Order of Worship

December 23, 2007
Morning Services: 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
INVOCATION CALL TO WORSHIP: The King is Born . . . . . . . . . . .arr. Cranfill Sanctuary Orchestra WORSHIP IN SONG: The First Noel We Three Kings Good Christian Men, Rejoice

Upcoming Events
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Tonight 5:00 p.m. Worship Center
Attention, students! Freedom Weekend is February 28 - March 2, and the theme is “Stretched.” It’s an entire weekend of a nonstop adrenaline rush. You will stretch yourself from head to toe and fully saturate yourself in Christ through worship, Bible study, concerts, small group chats and more. Registration is $75, but this year we are trying something new. We will have a ONE-DAY signup special on Sunday, January 6 in the Student Ministry area. It’s called $25 Day … so come sign up and buy two more spots to give away to your friends at school. Be STRETCHED! For more information, go to www.ATLstudents.com.

Welcome Guests
December 23, 2007
Please place this form in the offering plate or give it to one of our staff located in the Central Rotunda. Our ushers, greeters and staff welcome any questions you may have. Thank You!

Guest Information

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Sunday School Schedule
Our Sunday school classes will not meet today. Preschool Ministry will be available for children birth - age 4. Sunday school will resume next Sunday, December 30.

SPECIAL MUSIC: Jesus is Born Today . . . . . . . . . . . . . . arr . Hamby Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra Soloist: Rosalie Smith WELCOME WORSHIP IN SONG: OFFERTORY PRAYER OFFERTORY: Christmas is Jesus . . . . . . . . . . . arr . Speck & Goss Forever His and Sanctuary Orchestra MESSAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pastor INVITATION
Our Vision Is To Touch The World With The Word Of God, Motivated By A Passion For God And Compassion For People. The In Touch Bookstore is open: Sundays 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. & Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. • Closed Friday and Saturday
Please do not use flash photography in the Worship Center. Turn off all cell phones and pagers. Please refrain from taking beverages into the Worship Center.

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Joy to the World

Special Guest Artist Sunday, December 30
First Baptist Atlanta welcomes The Hoppers, a Southern gospel group from North Carolina. The Hoppers are family members who have been performing together for 50 years. They have gained national recognition through awards and chart-topping tunes. Come enjoy wonderful praise and worship with The Hoppers.

Watch our Night of Praise on FamilyNet
Did you miss our beautiful Night of Praise, or do you just want to experience it again? FamilyNet has been broadcasting the presentation and has three remaining airtimes:

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1:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. • December 24 9:30 a.m. • December 25
FamilyNet is carried on Comcast’s Channel 265. To find other carriers of the cable station, visit their website, www. FamilyNet.com, and click on “Where to Tune.”

Have You Taken This Step of Obedience?
Now is a great time to celebrate our Savior’s birth by being baptized. There is only one more Sunday for baptism this year. Baptism is: • An act of obedience • An opportunity to experience the symbol of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection • An example of Christ’s own baptism • Following Christ’s example For more information or to schedule your baptism, please contact Rick Taylor at 770-234-8391 or e-mail rick@fba.org.

Baptism

SUNDAY SCHOOL
Sunday School classes are available for all ages at 9:00 A.M. or 10:45 A.M.
Preschool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Birth - Kindergarten Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Grades 1 - 5 GAP57 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Grade 6 Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Grades 7 - 12 Young Adults . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 - 29 years Singles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 - 59 years Adults . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 - 59 years Senior Adults . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 years & older International . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .All ages Deaf Ministry (9:00 a.m. only) . . . . . . . . . . . . .All ages Special Education (10:45 a.m. only) . . . . . . . . . .All ages Class information is available at the welcome desk in the Central Rotunda, and on the website at www.fba.org.

The Box Office opens Friday, January 4, at 9:00 a.m. To order tickets for the Atlanta Passion Play, you may call 770 - 234 - 8400, visit the Passion Play Box Office at the church, or order online at www.atlantapassionplay.org. Ticket prices are $25, $20, $15, and $10. Box Office hours are Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Performance dates are March 8-9 and 14-16. All performances are held at the Atlanta Civic Center.

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Church Membership Involvement
 I would like to register for “First Class.”  I would like to know about volunteer
opportunities at First Baptist Atlanta. Class.

 I would like to attend a Sunday School
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Church Offices Closed
In observance of Christmas, our church offices will be closed December 24 - 28.

FIRST CLASS
The First Class is an essential five-session course for membership at First Baptist Church Atlanta. New members and those interested in membership are encouraged to attend. Please note that there are no more First Class sessions scheduled for 2007. The class will resume in the new year with Session 1 on Sunday, February 3, 2008.

HOOL

The
The Messenger is now available in the In Touch Bookstore. This device that contains over 70 messages by Dr. Stanley was given to 50,000 U.S. troops. Come by the bookstore and purchase one as a gift today.

