Pulpit Points is a selected collection of messages from the pulpit preaching ministry of New Berean Baptist Church. It is our intent to share these inspiring, challenging and encouraging messages as a means to help supplement your faith in the Christ as well as stimulate spiritual growth and commitment in the things of God. Our collection features some audio and video messages. So browse through our archives and leave a comment of encouragement.
Jesus Prays for A United Church (video/audio) Pastor Cason shares today from John 17:21-23, how before Jesus was arrested in the Garden, he prayed for himself, his disciples and finally for the unity of the Church. When the Church (Universal and Local assembly) operates in the unity of the faith, the world may know that God has sent Jesus who died for them because of the love of the Father. Join us in the teaching of God’s word.
Answers for a Troubled Heart (video/audio) In today’s Pulpit Points message, Pastor DeWayne, share from Psalm 13 a revealing story of a troubled man, who under duress from his enemies, wrestles with feeling forsaken by God and that a divine rescue on his behalf is being planned.
Psalm 13 also provides some answers for our troubled heart. For even the most spiritually mature believer may experience low points where everyone, including God has seemingly forsaken them. As David wrestled with thoughts of abandonment, he soon came to realize that he needed to confess to God what he was feeling and to call on God for understanding and deliverance. The sadness we feel when we are convinced that God has forgotten us, is quickly transformed to joy and thanksgiving as we remember all the blessings, He has poured upon us. Join us from the auditorium of New Berean today
Rejoicing In The Gospel (audio) – In Paul’s Epistle (Romans 5:1-11) to the Church in Rome, the Apostle reveals three reasons why Christians should rejoice in the gospel having received the benefits of justification by God’s grace.
- We Rejoice In the Hope, Romans 5:1-2
- We Rejoice in Trial and Tribulations Romans 5:3-10
- We Rejoice in God Romans 5:11
In this message we found three reasons to rejoice in the blessings of the gospel of salvation that Jesus provides by faith. First we rejoice in hope, secondly in suffering, which produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And finally, we rejoice in God Himself who loves people and wants to save them. Believers who realize this will be rejoicing in God and His amazing grace who is the very source of salvation.
A Witness For the Gospel (audio) – From the first part of our current series entitled “The Power of the Gospel“, we looked at one of Apostle Paul’s most notable passages, Romans 1:16. In this week’s message, we will discover why Paul was such an effective witness in proclaiming the simple message of the Gospel of Christ, by sharing his testimony to Religious Leaders, Governors and King Agrippa II (Acts 26:1-23).
In conclusion, whether believers are new converts like the woman at the well or the demonic with whom Jesus cast out the legion of demons, all Christians have a testimony—a story of the way that Christ has worked in our lives. Whatever our background or past, God wants to use the stories of hard times ship and victory in our lives to change the lives of those around us. God can use our testimonies to impact others for the Kingdom through the Power of the Gospel. By telling our stories, we are telling His story! The Good News.
The Power of the Gospel (audio) From Pharisee to Apostle, from persecuting the Church to Preaching Christ, one of Paul’s most notable passages is Romans 1:16. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. In this message, let us unravel this mystery of the Gospel of Christ.
Ruth Part IV – From Blue to Blessed, The Redemption of Ruth (audio) – Ruth is a story of the love and devotion of a Moabite woman who forsakes her pagan gods in order to cling to the people of Israel and their God. After having received Ruth’s request to marriage her, Boaz was ready, willing and able to marry Ruth as her as a ‘kinsmen redeemer’. Under the Mosaic Law, he would marry her ‘in the name’ of her first husband and redeem Naomi’s family property. But as we learned in Chapter 3, there was a closer relative who had first rights to buy Naomi’s family’s fields and also thus marry Ruth. In this message, Boaz steps up to this challenge to contend for Ruth and Naomi’s redemption, wellbeing and family estate.
This story began with the grief and brokenness of two destitute widows, returning to Bethlehem, one a Israelite women whose family had died and the other a stranger, a Moabite woman who left her old life to cling to her grieving mother-in-law Naomi and to Naomi’s God. As they returned in poverty back to Bethlehem, God in his divine providence began to work behind the scenes to show his mercy and love for the two widows through the redemption by their kinsman redeemer Boaz. God still shows His love in spite of our tendency to dwell on our circumstances and brokenness. Jesus, the descendant offspring from Boaz & Ruth, is God come-in-the-flesh and is thus our ‘kinsman’, just as Boaz was to Ruth the Moabite. Jesus paid the penalty of our sin debt to God while nailed to a cross and is a picture of God reaching out to us with His love. Like Ruth who entered the land as a stranger but was then shown love by Boaz, God desires to show His love even to those of us who feel far so away from Him.
