THE PASTOR'S VOICE
How Should We Address God When We Pray?

When we pray, is it wrong to pray, "Abba Father?"
 
Let's examine the Word of God because the Lord calls us to study it and be ready to give a reason for what we believe.  2 Timothy 2:15 is clear, "S tudy to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
 
Keep this Scripture in mind as you read on.
 
While there are many examples of Christ addressing God as "Father" and never any other names, Christ only taught on addressing God and how we should speak to Him once. When Jesus taught His disciples to pray using the "Lord's Prayer," this was that one time.
 
If it was important to address God by a particularly personal name, this is where He would have done that teaching. We can clearly see from the Gospels that Christ only taught them and us to say "Father" and went on to say that His name is to be honored. What name? He only taught them to use "Father" so this must be the name Christ was referring to. 
 
Later Paul taught how we, as adopted children of God, could address Him in the same way but more personally. Paul suggested that we could now use a name a child would use to address their father - "Abba," which means Daddy. Since we are born again Christians, using this name would be appropriate for us. Here we find the writer of most of the New Testament books telling us to address God in a very personal way, just "Daddy" or "Dad" as we would address our earthly fathers. 
 
The Old Testament is full of different descriptions for God but because they did not have Christ walking the Earth physically, to pave the way to God, while we can now enter His throne-room with boldness, they were never told to address God as "Daddy" as God was only accessible through the high priest. How blessed we are!
 
Romans 8:15 states: "The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to SONSHIP. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." 
 
Galatians 4:6 states: "Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father."
 
TBC Family,
I want you to remember that  God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are not distant deities that are hard to reach or connect with; they're not out of touch, far away from us or impersonal beings. They are close and personal -- in fact, for those of us who are believers, the Holy Spirit lives right within us, praise God!

Jesus actively seeks a relationship with all of His children...He's not a dead beat dad or absentee father. You are not to feel like an ugly duckling or Cinderella stepchild. You are important, you are special, and of such great value and worth to the Most High God. Abba, our FATHER, wants to engage you in a close knitted relationship. Enjoy His embrace by fellowshipping with Him every moment of every day.
 
Next time you pray cry out to God using the phrase, "Abba, Father," and see what a difference it makes.

Peace and Blessings,

Your Pastor
Dr. Rev. Larry Green, Sr.


Where Has Pastor Been..

In March, Pastor Green was spotted not only at 35 Highland Street preaching about rivers running through our dry deserts, but also, at Roxbury's Urban League. Our very own Dr. Rev. Green was the keynote speaker for the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts Volunteer to Work Graduation.

Dr. Rev. Green was amazed at the level of commitment set forth by the graduates who entered the program with little to no hope, in their minds. Although our Pastor was not present to deliver a sermon, his words of wisdom and encouragement were very pastoral in nature. A few days before Dr. Rev. Green preached at Timothy Baptist Church on Isaiah 43: 18-19, he shared how God is getting ready to do a new thing and how we should not remember the things of old, but get ready for God to run rivers through our dry lands. The graduates along with family, friends, volunteers, and workers were able to take home insight regarding how to approach their lives more confidently.

                  As God would have it, Pastor Green encountered an opportunity to pray with two young women who needed comfort and someone to intercede on their behalf.
Regardless of where we are and what we are doing let us remember that we are to serve the Lord at all times.


Also, Timothy Baptist member Sheila Scott, a Case Manager for the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, was honored for her hard work with the graduating class. Sheila's dedication was shown through her work, which included ensuring the graduates stayed committed to completing the course work throughout the program.
 
 
                  The graduates thought so highly of Sheila they presented her with a gift to demonstrate their gratitude. Sheila gave an invigorating speech about how she saw growth in graduates and how the graduates have changed her life. Sheila coined the Urban League program as "The Second Chance Place," indicating that the graduates do not leave the same way they came.
                  
May you be encouraged with what our Pastor and members are doing to change the lives of others. Click here to share your accomplishments for a spotlight in next month's Pastor's Voice.
Prayer Requests and Concerns
 
*Please continue praying for all those on our sick, shut-in, and bereaved list.
 
*Thank you for praying for Pastor Daniel Registre of Eglise Baptiste Mahamain.  He has let us know that he is physically better and asks that you pray for continued healing.
 
*Pray for First Baptist Church in Duxbury as they continue to search for their Senior Pastor.
 
*Pray for South Shore Baptist Church as they search for their Senior Pastor and an Associate Pastor.
 
*Pray for North Shore Baptist Church as they search for their Pastor.

WORSHIP WITH US!

TIMOTHY BAPTIST CHURCH   
35 Highland St.
Roxbury, MA 02119
617-445-3820
tbc@timothybaptistchurchma.com    

Service Times
Sunday School | 9:30 a.m.      
Worship Service | 11 a.m.      
Weds. and Friday Prayer | Noon      


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Monday | 6-7 p.m. | Rev. Green      
Tuesday | 6- 7 p.m. | Min. Darby      
Weds. | 7-8 p.m. | Deac. Grace    

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