Wednesday Schedule
There will be no Wednesday evening activities for the remainder of the year. Activities will resume January 9, 2008.

m. For more information. and save me. in Room 2410. Tables will be open for script checkout from 3:00 - 4:00 p. Hours: Sunday 8:30 a.m. contact the World Missions Ministry at missions@fba. Tuesday 9:00 a. I know I am a sinner and do not deserve eternal life. “…what must I do to be saved?…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. It is trusting in Jesus Christ alone and what He has done rather than what we can do to get us to heaven.” 1 John 4:8 While God loves us and does not want to punish us. church history. He must punish sin.atlantapassionplay. call 770-234-8269. The Grace Life – The Key to Victorious Living is an eight-week study that will help you develop a deeper understanding of the power of God’s grace and how it can transform your life with Christ’s life. It is a gift. and I accept Your free gift of eternal life. .m. and others for the whole family.” Romans 3:23 Every person who has ever lived has missed God’s standard of perfection. take control of my life. Please call us at 770-234-8300. Atlanta Passion Play Company Meeting The Atlanta Passion Play 2008 Company Meeting will be Sunday.m.m. Christian bestsellers. For more information.org. Suggested donations are 1 for $10. For more information. come into my life.Good News Grace Heaven Is a Free Gift “The wages of sin is death. - 4:00 p. FAITH The Gift of Eternal Life Is Received by Faith Saving faith is not merely intellectual assent. New Young Adult Class The new class for couples in their 20s starts soon. marriage building. please visit www.org. January A 9 at 8:30 p. but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. I say to you. He died on the cross and rose from the dead to pay the penalty for our sins and to purchase a place for us in heaven.” If this prayer is the sincere desire of your heart.m. Jesus. and special sections for children and teens. discipleship. please visit www. We also have audio books. Stepping Up: A Journey Through the Psalms of Ascent explores Psalms 120-134.m. “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. in Room 1560. Announcements Faith Promise Commitment Cards We are continuing to receive your “Investing in Eternity” faith promise commitment cards. Baptism Today Baptism services are held in the chapel at 1:00 p. January 8 at 10 a. as a just God. 2008! It will meet in Room 1376 at 10:45 A. forgive my sins. I believe You died and rose from the grave to purchase a place in heaven for me. January 6 at 4:00 p.M.atlantapassionplay. “The soul who sins shall die. please call the Women’s Ministry at 770-234-8473.” Ezekiel 18:4 CHRIST God Balanced Justice and Love Through His Son Jesus Jesus is the infinite God-man.” Romans 6:23 We cannot earn our way to heaven. Atlanta Passion Play Rehearsals The tlanta Passion Play 2008 chorus rehearsals begin on Wednesday. “Lord Jesus. Keith Langland will be leading this class. which He offers as a free gift.m. For more information.m. I am now placing my trust in You alone for my salvation. - 6:30 p. stop by the Chosen People Sunday school department in Room 1550. Wednesday 9:00 a.” John 6:47 We want to rejoice in what God has done in your life and help you to grow spiritually. in the First Act Studio Theatre. and none of us really deserves to go. Christian magazines and missions periodicals.” Romans 10:13 You can do that now by simply praying. parents of children (grades 1-6) must contact the Children’s Ministry at 770-234-8212. Books include reference sources. For more information. Join Beth Moore in this seven-session journey to God. 31 The Bible says. “Most assuredly. Before you can be baptized you must: Speak to an Invitational Counselor Register to be baptized by calling Rick Taylor at 770-234-8391 Before your child can be baptized.org or 770 - 234 - 8236. Man We are all Sinners “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. look at the promise of Jesus. Media Library Ministry “Check out” our library’s Christian resources for all ages. These cards can be found in the Worship Center seat backs or on the Missions Mall off the Central Rotunda. January 6. 2 for $15 and 4 for $25. - 12:30 p.” Acts 16:30b. The first few weeks will be spent exploring a simple truth taught by Christ: that we would know the truth and the truth would make us FREE. If you have questions. GOD He Loved Us “God is love. he who believes in Me has eternal life. financial stewardship. and you will be saved. call the Young Adult Ministry office at 770-234-8322. This is the Wednesday following the Company Meeting. New Tuesday Morning Women’s Bible Studies to Begin Two new Bible study classes for women will begin Tuesday morning. Ten Commandments Yard Signs This Christmas think about decorating your yard with a Ten Commandments yard sign. every Sunday. please pray about what the Lord would have you give. we should also know that. The church library is located across the hall from the elevator on the lower level.m. fictional works. We have videos/DVDs on the Bible. Parents of preschoolers must contact the Preschool Ministry at 770-234-8283. biographies. God in the flesh. If you have not filled one out for this coming year.m. For more information.

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