For 31 years, New Berean has been blessed to serve in the Gospel ministry. Under the leadership of our beloved Founder and former Pastor, Leroy E. Ricks, Sr, New Berean has been taught, trained and discipled to be the people of God founded and rooted us in the discipline of “searching the scriptures daily” (Acts 17:11) . It is our tradition that we set aside this special moment for our Victory Celebration 2020 to give thanks to the Lord for the opportunity to look back on the experiences of his favor. It is also a time to look and reach forward for those things which are ahead.
Being scattered is a good reason to stay connected. The scattering of the believers in the scriptures was due to a variety of reasons. Disobedience to God’s will, his instructions from his Prophets and persecution of the early church. But God was still faithful to his people and expects his people to be faithful to him.
In our attempt to be a faithful, we have attempted to provide you with several opportunities of spiritual growth and service.
The Media has all kinds of good news and bad. News relevant to our world as seen through the eyes of men. But the word of God is relevant to everything about everything because it is from God’s perspective. The word itself reminds us that it is important to be filled with all spiritual understanding and wisdom (Col. 1:9).
Let us help by providing you with the tools you will need pertaining to the spiritual warfare we are engaged in. There will always be opposition in war. There will be some direct attempts against our faith and there will be some designed to thwart us by deception. But God has appointed us to be watchful and to prayer that our faith not fail (Lk 22:32).
We also strongly encourage you as members of New Berean, to employ the services of the Deacon Family ministry to assist or aide you if we can. Provide feedback on ways we can keep you connected to the rest of the Berean family and pray, call, and reach out to one another as you can. Our normal is no longer normal so we all are exploring different methods to be a blessing.
Visit Us – We all have been inundated with all the information, misinformation, rumors and other reports as we process through the current pandemic but our responsibility as believers is to be found faithful (I Cor. 4:2). There is enough recklessness being displayed and as part of being a faithful steward, we will provided you with what the CDC (Center for Disease Control) website has specifically relevant to us.
Pulpit Points is a library collection of messages formatted in Youtube mp4 for both listening and viewing. From the pulpit preaching ministry of Founder and Pastor Leroy E Ricks along with various of preachers, browse these recorded messages and expected to be encouraged, blessed instructed and challenged.
Pulpit Points (Audio Archive) is our library audio collection of messages from the pulpit preaching ministry of Pastor Leroy E Ricks along with various of preachers, browse these recorded messages
Ladies Mid-Week Zoom Bible Study Meeting – Ladies, members and guests are invited to join Sister Joan Jackson every Wednesday to take a walk through the scriptures. These lesson are designed to speak to the needs of our women using biblical principles, the precepts and commandments
Salvation – Man’s greatest need is to have a personal relationship the Lord. We as Believers have been commissioned by the Commissioner, our Lord Jesus the Christ to take the good news the gospel of God’s great love to the world. (Matt. 28:18-20, Acts 1:8) is the commission to his disciples and subsequent followers what to tell, to who to tell and why. This is a basic outline of the things we ourselves ought to be settled in so we may be obedient to the Commission. Preach – Baptize – Disciple to a lost and dying people.
Sunday Devotional is a series of lessons from the International Sunday School curriculum. Each week we feature the upcoming lesson with a brief summary and commentary to help you with a practical understanding of the word of God
Morning Corporate Prayer – 9:00 am, Join our Prayer Warriors as we come together for a time of prayer and meditation seeking the Lord’s counsel, direction and wisdom over our lives.
Praise & Preaching Service – 9:30 am – God had commanded we come together to corporately worship Him, edify one another and be trained in the teachings from his word. Although there are extenuating circumstances, we are not to become complacent but rather seek to minister and be ministered. If you are not able to meet in-person, follow us online with Pulpit Points on our Inspiration page for inspiring and encouraging messages from our archives
Study online with Associate Pastor Cason. Current lesson series “Marching Through the Gospel of Mark “ . Review past and upcoming lesson sessions which can be accessed anytime after 12 noon on Wednesdays.
