Sunday, January 21, 2007

Clifton Baptist Church

Today we visited Clifton Baptist Church, which is in Louisville's Clifton neighborhood, very near our campus apartment. We would like to find a new church home similar in size to our dear church in Illinois. No mega-churches for us, thanks. Clifton is a church of about 400 very friendly people (also like our dear church in Illinois). The church building is very old. The sanctuary is beautifully old fashioned with a balcony not only at the back, but also on both sides. The building as a whole is not fancy. The classrooms are plain and the furniture in them is old. But the people are lively and loving. Our old college friend Kevin McFadden, who just finished his Master of Theology degree at SBTS, recommended Clifton to us. He is a member there. (Although this semester he is interning at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.) We enjoyed both Sunday School (9:30) and Morning Worship (10:45) at Clifton tremendously.

Our Sunday School teacher was Dr. Bruce Ware, who gave a wonderfully encouraging and convicting lesson from Isaiah 40. Dr. Ware is an elder at Clifton and preaches occasionally in addition to teaching his regular weekly Sunday School class. (Not to mention his duties as a professor at SBTS.)

The preaching pastor at Clifton is Tom Schreiner, who also teaches at SBTS. Today, however, Pastor Mark Janke preached. Pastor Mark is leading Clifton's upcoming plant of a daughter church in the Louisville area. You can listen to or download (free) recent sermons from Clifton (and Dr. Ware's Sunday School lessons) HERE. Read Clifton's covenant of fellowship and statement of faith HERE.

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