Ruth Part III – Bold Faith In Action (audio) – Ruth is a story of the love and devotion of a Moabite woman who forsakes her pagan gods in order to cling to the people of Israel and their God. In Chapter 3, having realized that the owner of the field in which Ruth had been gleaning was Boaz, a close relative of Elimelech. As a possible kinsman redeemer, Naomi, believed God’s was at work and immediately acted as a match maker between Boaz and Ruth. So, she told Ruth to approach Boaz, seeking that he redeems her in marriage as her kinsman-redeemer in accordance with the Law of Moses
It was with bold faith in action that Ruth was willing to do as she was told. Obedience in our everyday life pleases God. And we show our faith in God when we obey His Word. From our message today, let us learn from Ruth to act boldly in our faith by understanding these four fundamental truths: Bold faith is rooted in trusting God and his Word, Bold faith requires obedience, Bold faith takes action and finally, Bold faith waits patiently.
Ruth Part II Hope and The Providence of God (audio) Pastor Cason continues the message of Ruth and the hope God provides in spite of unfavorable circumstances. Today from Ruth 1:19-2:23, we will see how we too can hope and share hope:
- Through Hope, Ruth Saw A Need
- Confident With Hope, Ruth Sought A Solution
- Guide By Hope, Ruth Secured A Position
- Because of Hope, Ruth Showed Appreciation
- With Hope Fulfilled, Ruth Shares Her Reward
Ruth (Part 1) The Choice To Return (audio) Ruth is a story of the love and devotion of a Moabite women who forsakes her pagan gods in order to remain cling to the people of Israel and their God. Her loyalty to her mother in-law and faithfulness is rewarded by God with a new husband and becomes the great grandmother of King David and positioned in the lineage of Jesus Christ.
- Elimelech -He Chose to Retreat
- Naomi – She Chose to Return
- Orpah – She Chose to Reject
- Ruth – She Chose to Rely
The story of Ruth reminds us that many people around us need restoration. They needed to return to a right relationship with God. Taking matters into their own hands, they left the place of God, left the people of God, and wandered from the very presence of God. They found themselves backslidden and distraught. Being bitter and empty, their hearts were filled with regret and sorrow, questioning God or even blaming God for their situation. However, they had to realize that God never left them. It was they who walked away from Him. In this story we saw that God was right where they left Him and He desired for them to return to Him. In his Sovereign plan God had devised the events of their lives to bring them to a place of restoration. God also has a plan for you and may have a divine appointment planned for you.
The Vast Reach of God’s Mercy (audio) Psalm 69 describes the outward cry a believer drowning in the depths of despair and agony, because of his enemies unjust persecution. In his plight, he appeals to God for vengeance against his foes, seeking immediate help – from the vast reaches of God’s mercy.
- THE UPWARD REACH OF GOD’S MERCY- Ps.69:16, Ps.103:11
- THE DOWNWARD REACH OF GOD’S MERCY – Ps 136:23, Ps 51:1-2
- THE INWARD REACH OF GOD’S MERCY – Ps.119:76-77, Hebrews 4:16
- THE OUTWARD REACH OF GOD’S MERCY – Ps.119:64, Eph 2:4-5, Ps 89:1
Through the Psalms we discover the vastness of God’s mercy towards us, motivated by love. When we feel like we are in a situation we cannot bear or faced against our enemies before God, we turn to Him, and call on His name for mercy. For we are never out of the reach of God’s mercy. No matter how far away God may seem at times, we know that He will answer us out of the goodness of His love.
Better Than Lucky, We Are Blessed (audio/video)- Today’s Father’s Day message was delivered by guest speaker Elder Marion J. Williams as an encouragement to fathers. Using Job (Job 1:1-5), Williams outlined three things God used to describe his servant and how men can please the Lord:
- Job Was A Good Example To His Children
- Job Was A Good Provider and Steward
- Job Prayed For His Children
The Shepherd if His Flock – (video) This 23rd Psalm has comforted many believers from the time of the Kings of Israel David to now. Those who have shared in the deep confidence and contentment of the Lord as their personal Shepherd are those who have experienced this blessed relationship for a lifetime. Psalm 23 illustrates the perfect and divine relationship between the Good and the Great Shepherd and the believers, His sheep.
Jude Part III – Praise For An Able God (video) – Now, having warned the Beloved of the false teachers who have secretly crept into the Church and pleaded with the Saints to contend for the faith, Jude reminds them in this prayer that they are not alone in this battle for the faith. For Jude concludes his Epistle with one of the most popular prayers found in the Bible, a doxology of praise, of the One who is Able.
Contend For The Faith (audio) – Jude, one of the half-brothers of Jesus wrote this small epistle to Jewish Christians to warn them of the dangers posed by false teaching and to persuade them to contend for the faith.
Like the culture we live in today, Jude’s epistle exposed a culture of false teaching in the first century, that was turning the Church farther and farther away from the truth of God’s Word. Unfortunately, more churches have also been invaded by false teachers with some pastors and believers laying down their Bibles, setting the truth aside and embracing the world’s teachings. Jude, in this short but inspiring letter encourages the Christians of his day to know who they are, what they have in Christ and what they should believe. He warns them to watch out for false teachers and to earnestly contend for the faith
Walking In The Truth (audio) In his third epistle, the Apostle John presents three members of the first century Church who were challenged to walk in the truth of God’s Word, Gaius, Diotrephes and Demetrius. As it was in the first century, it is the Churches obligation to know and to live the truth in love. In this epistle, truth was an issue in a local congregation. There were those who lived in truth and those who did not.
