Notes from Sunday – 01/05/14

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  • IMG_0553The first Sunday of 2014 was a blessed day of worship at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church!

    We started new worship times – 7:45 and 10:30 AM. The congregation handled it well the first week. I trust the schedule change will give our Bible Study Fellowship leaders the time they need and give me time to preach the 1st service without rushing.

    It was good to have our guests in worship with us. Always encouraging.

    Our new Pastor of Worship – Joe Pace – led worship for the first time. It was great! I am looking forward to ministering with him each week.

    Our new Director of Media & Communications, Marcellus Marsh, led from behind the scenes for the time today. Having served with Marcellus for many years in Los Angeles, I am very excited to have him our our team here.

    We celebrated the Lord’s Supper in both worship services and welcomed in our new members who completed New Members Class last week.

    I preached on “Embracing the Priorities of Jesus” from Mark 2:1-12. I argued that Jesus always prioritizes the eternal over the temporary.

    The priorities of Jesus are affirmed in Mark 2:1-12 in four movements:

    1. Jesus responds to the presence of the crowd (2:1-2).
    2. Jesus responds to the faith of the stretcher-bearers (2:3-5).
    3. Jesus responds to the criticisms of the scribes (2:6-10).
    4. Jesus responds to the need of paralytic (2:11-12).

    Praise God for those who were added to the church!

    This coming Sunday I will begin a brief series on prayer called, “Praying to the God of the Impossible,” for our 2014 Prayer Emphasis Week.

    After Prayer Emphasis Week, I plan to begin a verse-by-verse exposition of Ephesians. It should take me the entire year to complete it.

    Dr. Rudolph McKissick Sr. preached his last sermon before retiring as Pastor of the Bethel Institutional Baptist Church after leading with distinction for 47 years.

    I admit I have been sleeping on the Colts’ Andrew Luck. But he made a believer out of me with Saturday night’s comeback win against the Chiefs.

    I cannot believe the Cincinnati Bengals choked at home Sunday afternoon against the San Diego Chargers.

    I predict the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will meet in the Super Bowl.

    Who you got in the BCS Championship Game Monday Night? Auburn or Florida State?

    How was your Sunday? What do you think will make it to the Super Bowl? 


    H.B. Charles Jr.

    Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida.