Monthly Archives: July 2015


Issues Regarding the Recent Supreme Court Decision Over Same-Sex Marriage

Pastor Jim Mailloux

Issues Regarding the Recent Supreme Court Decision Over Same-Sex Marriage from First Baptist Church on Vimeo.

Follow-up Video

Follow-up Questions for Issues Regarding the Recent Supreme Court Decision Over Same-Sex Marriage from First Baptist Church on Vimeo.

Go Deeper Questions

  1. Review the list of 10 issues regarding the recent Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage. Which of those do you believe to be most significant? Why?
    1. Federal Government Authority vs. States’ Rights
    2. Most of the soldiers who have died for this country (in all wars) would “roll over in their graves” if they knew this is what we did with the freedom they secured for us.
    3. Epistemology = “Source of truth”. What is authoritative? The Bible? The Law (Constitution)? Science? Human reasoning? Experience?
    4. Majority Rules determines current morality – i.e. there are no anchors of truth that transcend all people; only relativity and situational ethics.
      Proverbs 16:25
      There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
    5. Breakdown of the underpinnings of society. Regardless of anyone’s opinion of the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) decision on same-sex marriage, a significant change was made and society will be different as a result.
    6. No embarrassment over the public discussion of sexual activity. Why is the public celebration of any sex act viewed as the product of enlightenment?
      Ephesians 5:12
      For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
    7. We are a society that condones immoral behavior. We are a society that institutionalizes sin. (No fault divorce, abortion, homosexual marriage)
      Isaiah 5:20
      Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
      Romans 1:32b
      …they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
    8. The Bible has direct teaching against all sexual immorality, including fornication, adultery, homosexuality, incest and rape.
    9. With a hyper-sensitivity to not offend, no one is concerned about offending God, much less Christians.
    10. The SCOTUS decision reiterated the right of clergy and churches to hold and practice the traditional Christian view that homosexuality is a sin. But how long will that be tolerated? What tactics will be used to coerce churches to cave into the pressure or face ridicule, persecution or litigation?
  2. Epistemology = “Source of truth”. What sources do you rely on to determine truth? What reasons do you have for considering this source as reliable? What are the consequences of choosing a faulty source of truth?
  3. How do we balance the right of every American to believe and practice any faith with the danger of requiring the condoning of something that goes against a person’s beliefs? How should a Christian respond when a legal activity goes against their conscience? Read 1 Corinthians 5:9-13.
  4. Read Genesis 2:18-25. Since God gave us marriage (rather than it being a human invention), why is the picture of Jesus Christ and His Bride (the Church, or all believers) paramount when determining acceptable practices related to marriage and sexuality?
  5. Read Romans 1:18-32. What does this passage say about everyone’s ability to know God? What does this passage say about homosexuality? What sins listed in verses 29-32 have you committed?
  6. If the government were to tell you that you must either condone sin, change your religious views, or be fined or jailed, what would you do? What would you want your pastor to do? Have you considered how you would continue to practice your faith if the government were to curtail the “free exercise of religion”?

Then and Now – Part 2

Pastor Jim Mailloux

Then and Now – Part 2 from First Baptist Church on Vimeo.

Follow-up Video

Follow-up Questions for Then and Now – Part 2 from First Baptist Church on Vimeo.

