Many people in John's day didn't receive Jesus. Many in our day don't receive Him. What about you? Do you believe in HIm, not affirming facts about Him, but believe in the sense of relational connection?
December 3, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
For the City, Part VI: "Oh No" to Distraction
November 27, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
We live in a world full of distractions keeping us from giving our full attention to what's important. Practice saying "no" to distractions, personal attacks, religious manipulation, and retaliation.
For the City, Part V: Fear
November 20, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Nehemiah addresses the root of exploitation and what we can do to combat exploitation? Generosity as a lifestyle is antidote to greed. To whom can you be generous this week with the gifts of time, money or possessions God has given you? Whom has God placed in your path who needs your generosity?
Let's Rise Up and Build
November 12, 2017 By: J. K. Patterson
Love, fellowship, and joy is a part of rebuilding. Embrace your role in making a positive change, and give God the glory for what He's going to do!
For the City, Part IV
November 6, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Anytime you seek to do something for God, criticism is inevitable. Nehemiah teaches us to respond to criticism by praying first and being persisting with the task at hand.
For the City, Part III: It Takes a Village
October 29, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Change can't occur until the people in the community commit to be the change they want to see. Our primary task is not community transformation. Our primary task is people transformation by the gospel. Who's on your team to help you achieve your mission?
For the City, Part II
October 23, 2017 By: Deveraux Hubbard
Do you know what God is leading you to do for this city? If so, think about what resources will be needed to do what God is leading you to do, and prepare by resolving to trust God's will.
For the city
October 15, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Concerned people transform communities. Nehemiah's heart was broken by what he heard. He fasted and prayed. What causes your heart to break? Think about our community and consider what problem, need, issue, or cause God might want you to address.
If Jesus Did It...
October 8, 2017 By: Deveraux Hubbard
"People like the idea of diversity. They just don't like being around different people." - Ed Stetzer
Is it biblical to have a concern for church diversity? What is the basis for this expectation, and how do we actually live it? Jesus called us to live in unity, and to live in diversity.
Christ is all in all
October 1, 2017 By: Kodjo Yelou
Stick with the Plan
September 24, 2017 By: Deveraux Hubbard
Victory is won when we stick with the plan. God uses scripture to equip us to do good work. Put your faith into action and watch God do what only God can do!
Changing How We See Problems
September 17, 2017 By: Deveraux Hubbard
Following Jesus does not mean you'll never go through trials in your life. You can rejoice that your problems are never beyond God's scope. Think about who God is and how great He is, and put your problems in His hands!
Changing How We See Ourselves
September 10, 2017 By: Deveraux Hubbard
How different would your life look if you were responsible for being an example to everyone you came into contact with? As we anxiously await the return of Jesus Christ, make every effort to live your life as a reflection of Him.
How We See Others
September 3, 2017 By: Deveraux Hubbard
We have more in common than we realize. Genesis 1:26 reminds us that we are all created in the image of God. Life in Jesus should be different from life without Jesus. Life as a child of God should be different from life apart from God. Followers of Christ should love. Choose to love.
Is God Enough
August 27, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Are you giving God your best? Giving God our best is not about our good works, but it's about God's grace. Give Him your best, and don't be afraid of what you might come up against. God is for us, and He deserves our best.
August 20, 2017 By: Scott Williams
Ever feel like you are stuck? -have people in your life that you would consider haters, naysayers, critics or negative voices who try to hold you down? -often worry about what other people think of you and find yourself seeking the approval of others? -find it difficult to move beyond your comfort zones? -desire to step into God’s divine purpose for your life?
If you answered yes to any or all of the above questions, you need to Drop It!
Six Dangers to Our Faith
August 13, 2017 By: Brent Foster
Today, there are as many challenges and reasons to struggle in faith. However, Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith gives to all who desire grace to endure to the end.
Putting First Things First
August 6, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
It's easy to miss the connection between our choices and our present circumstances. What does it look like to put God first in the following areas: home, career, time, money, goals, servic?
Love Trumps Everything
July 31, 2017 By: Charlie Dates
Love trumps everything. You cannot love God without loving people. How are you living out God’s commandment to love your neighbors?
I Can't Be Quiet. Following Jesus in Social Justice
July 24, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
God's desire is that none would be oppressed. We have the responsibility to be the representatives of God, and to speak into the places where captives are still being held captive. What is your biblical responsibility? How can you speak to the systems and structures that keep people in captivity? The Gospel that's only good in the church and to get into heaven is not the gospel of scripture. We need to be concerned, not just about people's souls, but about people's lives.
