A brief summary of past sermons
Edited by Min. Adrianne J. Robinson, Associate Minister, First Baptist Church
Membership has Its Privileges Scripture- Hebrews 9:15-17 Song- Holy, Holy, Holy
Do you remember when the credit card American Express came out? Its most stated and advertised slogan is “Membership has its privileges”. In this day and age, you can become a member of anything- sports, exercise, social media, political party, wildlife conservation, your neighborhood- and so on. And being a member entitles you to certain benefits and privileges that those who are not members cannot access. Membership has its privileges.
I am, you are - a member of God’s family. Before He came into our lives we were disheveled, crumpled, stumbling in the dark, defeated, useless---a hot mess! Now we are part of the eternal organization that because of the cross, we can be presented faultless to the Father. Because of this membership, your name is written in the Book of Life. Membership has its privileges.
There is a credit card- Capital One- their slogan is- “what’s in your wallet”… Well---the card I carry is the blood-stained banner of Jesus Christ! And, unlike AMEX, we don’t have to pay it back…..Membership has its privileges.
Minister Adrianne Robinson, Associate Minister 7/14/2019
"Don't Talk About it, Be About It" Scripture- Matthew 23:1-4
Christians should follow the example of Jesus Christ.
We are good at telling others what to do, but do we follow our own instructions? Some Christians want to tell others how they should live, while their walk doesn't demonstrate a saved life! The church is responsible to show the world that we are hearers and doers of God's Word.
In these verses of scripture, the Pharisees demonstrate a "do as I say not as I do" attitude. This is very wrong! Don't be someone who talks loud, but says nothing. When we apply the Word of God to our life- after we hear it- our light will shine for Jesus and lead others to Him.
Whether you know it or not- people are watching you. Don't talk about it, be about it!
Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr., Pastor 7/72019
Corporate Sunday School Lesson
"Kingdom Living is Counter-cultural - Jesus Teaches about Right Attitudes" -- Scripture- Matthew 5"1-12.
This is Jesus' first sermon, "The Beatitudes". The word "beatitude" means: supreme blessedness. The way the world views success and happiness is very different from God's view and what is considered to be our joy in His kingdom.
In these verses of scripture, Jesus blessed the lowly, persecuted, peacemakers and others whom the powerful in our society do not normally regard in high esteem. True blessings from God are when we go out of our way to help others in ways that are counter to the belief of this world. Think of ways you can be counter-cultural this week... Remember, our reward is in Heaven!
Deacon Bellamy Shivers, Chairman, Diaconate Ministry 6/30/2019
"Don't You Worry About a Thing" -- Scripture: James 1:1-8, 12 Song- God is Real
Worry means you are surrendering to your situation. You are giving up the fight.
Look at the 1st verse- "count it all joy". WHAT! So, when you're disrespected, talked about, loss of a job or just plain going through it- count it all joy!! How can we do that?
Here's a trusted process- Look to Jesus. Give it all to Him. Stand on His promises. Look beyond the current circumstance. Know He is able to bring you over and through. Trust Him!
Say this aloud- "The joy of the Lord is my strength!" Don't worry- count it all joy. Be encouraged and blessed!
Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr., Pastor 6/23/2019
"It's All in The Plan" -- Scripture- Deuteronomy 8:1-7 and Jeremiah 29:11
Song: It is Well with My Soul
Whatever God does for us- it is well! His plan works according to His blueprint for our lives. Please know you are not in control. God has a plan for each one of us and it has been ordained before we were born. What takes place in our lives is not a surprise to God. His plans have a purpose- Jer 29:11. Trials and tribulations will come- and these are to refine us like pure gold. God will bring us through. Pray and ask Him to help you stay the course He has laid out for you! Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr., Pastor 6/9/2019
"When Life punches You in the Face, What do You do"? --
Scripture: Psalms 34:1-8
Song- At the
Mike Tyson famously once said that everybody has a plan, until you get punched in the face. When life punches you in the face, fight or flight enters in.
The text tells us that David wrote this as a celebration, a
celebration from being spared and praising God for moving him from this place and space.
-When life punches you In the face, what do you do?-
'O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together."
-You may be spiritually fractured-
"I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears".
-I am at near exhaustion and I can no longer stand-
"They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed".
-I got the stuff knocked out of me-
"This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles".
-I am at the end of the rope, I am on the edge, I am about to give up-
"The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them".
Trust in the Lord for the battle is not yours- but His!!
Minister Edward Robinson, Associate Minister 6/2/2019
"The Battle Within" --
Song- "Revive Us
We are at war- a spiritual war. This is not a battle you can see with your naked eye. This battle is trying to take your soul! We are also at odds with the flesh within us. Only with the help of God can we defeat our sinful nature. We must "watch and pray"- hold on. Know that this battle victory is given to the one who endues. We can only win thru the power of God. He rewards those who diligently seek Him.
Look that enemy in the eye and tell Him you are a child of the most high God!! No matter what the enemy throws at you- it does not compare to the power of God.
Think on this- if the enemy is taking the time to bother you- you must be doing something right! In order to win- we must surrender to Christ- on His terms.
Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr., Pastor 5/26/2019
"The Lord is My Shepherd" Scripture -- Psalms 23 -- Sometimes we may feel like giving up- throwing in the towel! These moments come into our lives and we feel as if life is about to wipe us out. We tie a knot at the end of our rope so we can still hold on.
The 23rd division of the book of Psalms assures us that we will not be alone in our "valley experiences". Please know the "valley" is temporary. And- while we are in the valley- let us make use of the time, keep ourselves in check. Don't let your attitude reflect your temporary situation.