Go Deeper Questions

  1. Read 1 Peter 2:9-10; Psalm 51:12-13. We needed mercy and salvation. It has made all the difference. What difference has God’s mercy and salvation made in your life?
  2. For King David, the joy of God’s salvation was restored after repentance and confession of sin. Name a time your joy was restored after repentance and confession.
  3. Read Jeremiah 3:22; Lamentations 3:40; Hosea 12:6; Hosea 14:1-2; Zechariah 1:3. The people of God sure needed to repent a lot. Why do you think people who know God still need to repent a lot?
  4. Read Joel 2:12-13. The Lord invites us to return to Him, because “He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love”. What is your picture of God’s view of your sin? Does it line up with the Bible?
  5. Jared Wilson gave 12 signs of genuine repentance (see below). Name one or two you think are most significant. Why did you choose them?
    12 signs we have a genuinely repentant heart:
    1. We name our sin as sin and do not spin it or excuse it, and further, we demonstrate “godly sorrow,” which is to say, a grief chiefly about the sin itself, not just a grief about being caught or having to deal with the consequences of sin.
    2. We actually confessed before we were caught or the circumstantial consequences of our sin caught up with us.
    3. If found out, we confess immediately or very soon after and “come clean,” rather than having to have the full truth pulled from us. Real repentance is typically accompanied by transparency.
    4. We have a willingness and eagerness to make amends. We will do whatever it takes to make things right and to demonstrate we have changed.
    5. We are patient with those we’ve hurt or victimized, spending as much time as is required listening to them without jumping to defend ourselves.
    6. We are patient with those we’ve hurt or victimized as they process their hurt, and we don’t pressure them or “guilt” them into forgiving us.
    7. We are willing to confess our sin even in the face of serious consequences (including undergoing church discipline, having to go to jail, or having a spouse leave us).
    8. We may grieve the consequences of our sin but we do not bristle under them or resent them. We understand that sometimes our sin causes great damage to others that is not healed in the short term (or perhaps ever).
    9. If our sin involves addiction or a pattern of behavior, we do not neglect to seek help with a counselor, a solid twelve-step program, or even a rehabilitation center.
    10. We don’t resent accountability, pastoral rebuke, or church discipline.
    11. We seek our comfort in the grace of God in Jesus Christ, not simply in being free of the consequences of our sin.
    12. We are humble and teachable.

Then and Now – Part 1

Pastor Jim Mailloux
Rick Aguilar

Then and Now from First Baptist Church on Vimeo.

Follow-up Video

Follow-up Questions for Then and Now from First Baptist Church on Vimeo.

Go Deeper Questions

  1. Read 1 Peter 2:9-10. Peter is addressing the scattered Christians in Asia Minor. What is the significance of each phrase to both Jews and Gentiles?
  2. Read Ephesians 2:12-22. The Gentiles were “excluded”, “foreigners”, “far away”, and “aliens”. The Jews were “citizens of Israel” and “near”. What did Christ do? List each phrase. What are we now called together? List each phrase.
  3. Read Galatians 5:19-22; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. Name the ways you have sinned against God. Which are listed and which are not? Does that matter? Why or why not?
  4. Read Luke 15:11-32. Both sons missed the father’s heart. Both squandered what they had. How are the two sons different? How are they the same? Who do you identify with more?
  5. What part of Rick Aguilar’s testimony stood out to you?

God Bless America

Pastor Jim Mailloux

God Bless America from First Baptist Church on Vimeo.

Follow-up Video

Follow-up Questions to God Bless America from First Baptist Church on Vimeo.

Go Deeper Questions

  1. What impression did you get from the message regarding the religious views of the Founding Fathers of our country?
  2. How does that differ from the current messages we hear today about the Founders? Why do you think there is a difference in understanding what the Founders believed?
  3. Do you believe that allegiance to our country or its flag goes against our allegiance to God? Why or why not? If not, what are the limits to that allegiance?
  4. Almost every U.S. President has talked about the importance of prayer, especially during a crisis. While other religious expressions are being denied or criminalized in the public square, why is prayer the most tolerated religious expression?
  5. Read 2 Chronicles 7:14. What role do you have in bringing healing to our land? Which phrase in the verse describes action you still need to take?
  6. Read Daniel 9:15-19. Billy Graham said, “When revival comes, I expect to see two things which we have not seen yet. First, a new sense of the holiness of God on the part of Christians; and second, a new sense of the sinfulness of sin on the part of Christians.” Why is the holiness of God, repentance and humility necessary for revival? Which of those is missing in your life to the degree necessary for personal revival?