I Want to be Me
July 16, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
July 9, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
I Hate Religion
July 2, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Dying to Live
June 26, 2017 By: Bryan Chapell
By faith in Jesus, you are raised with Him and seated at His right hand. Put your faith in Jesus Christ. The work of salvation is done!
I am the Resurrection & the Life
June 20, 2017 By: John King
You were created for more than you've allowed your life to become. Believing in the resurrection of Jesus is a matter of eternal life or death. Choose to believe and be encouraged that you can now walk free of God's penalty for your sins!
Never Too Late
June 5, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Mistakes of the past don't limit the work of Jesus in the present. No moral resume is needed. Just acknowledgement of sin and trusting Jesus. Pray for each other that the root of bitterness might never grow and that forgiveness would be the foundation of life.
May 28, 2017 By: Darius Miller
Love Sacrifices to Meet the Needs of Others
May 21, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Jesus indicated that one should worry less about who “who is my neighbor” and more about “am I being a neighbor”. Eternal life is gained by faith expressed in love, and this love should lead us to be a neighbor to all people…not just some people. For the next week, ask yourself these three questions each day. How can I love God better today than I did yesterday? How can I love my neighbor better today than I did yesterday? How is my love for God evident in my love for the people around me?
Luke 7:36 – 50 tells the story of an anonymous woman, who was a known sinner at the time, and her interaction with Jesus. Upon seeing Jesus, she weeps, bows at His feet, washes Jesus’ feet with her tears, and wipes them with her hair. We never hear a word from her in Scripture, but she speaks through her actions. Though she sinned, her actions were forgiven and her actions reflected her gratefulness and reverence towards God. Those who have been forgiven much, love much. Our actions should communicate how much we’ve been forgiven. What do your actions communicate? Are you willing to go against cultural norms for your actions to highlight how much you’ve been forgiven?
Real Faith Responds to Authority
May 8, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Since faith is only as good as the object we place it in, who are you placing your faith in? Ask God to make clear what areas He can help you have greater faith and confidence in Him.
A little Goes a Long Way
April 30, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
The little we have is never enough to meet the needs of people, but when surrendered to Jesus, Jesus is more than enough to your needs!
If He did it before, He'll do it again!
April 23, 2017 By: PK Edward Copeland
God is capable of changing our eyes, heart, and mind. He opens the eyes of the blind and heals the disappointed heart. Is your heart right, so you can see Him while He's working?
We Believe in the Resurrection
April 17, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
How do you encourage people who have lost everything to continue to have hope? How do you encourage people who have experienced trial after trial and test after test to continue to cling to the expectation that things can and will get better? "Hopeless" means having no expectation of good or success. A feeling of futility and passive abandonment of oneself to fate. Do we have a reason to have hope? Peter reminds these believers and us that Jesus and his resurrection is our Reason for Hope. Because of our hope in Christ, we know that Jesus is with us, for us, in us, and is working on our behalf! Don't give up on hope.
We Believe in the Forgiveness of Sins
April 9, 2017 By: Brent Foster
What does it mean to live in forgiveness? We have all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory, but we have been forgiven through Jesus’ death on the cross. Jesus took our punishment, though we didn’t deserve it, and it was freely given! Because of His sacrifice, we are now standing in a right relationship with God and are no longer subject to His judgement! The same way God forgave us, we are to also forgive others. Because we are God’s people, we must act like God in our relationships by practicing forgiveness.
Reflecting on the entirety of Hebrews we see that Jesus is God’s Son, He was sent to destroy the power of sin and death, and released us from slavery to it (Hebrews 2). Jesus’ work on the cross was perfect and complete. As a result, we have a new position in Jesus Christ, and this new position should motivate us to practice personal devotion, spiritual consistency, and communal responsibility. Don’t disconnect! Who are you currently spurring on in love and good deeds? Do you know of a believer who is drifting from the Lord? How can you get involved? How would you go about encouraging him/her in love?
This is Good, but God Deserves Better
March 26, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
We have an exceedingly, abundantly, above all God who deserves more than good....He deserves our best!
We Believe in the Holy Spirit
March 19, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
Our victory in life in totally dependent on our submission to the Holy Spirit. Jesus helps us understand what we should believe about the Holy Spirit in the book of John. We no longer have to rely on ourselves because God sent an Advocate (the Holy Spirit) to help us, to teach us, to guide us, to live in us, and to be with us forever. Often times, we are trying to use our own power to do what can only be done by the power of the Holy Spirit. We must continue to be lead by the Spirit in order to draw closer to Jesus.