The lives of the three church leaders in John’s letter underscores the importance of walking in the truth of the Gospel. Gaius and Demetrius are faithful Christians who walk in the truth and are highly praised and blessed by John. Diotrephes, in contrast, is a member of the church in a position of authority but is walking contrary to the truth. We are to imitate the examples of those who walk in line with the Gospel of truth. And we must become discerning enough to be aware of those leaders whose behavior is like that of Diotrephes, so far from the great example of servanthood that Jesus taught. We should be helping the Kingdom rather than living contrary to the truth.
WARNING ! It’s Your Last Chance (audio) – The parable of the fruitless fig tree is Jesus’ comment on the patience of God and the immediacy of Israel’s need to repent before the coming judgement of God and the time of reckoning. In the parable, the vineyard owner (God) gave one last chance for the fig tree (Israel) to bear fruit, or else it would be cut down. Listen intently as this message is also relevant to both today’s lost and those who are saved. It’s a warning about the last chance and a day of reckoning for the lost and a day of loss rewards for those Christians who fail to live out and share the gospel to a lost world.
God is patient. He does not wish anyone to perish. He has extended time for a season to allow many the opportunity to be saved according to scriptures. But there is a warning about the last chance for man. Hebrews 9:27 reveals that it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment. Therefore it is urgent that Christians be busy living for the Lord in such a way, that those who are lost see and hear the need to repent, because of us. God is being patient, but we need to be busy. The Lost need the gospel.
Benefits of Knowing God Through Christ (audio/video) The 1st Epistle of Peter was written from Rome between AD 64-66 to encourage the churches who were in and around Asia Minor to stand fast in their faith in Christ in face of the persecution from without. Soon afterwards between AD 65-68, prior to his martyrdom under Nero, Peter now writes this 2nd Epistle to warn these same churches of the false teachers who were now attacking the Church from within
The Apostle Peter understood that the best way to live the Christian life without stumbling in their faith walk was to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, if they were ever to win against the enemies of the cross. Thus, it was essential to know and embrace the truth of the deity of Christ and His work to redeem mankind, for those who believe and trust in the Savior. May we also seek to learn the benefits of knowing God through the Jesus Christ.
God’s Caring T-O-U-C-H (audio) We have a loving and caring God who touches our lives, ministers to hurting hearts and heals those who need his miracle healing power with His touch. In this acrostic we will examine the depths of His T-O-U-C-H.
With his intimate love, God’s touch is able to pierce our hearts, heal our wounds and bring us closer to Him. And just as times of old God still touches today, but some resist His touch. As believers we should allow God to touch our hearts, rather than resist, because no other touch is like the touch of God.
David Responds To Shimei’s Curses (audio/video)- This is the story of King David’s response to a hateful member of King Saul’s clan who shouted curses, threw stones and kicked dust against King David and his followers as they fled Jerusalem during the dark time of Absalom’s rebellion. May we look to the example David, a man after God’s own heart when we are confronted with lies, accusations, slander and cruel criticism from our enemies. In our response, let us learn to put away all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking. Put away all malice. Let us remember the example of David’s response to Shimei. Finally, may we be as forgiving as our Savior is to us, and if at all possible, become reconciled to our adversaries.
Resurrection Sunday (audio/video) For every Believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, there is much to celebrate about on Resurrection Sunday. Guest Speaker, Robert Addison shares why this is true. It is by far the most significant day for the Christian faith and it is a day to be celebrated. Above all the events biblically recorded, Resurrection Sunday validates the power, authority depth of God’s love.
What A Fool Believes (Part 2) (audio) In Proverbs 1, the Bible describes several types of fools: “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?” (Prov. 1:22). In our sermon today, we will look at six categories of fools found in the Scriptures.
In today’s Pulpit Points message, Pastor Cason does not only asks the question, “What a fool believes?” But rather explains what a fool believes. The Worldly fool believes there is no God. But what do we believe? Are we worried that someone may call us a fool for Christ? Or are we willing to be a wise fool. The truth is that all of us will be one type of fool or another. What type of fool are you and what type do you desire to be? Are you a Simple fool? An Unreasonable fool? A Stubborn fool? A Scorning Fool? Or are we thirsting to be a wise fool, a fool for Christ. That is the kind of fool we want to be.
Anatomy Of A Godly Christian (audio/ video) – Proverbs 4 reveals the story of a Father who implores his son to seek wisdom with everything he has. As the father is teaching his son how to use wisdom to respond to life’s challenges, he uses the anatomy of the parts of the body as a means of encouraging wisdom to bring about godliness.
In today’s Pulpit points message Pastor Cason shares with us how Solomon exhorts his son to pay attention and keep the lessons of wisdom before his eyes, and to stick to that path because it is a source of life. When we learn to exercise wisdom to help control our bodies, we will be better able to make right choices and live a life of faith as of a godly Christian.
