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Stay up to date with the happenings of Calvary Baptist Church by visiting our blog. You'll find information such as announcements, articles about Christian beliefs, and thoughts from our pastor to encourage and challenge your walk with the Lord.

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New Personal Evangelism Course beginning April 19th

by: John Ellis

04/05/2017

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Are you tired of finding yourself flat-footed and intimidated in conversations about your faith and values? Do you want to increase your confidence and skill in discussions, no matter whom you're talking to? Then Tactics is for you.

In this class you will learn to:

  • Initiate conversations effortlessly
  • Stop challengers in their tracks and turn the tables
  • Graciously and effectively expose faulty thinking
  • Maneuver through mine fields
  • Present the truth clearly, cleverly, and persuasively


Class begins Wednesday April 19th at 6:45 in room 127. Signup sheet is outside the church office. See Bro. John for more information.


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Are you tired of finding yourself flat-footed and intimidated in conversations about your faith and values? Do you want to increase your confidence and skill in discussions, no matter whom you're talking to? Then Tactics is for you.

In this class you will learn to:

  • Initiate conversations effortlessly
  • Stop challengers in their tracks and turn the tables
  • Graciously and effectively expose faulty thinking
  • Maneuver through mine fields
  • Present the truth clearly, cleverly, and persuasively


Class begins Wednesday April 19th at 6:45 in room 127. Signup sheet is outside the church office. See Bro. John for more information.

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Five Ways You Can Point People to Jesus Without Arguing

by: John Ellis

04/03/2017

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Have you ever tried to share your faith and had someone argue with you about it? Are you scared to share Jesus because you may not be accepted by your friends or family if you do? Maybe you’ve shared your faith and they just don’t get it … they just keep arguing with you about it.

The number one thing you have to remember is that it’s not your job to change their mind. It’s your job to point them to Jesus and let Him change their heart.

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Have you ever tried to share your faith and had someone argue with you about it? Are you scared to share Jesus because you may not be accepted by your friends or family if you do? Maybe you’ve shared your faith and they just don’t get it … they just keep arguing with you about it.

The number one thing you have to remember is that it’s not your job to change their mind. It’s your job to point them to Jesus and let Him change their heart.

Here are five ways you can point people to Jesus without arguing over your faith:

1. Tell your story. No one can argue your personal story: what your life was like before you met Jesus, how you met Jesus, and what your life has been like since you met Jesus. It doesn’t usually make people defensive when you are talking about yourself and what Jesus has done for you.

2. Be consistent. It’s hard to hit a moving target. It is hard for someone to understand what Jesus has done in your life when one week you are strong in your convictions, but the next week you live how you want to live. This doesn’t mean you can no longer make mistakes – because you will. We all do. Sometimes people learn more by how we respond to our own mistakes than anything we could say. This just means you are consistently seeking direction from God and striving to live by it daily.

3. Love them. A very meaningful way we can show love to people – especially those who live differently than we do – is to show them grace. We don’t want to stand before them and judge the things we believe they are doing wrong. We want to love them for who they are, regardless of the choices they are making. When Jesus said that “Love your neighbor as yourself” was the next greatest commandment to loving God (Matthew 22:37-39), he didn’t put any conditions on it. He simply said to love them.

4. Serve them. There is no better way to get someone’s attention than to serve them and meet their needs. When you are trying to tell someone about Jesus, but they have a significant need not being met, your words are meaningless to them. However, when you put them above yourself and meet their needs, they are much more open to listening to you. Jesus himself says he “did not come to be served, but to serve” (Matthew 20:28). How can you go out of your way to serve someone who you can’t talk to about Jesus?

5. Pray for them. One of the greatest sources of power that we, as Christ followers, have is prayer. This is our way of asking the God of the universe for something. We are children of God when we accept Jesus as our savior, so it is like asking our dad help us out. What father doesn’t want to bless his kids? Especially when what we are asking brings him more glory! Jesus tells us that when we ask in His name (John 16:24), with the right motives (James 4:3), that we will receive. Pray for Jesus to reveal himself to them. Pray that Jesus would use you in the process. Pray for God to show you how you can better love and serve them. Pray for boldness to tell your story.

Posted on September 21, 2016 by Steve Pearson

Steve Pearson is an Evangelism Specialist TBC and Harvest Field Team Leader; Harvest Five/Southeast TN. Contact Steve at spearson@tnbaptist.org.

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VBS Training

by: John Ellis

03/29/2017

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Join us this Saturday at 9 AM to noon for VBS training. If you are planning to attend please let Ms. Jenice know at jenicep@aol.com


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Join us this Saturday at 9 AM to noon for VBS training. If you are planning to attend please let Ms. Jenice know at jenicep@aol.com

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Interesting Article about attending Church

by: John Ellis

03/21/2017

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Sorry, but if you’re a Christian, you need to go to church. Regularly.

Lately, I’ve read a couple of insightful articles that address a recurring spiritual question:

If you consider yourself a Christian, must you go to church?

I’ve expressed my thoughts before about this issue. My answer, unfortunately, tends to make people mad.

My answer is, yes, you have to go to church. That is, if you want to progress in your faith — if you hope to become a mature, actualized, fully functioning Christian.

You must join a congregation, stay there for the long haul and become an active participant. You must not…
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Sorry, but if you’re a Christian, you need to go to church. Regularly.

Lately, I’ve read a couple of insightful articles that address a recurring spiritual question:

If you consider yourself a Christian, must you go to church?

I’ve expressed my thoughts before about this issue. My answer, unfortunately, tends to make people mad.

My answer is, yes, you have to go to church. That is, if you want to progress in your faith — if you hope to become a mature, actualized, fully functioning Christian.

