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Seeking and Sharing
 the Love of Jesus!
Show me Your ways, 
teach me Your paths!
Lead me in Your truth, and teach me: 
for You are the God 
of my salvation;
On You I wait
all the day.
Psalms 25:4-5

Discipleship is not a class,
a degree you can earn, a quick process,
a seminar, a 12 week Bible Study,
reserved for super Christians, a program,
or a 40 day home group.
Discipleship is not hard, a quick fix,
or an option for blood bought born again followers of Christ.
Discipleship is not a lot of things
but it is intentionally equipping believers with the Word of God 
through accountable relationships 
empowered by the Holy Spirit
in order to replicate faithful
followers of Christ.
The result of biblical discipleship is bearing fruit for Christ.

 John 15:8
By this my Father is glorified,
that you bear much fruit and
so prove to be my disciples.

 Sunday Evenings:
 6:30pm - 7:30pm 

A time to be encouraged and uplifted
through Bible study.
Led by: Bro. Milton Knox
D-Groups !!!
We have several people who meet with small groups
 to specifically equip them with the Word through the power of
the Holy Spirit as a way of making disciples who make disciples.
If you would like to be discipled
as Peter, James, and John were discipled by Christ, 
please call the office (423-775-0255) and
speak with Anthony McCully, Minister of Education/Youth.
We would love for you to join in !!!
Wednesday Evenings:
   6:30pm - 7:30pm 
A time to be encouraged and uplifted
through Bible study.
Led by: Bro. Milton Knox

Mission Spotlight:  

Golden Offering for TN Missions

A Brief History:

1902 – Recognizing the urgency of the needs in Tennessee and feeling all Baptists should know about them, Mildred Golden (Mrs. W.C.) suggested a special season of prayer with an offering for state missions just as churches prayed for and gave to foreign missions and home missions.  Dr. W. C. Golden was State Missions Secretary at the time; together they prepared and distributed the materials from their home.  The first offering received was $800.

1943 – Tennessee Woman’s Missionary Union officially named the state missions offering in honor of the Goldens; it became the Golden State Missions Offering (GSMO).

1972 – More than doubling in a decade, the goal of $170,000 included gifts to native Tennessee missionaries, ministry to the deaf, student summer missions, mission center ministries, and special rural and mountain ministries.

1982 – The offering goal was $550,000.  Student scholarships, disaster relief, language missions ministries, ministry to the handicapped, resort missions, scripture distribution and world witness through the World’s Fair in Knoxville were some of the allocations.

1992 – The offering topped a million with a goal of $1,050,000.  Tennessee had a population of 4.9 million.  Allocations included homes for the developmentally disabled, mega-focus cities, a site fund for new churches, and seminary extension.

2002 – In the centennial year the offering name was changed to the Golden Offering for Tennessee Missions to clarify its purpose and still honor the legacy of Dr. and Mrs. Golden.  One-half of the offering of $1.6 million focused on starting new churches.

(First Baptist goal for the Golden Offering is  $3,500.)

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