A Challenge to Holy Living (A Call to Higher Ground) – (audio/ video) The challenge for a believer who seeks to become a yielded instrument for God’s service is to Walk in the Spirit. In our text the writer challenges the Christian to aim for godly living and answer the call to higher ground, as a living sacrifice in a world that is opposed to God.
When we answer God’s call to for reasonable service, it involves surrendering our will to a place where our body yields to obedience and our minds are transformed to act and think as He does, and to do what He commands. So as we are being sanctified day by day until we see Him face to face, through the power of His Word and Walking in the Spirit we will meet life’s challenges of consecrated life, separation from the influences of the world and be transformed to be more like Jesus.
- A Call To COMPLETE CONSECRATION – Romans 12:1, Corinthians 6:19-20, 1 Peter 1:18-19, Philippians 3:21
- A Call to COMPLETE SEPARATION – Romans 12:2, Psalms 1:1, Hebrews 12:1
- A Call to COMPLETE TRANSFORMATION– Romans 12:2, 1 Corinthians 2:14, Philippians 2:13, John 14:6
Those Who Wait On The Lord (audio/video) Isaiah 40 begins with a promise of comfort and deliverance to the Babylonian exiles, who have grown faint and hopeless in their captivity. Recalling Gods covenant promises they are reassured that God has not forgotten them and has the power needed to deliver them and strengthen them.
Much like the Jewish exiles we all grow weary physically and spiritually. But God promise to His people in times of old still ring true today: “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.”
Wait On The Lord (video)( audio) Psalm 130 describes the prayer of a repentant psalmist for the forgiveness of his sins. Caught up in the depths of his trouble he cries out to the Lord for deliverance. Being assured that he will receive mercy from the Lord and be forgiven, he declares that he will wait for and wait on Lord and encourages the nation of Israel to do the same. Let us discover from this song what he reveals about “waiting on the Lord”.
This is one of the Psalms of Ascension, sung by worshipping Hebrews as they ascended up the mountain to the House of the Lord in Jerusalem. The theme of the psalm is found in the 5th verse of Psalms 130,” I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope.
The Greatest of These is Love (audio) (I Corinthians 13) In this letter to the Church at Corinth, the Apostle Paul discussed the proper use of spiritual gifts. Groups had become disruptive and jealous of others spiritual gifts and were competing with themselves. In response Paul compares the misuse of spiritual gifts against the superiority and nature of God’s kind of love, agape’.
- LOVES EMINENCE OVER SPIRITUAL GIFTS (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
- LOVES VIRTUES EXPLAINED (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
- LOVES ENDURANCE (1 Corinthians 13:8-13)
In a powerful and eloquent response to the Church at Corinth, Paul describes the nature of love and its attributes and how love is superior to all gifts, making the point that without love the other gifts are of no value. He emphasized that these gifts are temporary and must be rooted in love towards others while wait for His return. But as he further explained, that after all things on God’s Kingdom agenda are completed, only faith, hope and love will remain, and the greatest of these is love.
Philemon – From Bondage to Brotherhood – Does Christian brotherly love work in real life, especially when the circumstances are embroiled in tension, distrust, and difficulty. Can forgiveness and reconciliation work to bring Christians together as Jesus teaches? In this personal letter to Philemon, a Christian leader in Colossae, the Apostle Paul is asking this slave owner, who has been wronged by his runaway slave Onesimus to forgive him and be reconciled to him. And not only that, but to release this slave from bondage and receive him as a fellow brother in Christ.
- I. Paul’s Praise of Philemon (vss 1-7))
- II. Paul’s Petition for Onesimus (vss 8-16, Deut. 23:15, Gal 3:28)
- III. Paul’s Pledge to Philemon (vss 17-25)
Running To Win The Prize – The Christian race is not easy but demands that we endure and push past our tiredness in faithfully proclaiming the gospel as we move towards the finish line. Not for boasting but running in such a way as to win the prize, the eternal and incorruptible crowns that last forever. This race can be divided into 4 stages:
The Outset (Matthew 6:33) But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
The Outlook (Philippians 4:4) “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!”
The Outreach (2 Corinthian 5:20) “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.”
The Outcome (2 Timothy 4:7-8) “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
The Outset, the Outlook and the Outreach will determine the runner’s Outcome. So, man must consider his very soul while racing on this side of eternity. Those who reject Christ will lose their race and will forever be without hope. May it not be so for you. Instead, choose to race with those who have accepted Jesus as Savior, for they will be receive the Crown of Life. For those who have trusted in Jesus, may we look onward to finishing our course. We do not race to find salvation for that is a precious gift by grace though faith. But we run our race, with a mindset to win the prize.
Essential For An Orderly Church Part III – Do Good Works (audio) (video) Titus was a young protégé of the Apostle Paul who was left behind on the Island of Crete to finish organizing the new churches there. In this passage Paul shares with Titus that an orderly church must be devoted to doing good works
Essentials For An Orderly Church Part II – Sound Doctrine, Sound Living, (video): Titus was a young protégé of the Apostle Paul who was left behind on the Island of Crete to finish organizing the new churches there. In this passage Paul shares with Titus that he must teach what is fitting to sound doctrine to help develop sound Church members of various age groups.
