: How do we turn decades of decline into a new day of growth and expansion? How can we leverage old, failing and expensive buildings into a resource that can impact a new generation for Christ? We don’t want to just remember the miracles of yesterday but experience the miracles of tomorrow.

All of Jacksonville for All of Jesus for All of Life sermon from the Focus 2020 sermon series talking about the things at First Baptist that will not change.

Why Create This Podcast?

We wanted to share an inspiring story that shows that even in the darkest of times, the power of forgiveness, unity, and prayer can bring about a positive change. Whether you are a part of a struggling church or just looking for a deeper understanding of church dynamics, “What Happened at First Baptist?” is for you. This podcast will help you understand the importance of strong leadership, accountability, and the power of the gospel in the church. So don’t miss out on this opportunity to listen to a podcast that will relate to your own church’s challenges and give you hope for a brighter future. Tune in today and join the conversation.


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