Each Sunday, we will feature an audio edition of the pulpit preaching ministry of New Berean Founder Leroy E. Ricks, Sr, Associate Pastors Dr. Lamont E. Ricks and DeWayne Cason. Messages will be shared online every Sunday beginning at 10:00 am.
Due to the challenging times we find ourselves, God has called us not to just to social distance ourselves but to socially evangelize the world with the gospel Jesus Christ our Lord.
Although certain practices have changed, being about our Father’s business has not. We too are to be considerate in our efforts and remain faithful. The spirit God has given us in not one of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. Yes, fear is a factor but it is dispelled by the deliberate faith obedience to the command and Commission of our Lord.
We have a moral and spiritual obligation to the Lord and to one another. Knowing the terror of the Lord and his wrath (I Cor. 5;11) we are encouraged to be mindful of the souls of the people we socially evangelize. Fear can and will lock us up, prevent us from being about our Father’s business. But the Spirit who live is us provides us with:
Power – which is the authority of God (Acts 1:8, Matt. 28:18-20), our commission and mandate. This is spiritual license given to share the gospel.
Love – is our motivation. Knowing God’s love is his motivation for reaching out to us (John 3:16, Rom. 5:8) it is the exact same reason we reach out to others. True, there is God’s righteous wrath attached to the unbeliever’s rejection of his good news but it is our love for them and their eternal destiny.
Sound Mind – requires us to spiritually wise to minister and evangelical in our efforts. We are to be smart-minded by educating ourselves with authenticated information afforded from our community and medical experts to share with our families and friends.
Be encouraged, he has promised to be with us even to the end of the world.
31 years ago, under the leadership of Leroy E. Ricks, Sr. New Berean Baptist Church was founded. As noted on our website, New Berean Baptist Church was established as a New Testament church on the clear teaching, preaching and practical application of the Word of God. Pastor Ricks’ desire was be used by the Lord to help people come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and grow into the role and purpose He has set for them within the body. In the wake of Pastor Ricks passing, as we think of our 31st Anniversary we must continue to seek God’s favor and grace in this work and embrace our call as servants of Christ, entrusted with sharing the knowledge of the past heritage regarding the mysteries of God.
In a letter to the Church at Corinth, the Apostle Paul wrote to a church that was divided. Members were favoring one minister over another. Paul reminded them that God’s ministers were Servants of Christ, not philosophers who were entrusted with the mysteries of God revealed in the authoritative Word of God.
Our challenge then, is to understand that we as servants not only owe an appreciation of the past sacrifices of those who founded this church, but we also owe to the past our faithfulness to the heritage which has been handed down to us. We are obligated to respect the doctrines of sound Christian teaching which were given to us, but also to guard it and believe it, refusing to compromise the Word of God. We owe it to those who started this church to declare that we still believe the same things they believed.
The CrossWalk Youth ministry thanks each and everyone of you who prayed, encouraged, attended and supported them on Saturday for the special memorial for our beloved Founder and former Pastor Leroy E. Rick’s Sr.
As a tribute below are some of the images captured for a future memory.
Share With Anyone in Need – Everyone has a need and not everyone can share. But when we pull together and pool our resources we have the potential to meet the needs. During the terror reign of Saul, (Acts 8:1), the church was scattered. Being scattered from our comfort zone allows the word of God to be spread to a broad segment of our communities.
But Team Berea, sharing is basically the body of Christ ministering to the Body of Christ. Whatever skills you’ve been gifted, you are expected to employ them within the body of believers to benefit and bless them.
The body is designed fitted and formatted to supply to other parts of the body as the need arises. We all are gifted, fitted and formatted as God saw fit to meet the needs of the other body members (I Cor. 12:12-31). The hand is to scratch the arm or back when it itches. The arms would brace the body when it trips and fall from incurring any serious injury. We are blessed when we are all in our place operating and serving within the body as we were intended.