Essentials For A Godly Church Part I – The Pastor (video), Titus was a young protégé of the Apostle Paul who was left behind on the Island of Crete to finish organizing the new churches there. In this passage Paul is reminding Titus to ordain leaders in each city for the work of the church. He reveals to Titus the qualities that are of expected of “Elders”
Mercy, When God Says Enough (video) – Have you ever had to make a very difficult choice. Like you are at a crossroad? Felt like you do not know what to do next? You feel stuck, insecure, and unsure of your next step. Do you ever fear the future because you have no idea what you are supposed to do? In our message, King David had to make a choice about the punishment Israel would have to endure because of his sin of not trusting in God alone
Gods Christmas Presents – In today’s Pulpit Points message, guest speaker Pastor Robert Addison shares with the attending congregation why Christmas is so special to the believer and why it is to be celebrated. In spite of the many efforts by satan and all those opposed to the things of God, Addison reminds us that God presented the world that was gift wrapped, free of charge and is priceless.
What A Fool Believes – All of us would like to think that we are not easily fooled, yet there are times when we can be deceived. When the people of Gibeon realized that they would be conquered, they decided to use trickery to fool Israel.
The God of Moses and children of Israel’s Joshua and the Children of Israel had great success conquering the promised land. Their fame had spread throughout the land of Canaan. They were given specific instructions for destroying the inhabitants of the land. Most of the seven Canaanite kings were afraid and decided to form an alliance to fight against the army of God. But the Gibeonites, fearing they would be annihilated, decided to fool Israel into making a peace treaty with them. (audio)
Can These Bones Live? (video) Ezekiel was part of the group that was captured and taken into Babylonian exile in 597 BC. God called him to deliver condemning messages to a sinful and rebellious people who were already scattered and suffering in exile.
In today’s Pulpit Points message, Pastor Cason shares how on one day in a vision, God carried Ezekiel to a desolate place, a valley full of dry bones, where God would tell the prophet to prophesy a message of hope and restoration for the scattered nation of Israel. (audio)
A Witness From Samaria (video)- In our justice system, attorneys cross examine witnesses in the court room to discover the truth about what the witness has seen or knows. It is the Christians responsibility to witness or to be soul winners with the message of the gospel according to the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:19-20. In our sermon today, we will see our Lord Jesus in action, the greatest soul winner of all time as He contends for the truth of the Messiah with an outcast and forlorn woman, the Witness from Samaria. (audio)
Give Thanks To the Lord – Americans are preparing to sit down for Thanksgiving feasts with family and friends, watch football on attempt to and get away with a well-deserved rest from it all. However we of the Christian faith are also reminded to remember what God has done for us during these times and remember to give thanks to the Lord.
Encourage One Another – Everyone needs encouragement. Believers are called to encourage one another day by day, with the truths and promises found in the Word and who they are in Christ. Else, they may become discouraged by the troubles of the world and become hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. (audio)
In todays Pulpit Points message, Pastor Cason share three points from the book of Hebrews of other selected passages of our responsibility to obey God and encourage others.
Hope In His Unfailing Love – Hope can be described as believing with confidence that God’s perfect plan for our lives will ultimately happen. Hope is essential for us to live and survive. Rather than drift along hopelessly from one circumstance to another, let us be reminded of the psalmist’s encouraging declaration found in Psalm 147:11 – the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in His unfailing love.
Searching Like The Bereans – At New Berean Baptist Church, you will find the following statement on our Church website regarding the Foundation of our local Church. The website that the emphasis of the foundation rests on the scriptures, the Holy Bible – the truth. It implies that the scriptures found in the Bible are the basis and foundation of the believer’s faith (Rom 10:17 – “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God”). As such, we accept Acts 17:11 as the basis for our mindset and therefore we believe the doctrinal truths found in the scriptures. Today we will be reminded from Acts 17:11 why we at this local assembly are called New Bereans.
Prayerfully Speaking – In the third installment of messages, Pastor Cason shares several things we could employ in our life on prayer. As we approach our day-to-day activities, we could become complacent or routine and forget how important prayer is to our day. Join us to as Cason speaks to us from Nehemiah 1:1-11
- A Prayer of Conviction (vss 5-6a, Lk. 18:1)
- A Prayer of Confession (vss 6b-7)
- A Prayer of Confidence (vss 8-9)
- A Prayer of Commitment (vss 10-11)
Positively Speaking – We live in a time when the world of social media demands that we conform to its negative mindset of self-centeredness. But such was not the attitude of our Savior who showed us the pattern of servanthood, humility. Today we will look at six positive steps we can take to help us have a mindset like Christ.
In the epistle to the Church at Philippi, the Apostle Paul expresses his joy and gratitude for the Philippian’s love and financial assistance while in chains for the preaching of the gospel as prisoner in Rome. One of the themes of the letter was its presentation of the humility of Jesus as a model for us.