Our Shepherd knows when we need to be restored and refreshed! "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want...."
Rev. Sandra McLeod, visiting preacher, Second Baptist Church, Long Branch 5/12/2019
"Promise Keeper" Scripture -- Luke 24:1-8 -- A promise is easy to make, easier to speak, but harder to keep. A "Promise Keeper" sticks to their word. The heart of our Bibles are filled with promises from God. He promises to take care of us and fulfill our every need.
During Jesus ministry, He said the Son of Man would suffer many things, but on the 3rd day would rise! This is our promise that we celebrate today. His promise provides us the chance to be connected to the Father. We are free because Jesus is our "promise keeper".
Hallelujah!! He is risen!!
Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr., Pastor 4/21/2019
"Trust the Process" Scripture -- John 12:12-15 -- On this Palm Sunday of 2019, we were reminded that we must trust the process. What is the process? The process is that Jesus may not come when we want Him, but He is always on time. Palm Sunday is the reflection of His triumphant entry into Jerusalem to bring faith, hope, restoration and salvation to the masses. The palms represent victory, triumph, peace, and eternal life. Jesus' entry into Jerusalem started the process of His assignment towards the cross where He would give His life for ours. He came out victorious on the other side. Trust the process you are going through. You will have victory! Minister Edward Robinson, Associate Minister 4/14/2019
"Too Blessed to be Stressed" Scripture- Psalms 37:1-5 -- Have you ever felt yourself crumbling under the pressures of life? Keep this in mind- God knows all you are going through!
God's peace can penetrate into the midst of your circumstance. We have to stand firm that God will come to our aid- faith.
The verses in this division of psalms - "DO NOT FRET"- translate that into - "don't let your bad days outweigh your good days".....keep pushing and pressing forward......don't look around at those around you who appear to have it so good. He is preparing your blessing! He is blessing you right now. When things seem to get you stressed- look up to heaven and say- "I'm too blessed to be stressed!"
Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr., Pastor 4/7/2019
5th Sunday Corporate Sunday School -- "Called to Follow" -- Matthew 4:14-22
Have you ever followed an individual- like a leader? Or maybe followed in the sense of an idea you agreed with? In these verses of scripture, Jesus called his first disciples and they dropped everything to follow Him. Following Jesus means we may have to give up certain things- habits, attitudes and possibly some folks in our lives. Is He calling you to do something? Is He pressing it upon your heart to help or be a light for someone? Jesus came to be the light for this dark world. He calls us to be light for others who are going through their own dark valleys and seasons.
Remember, God is not looking at our ability, but for our availability. Follow Jesus and allow His light to shine through you!
Ministers Edward and Adrianne Robinson, Associate Ministers 3/31/2019
"Smiling Faces Tell Lies" Genesis 37:12-28 Facial cues are important especially pertaining to emotional concerns. In today's verses of scripture, young Joseph did not know his brothers felt the way they did about him.
Do you find it hard to distinguish your real friends from fake ones? You have to be careful who you associate with- who you allow in your space- allow in your home- allow in your business.
People around you may be smiling at you, but on the inside they don't wish you well. You may think someone is your friend, but at the first moment or opportunity he/ she has- they will slander your name and stab you in the back.
When God is blessing you, not everyone will be happy for you. They may see your "glory" but they don't know your story! They don't know how you prayed, cried, read your Bible and sacrificed. As long as you keep God first (Matthew 6:33)- no weapon formed against you will prosper! Be blessed!!
Rev. James Jackson, Jr., Pastor 3/24/2019
"Get out of Your Comfort Zone" Joshua 1:1-9
Comfort Zone: “a place or situation where one feels at ease and without stress”.
Moving forward is about growth and change- getting out of your comfort zone is about growth and change. Going or looking backwards- or staying put- will stump our growth, cause us to miss the blessing that God has for us and hinder our relationship with Jesus. Moving forward is about maturity and backsliding is about stagnation. No matter what age we are, we can all go forward. No matter how old we are, we all must go forward.
Any change is scary. Moving into a space that is out of your comfort zone- is scary. But God---- He will be with us- heck- He has already gone ahead of you and straightened out those paths so they are straight.
Minister Adrianne Robinson March 17, 2019
"Access Denied" Matthew 7:21-23 Song-" The Solid Rock"
In this day and age we enjoy the benefits of a search engine that will take us to our favorite website or a social media platform. Sometimes, we may have a problem logging in and see an error message which states "access denied".
As we go along in life, we will come to the point we will have to stand before God. But -will we get that error message of "access denied"? Life has 2 paths- one leads to destruction (broad and wide), the other to eternal life (narrow). Jesus has taught us to live a life pleasing to the Father- and that is to follow Him, His way and His will.
Jesus declares saying "Lord, Lord" will not guarantee our entrance into Heaven. We need to know where we are in our relationship with Christ. Are you committed to Him ? Have you submitted to Him? It's not just about going to church every Sunday, singing in the choir or being a "good" person. It's about your actions and what you believe in your heart.
Don't let your access be denied. Read God's Word, pray and serve Him faithfully. We all want to hear Him say "Well done, my good and faithful servant"!
Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr., Pastor March 10,2019
“Community of Believers” -- Scripture- 1 Peter 4:8-10
Black History month is our time to reflect on the fact that we are a community of believers. God has gifted us with talents that we share with the world. From the gift of math and engineering to ministry and hospitality.
Black history is American history.
As a community of believers, we are mandated to share with the world the gift of Jesus Christ.