With our particular situation and circumstances regarding our health, we have been challenged to explore our creative resources and help one another know and experience the things of God. How do we employ the talents of those at our local assembly?
The Book of Judges describes the dark times after Joshua’s passing where the nation of Israel enters into a repeating cycle of prosperity to rebellion to punishment to repentance and finally to be rescued by a military leader chosen by God, called a Judge. The last verses of the book sum it up this way. In those days, there was no king in Israel and every man did what was right in his own mind. In this message we will look at a see how God reassured his sometimes fearful farmer turned Judge, that the Lord would be with him and mightily work through him to strike down the foreign oppressors. God would ultimately be declared the victorious and receive the His glory as the one true God and King of Israel
Having now dealt with Israel’s idolatry, God sends Gideon to lead Israel a promised victory against the enemy. In this message we will see how Gideon could not totally believe God’s promise of victory. He asked God to prove his call through two test. God performs two miracles using the famed woolen fleece placed outside overnight. Assured that God has sent him, Gideon gathered his 32,000 man army and prepared to go to the Midianite’s camp to deliver Israel from their 7 year oppression.
It is almost a far-gone conclusion our mouth or the words that come from our mouths get us in more trouble than our actions or anything else. Too many times we speak before we think through what we are about to say. God’s word through the Psalmist (Ps. 19:14) reminds us that before we speak anything our desire ought to consider Him, that they heart-felt, edifying and true. In this week’s Sunday Devotional, James shares with us both the objective of our words as well as the results they can have if not bathed in God’s love and grace.
Teachers teach with words. Teachers have influence over their students and are cautioned here to understand this truth. The wisdom of teaching others is knowing or being able to monitor, control and discipline ourselves so that teaching a powerful tool that can effective and destructive. We as teachers have that responsibility. He used the comparison of a bit in the mouth of a horse and the rudder of a ship. Both are small in size but used properly can control and guide a large beast or a massive sea vessel. Our tongue may be a small component in the body but it can have great results Jam. 3:1-5.
The writer’s focus turns sternly on the damaging consequences words will have when used recklessly and irresponsible. A lit match left unattended can turn into a forest fire. The tongue in comparison unbridled, can leave a trail of irreversible damage. The tongue can be used for good and bad and will issue words of blessing and words of hurt harm and danger. The old saying of, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt” is not necessarily true or biblical. Words can and will hurt if not spoken lovingly (Eph. 4:15) and to the building up of those who hear (Rom. 14:19, I Cor. 10:23, and I Thess. 5:11).
Serving One Another – The first component of the “TEAM BEREA“ concept is derived from the marvelous work of the Lord done through the believers of the early church (Acts 4:29-37). As the church population exploded, quite naturally needs grew. The believers first bray about their situations and circumstances and they made their request to be used nightly. Serving one another is the act of looking out and deliberately proving a service to someone else in need. Someone needs something and someone else takes the initiative to meet or satisfy that need.
We are now is a special and unique position to do the same wonderful work of God by both expressing our needs and taking the opportunity to meet those needs. It is through these needs being shared and met that the love of God which is shed abroad in our heart (Rom. 5:5), is demonstrated.
As a word of encouragement and hope, God has a divinely appointed purpose for us to glorify his name. With the various health concerns and recommendations being implemented as a direct result of the novel COVID pandemic, we have a need. Our church family is spread out, scattered to some degree and we are not able to minister or serve as we once did. The need to serve will always available for us. To meet those needs, we are asking member, under the influence of the Holy Spirit of God to make themselves available to serve. We understand and accept the reality that we do not have the same gifts or abilities as someone else, but that is the anatomy of a body (I Cor. 12:12), Let us re-examine our purpose before the Lord and see how exercise our gifts in the service of the Lord.
Talk with your Deacon or any of the Ministry Leaders and let the know how you want to serve. Leave your comments below.