We Believe in Christ His Son
March 12, 2017 By: Eddie Jackson, Jr.
Who is Jesus to you? This is the most important question that you will answer in you life. Don't rely on humanity to answer this question for you. Instead, explore God's Word and open your hearts and minds to what it says about Jesus: that salvation comes through Christ, the one and only Son of God. Are you trusting Jesus for your salvation? We want you to declare, "I believe in Jesus Christ!"
We Believe in God the Father
March 5, 2017 By: Deveraux R. Hubbard
We believe in a God who has a standard for righteousness, meets His standard of righteousness, and holds to His standard of righteousness. As humans, we can never meet God's standards and expectations on our own, but God reminds us that we can meet the standard of righteousness by faith in Jesus Christ who atones for our sins. Reconciliation with God can only happen through Jesus Christ.
The truth about love is that love is a choice not a feeling. When we come into a marriage, we bring a worldview of love that is not biblical. Biblical love (agape) is a choice to actively and sacrificially do what is in the interest of the marriage and your spouse for the glory of God. Are you willing to do what God tells you to do and love how God tells you to love for your marriage?
What does it take for you to have a healthy marriage? God is the creator of marriage. God's intent for marriage is oneness; becoming one with your spouse by submitting to God and each other. A healthy marriage begins with you! Choose to grow closer to Christ so you can become emotionally healthy for yourself and your spouse. Are you willing to allow God to work on you?
A myth of marriage is that marriage is all about us, but the truth of a Christian marriage is for God to be glorified and for the Gospel to be on display. There is nothing that has greater priority for God than God being glorified. For those who are married or desire to be married; marriage should be a part of your curriculum for being more Christ-like. Therefore, for those who are already married, does your behavior reflect God's character in your marriage and for those who desire to be married, how will being married bring more glory to God than you being single?
Mission: Possible Part 5: Persevering in the Mission
January 30, 2017 By: St. Paul Baptist Church
Oftentimes in life there are many things we start but we don't finish. When we lock onto the purpose or mission of God, it puts us on a path. While journeying on that path we will encounter problems, issues, or circumstance along the way but resolve to persevere because we can rely on God's promises, protection, and provision to see us through to the end. Have the resolve to stick with Jesus for He is faithful!
Mission Possible Part 4: Our Personal Mission, Finishing the Course
January 23, 2017 By: St. Paul Baptist Church
We as believers in Christ are given a personal mission, work, or assignment assigned to us by the Lord that fits into God's larger mission. Are you aware of what of God wants you to do? Seek the face of God to discern your mission. Ask him how He wants to use you for His glory because finishing the work given to us by Jesus should be our ultimate priority in our lives. Are you on mission?
Many times in a church's history, God has to transition us into other places He wants us to go to fulfill His mission. The early church in Acts went through a transitional period after much fasting and prayer in which their mission work moved from exclusivity to inclusivity. We as the Church have been commissioned with a mission to tell the Good News, this is the mission of the Church. It's time for us as Christians to reach out to others, to become more inclusive and less exclusive. Are you willing? Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone into the unknown to share the Good News ?
Your life is to a large extent the sum of all your habits-good or bad. We as Christians need to develop the habit of prayer. Prayer, connecting and communing with God, is important if we want to be on mission with God. Do you have a habit of prayer?
Acts chapter 1 is about Jesus' Mission, the mission He began that is to be continued through the church; the people of God.The mission is for ordinary people, about the Kingdom of God, to seek and save those who are lost locally and globally, through the power of God in the person of the Holy Spirit. Are you ready to submit to Jesus as your King? Do you choose to accept the mission?
New Year's Eve: The Reality of Choice
December 31, 2016 By: St. Paul Baptist Church
God has given us all the freedom of choice. In the book of Habakkuk the people of God had made the choice to live a life away from God. We can't control the choices of others nor can we control God, but we can control our own choices. Choose to draw close to God and reflect upon His power, His greatness, and His goodness! Resolve to praise Him in 2017 no matter the circumstances because we can live without everything else, but we cannot live without the Lord!
KING-Celebrating the Birth of a Revolutionary
December 26, 2016 By: St. Paul Baptist Church
Oftentimes when it comes to Christmas and the Christmas story, we view it primarily through one side, which is the fact that Jesus is our Savior, but we need to align our vision to not only Jesus our Savior but also Jesus our King. He is Savior and He is King! Choose to surrender yourself to Him! Bow down to Him, worship Him, and present Him with the gift of yourself. Let's not just see Him as a Savior but embrace Him as King!
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