Pastors’ Message



A new year is an opportunity for a new beginning. As we enter 2017, we do not know what the new year will bring. We do know that this is a tremendously exciting time in the life of Birmingham First. Our grand certainty is that God is with us and is always making all things new. As we ring out the old and ring in the new, we know that God is with us!

That’s a key lesson to keep in mind when we encounter the challenging things Jesus said. In January and February we will look at some of Jesus’ sayings that are difficult to understand. The people with whom Jesus spoke were not prepared when he said things like:

“Let the dead bury their own!”
“Do not think that I’ve come to bring peace.”
“Do not forgive seven times, but seventy times seven!”
“Be perfect even as your heavenly father is perfect!”
“If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”
“Do not resist and evil-doer!”

We have as difficult a time hearing Christ’s shocking pronouncements today as when they were first spoken. Our sanctuary worship theme as the year begins is “That Radical Jesus!” and we’ll visit some of his hardest teachings.

Please keep in mind that in addition to our dynamic sanctuary worship, that we also offer an outstanding contemporary service in our Christian Life Center led by Pastor Dan Hart. And on January 8, our second campus officially launches in Berkley led by Pastor Zack Dunlap. We offer many options and one will likely appeal to you. Check out this website for details on their worship times and themes.

We invite you to join us as we grow in our faith and in our depth of understanding. We guarantee it will be grand journey!

Gary Haller
Senior Pastor