Minister Edward Robinson, Associate Minister 2/24/2019
"Hold on I'm Coming" -- Scripture- James 5:10-18
Waiting is a difficult task for all of us.
The wait is not so easy when you are looking for a job, healing or a better financial state. In the natural- things don't look as though anything is happening. Truth be told- in the spiritual realm,
there is a lot going on! Verse 7 of James 5 is teaching and telling us we need to be patient. God will respond, but in His timing and He is "right
on time". Waiting allows God to move and
work in our situation and assures we will have victory in the process- He is taking us to a new level.
Understand this, Jesus is coming back. Are you ready for His return? Is your heart prepared for and given to Him? God is patient- not wanting anyone to perish- He is waiting for you. For those waiting for Jesus- He is saying- "Hold on- I'm coming" (Revelation 22:7).
Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr. 2/10/2019
"What's In It for Me?" -- Scripture- Matthew 19:23-28
Most of us when seeking or searching will ask what's in it for me? Is it worth my time? Is it worthwhile? In the scripture text, there is a rich man who wants to know what can be done to attain eternal life. This man proudly states he has kept all the commandments so that must be it!
But Jesus pointed out one more thing he
needed to do. ( verse 21).
We may not be rich. We may not have a lot of possessions. We can though give- our heart, time, talent love and ourselves to Christ. So- what's in it for me? So- what's in it for you? Well, if you believe in Jesus and have given your life to Him- there is joy, peace, freedom from sin, Heaven, eternal hope and life everlasting!!
Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr. Pastor 2/3/2019
"Dressed for Battle" -- Ephesians 6:10-18
This world is in great turmoil. The enemy seeks to destroy us all. Know when you are stepping out- you are on the battlefield everyday and this fight ain't easy. We dress for the weather. We dress for special occasions. Some of us dress for success. We also must dress for the battle. These verses of scripture describe the pieces of the armor we must put on. If you dress properly for the battle, the devil must flee. Put on your protective gear- not for natural/physical combat - but for a spiritual fight. Be a soldier. Take back what is yours. You are fighting for your life!!
Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr., Pastor 1/27/2019
What's in a Name" -- Scripture- Philippians 2:8-11
Names are more than labels to distinguish one from another. Care is taken in choosing a name. In these verses of scripture, Paul reminds us that "Jesus" is not an ordinary name. This name has great authority, changes the course of time, heal the sick, promote peace, lift you out of your burdened state. A name which gives eternal life. Don't get hung up on titles. Don't chase after the wrong name. When you are going through your challenges, remember- there's only one name- Jesus! So what's in this name?- Power, Life, Light and Healing!
"There's something about the name of Jesus...."
Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr., Pastor 1/20/2019
"Ctrl-Alt-Del- Let's Re-set -- Scriptures- Joshua 24:15; John 21:1-6; Hebrews 12:1
It’s a new year. People are excited about clean slates, do overs and fresh starts- new beginnings. How many of us have already broke our NY’s resolution?- 13 days into the new year.
In a personal computer with a Windows operating system, Ctrl-Alt-Delete is the combination of keyboard keys that the user can press at the same time to terminate an application task or to reboot the operating system (have it shut down and restart itself); change your log-in password for the computer.
Life is hard…. It requires work. We have to make the right choices- your control (Ctrl). Try different ways—alternate plans and moves (Alt). Give up and delete things and people who hold us down (Del). But we don’t have to do this work alone. Just as you cannot re-boot a computer system with one key or one hand alone--- God is with us. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.
2019- do the “3 finger salute” with me this year and “CTRL-ALT-DEL”!!!
Re-set!!!- Re- boot!!!!
Minister Adrianne Robinson 1/13/2019
"Liar, Liar" -- Genesis 3:1-3
In 1997, Jim Carey had a movie called "Liar, Liar". In the movie, he played a career-focused lawyer who loved his son. His lying and deception caused problems for him.
Satan- who is our enemy- knows the tactic of lying and uses that against us. He switches around the truth. He will try and make you think what is false is truth (2 Corinthians 11:14). He will make you compromise your position with God. We must resist the devil. You have to tell him to get behind you (James 4:7). Know that God has got your back. Jesus has won the victory for you! Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr., Pastor 1/6/2019
A Few of My Favorite Things" -- 1 Timothy 6:17-19
It's Christmas time and many people are excited! People are caroling, buying gifts and preparing for family and friends to gather together. In this time, we need to separate the worldly from the eternal. When we do, we realize that this is all about Jesus coming to the world so we can have an abundant life. During this time of year, a few my favorite things are- God's peace, the love of the Father, hope and joy. The greatest of my favorite things is knowing that Christ is the gift who sacrificed His life on the cross for all of mankind!! Merry Christmas everyone!!
Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr., Pastor 12/23/2018
"Get Ready for the Gift" -- Luke 2:8-15 -- The word gift means- “a thing given willingly to someone without payment”, “a present”. Would you ever give a gift that you knew wouldn’t be accepted? Would you give a gift to someone who might run over it with a car? Throw it in the trash? Set it on fire? Would you give a gift to someone who treated you bad all year? Would you not take a gift because it wasn’t what you think you needed? God gave us this gift knowing that people would despise it, refute it, hate it, mock it-- reject it.
Many will celebrate this time of year without a thought as to it’s real meaning. We need to ask the question- is Christmas just a heart-warming story about a baby being born in a stable? Or is it the recognition of our Creator coming to be with his creation, becoming one of us and prepare for a journey where He would give His life for us? Our gift is the Prince of Peace who came to reconcile us back to God. The gift has already been given to you. It’s up to you to accept it!! - Get ready for the gift!