Practically Speaking – Having explained to the Church at Ephesus God’s great plan of salvation, Paul now gives them instructions on practical Christian living and how they are to live a life worthy of the calling they have received. After beseeching them to put off the Old Man’s life style, the Apostle shifts his focus in Ephesians 4:24 and encourages them to put on the New Man, seeking to imitate God in righteousness and true holiness.
Christianity is a practical faith. After coming to know Christ as Savior, God wants us to conduct ourselves in a practical, Godly way as the New Man. We should put away lying, uncontrollable anger, malice, poisonous words and evil conduct towards our fellow man. Instead we are to be imitators of God. We should hold no grudges and be those who do not grieve the Spirit of God, but practice kindness and forgiveness. We should forgive as we have been forgiven by God, demonstrating grace.
Game On! On the night before he was to die, Jesus presented to his disciples some things that must take place. Things that would change the course of history. His obedience to his coming to earth would be the way that God chose to bring salvation to the world. From his message text (John 18:4-11) Before his disciples, he presented;
- His Claim (vss 4-7) – Jesus claims to be the “I AM”
- His Concern (vss 8-9) – Jesus expresses his concern for the disciple’s safety
- His Compassion (vs 10) – Jesus displays his compassion for the soldier who had his ear cut off
- His Commission (vs 11) – Jesus announces the reason he has come to drink the bitter cup of sin for the world.
God Calls A Mighty Judge – The Bible declares that God has chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the wise (I Cor. 1:27). There are some of us who would immediately chosen the best, the strongest, the biggest or the fastest. But just as God did with David, the unlikely one to challenge a nine-foot Goliath, he knows the heart means more than the physical attributes. It has been said, “you can’t teach or coach heart”. Some people have it and some just don’t although they have all the skills and ability.
In today’s Pulpit Points message, Associate Pastor Cason takes us to a dark time is Israel’s history and God the omnipotent One chosen an unlikely one named Gideon to deliver them and a bleak moment. “God Calls A Mighty Judge” is a perfect example of the great mercy and grace, God has towards his people and his divine wisdom to taken us through the dark times in our own life.
David’s Prayer of Confidence – In today’s Pulpit points message, Associate Pastor DeWayne Cason, shares several lessons we can all learn from David. David is always referred to as a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22), simply because he lived his life to please the Lord. Pastor Cason takes us to Psalm 27 to learn the how and whys of praying in confidence. Join us today.
God Is Still In Control – In a world of so many uncertain circumstances, we all can be left in a fog of confusion and be overwhelmed. In the process we can be so captivated by events happening we lose sight of focus. In today’s message, Leroy E. Ricks reminds us that no matter, the God of the bible is still in control as he always has and always will.
Heirs with the Saints and with The King of Kings – In our life as Believers we will experience a number of things, events and circumstances that will challenge our faith. God wants us to know that no matter what we experience we belong to Him and he is our God. And as a direct result of that relationship we are heirs to an inheritance that the world as a whole are not
Lessons From The Valley Pt 3 – In today’s message Dr. Ricks continues his series of Lessons from The Valley. God has shown us how He uses Elisha in the previous lessons with the widow and her son and how he provided for them. Today, we will see how God used Elisha before Obadiah, Ahab and Jezebel. (I Kings 18:1-19)
Zacchaeus Seeks A Savior – Zacchaeus was a man, a human like anybody else. We were all sinners like he was, lost and out on a limb. But Jesus knew his sin condition and came to seek and to save the lost to bring about spiritual reconciliation in our lives. In today’s Pulpit Points message, we’ll see the process the Lord used to expose Zacchaeus’ need for a Savior.
–The Dangers of Drifting Away From God (Part I)) – God has given us instructions on everything that pertains to life and godliness (1 Pet 1:3) and He expects us to faithfully follow in obedience. In today’s Pulpit Points message, Dr. Lamont Ricks shares with us that there are dangers associated with falling to follow the Lord’s word.
We as Believers will be challenged to compromise what we know to be true. The Lord established and has maintained his church as the vehicle by which we are to be instructed and discipled in his word. But when we chose to consider His establishment as an option, we open ourselves up to list, hear and follow others who will seek to pervert the truth of God’s word. (Dangers of Drifting Part II)
-The Benefits of Fearing God (Part I) – Believers are encouraged to know and understand there are benefits to fearing God. Fear God is simply have the right, reverence and perspective of the true and living God. God is sovereign and righteous and is able to do as his wisdom determines.Having an incorrect perspective, respective or fear will cause us to do things that will can cause that will not brings glory to the Lord. This type of mindset will cause us to fall into dangerous territory.
On the contrary, having the right fear of God, we will experience some divine and blessed benefits.
–The Benefits of Fearing God (Part II)
–The Right Attitude for Serving Christ – The life of the believer is to be lived as unto the Lord. This basically and simply means that everything we do and say is to be done to the glory of God.
In today’s Pulpit Points message, Leroy E. Ricks, Sr, reminds us we must be mindful of our responsibility to serve and minister with the right attitude.
