Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

May this season not only be a time of gift exchange, but a day of rejoicing over the greatest gift ever given. Jesus is our reason for celebration. Merry Christmas from all of us to all of you.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sunday Recap

Today, despite freezing temperatures which subsequently caused low attendance, we had a rewarding experience at both worship opportunities. Usually the third Sunday is Youth Sunday at GSJ and they blessed us tremendously. I preached a message from John chapter 1 verse 14, entitled “The Word Became Flesh.” The Lord blessed the preaching of His Word and the people were the better for it.

During the 8am service, we were blessed to have in attendance the Delaware State Basketball Team. They were in town the night before competing with the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame for the first time in their school's history. Although they did not come away with a win, a lot was learned from the experience and more impressive than that, they made it a point to worship with a church in our community prior to leaving. We were extremely honored to be that church. They found us on the web thanks to Dr. R. G. Moore, Jr., Pastor of Union Baptist Church (, Dover, Delaware. It may have been blistering cold outside but, that was not the case inside. Special thanks to Brother Richard Armstrong who is responsible for the above photos. I truly thank him for capturing this moment for us. God be praised for showing Himself strong among His people.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Don't Waste Your Pulpit

I was watching this video by John Piper, Pastor for Preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota earlier today. It really gave me renewed perspective and purpose with regard to my preaching ministry. I was so blessed. Let me share it with you. Enjoy!!!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Newness of Life

As most of you are aware, I am currently teaching expositionally the Book of Romans each mid-week at GSJ. I must admit, this is my first time teaching this great book in my almost 11 years of pastoral ministry. Needless to say, it’s always good to explore, expound and engage in the fundamental truths of the Christian Faith. We are in the 6th chapter where Paul continues to write on the subject of justification by faith while explaining in specific details its application to daily living. In the previous chapters, much was said about man’s sin and God’s provision of salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone. Now Paul seeks to explain our obligation to live a sanctified life in light of our new position in Christ.

Notice what Paul says in the opening verses:

1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:1-4 (ESV)

With the aforementioned thought in mind, allow me to share an excerpt of Warren Wiersbe’s treatment of the 4th verse in particular. This I believe will best explain in a nutshell our study of this marvelous passage.

“Historians agree that the mode of baptism in the early church was immersion. The believer was "buried" in the water and brought up again as a picture of death, burial, and resurrection. Baptism by immersion (which is the illustration Paul is using in Romans 6) pictures the believer's identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. It is an outward symbol of an inward experience. Paul is not saying that their immersion in water put them "into Jesus Christ," for that was accomplished by the Spirit when they believed. Their immersion was a picture of what the Spirit did: the Holy Spirit identified them with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. This means that the believer has a new relationship to sin. He is "dead to sin." If a drunk dies, he can no longer be tempted by alcohol because his body is dead to all physical senses. He cannot see the alcohol, smell it, taste it, or desire it. In Jesus Christ we have died to sin so that we no longer want to "continue in sin." But we are not only dead to sin; we are also alive in Christ. We have been raised from the dead and now walk in the power of His resurrection. We walk in "newness of life" because we share His life. "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me" (Galatians 2:20).” - Pause for Power