Min. Adrianne Robinson 12/16/2018
"Reading is Fundamental" -- Psalm 119:105-112 --Have you read any good books lately? The slogan "Reading is Fundamental"
started in 1966. The RIF program demonstrates the belief that reading is an important and essential part of development and life skills.
Reading the Bible is also an important and essential part of our development. The Bible is our love letter from God. The Bible lives and breathes. It is the standard by which we need to test everything and every...one around us. The scriptures are relevant for our everyday lives. Whatever topic or form of self-help you need is in the pages of the Old and New Testaments. Memorize a verse of scripture- post it in your daily view- to help keep you encouraged in challenging situations and hold to your faith. Here is a "creed" you can recite about your Bible. (adapted from the "Rifleman's Creed")
This is my Bible
There are many like it, but this one is mine
My Bible is my best friend. It is my life
I must master it as I must master my life
Me without my Bible is useless
I must read my Bible
I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me
I must shoot him before he shoots me
My Bible and myself know what counts in this war
It is not the rounds we fire, the noise of my cries, or the smoke we make
We know that it is in the reading that counts. We will hit
My Bible is living and breathing- even as I , because it is my life
Thus I will learn it like a brother
I will learn it's strength, its promises, its truths, its hopes, and its value
I will keep my Bible ready even as I am ready
We will become part of each other- We will
Before God, I swear this belief
My Bible and myself are the defenders of God's kingdom
We are the masters of our enemy
Jesus is the Savior of our life
So be it, until victory is for all believers and there is no enemy- but only peace!
Min. Adrianne Robinson, Veterans' Day 11/11/2018
"Spice Girls" -- Luke 24:1-3 -- The women in Jesus' ministry traveled with Him as He taught on faith, love, charity, grace and mercy. These women were business owners and at one time, they did not know God's Word for themselves. Keeping the Sabbath holy- they waited until Sunday to prepare Jesus' body for burial. When they went to the tomb, they brought spices. But when they left the tomb- they had salvation!
The Good News is they came for a funeral, but had a family reunion. The Good News is regardless of what you have been through, who you are or what boulders are in your way - Jesus can move in your life and the promise of salvation is yours. Be blessed.
Min. Edward Robinson 11/4/2018
"I Call You Faithful" -- Hebrews 3:1-6 -- No matter what you go through, please know God is there with you. No matter what negative statements people may say about you, God is faithful. When you look back over your life- you couldn't have done it alone- God was with you every step of the way. Jesus is our High Priest. He died on the cross for you and for me. If you take 1 step towards Him, He will take 5 steps towards you. Even if we have moments of being "faithless", God remains faithful.
To have a relationship with God requires faith. Whether you are on your last dime, feel all alone, enemies against you, lost a loved one or all looks lost -- He is there- Jesus. He is faithful!!
Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr., Pastor 10/28/2018
"Are You Looking at the Clock" -- Psalm 133 -- Oct 16, 1995- the Million Man March took place in Washington, DC. It was a day of unity, atonement and accountability. The text tells us how good and pleasant it is when brethren dwell together in unity. It is time that the men of the church come on one accord in a unified effort.
1 Chronicles 12- when David was on the run, Israel was divided and all of the different factions came together. They know what time it was. It was time to bring Israel on one accord. The clock is ticking. Are you looking at the clock?
(Min. Edward Robinson 10/21/2018 First Baptist Church Men's Day Service
"Seasons" - Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 The song- Turn! Turn! Turn! was the second album by the folk rock band The Byrds and was
released in December 1965 on Columbia Records. The basic chorus of the lyrics state-
“To everything - turn, turn, turn
There is a season - turn, turn, turn...
And a time for every purpose under heaven”.
Our life is our faith journey set up in seasons. We go through our winter, we go through our summer, we go through our spring and we go through our fall seasons. The difference is - that unlike the U.S. in which all states will recognize the calendar seasons, our season may not be a season that another person is in. You may be in a Winter Season right now -- you may be in a Summer Season right now… And our particular season may last longer than someone else in that similar season. And our seasons may not go in the exact order as the natural seasons do- Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.
The point of the seasons - it’s God’s plan for your life. Our seasons symbolize life’s movement. The seasons are cycles of life and in each season or cycle - we will have work to do. That work may be to change our perspective, seek or ask for forgiveness, love on someone, pray for someone, do a job for God. Praise God when we go into our seasons. Why? Because if signifies growth in our walk with God. Embrace the changing leaves - Fall is here - winter is coming….
Embrace the change in seasons!!
Min. Adrianne Robinson 10/14/2018
"MISSION HIM-POSSIBLE" - LUKE 1:37 The original Mission Impossible series started September 17, 1966 and ran until March 30, 1973. The foundation of each episode started with an assignment given to an IMF agent. IMF stood for “Impossible Missions Force”. Each episode opened with a fast-paced montage, and that great theme music. The assignment most always dealt with some sort of national or worldly threat. A covert mission against dictators, evil organizations... or crime lords. It covered details of the ones involved who needed to be captured and stopped. The recording always included these infamous words- “your mission, if you choose to accept it".
I want to invite you to think about your mission in a different way--
“MISSION HIM- POSSIBLE”-- with the Him referenced to is God. The Bible is full of folks who were able to accomplish great feats - awesome assignments, because God was with them. If God called them, He surely equipped them. He gave them the needed Intel, technology and equipment that was needed for a successful mission.
