Greetings Church Family, Friends, and Visitors!
It is truly an honor and blessing to welcome you to Second Baptist Church where we strive to be led by the Spirit of the Lord and the Word of God is our Light and foundation, as we continue to build the Kingdom of God! We are truly excited about this year of new beginnings and the direction the Lord is leading us to do HIS WILL, as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. We are “Crossing the Jordan” into a new season! Our focus during this transitional time is on God’s love and W.O.R.S.H.I.P. Worship is an acronym the Lord gave me that represents our core values and guiding principles for being servant leaders and good stewards of God’s manifold grace. We just want to love on you and worship our true and living God! We in a time of corporate fasting in the month of January and the Lord is truly blessing us right now! Here is the meaning of our acronym:
W is for the Word of God, which is the foundation of the Christian faith. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2Timothy 3:16-17) We will be about our Father’s business and walking worthy of our calling because the Holy Scriptures is our guidepost for being in and keeping us in Christ.
O is for obedience. Obedience is better than sacrifice! The Bible tells us to “Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess (Deuteronomy 5:33).” We are told, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. ” (James 1:22). Living a lifestyle of obedience is an essential fruit of a strong believer in Christ.
R stands for our desire to move from Religion to authentic Relationships in Christ. In Mark 6, the Pharisees confront Jesus over an issue with His disciples and their washing of hands. When you read the text, you will find that Jesus showed the Pharisees how they were hypocrites and how their actions demonstrated an allegiance to the practices of men rather than obeying the commands of God. Moving from religious addiction to authentic relationships of love with Jesus and others requires intimacy with God and freedom in the Spirit. It also requires that we have a hunger for God that produces a passion in believers to not be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds in Christ Jesus.
S is for the Spirit of the Lord. In Isaiah 11:1-2, the Bible declares, “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.” A Spirit filled believer will have wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge and the fear of the Lord!
H is for Holiness. God is a Holy God and the righteous of Christ and the empowering of the Holy Spirit make us holy. The word holiness is translated “set apart.” We are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood and as heirs of Christ, a “holy nation who belong to God and are set apart to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. 1Peter 1:13-16 tells us, “Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 1because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
I stands for our identity in Christ. Who are we? What are the first impressions people receive when they meet us? Does the light of Christ shine? Are we salt of the earth? Our identity in Christ is first and foremost found in discipleship. We are Disciples who are followers of Christ. To be a follower of Christ requires that we must be born again. When we are born again, God gives us a new heart and new mind. Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation the old things have passed away, behold all things become new! Maintaining our identity as believers requires ongoing practicing and integration of our spiritual disciplines into our everyday life (prayer, studying the word, meditation, serving others, fasting, etc.). We are children of God, and heirs of Christ! This we know by 1John 3:1, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”
P is our constant love in action as we move between Prayer and Praise! Prayer is one of the core spiritual disciplines in our walk with Christ. The Bible tells us that the prayers of the righteous avails much and how we ought to always pray. Our intimacy with God is grounded in prayer. One of the great books I am recommending on our book list for the saints at Second Baptist Church is Dr. Myles Munroe’s book, “The Purpose and Power of Prayer.” It is a must read! God is worthy of all the praise and that is why the bible tells us, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” As believers, we should be constantly praying and praising God! For the Lord is good and his mercy is everlasting!
These are our principles and I hope you will take the time to visit us on Sunday morning at 10am and Wednesdays at 7:00pm for Bible Study. Grace and peace be unto you from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Reverend Thomas N. Holmes, MDiv, M.P.A. Interim Pastor