Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sunday Summary

This was a great Lord's Day at BBC! Due to the recent violence in our community, I summoned the entire church to prayer this morning. The response was great as people offered their petitions to God concerning our community. I walked away from Prayer Meeting really feeling like God wants to use the ministry as a catalyst for change in this community. God be praised!!

I have been excited about preaching all week. Sometimes when I'm down, I know that public worship, praise and preaching will lift me up, so I could not wait until the preaching moment. The Lord really blessed the preaching this morning. I continued in our series on worship by preaching a message from 1 Chronicles 15:12 - 15; 27-29, entitled,"Handling the Presence of God, part 2". The opening theme of the message kind of changed the title for me to, "This time, I'm gonna do it God's way". Here's the basic outline:

1. Sanctify

The word "sanctify" means to set apart. David gathered the "set apart" people, (Levites) and told them to sanctify themselves. This was a timely process, this wasn't a quick fix. I stressed to the congregation the importance of properly preparing themselves for public worship.

2. Serve

The presence of God never would have made it to the city of David if the Levites did not serve. Not only did the Levites serve, but there were others serving in different capacities, but for a common cause. I stressed to the congregation about the importance of serving. Some only want to serve if they feel like it or if they are not mad at whatever. Our service is to God, the people we serve are the recipients.

3. Shout

As the ark was retuning to the people of God, the text records that the people shouted. God's presence among us calls for celebration from us.

God really blessed the preaching moment and when the altar call was extended, there was an out pour of people repenting admitting that they had been trying to do God's things their way. I believe that the message was clear that,"This time, I'm gonna do it God's way!"

Our day concluded with the 13th year Pastoral Appreciation service for pastor Larry Davidson, who is a son of BBC. Our choir really sang praises to God! The preacher of the hour was Pastor Andre Wells, of the Second Baptist Church of South Bend. He preached a relevant message about putting your trust in the Lord.

All in all, I believe that God was pleased with our offering of worship on today! Pray for us as I have an urgent matter to discuss with our congregation on tomorrow!


Ronald said...

Thank you pastor for sharing your Sunday Summary as usual your sermon was a faithful and clear exposition of God’s word. I will also join you in prayer for your congregational meeting on tomorrow.

Your Cali Fan

Pastor Lance A. Mann said...

Spoon, you are a preacher! It ain't fair for one man to have a mind like yours. I know BBC was blessed.


Pastor Andre' A. McGhee said...

My Brother,

I should have been with you today! Great outline as always. Looking forward to working with you to help put an end to the violence that has gripped our community of late. God Bless.

Fitts said...

Pastor Spoon, another great outline!!! I have much respect for preachers who can do what you do with Old Testament passages.

I will make sure we lift you, your congregation and your community up in prayer at our prayer meeting.


Pastor Rev. Ray E. Owens said...

Spoon, Great job! I know the BBC family had a high time in the Lord. I pledge my support with you to end this violence in our community. The divisions that have plagued this city from preachers to churches must end so that God's standard would be raised for his Glory within this city and state.

Rev. Brad Hurley said...

Pastor i know that God is going to use your heart and his church to intervene in this situation. And to God be the glory! You will be victorious! Sorry i have not been bloggin. lots going on.


The radio announcement being broadcasted to bring pastors together and to come up with remedy for curbing the vilonce in our community is highly commendable.

Rev.Aaron Holcombe said...

What a great sermon. I enjoyed reading the post this morning. I pray that God continue to pour out His blessings on you and your ministry.

Vietta P's two cents said...

Doc, thank God for the preached word. In times like these it is a comfort to know that we still have many that are still preaching for Jesus and is excited about it. Certainly, we all need to be in prayer as we see so much destruction and dismay among our communities. There is still hope. We look unto Jesus. Be blessed.


Fitts said...

Spoon, you ok man? have not heard from you. Hope all is well. I was looking forward to reading your Weds in the word post.

Let me know,