–The Power and Purpose of Trauma – Trauma as defined, is an unfavorable, unpleasant or difficult experience that causes one to move in a direction that will change one’s mental state. Today’s message, Dr. Ricks shared with New Berean, that all of us will at some point of time experience trauma. God’s eternal plan through salvation is to use some of these traumatic experiences to change our spiritual mindset towards Him. In effect. trauma will cause us to:
–The Blood of Christ – A couple weeks ago, Pastor Ricks, shared with us in a message entitled, The Body of Christ, several key elements we needed to know regarding Christ’s physical and spiritual body. Today at New Berean, paired up that message with The Blood of Christ. Today we learn what it means to have the blood of Jesus applied to our spiritually bankrupted case and why we should be eager to share in the Communion experience and not be reluctant to partake. Join in today’s Pulpit Points.
–Mothers, Tell Your Children (of God’s Goodness – If you were a mother, what advice would you give another mother to help set up her children for godly approval and success? What words of wisdom would you share with them?
In today’s Pulpit Points message, Leroy E. Ricks, Sr. shares three things that every mother or mother to be should be able to tell their children. on Mother’s Day, we honor our mothers and God does too when they impart the timeless truths of His word on our precious children.
–The Body of Christ – One of the most significant elements of the Christian faith is in the reality that God became man. He became one of his own creatures that he may provide them an example they could follow and be without excuse. In today’s Pulpit Points message, Leroy E. Ricks, Sr, shares with us four reasons why our faith rests on “The Body of Christ”.
–Skeletons – Skeletons are evidence of a dead past. A past that should been buried and walked away from. But as with all of us, we have a past that at times seeks to remind us of where God has delivered us.
Dr. Lamont E. Ricks shares how God’s eternal and abundant grace is what we need to overcome and be delivered from the ungodly influence these skeletons can have on our lives.
–The Importance of Christ’s Resurrection – The most defining element of the Christian faith is in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In today’s Pulpit Point’s message, Leroy Ricks shares with the congregation of New Berean Baptist Church four particular reasons why it is important that God raised Jesus from the dead and how it plays such an unparalleled part to the overall gospel message.
–Don’t Forget To Give God The Glory – From time to time, we have to be reminded because we tend to forget. In today’s message, Leroy Ricks, Sr of New Berean Baptist Church reminds us that as quick as we are to ask the Lord for help, we are not to forget to give God glory when we receive the help we asked for.
–Pray Like Jabez Prayed – God cares more for us than we can ever imagine. He reminds us that, faith is what pleases Him (Heb. 11:6). He reminds us in His word, that our thoughts do not measure up to His (Isa. 55:8-9) and that we must not be double-minded (Jam 1:5-8)
In today’s message, Pastor Ricks shared with the congregation a message entitled, “Pray Like Jabez Prayed”. In the prayer Jabez offed to the Lord his God (1 Chronicles 4:9-10), he left for us a model of things we can petition the Lord for things in our own life:
Jabez Prayed –
Bless Me Lord
Enlarge My Territory
That Your Hand Lord, Would Be With Me
God, Keep Me From Evil, That I May Not Cause Pain
God’s desire for us is to know we can trust Him and he cares for us. Be encouraged that just as Jabez prayed, we can go to our Lord in faith and boldy ask for grace to help in our time of need (Heb. 4:14-16)
–The Blessings of Being In Christ – Blessings all mine with ten-thousand beside, Great is thy faithfulness, great is thy faithfulness, morning by morning new mercies I see. All I have needed Thy hand has provided, Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me. Blessings are defined as, “a thing conducive to happiness or welfare of another”.
God has endowed us as his children with an infinite source of blessings for both here and in eternity. In today’s Pulpit Points message, Leroy E. Ricks shared with the congregation of New Berean, just some of the many blessings given to us to enjoy and be encouraged by. We are challenged everyday by the ills of the world and the satanic influences set it place to take us away from our focus. But the Lord wants us to be reminded of the blessings we have to keep us focused.
–Pain Before Prosperity – All of us as Christians, have a journey that has taken us through the process of molding and shaping us into the image of Christ. For some of us, the road has been rough and for some of the road has been rougher. None of us will escape the process for in the process, we’ll cross opportunities to grow deeper in our faith. We’ve been forced to deny ourselves more time than we’d like to admit although now are glad for them. God has proven himself to be faithful through them all and in today’s message, Dr. Lamont E. Ricks, shared with the congregation of New Berean Baptist Church how and why the process is necessary and in place to bring God glory.
–Praise For Deliverance – Praying for deliverance is different from praising for deliverance. If you’ve ever been in a desperate situation, you wanted to be delivered. In those times when you were delivered, the overwhelming emotions took over and moved from one extreme to another. Leroy E. Ricks, Sr shares with the New Berean congregation the importance of giving God praise when He delivers us.
–Stuck But Not Stranded – If you’ve ever been in an unfavorable situation longer than you have wanted and felt like you were hopeless, Dr. Lamont Ricks, Associate Pastor of New Berean Baptist Church, shares with us from God’s word why these moments exist and what our response ought to be. As Believers, we are never without hope no matter how dark or deep the circumstance is for our hope is in the Lord.
