Pastors & Wives

Christmas Party

December 5th


Mission Center

Plan now to attend a dinner just for you! RSVP requested by 11/30/23

From the Desk

of the AMS

by Russell Lyle

As Westerners, the opening of the New Testament, the Gospel of Matthew can come off to us as rather boring. Matthew’s original audience would have been more excited to read a long list of names, but for most of us, reading through a genealogy with many names that we would not even attempt to pronounce is quite dull. 


While we may not think much about genealogies, the Jews of the world into which Jesus was born would have found them to be more than just mere curiosities. Genealogies provided proof of one’s heritage in order to take part in temple worship. This becomes vitally important when looking at the genealogy of Jesus. These opening verses in Matthew show us that Jesus is the rightful King of Israel. Jesus is the fulfillment of the covenant God made with David that his throne would be established forever (2 Samuel 7:16-17). 


While you and I may not find this genealogy that exciting, I do believe there is much here that is instructive and helpful. John MacArthur, in his New Testament Commentary, on Matthew writes:

A careful look at the descendants both of Abraham and of David (vv. 2–16) reveals people who were often characterized by unfaithfulness, immorality, idolatry, and apostasy. But God’s dealing with them was always characterized by grace. Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham, was sent to overcome the failures of both those men and of all their descendants, and to accomplish what they could never have accomplished. The King of grace came through the line of two sinful men.”


As you read this list of names, there are no heroes here. Each name is stained by sin. No king or ruler on this list is perfect. No ruler is worthy of his kingdom. Not one of these kings is fit to lead his people. Not one served his people and looked out for their best interests. This is a list of names filled with the defiant, wicked, and unfaithful. Before we become too critical, we must also recognize that we are also defiant, idolatrous, wicked, and unfaithful. Our names could also be among the names in the opening pages of the New Testament. 


It seems that this genealogy is not boring, but is rather bleak. That is until we get to v. 18, “The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way.” This is great news! Jesus has come into the world. He is the true and rightful king, whose life is not stained by sin. He is the perfect savior that we all need. “She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (21) This is why the shepherds and Maji were so joyful when they found Jesus because he is the only one who can save his people. Christmas is the time we celebrate the only one who can rescue those that are stained with sin.

First Baptist Springfield invites all to their Adult Musical Drama, “When Jesus Came” on Sunday, December 3rd at 6pm and the Children’s Drama, “A Tree Lot Christmas” on December 10th at 6pm. Come enjoy!


Green Fork Baptist Church celebrates the “Hanging of the Green” on December 3rd at 6pm. The children will present “The smallest Christmas Star” on Saturday, December 16th, at 6pm. The adult choir will present “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” on Sunday, December 17th at 11am. All are welcome!


Magnolia Baptist Church has good news to share...after months of prayer and rejections, member Emory Lewis, Jr. has his eyesight restored after God made a way for him to get in a clinic that took his case. Praise Jesus!



VBS Planning? FBC Springfield will host a training event in March 2nd. More details to come!


Elam Millen Baptist Church is accepting applications... Associate Pastor of Youth, 5199 Elam Rd, Millen, GA 30442.


If you did not attend, or wish you could have gone to additional breakouts...we have purchased 12 months of access for our entire association.

Call us to get the link!!!

Great training tool.

Great for personal growth.

Backpacks picked up by Elam-Egypt BC. Off to Appalachia early December!

Happy Birthday to:

George Pabst-6-Crossroads

Lynn Roberson-8-Pine St.

Pete Wall-15-Evangelist

Susan Edenfield-23-Little Ogeechee

Rick West-23-Corinth



Food Pantry Needs :  

Pasta sauces & noodles, 1-2lb rice and grits, Canned : pasta, mixed vegetable, pork and beans, spam, Potato flakes, tuna, salmon...

Event Trailer request form is on our website for our member churches. 

First come, first serve basis. Call (912)564-2884 for calendar check!

Event Trailer

Bro. Russell is available for Pulpit Supply as calendar permits. He will train your search committee by appointment. Call to schedule!

Office# (912)564-2884 or Cell# (813)466-9311.

► The Mission Center is open for help, info, food pantry, literature recycling… Monday thru Thursday, 9am-4:30pm



GBMB Evangelism Conference

Conyers: 2/25 & 26

Tifton: 3/10-11


Mission Georgia

"Love Your Neighbor" Conference

FBC Statesboro

March 15-16, 2024


The Fellowship of Christian Athletes of the Screven Co. Middle School are asking for bakers to HELP!

2-3 cookies/small bag...drop off at the SCMS Office.

Pastor Peer Learning

with Marty Youngblood, GBMB Pastor Wellness

January 11th-10am

Mission Center

Please RSVP for Lunch

Text Russell (813)466-9311

2023 Annual Church Profiles

We can still get your reports in...

Call Annora at the Mission Center…(912)564-2884


Merry Christmas &

Happy New Year!

The Mission Center will be closed December 20th through January 1st for Christmas & the New Year's Day.

Resolve to Celebrate Christ All Year!