Small Town Church

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Site Map: Small Town Baptist .Net

The Small Town Baptist web site is a library providing free resources for those who serve traditional churches (more or less) in small town America. New pdf and audio files are regularly added in sections for Preaching, Leading Worship, Small Town Ministry, Strategies, and Beliefs & Doctrine. There are training materials and resources for Sunday School, Deacon Ministry, the Ministry of the Baptist Association, and Strategic Planning. The Doctrine section offers text and audio files on biblical beliefs including two lengthier sub-sections on the Trinity and on the Person and Work of God the Father. Another subsection includes devotional material in audio and pdf called "Recovering Church Health." While some of the material reflects our Baptist background, other evangelical believers will find almost all of our offerings helpful for use in their churches.


Sermon Preparation, Selected Sermons

Preaching Tab: Small Town Baptist .Net


Leading Worship, Prayer, and Praise

Many are re-thinking how to lead worship, seeking ways to make it less about attending the "church show" and watching other people worship like a spectator - and more about the people gathering to worship. This page also provides resources for a prayer emphasis and corporate prayer.

Worship Tab: Small Town Baptist .Net

Small Town Ministry

The Unwritten Rules for Ministering in a Small Town

If you grew up in suburb and have been called to a small town, this page might be especially helpful for you.
  • Advantages of Small Town Ministry
  • Don't Let 'Em Get You Down
  • Off-Site Links

Small Town Ministry Tab: Small Town Baptist .Net


Strategic Planning, Church Health, Sunday School, Deacon Ministry, Associational Ministry

Strategies Tab: Small Town Baptist .Net

Small Church Ministry Sub-Index

  • Ideas for Leading Worship & Ministry in the Small Church

Sub-Index: Small Church Ministry

Recovering Church Health Sub-Index

  • A devotional booklet and ideas for an emphasis on strengthening church health. Each day's devotional is available in audio.

Sub-Index: Recovering Church Health


Helps for Understanding and Teaching Biblical Beliefs

Most of the materials under this tab offer helpful resources for teaching biblical truths. Some will be helpful for the minister's personal edification.
  • Booklet: Know the Truth: 62 Questions & Answers for Families
  • Sub-Index: The Trinity
  • Sub-Index: The Person and Work of God the Father (Paterology)

Doctrine Tab: Small Town Baptist .Net

Trinity Sub-Index

The Trinity
  • 1. A Young Couple (3:24) {audio}
  • 2. We're Not Unitarians (5:43) {audio}
  • 3. Let's Take a Fresh Look (2:45) {audio}
  • 4. The Guardrails (4:16) {audio} {fact sheet}
  • 5. Guardrail 1: There is One God (4:22) {audio}
  • 6. The Oneness of God (4:33) {audio}
  • 7. Guardrail 2: There Are Three Persons (3:20) {audio} {fact sheet}
  • 8. Reasons We Miss the Three-ness (3:03) {audio}
  • 9. What We Mean by Person (4:46) {audio}
  • 10. Three Persons... Simultaneously (2:17) {audio}
  • 11. Guardrail 3: Each Person is Fully God - The Father (3:41) {audio}
  • 12. Jesus, the Son, is Eternal God (5:51) {audio}
  • 13. The Spirit is God (4:39) {audio}
  • 14. How the Incarnation Fits (4:11) {audio} {fact sheet}
  • 15. How God's Plan Unfolded (12:29) {audio}
  • 16. Christ-Centered or Triune? (4:15) {audio}
  • 17. Guardrail 4: There Are Three Persons Eternally (6:01) {audio}
  • 18. Guardrail 5: The Persons Are Distinct (3:35) {audio}
  • 19. Guardrail 6: The Persons Mutually Indwell Each Other (3:57) {audio}
  • 20. Guardrail 7: Inseparable Operations (6:29) {audio}
  • 21. From the Father, Through the Son, By the Spirit (6:51) {audio}
  • 22. There's Always That Guy (3:50) {audio}
  • 23. Is Eternal Generation a Thing? (8:41) {audio}
  • 24. The Procession of the Spirit (5:44) {audio}
  • 25. Outward Missions Reveal Inward Relations (4:15) {audio}
  • 26. The Persons of the Trinity Glorify One Another (4:45) {audio}
  • 27. Why isn't the Spirit Mentioned? (3:56) {audio}
  • 28. Leading Trinitarian Worship (5:34) {audio}
  • 29. Preaching Trinitarianly (4:59) {audio}
  • 30. Equipping Members to Worship Trinitarily (6:22) {audio}
  • Glossaries

  • A Shorter Glossary of Trinitarian Terms {audio} {fact sheet}
  • A Longer Glossary of Trinitarian Terms {audio} {fact sheet}
  • Recorded Live: Some audio files have been edited by the speaker for length and polish.

  • Recorded Live: The Three-ness of God (30:26) {audio} {fact sheet}
  • Passage List: Passages Mentioning the Three Persons {passage list}
  • Recorded Live: Seven Guardrails in Understanding the Trinity (56:15) {audio} {fact sheet}
  • Recorded Live: Eight Principles in Understanding the Incarnation (26:23) {audio} {fact sheet}
  • Recorded Live: Nine Objections to the Trinity (33:15) {audio} {fact sheet}
  • Recorded Live: How is God the Father... a Father? (9:27) {audio} {fact sheet}
  • Recorded Live: God the Father: Source & Planner (30:26) {audio} {fact sheet}
  • Recorded Live: Is God the Same in Public as He is in Private? (56:15) {audio} {fact sheet}
  • Recorded Live: Relating to God the Father (17:17) {audio} {fact sheet}
  • Trinitarian Worship

  • Trinitarian Praise: Bible-Based Trinitarian Praise (pdf)
  • Sub-Index: The Trinity

    God the Father Sub-Index

    The Person and Work of God the Father (Paterology)
  • 1. What Can We Say About God the Father? (5:58) {audio}
  • 2. Father as Metaphor (4:34) {audio}
  • 3. The Father is Called, Simply, God (6:27) {audio}
  • 4. How is the Father a Father? (6:03) {audio}
  • 5. The Planning Father (6:05) {audio}
  • 6. The Distant Father (3:10) {audio}
  • 7. The Sending Father (3:30) {audio}
  • 8. Access to the Father (5:43) {audio}
  • 9. Access to the Father Experienced (5:51) {audio}
  • 10. The Father Giving the Son (5:05) {audio}
  • 11. The Father Raised Jesus from the Dead (6:02) {audio}
  • 12. The Father Hearing & Answering Prayer (14:37) {audio}
  • 13. The Father Adopting (9:19) {audio}
  • 14. The Father and His Kingdom (8:11) {audio}
  • 15. The Father Correcting (8:23) {audio}
  • 16. Repentance Toward God (3:56) {audio}
  • 17. Your Father (5:57) {audio}
  • 18. The God & Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ (2:25) {audio}
  • 19. Our God and Father (2:24) {audio}
  • 20. The Father: Summary & Closing Argument (7:50) {audio}

  • Recorded Live

  • Some audio files have been edited by the speaker for length and polish.
  • Recorded Live: How is God the Father... a Father? (9:27) {audio} {fact sheet}
  • Recorded Live: God the Father: Source & Planner (35:54) {audio} {fact sheet}
  • Recorded Live: Relating to God the Father (17:17) {audio} {fact sheet}
  • Sub-Index: God the Father

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