Will you be on God’s “IMF” team? You see unlike the movie- if you get caught- God will not disavow you---He will never leave you nor forsake you…..You stay on His radar!! Will you allow Him to do
great things through you? Do you believe that nothing is impossible for Him?
Min. Adrianne Robinson 9/16/2018
"Bent, but not Broken" -- Luke 13:10-13 When you are holding onto a heavy burden, you can take it to the Lord. This woman had an issue for 18 years and it kept her in a bent state. Regardless of what is keeping you bent, holding you down - please know that Jesus can fix it. There is no situation too great or messed up that Jesus cannot get you back upright. The storms may come and the winds will blow - and you may bend under your circumstances - but you will not be broken in the process!! Be blessed!!
Min. Edward Robinson 9/9/2018
Embracing a New Identity -- 2 Corinthians 5:17 We have been deceived and hoodwinked!! It's time we embrace a new
identity - not a new name - but a new identity in Christ. A change will come if we deny ourselves and decide to follow Jesus. We will get to the point that we will get tired of where we are, who we
are and what we are doing. The "old is gone" means you no longer have to be who you were yesterday. To embrace our new identity, we must understand that everything new comes from God. We need to
accept Jesus - give in to God. Our identity will be changed in Heaven. Be the new creation God intended you to be!!
Rev. James A. Jackson, Pastor 9/2/2018
“In God’s Waiting Room” -- Isaiah 40:28-31 The themes in this Old Testament book is salvation, comfort and
promise. Our God does not fatigue and is never exhausted. He has enough strength for Himself, but also for His smallest creature. Eagles symbolize vigor and freedom. They rise the highest in flight
and above any and all dangers.
The word wait means “to stay in a place or state of expectation”. Waiting is not a popular concept or practice. We can get frustrated and stressed in the waiting. We live in an “instant need” society. We want and expect God to move now! But there are times we will have to wait and feel like our faith is being tested. We may scream- “How long Lord”!!?? You know when you go to the doctor’s office for an appointment? You arrive on time but you have to wait to be seen. You can choose to be angry or you can choose to occupy your time until you’re seen.
4 things we can do while waiting on God-
1. Remember who God is.
2. Reflect on what He’s done.
3. Recognize distraction.
4. Be relentless and refuse to give up! Be blessed!!
Guest Preacher -- Evangelist Karen Boateng 8/26/2018
ACCOUNTABILITY...No More Excuses! -- Ezekiel 33:1-9
The definition of the word accountable is “to be held responsible/ required to account for one’s conduct/ to answer to”. When you know what you know you know!
Ezekiel-he was a man who chose to obey God. He is known as the “street preacher”. He was preaching about God’s judgment and salvation- calling for the people to repent and obey. His message is all about accountability. He’s also called a “watchman”. A watchman has to keep watch in the town. A watchman’s job is dangerous; If he fails at his job, others could get hurt.
We will all have to give an account--an explanation of and for our actions. We have to give account to Christ- not to other people. Romans 14:12 tells us that: “So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.” As Christians- people of faith- not only are we accountable for what we do in our own lives, but we will be responsible for what we do or don’t do for others. Ezekiel was called a watchman--he was responsible to sound the alarm and initiate the warning.
There might be someone that God wants you to warn, help, influence, or just tell him or her about salvation. Maybe the Holy Spirit is nudging you to pray for someone, maybe to say an encouraging word, maybe to give loving criticism or advice.
Spiritually- what can we do to be sure we remain accountable-
2. Read your Bible
3. Renew your mindset
4. Have an accountability buddy
5. Corporate Bible study
6. Don’t judge others
7. Remember - “life and death are in the power of the tongue”
8. Allow the Holy Spirit to shape you
9. Praise when you feel like worrying
10. Seek and give forgiveness
Min. Adrianne Robinson 8/19/2018
"Even Now" -- John 11:17-27 (esp verse 22)
Why did the Savior come so late? He could have prevented this tragedy. Sometimes when you leave the presence of God, it may not always be a "mountain-top" experience. His answer may be "No" or "Wait". Sometimes we ask- "Why them and not me?" when we see others doing better than us. We may wonder- "What do they have that I don't have?"
As followers of Christ, we have the right to expect God to answer, provide and show... up! But the right of expectation does not give us the right to "run" God. Any attack/ rough season of life is difficult and sensing God's presence helps us through. But if God seems silent, that is a sound so deafening and we feel abandoned and lost. How can we keep our faith through those times of silence? Remember what He has done in the past. Hold on to a verse of scripture that gives you hope- such as Jeremiah 29:11. All we have to do is believe and keep believing and we won't miss it! Even now... He is working. Be blessed.
Guest Preacher -- Rev. Everett Mitchell 8/5/2018
"Who's Watching the Kids" -- Matthew 2:13-14. The Children's Defense Fund was established to advocate on the behalf of children. To fight for the forgotten, neglected children that were left behind. The bible tells us that King Herod became enraged when he heard a new King was born in Bethlehem, Judea. That fear drove him to enlist the wise men to find him that He may worship him too. The children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way. When there are evil forces that want to destroy our children, we must protect them. God knowing the evil plans, spoke to Joseph and told him to take the child and mother and flee to Egypt. God will protect us from evil by moving us out of harm's way.
Min. Edward Robinson 7/15/2018
"Happy Birthday, Again" -- John 3:1-8 and 1 Peter 1:23. Everyone is different- different gender, faith, economic status, ethnicity, height, weight, size, attitude. We all go through different trials and situations related to finance, relationships, health. But one thing we all share - no matter who you are, where you live or what you believe in. It is something that is happening right now and everyday. That is - birthdays!!! We all have one.