You must join a congregation, stay there for the long haul and become an active participant. You must not only attend but get involved. Church must become a central priority in your life.

There, I said it. Fire up the emails.

Before I explain why attendance is required, there are caveats here.

First, I’m not saying non-believers should go to church. They’re under no obligation.

Second, I’m not addressing the worship habits of those who belong to non-Christian faiths — Jews, Hindus or Muslims. I’m not familiar enough with their rules about attendance to offer an opinion.

Third, I’m not saying that if you’re a Christian and rarely attend church, you’re a “fake” Christian, whatever that means, or that you’re a bad person.

Fourth, I’m not implying that non-attenders are bound for hell. Deciding who goes to heaven or hell is way above my pay grade.

Fifth, I’m not saying you should stick around some toxic congregation led by a manipulative cult-leader just to punch your ticket as a churchgoer. Exercise common sense. If you’re being abused (as opposed to merely being irritated), leave.

But here are the reasons why, all things being equal, Christians must go to church:

Christianity is a team sport. Permit me a humble analogy. You might see yourself as a terrific baseball pitcher. But if you only throw baseballs in your backyard at a plywood cutout, you won’t progress. You’re not even really playing baseball.

To discover the full extent of your abilities, to understand the true game, you need a catcher, a coach, infielders and outfielders — and even someone standing in the batter’s box ready to swat your best fastball right back at you.

Same with being a Christian. You can’t do it well by yourself.

Communion is among our faith’s central sacraments, a ritual that celebrates Christians as members of a spiritual, God-ordained community. We’re many individuals who, joined together with Jesus and each other, form one great cosmic body. It’s in our spiritual DNA that we rely on one another; no one stands alone.

Attendance is commanded. The writer of Hebrews, for instance, warns us never to forsake assembling together with our brothers and sisters.

It’s not all about you. We’re sent to church to serve others as much as we’re sent there to be served. Believe it or not, you possess gifts and talents your brothers and sisters need. If you’re not present, you’re denying them benefits God intended them to enjoy.

Your fellow parishioners, including your pastor, will make you mad, hurt your feelings and get on your last nerve. This is exactly what’s supposed to happen. Finding ourselves offended and disappointed lets us see just how shallow and petty we are. It sands down our rough edges. We discover that, by gosh, we’re no better than all those other hymn-warbling yahoos!

Also, watching God work miracles through the smelly, imperfect, hypocritical men and women who make up a congregation reveals to us the unfathomable depths of God’s grace and love. It renews our faith. We realize he can use anybody — even us.

Your fellow Christians will reveal aspects of the Lord you’ve never seen. As we get to know our fellow pilgrims, as we hear them tell and retell their sordid stories while they’re bumbling along, we find they’ve experienced God in ways we haven’t. They’ve seen revelations we’ve never imagined. Over time, all these very different visions merge into a greater portrait of him than we’d ever otherwise behold.

Your fellow churchgoers will inspire and comfort you.Sure, some Christians will let you down, because they’re human and that’s what humans do. But you’ll also find disciples who’ll sit beside you in court when your kid’s up on drug charges, and who’ll hold your hand when your spouse is lying in a coffin, and who’ll bring you soup when you’re sick with the flu. When everything’s going wrong, they’ll assure you it’s going to be OK in the end, because they — and God — have your back.

To the extent you honor your church, you honor Christ.“In as much as you’ve done it to the least of these my brothers and sisters,” Jesus said, “you’ve done it unto me.” When you dishonor or ignore his church, you’re dishonoring or ignoring him.

You’ll get plenty of laughs. You’ll sing and pray, sure. You’ll snore. You’ll grow fidgety. But as much as anything, you’ll experience joy — and mirth. Each church is a microcosm of the human comedy. When you’re not cussing about it, the sheer surreal madness of it just leaves you clutching your rib cage, shaking with laughter, tears of gratitude streaming down your cheeks.

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Revival with Bro. Dwight Singleton

by: John Ellis

02/23/2017

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On Saturday, March 26th at 6 PM and Sunday the 27th at 10:50 AM and 6 PM Brother Dwight Singleton will lead our revival. Saturday Night Bread of Life will be providing the special music. Calvary's Men's Trio will provide special music for the AM and PM services on Sunday.


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On Saturday, March 26th at 6 PM and Sunday the 27th at 10:50 AM and 6 PM Brother Dwight Singleton will lead our revival. Saturday Night Bread of Life will be providing the special music. Calvary's Men's Trio will provide special music for the AM and PM services on Sunday.

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Welcome To The New Calvary Baptist Church Website

by: John Ellis

02/08/2017

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We are so excited to present our newly designed website. As you can see, it has a fresh new look and easy navigation to help you get the information you need quickly and efficiently. Many thanks to the ChurchSpring team for helping us launch such a beautiful new church website. To God be the glory!

Calvary Baptist Church's mission is to meet people at the crossroads of life with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to help one another along the journey of spiritual growth. Please let us know how we can help you.

There's still a lot…
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We are so excited to present our newly designed website. As you can see, it has a fresh new look and easy navigation to help you get the information you need quickly and efficiently. Many thanks to the ChurchSpring team for helping us launch such a beautiful new church website. To God be the glory!

Calvary Baptist Church's mission is to meet people at the crossroads of life with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to help one another along the journey of spiritual growth. Please let us know how we can help you.

There's still a lot of information to be added, and we hope to keep the site fresh and up to date. If you have any ideas about how we can improve the site or use it better, please leave a comment below.

If you're a first time visitor to our website, we would love to have you visit our church this Sunday. You'll get a warm welcome and a wonderful Gospel message. Feel free to browse our new website and get to know us. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to give us a call at 865-483-7460 or send us an email.

From all of us at Calvary Baptist Church, welcome to our new church website.



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