family matters 2019

Family Matters

Message Series April 28-May 19 


God designed our families as the environment for living life! In our families, we give and receive love. In our families, we learn about acceptance, belonging, and forgiveness. In our families, we learn to take care of each other. And in our families, we learn so much more!

Strong families need strong marriages. How can we strengthen them?

Most families include children as well. It seems harder these days to raise godly children. Does God give us practical instructions?

Family matters to God, and even if we protest otherwise, family matters to us. Join us on Sundays at 11 a.m. as we worship our heavenly Father and learn from his Word to us. In this series, we will look at the following “family matters”: 

 April 28   What Every Child Should Know
 May 5  What Every Parent Should Know
 May 12  Why “If/Then Marriages” Don't Work (Mother’s Day)
 May 19  Maintaining Your Marriage 


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The namesake of our wonderful city, Saint Augustine of Hippo, came to faith in Jesus later in his life. In his Confessions, he wrote of God (referring to him as “O beauty”):

“Late have I loved you, O beauty,
ever ancient, ever new,
late have I loved you!
You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you.”

Our Leadership Team sensed that Ever Ancient, Ever New would be the perfect theme for the Capital Stewardship Campaign for Ancient City Baptist Church in St. Augustine, FL! It embodies so much of what we believe and who we are…

Our God, as Augustine says, is indeed Ever Ancient, Ever New. He existed before anything else and caused all things to come into being. Yet, in Scripture we often hear God speak of newness: “Behold, I do a new thing,” and “sing to the Lord a new song” are just two examples.

The gospel itself is Ever Ancient, Ever New. Jesus was, according to Scripture, “foreknown before the foundation of the world but revealed in these last times for you.” We see the first prophecy of the gospel of peace and restoration in Genesis 3, just after the fall into sin of Adam and Eve. And when a person trusts Jesus, “… he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!”

Our own church is Ever Ancient, Ever New. We are rooted in God and in the gospel. We are the oldest Southern Baptist Church in the city, and we have helped established newer churches over the years. We have a historic building in a historic city. And while our buildings are “ancient” by modern standards, we have ever sought to keep them up to date to minister to new people in new times. The building of our Sanctuary in 1895 was a mighty testament to God’s providence as the impressive structure was built debt free in two years! Just over a century later, many of those here today participated in another God-inspired project, the renovation of the Sanctuary. Sacrificial gifts by the people of God brought about the renovation that so enhances the worship of our God week to week.

In our recent Visioning Process, we noted other areas of our facilities and grounds that need upgrade and repair so that they will remain usable spaces for welcome, worship, study, fellowship, and ongoing discipleship efforts. Our church is over 130 years old—ancient!—but our task is not complete. It is ever new to every generation. We are called to make disciples, and we do that through "head, heart, hands, and feet." That is, disciples learn, love, serve, and share. Our Ever Ancient, Ever New Campaign will enable us to keep doing what God has called us to do, using the wonderful tool of our facilites for many years in the future. We invite all to participate!


Ever Ancient, Ever New Schedule  

 Sunday, March 31    Testimony by Pastor Fred O. Pitts; Dr. Clarence Hackett, Preaching 
 Sunday, April 7  Testimony by Hugh and Ann Peters; Pastor Fred, Preaching
 Sunday, April 14  Palm Sunday; Testimony by David and Marsha Sneller; Pastor Fred, Preaching
 Sunday, April 14  Ever Ancient, Ever New Banquet, 6 p.m.
 Sunday, April 21  Ever Ancient, Ever New Celebration Sunday (Easter)
 Sunday, May 5  First Fruits Offering Sunday

To read the latest news about Ever Ancient, Ever New, use the "News/Resources" menu tab above and select "Ever Ancient, Ever New."


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To answer the questions of life . . .

Questions like, “Who am I?” “What’s my purpose?” “What is God really like?” and “Why do bad things happen?” Jesus Christ and His church are uniquely qualified to answer life’s most basic questions.

To share life’s happiness...

The precious moments of life are meant to be shared: the beginning of new life together in marriage, the birth of a new child, the baptism of new believers... these milestones, plus the joy of simple pleasures, are enhanced by the community of a loving congregation.

To help face tragedies...

Everyone faces trouble in life: sorrows, disappointments, sickness, death. Needed support and comfort flows freely from those who share a common faith. How much we need one another in times like these!

To teach about God and the purposes He has for us...

Survey after survey reveals an overwhelming belief in God. But what is He like? How do we know Him? God has answered those questions through the Bible, the special book that is the guide for the church.

To share God’s message and help those in need...

We can do more together than we can do alone. God has always called together a community of believers to help one another and to spread the good news of Jesus Christ. His message can bring healing to a hurting world. Yes, everyone needs a church, and at Ancient City Church, we would love to be yours!  


Ancient City Baptist Church:
Pursuing Life in Christ with Passion and Purpose


Ancient City Baptist Church:

We are told in Scripture that we belong to each other and are to gather together as the people of God.



We are on a journey through life; we have not yet arrived! Jesus told us to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.” We invite you to join us on this wonderful journey to achieve God's plan for our lives, individually and together...


Life in Christ:

Jesus said that he came “that you might have life, and might have it more abundantly.” Jesus was sent that we might have life, abundant and eternal. The abundant life we enjoy here includes what is called the fruit of the Spirit: "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control." He offers what we have been looking for! We do not simply pursue life; we are pursuing life in Christ! Here at Ancient City, we speak of balanced growth in life, growing in "head, heart, hands, and feet." [Here's what we mean.]



In the greatest of all the commandments, as identified by Jesus, we are told, first, to love God with "all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength," and second, to "love your neighbor as yourself." The top two commands are both about love. We are to live passionate lives of love!



The Great Commission of Jesus gives us one of our primary purposes as a church: “make disciples of all nations.” We have a purpose, a mission to fulfill. We are to help others discover how to have peace with God and to find the abundant and eternal life in Christ he offers to us!


This is what we are all about—pursuing life in Christ with passion and purpose! We invite you to join hands with us.

Words from Our Pastor

Pitts 2018 headPastor Fred O. Pitts
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"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart: and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Jesus (Matthew 11.28)