We all go through stages of growth and development with every passing birthday. As in our physical process at each birthday there are stages, it is the same spiritually. But these changes in development don’t take place year after year like our natural birthdays. No, these stages are part of our daily process in our walk with Jesus. Not everyone is in the same stage of life physically or spiritually. Jesus is telling us that people don’t enter the kingdom of God by living a better life, but by being spiritually reborn. Jesus told Nicodemus in the book of John that a man must be born again - through the Spirit and spiritually as we grow - we can become new and new in Christ - our soul is reborn. Happy Birthday, Again!!
Min. Adrianne Robinson 7/8/2018
"Practice what You Preach" - 1 Peter 2:21-24. Stop making excuses! The time of judgment is soon coming. We will all be
accountable for our actions. We must put into practice what we learn in the Bible. In today's society, people will tell other people what they need to do, but not walk in their own talk.
If you profess to be a Christian, people should see Christ in you. Stop being a hypocrite!
Some steps we can follow in order to be able to practice what we preach- lose your life in Christ, believe God has called you, look the enemy in the eye and tell him to get behind you and do not be self righteous. If we want to attract others, we must be that light.
Jesus led by example. Practice what you preach!!
Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr, Pastor 7/1/2018
"You Have a Reason to Say Thank You" - Luke 17:11-16. The scripture for today's sermon is an illustration which demonstrates an example we all can follow. We serve a God who will meet us right where we are. He is not just "seated on high" - He comes down low. Sometimes the Lord will show up in unexpected places to call His own to Him. His methods may not seem logical to us, may not fit in our plan, but the plan will come to pass- what you have been praying for will come to... pass. Jesus was strolling along and the lepers called out to Him. He is strolling by your way right now - call out to Him! When He answers our prayers - the least we can do is say "THANK YOU"!
Guest preacher - Rev. Dr. Nicole Drakeford- First Baptist Church, Vaux Hall, NJ
Pastor James A. Jackson, Jr's 2nd Anniversary Celebration Service 6/24/2018
"The Loving Father" - Scripture reference Luke 15:20-24. In Luke 15 the Bible tells us the son wanted his inheritance,
but he lost it all. He had sinned and was living a lifestyle which went against what his father had taught him. He wanted to- and needed to- return home. The world had beaten him up. When things took
a bad turn, he realized he could go back home again. His father showed him compassion.
If you think you are so messed up, drowning in sin, don't despair- Go...d will accept you. He will not beat you up. He will not abandon you. He will not remind you of your faults. He is our loving Father. Like the father in Luke 15 covered his son with a robe, God will cover us when we return back to Him. Regardless of how far we have strayed-- He is looking for us- waiting us with open arms and ready to have a celebration party to rejoice in our return home!!
Min. Edward Robinson 6/17/2018
"Rejected, but Loved"- Scripture Luke 13:34-35. Have you ever had your love rejected? We all have had our share of perceived rejections- felt our parents loved our
siblings more than us. Interviewed for a job and the position was given to someone less qualified. Walking down the street and someone you recognize coming in the opposite direction, crosses the
street to avoid you. Your children reject sound advice/ guidance you give them. When a person is rejected, seldom does
that individual blame the "rejecter", but rather applies it to their worth. Rejection hurts, but it's not the end of the story.
So how many times have you rejected Jesus? Turned your back on Him? There could be several reasons why someone would reject Him. The individual does not think they need a Savior. What the world offers is more appealing than what is eternal. Fear of social rejection if Jesus is accepted.
Regardless of what others think of you- or what you may think of yourself- Jesus values you! He is knocking at the door of your heart. He is standing in front of you with open arms. Jesus is the Gospel message. He died as a substitute for us so we may have the gift of eternal life. He is waiting, He loves you. He will never reject you!
Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr., Pastor 6/2/2018
"It's Flooded" Scripture- Genesis 7:10-12. MLK said "the measure of a person is not where you stand in moments of comfort, but where you stand in times of controversey and challenge". When things are going good for us, we tend not to think about our problems. Floods come in all sizes and can come from anywhere. What do we do when the "floods" come into our life- hardship, loss of a loved one, sickness, any form of trouble? We must look to the Lord. Your "game" will not be called on account of rain! Our faith must be activated in the flood. Our faith in the Lord will help us rise above the flood waters. God will send unexpected resources to help us navigate the flood. Sometimes our flood will have us pray for others in their flood. Look to Hebrews 11:1 this week as you trust God to dry up the waters!!
Min. Edward G. Robinson 5/27/2018
"Sisters Working Together" -- Scripture Ecclesiastes 4:9-10. (Womens Day service at FBC). The word comaraderie is defined as "mutual trust and friendship among people who spend time together". Sisterhood is defined as "a bond between 2 or more girls, not always related by blood. They always tell the truth, honor each other, and love each other like sisters". The body of the church is very important to God. The devil wants to kill, steal and destory that body. But God has a plan for us to work together in unity. Women know how to sacrifice, get the job done and have a willing spirit. We must allow God to use us and we should be a blessing to someone else. We are to pray for each other and bless each other. First we must connect with Christ and then with each other. Thank you God for the Sisterhood!!!