–It’s Not Your Fault, But You Are Still Responsible – Things happen, Some things are our fault and some are not. In today’s Pulpit Points message of nbbcMinistry, Dr. Lamont E. Ricks, shares with us that whether or not the circumstances we find ourselves, we still have a responsibility to God to do right by Him.
–The Purpose Of God’s Redemption In everything we do or say, we are to give God glory. We are expected to see to it that as we decrease in praise or acclamations for our service and the praise goes to our heaven Father. But we are reminded that whatever God does, he does to his own glory, even when He redeemed us. Although our redemption was for our benefit by escaping the eternal wrath of God and the corruption of this world, ultimately, it was …
–The Power of God’s Intervention Contrary to popular thinking, things happen and don’t happen to us as a direct result of God’s divine providence. God’s omniscience and omnipresence allows Him to know everything and be everywhere at all times so he can demonstrate his omnipotence to control or intervene on thing as they pertain to his good pleasure and will.
–The Power of God’s Timing, Timing is everything. To be in the right place at the right time is critical and can be beneficial to the person wanting to benefit. But in today’s Pulpit Points message from Dr. Lamont E. Ricks, Associate Pastor at New Berean Baptist Church, we learn that our timing is not necessarily God’s timing and we will shorten the benefits when we prioritize our timing over the Lord’s. Pt 1.
– The Power of God’s Timing Part 2
– That Place Called Heaven Heaven is a place people want to go, but most people will not get there. There are various reasons why but God wants all to come to where He is. In today’s message, Pastor Leroy Ricks, Sr shares with us what heaven is who is going to be there as well as who is not
– Christ’s Resurrection Is No Hoax The resurrection of Jesus is the least optional element of the Christian faith. On Christ being raised from the dead, all of the Christian faith hinges. No other aspect equals to what the resurrection means to our faith. The validity of the Christian faith rests securely on the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Pastor Leroy E. Ricks shares with the congregation of New Berean Baptist Church why the Resurrection of Christ is No Hoax
– True Friendship is a quality and trait we all would like to speak of in the people we associate ourselves with. The reality is we can’t say that we have true friends in everyone. On the flip side of that, we can’t say that we’ve been true friends ourselves. In a recent message, Pastor Ricks, shares from his pulpit ministry “True Friendship” and highlights; a) The Qualities of True Friendship, b) Things That Hinder True Friendship and c) What It Means To Have Jesus A Our Friend.
– Walking In The Word Of God is foundational to the believer. For the Bible is the inspired conversation of God to mankind and the believer is commanded to follow it. In doing so, God assures us that we will experience the blessings of being obedient. We will experience how and why it is difficult to be obedient and we’ll see what our level of determination is to be obedient from the text of Psalms 119:1-8
– The Believer’s “To-Do List“ – We are all caught up in things to do. But after we are saved, are there things we are should do? Yes, there. Many people will tell you the things we ought not to do but what about the things Gods expects us to be found faithful in? The Lord has included them in His word and in Romans 12, we have a short list. Take a few minutes and write some of the down. We’ve included a worksheet for you. Believers To Do List
– The Security Of Our Salvation – The Security Of Our Salvation, Part I, There are many uncertainties in this life. There are a number of seemingly gray or shaded issues in Christianity. One of the more important issues in Christianity is the security of salvation. In this message, Pastor Leroy Ricks, Sr. shares with us how and why our salvation is secure through the involvement of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
– Help For My Journey – Life’s journey includes some twists, turns, detours, u-turns, flyovers and rail road crossings. We may even get lost at times but he wants us to continue on with the assurances of his help along the way. In this message from Pastor Ricks, we’ll hear and see in the scriptures just how helpful our God is in every situation.
– The High Cost Of Rejecting Christ – Our salvation cost Christ his life. On the ugly side accepting him which leads to salvation is the high cost of rejecting him. Along with eternal damnation there are a number of other things. Pastor Ricks share with us a few things you’ll want to know.
– Stay In Your Lane of Grace – Grace, grace God’s grace. Hard to understand and at time harder to live in.
– 7 Ways To Please God (Pt I) Pastor Ricks shares ways we can please the Lord
– 7 Ways To Please God (Pt II) Pastor Ricks shares ways we can please the Lord
– My Deliverer (Pt I) In the Lord, we can rest assure we have a Deliverer
– My Deliverer (Pt II) In the Lord, we can rest assure we have a Deliverer
– God Will, If He is Willing (Pt I) In all that we hear, say and do, God has the final say so in the matter
– Help Is On The Way (Pt I) Whatever unfavorable situation or circumstances we may find ourselves, we can rest assured we need not to fear, because help from the Lord is available.
Help Is On The Way (Pt II) – In a continuation of this message, Pastor Ricks shares with us from God’s word the assurance we can have when we are going through unfavorable circumstances.
A Promise Kept – Everyone one of us would like to keep our promises. And more importantly we would like for those who make promises, keep them. In today’s Pulpit Points Christmas message, Pastor Ricks shares what promise God kept and how we can and should rejoice that He is “The Promise Keeper”