Rev James A. Jackson, Jr., Pastor 5/20/2018
"Love for Our Mothers" - Scripture- Proverbs 31:28-30. The first love of your life is usually your mother. Without her, you would have not been born. A mother is the one who teaches and corrects you while growing up. A mother goes from being your mom, mommy, mama or madre- to your coach - and hopefully, eventually - one of your best friends. In the scriptures, other than Jesus, mothers get the most glory and honor. Through King Solomon, God reveals his characteristics of a mother in the book of Proverbs. A mother is more than her beauty and divinely shaped body. She is a manufacturer and a manager of her household. The Proverbs 31 woman - yes we refer to as a description of a great wife - but not all mothers are wives…so we can also learn something from this chapter about being a great mom. She has integrity, resourcefulness, strength and dignity. All this is because of her reverence for God. So whether she is our biological mother, or someone who took the place of one - bless her. Tell her you love her. Thank God for MOTHERS -- the givers of life and nourishment - thank God for them!!! Minister Adrianne Robinson 5/13/2018
"The Final Turning Point" - Scripture Exodus 3:1-12. Many people are longing for a break-thru. People are sick and tired of being sick and tired. People don't want to merely exist in the short time we have on this earth. Remember the woman with the issue of blood? (Matthew 9:20). Her faith helped her reach her turning point. We can make our own strides to try and get out of a situation that is holding us down, but it will leave us frustrated if we are not relying on God. We must look to Jesus. Jesus is our greatest turning point- He holds our break-thru. God gave us His Son so we would be able to!!
Guest preacher- Brother Bob Weston visiting from Jamaica 5/6/2018
"Wounds and Scars" - Isaiah 53:3-5 and John 20:24-29 Verse 5 of Isaiah 53 says - “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” By His wounds we are healed!!! Jesus - 100% divine and 100% human. Because of His humanity, He felt the indescribable painful sensation of nails being driven into His hands, side and feet. Can you grasp this? His injury, His sacrifice of His body, the wounds that were inflicted on Him saved you!! Healed you!! His suffering was for our sins. Our well-being is a result of His wounds. You did not have to endure this injury or sustain this wound. Jesus did. He went though the emotional pain of gossip and rejection so we could be in fellowship with the Father. Then we have His nail scars. And those scars are beautiful!! There are our blessing…..His wounds were necessary. His scars are necessary. The scars on His body are an invitation to those who don’t know Him and the sacrifice He paid. Don’t despair over your wounds. Don’t despise your scars. God can heal your wounds and use your scars to help others--give them encouragement, empathy in their situation, bring them to an understanding of the saving grace that we all desperately need!! Wounds and scars--part of this life. The ones that Jesus endured and has---necessary for eternal life.
Min. Adrianne Robinson 4/22/2018
"You can't stay here" - Genesis 12:1-4. God asked Abram to move. By his moving in obedience, God made him a blessing and a great nation. Our true blessing is not in the moving, but in the obedience to move. John 5 tells us that whatever is in-firming you, holding you back, not allowing you to reach your full potential- the blessing will be in your willingness to move from wherever you are to where God is taking you. You can't stay here.
Min. Ed Robinson 3/25/2018
"Second Time Around"- Jonah 2:10-3:2. There is no greater frustration when you are unable to reach someone when you need them. Has the Lord called you and you are not answering?? Do you feel inconvenienced by Him?? It doesn't matter who we are or what we've done- it does not stop God from being God! No matter how long you have been in your situation- when He commands, you will be let go! Sing that familiar song/phrase - "I'm coming out" (Diana Ross circa 1980). Trust God will call you a second time! Be blessed...
Rev Dr. Nicole Drakeford, guest preacher, First Baptist Church, Vaux Hall, NJ 3/18/2018
"Tradition or Faith" -- Mark 7:6-13. Just about every person who gives up a particular something for this Lenten season, will go back to it once Easter is over. “Ash Wednesday” and “Lent” are not in the Bible. There are no scriptures to support one day out of the year to get ashes on your forehead or a traditional 40 day period to give-up something. In the spirit and sense of faith, when we give up something, it is not for our physical benefit---- it is to get closer to our Lord. It should demonstrate our repentance and need for forgiveness. He doesn’t want us to try to appease Him with so-called sacrifices and rituals. God doesn’t want religious practices; He desires us to become living sacrifices and live rightly--everyday! Tradition focuses on actions and routines; faith focuses on Jesus and the promise of salvation!
Minister in Training, Adrianne J. Robinson 3/11/2018
"God cleans up what we mess up" -- John 2:13-22. Have you ever looked at your life, your past and thought "what a mess"? Sin scars us, but God's plan is that we are "more than conquerors" (Romans 8:37). God is trying to clean us up, but we keep wanting to go back to those places He delivered us from. You don't have to have a great start to have a great finish! Accept the reality of the messy situation in your life and confess and pray. Know that God accepts you as you are. Tired of your mess? Give it to God!!
Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr., Pastor 3/4/2018
“Reclaiming my Time” -- Nehemiah 6:1-3. Have you ever had someone to waste your time? Maxine Waters uttered this now familiar and famous phrase- “Reclaiming my time!” The Bible tells us in the 6th chapter of Nehemiah, forces tried to prevent the rebuilding of the wall in Jerusalem. They wanted to stop the rebuild by using tactics to waste the time of the builders. Nehemiah had to utter that phrase “Reclaiming my time!”, when the enemy tried to divert his time from his work for God. So when the enemy is trying to take your mind and your time away from what God has called you to do, you must say- “Reclaiming my time!”
Min. Edward Robinson 2/25/2018
"Revolutionary Thinking"- John 17:1, 20-26. "The revolution will not be televised- the revolution will be live"!! MLK, Black Lives Matter, Kaepernick,
raised fists, marching in protest--- all examples of revolutionary thinking. Jesus introduced a new way of thinking that went totally against the grain of the world and also against the way the
leaders of His day were teaching and preaching. If you read any of the gospels- Matthew, Mark, Luke and John- Jesus taught radical
ideas- love and pray for your enemies----
consider it a blessing when people talk about and ridicule you--- do not repay evil for evil--- hating someone is the same as murder---give to and honor the poor---do not judge others---if someone
takes your cloak- give him also your tunic----he who is last will be greatest--- if you lose your life, you will gain it---the first shall be last and the last shall be first----don‘t worry about
tomorrow----pray in secret---…..and on and on….Jesus came and changed the whole scene.
My brothers and sisters, we have a long way still to go. A lot of work needs to continue and lies ahead of us- to change the world‘s perspective of people of color and change the world‘s perspective in accepting Jesus.
"The revolution will not be televised- the revolution will be live"!! Minister in Training, Adrianne J. Robinson 2/18/2018
"Having Dinner with Jesus". Luke 14:15-24. Have you ever been invited out to be with someone- maybe dinner or a celebration party? Did your decision to go or not go depend on who was sending the invite? If Jesus invited you out, would you drop everything and go, or would you worry about how you looked or what you were wearing? Jesus has prepared the dinner- all we need to do is show up. Coming to His table assures us 3 things- 1)- never being thirsty or hungry, 2) Knowing He cares and 3) Confident He loves us! Are you ready to dine with Jesus?
Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr. Pastor 2.4.2018
"Put a Praise on It". Scripture reference - 2 Chronicles 20:6-9, 20-22. When we lift up our praise to God, it causes the enemy to get upset. Praising Him says you are happy for what He is going to do. Putting a praise on "it" 1) makes you triumphant in battle, 2) opens your heart to God and 3) gives you eyes of faith. In whatever circumstances you face, put your praise out first and then watch God move!! Instead of focusing on the problem, Praise Him!!
Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr., Pastor 1.28.2018
"Restore your Luster". Scripture reference- Isaiah 54:11-14. If you are feeling dull in your prayer life, your Bible study, your walk with the Lord- He can restore your luster. He can remove the haze and dullness. He can make you brand new. He can bring light to that dark place and bring you comfort and joy! Today you say: "This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine!"
Min. Edward Robinson 1.21.2018
"Weekly scripture empowerment- "I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will consider all your works and meditate on all your mighty deeds.” (Psalm 77:11-12, NIV). As 2017 draws to a close, consider, review and remember all that the Lord has done for you. If He showed up in 2017, you can trust and believe, He will show up for you again in 2018. Thank you Lord for this year and the year to come. AMEN!!"
Plain Faith Ministries December 2017
Giving God Your Leftovers". Scripture reference - Proverbs 3:9-10. God deserves first place in our lives. He deserves the best of our time, talent and treasure. If you take 1
step towards Him, He will take 2 steps towards you. Can you hear the song- "You can’t beat God’s giving, no matter how you try.
And just as sure as you are
and the Lord is in heaven on
The more you give, the more He give to
but keep on giving because it’s really
that you can’t beat God’s giving, no
matter how you try." Try Him today and see Him work miracles in Your life. He gave us His best when He sent His Son- Jesus!!
Rev. James A. Jackson, Jr., Pastor, FBC October 2017
"Fair Weather Fan". Scripture- Job 1:1-3, 13-22. In the beginning of any sports season, there is an anticipation in the air of being the ultimate winner and the utmost support for the team and sometimes, for particular players and coaches. Suddenly, the fan who was so loyal in the beginning and when things were good, is not so loyal anymore. He or she is jumping ship, changing sides and even trash talking against their own team. This is your “fair weather fan”. Being a “fair weather fan” is not only in the sports arena. It happens in our lives everyday for all circumstances. And dangerously, it happens towards God. We have to become that “die-hard fan”- which is the fan who follows and stays with their team no matter if they are winning or losing. NO matter if life is great or disaster hits.
Try this saying to keep from becoming a fair weather fan-
** Happy moments- Praise God**
** Difficult moments- Seek God**
** Quiet moments- Worship God**
** Painful moments- Trust God**
**Every moment- Thank God**
"WORSHIP- It’s not just for Sundays". Scripture reference - John 4:4-9, 21-26. Now understand this- this is my disclaimer- I am not at all saying that going to a place with an assembly of believers is not needed. The Bible tells us that we should “not forsake the assembling of believers”. What I am saying is we need to worship GOD in spirit and truth- each and everyday. Being a believer is “not just a Sunday thing”. Worship is an obedient service to GOD. It’s not about where you worship, but HOW- you worship. Is it genuine? Is it true? Do you allow the Holy Spirit to help you? GOD is not limited- not in His forgiveness, love, grace, mercy and patience- so we should not be limited in our worship---devotion, adoration, honor or reverence to HIM. Let us be what GOD has called us to be. Own the title of a true worshiper and worship our Lord in spirit and truth!
"Let’s Talk about Faith"- scripture reference- Hebrews 11:1-3, 34-39. Our faith will be put to the test. See--- God has to know that He can trust you to trust Him!! Will you trust Him? Will you put your faith in Him? When situations get rough and the enemy is at your back- will you continue to stand on that faith and not waiver? Faith- trusting in what I don't see---Knowing GOD's got my back! Don't look at the overwhelming circumstances that may come in your life, but trust in GOD's overwhelming assurances for your life!
"Your latter will be greater". Scripture reference- Job 42:12-17. You may be going though, but if you remain faithful to God, lean and trust in Him, He will bring you out on the other side better than you were before!!
Rev. James A. Jackson, Pastor, FBC Belmar August 2017