The Pastor's Voice
Timothy Baptist Church
November 23, 2014


ALLIES.
WORKING IN AGREEMENT.

 

Blessings and Peace to You,

 

We have and will continue to experience change.  Not too long ago our clocks went back and we gained another hour of sleep; the days are shorter and the nights are longer. Change! God is at work and we are in the midst of change.  For us at Timothy we have seen physical, emotional and spiritual change. Transformation!


 

The Second Sunday of this month was the confirmation of what will happen when we are together on one accord.  It was almost like another Pentecost.  If we are concerned about transformation we must be focused on continuing our working together.  We must pool our resources and finances. We must be faithful in our tithing. We must be faithful in our prayer life and in our worship.


 

While we are on the way we must also acknowledge we could be farther if we had 100% cooperation. Spend just a few moments reading, meditating and reflecting on Amos 3. Please focus your attention on verse 3: "Can two walk together, unless they be agreed?"


 

I find it of particular interest that this principle presented in the book of Amos is effective in all of life's relationships.  It is simple. We cannot walk together if we are going in different directions.  The same holds true with our walk with the Lord.  We cannot walk with Him and the world at the same time.  The apostles Matthew and Luke put it this way: "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money" (Matthew 6:24, Luke 6:13).


 

Let me say we have much work to be done.  We need to wrap up Phase 1 and propel into Phase 2.  This change will only come to pass when we adhere to the words of the prophet Amos.  Allow me to encourage you with more words of Scripture: "We will reap if we faint not" Galatians 6:9.


 

It is only as I am willing to work with God on what He wants to do in me and through me that I can walk with Him in meaningful relationship. That being understood, this principle also relates to every other relationship I have in life. If we are going to walk together in meaningful relationship, we need to agree to work together. An essential ingredient in working together with someone is agreed upon goals and objectives. Last Saturday at the Presidents' workshop I introduced two key words AGREEMENT and TRUST.  The bottom line is we must have high TRUST and high AGREEMENT before we can walk together.


 

I need you to TRUST the vision and AGREE.  The word of God is clear: "Where there is no vision, the people perish" Proverbs 29:18. The word "perish" can also be translated as "go unrestrained . . . each to his own way."  When everyone goes unrestrained it is tragic.  Why? Because, "All the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes" Judges 21:25 NLT and this leads to chaos. Each of us must ask the same question Amos 3:3 asks: "Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?" 

 

 

Keeping Our Eyes Stedfast on The SON,

 

Rev. Green

 


DID YOU FORGET TO SAY THANK YOU?

REFLECTIONS ON THE SERMON + BIBLE STUDY


 

 
Many times we forget to tell God thank you. Let's take it a step further - sometimes we even forget to show Him how grateful we are.


 

So in preaching the sermon "Did You Forget To Say Thank You" from Luke 7:18 where we explored the question Jesus asks: "Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?," God revealed the crucial importance of giving thanks and praise to Him at all times. No matter our circumstances God is always deserving of our praise.


 

There was a lot to unearth that time did not permit in service. One of the reasons why I love teaching Bible Study is the amount of room there is to dig deeper in the Word. So in my Monday Night Bible Study class we went deeper and God revealed much. Here are some highlights from that lesson:

  • Leprosy was a form of sin
  • Sin, like leprosy, makes us outsiders, keeps us from worship and keeps us bound together in a cycle of sin (Lepers were not allowed in close proximity to people or inside the city's gates. They had to be around other lepers so they were outsiders banned from worship and stuck with other sinners. Sound familiar? Stay with me)
  • The cycle of sin, or leprosy in this case, wasn't broken until they sought CHRIST (Only then did the process of healing begin)
  • We don't have prayer until we recognize our need(s)
  • Prayer without obedience is USELESS! (Had the lepers not moved in obedience they would not have been healed)
  • We have to act on our faith, not our sight...Obedience calls us to ACTION
  • The praise of one: This leper had his priorities in order!
  • The one leper that stopped in his tracks and returned to give Jesus thanks shows us that we cannot let anything sway us from Jesus
  • By putting our priorities in order, we get rewarded by getting closer to God
  • We cannot let anything get in the way of our praise!!!

"Bible Study has opened more doors for me. Sometimes to just read Scripture I don't always fully understand it so when it's broken down more into the context it makes sense. I didn't realize that leprosy was all about sin and that for me was my aha moment," said Sis. Eileen Rosado, one of our newest members to class.


Scripture teaches us to "consider our ways" in Haggai 1:7. I challenge you to check yourself: Are your priorities in order? Are you showing and giving God thanks?


"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! 
His faithful love endures forever." Psalm 107:1 NLT


LET'S GO FISHING [FOR MEN]!
OFFICERS' TRAINING REFLECTIONS


 

Using Nehemiah's example (Nehemiah 1:4-11), Rev. Dr. Gloria Coulter of Dorchester's Macedonia Baptist Church, led a phenomenal Officer's Training workshop on November 15th. Her focus was on discussing how one becomes a competent, equipped and effective leader. This is someone who leads from the knees up in a constant stance of humble prayer with a kingdom agenda in mind: fishing for people.


 

Dr. Coulter dissected four indicators of this kind of leader:


 

1. A Leader Who Has A Clear Recognition Of Needs
2. A Leader Personally Concerned With Needs
3. A Serious Leader Goes To God With Problems
4. A Leader Is Available To Meet The Need Himself/Herself


Some of our participants had these words to share:


"I loved Dr. Coulter's fresh new Leadership perspective from the Book of Nehemiah. I will definitely invest in her reference - Hand Me Another Brick, by A Charles Swindoll," said Sis. Michelle Carter

"Oh so worth every moment of preparation!," said Sis. Corinne Kelton

"Dr. Coulter's workshop was definitely innovative, refreshing and thought-provoking," said Sis. Shanice Maxwell

 

 

The following words are given on behalf of Christian Education:

 

 

"Sister Betty Green extends a sincere "THANK YOU" to everyone who attended Officer's Training this year. The feedback Christian Ed received has been positive and helpful as we continue to find ways to enhance your spiritual growth and leadership skills. Dr. Coulter expressed her pleasure with the audience participation and was glad to be a part of our training. Moving forward if you have ideas for future trainings or workshops please see Sister Corinne Kelton, Registrar."


 
Thanks so much!
Sis. Corinne Kelton


Ask yourself today: What kind of leader am I?

 

 

"And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." Matthew 4:19

 


THE REST OF THE STORY
BCNE ANNUAL MTG. REFLECTION


 

At the Baptist Convention of New England's Annual Meeting on November 14th, Timothy Baptist was asked to give an update of "The Rest of The Story," regarding our historic transformation project. Last year I did a video to share what we were looking forward to doing, this year Bro. Dashawn Bristol represented us, telling of all our progress. 

 

I'm pleased to share with all of you some highlights:

 

Q: How was your experience at the BCNE Annual Meeting? What did it consist of?

 

A: I had an amazing experience at BCNE. I was able to meet Christians from all over the area and hear their story. Many people were church planting, some people were originally from the South and many were students at several seminary institutions. The Friday evening and Saturday morning was spirit filled. BCNE Executive Director Dr. Wideman was retiring and you could just sense the spirit move throughout the place as people became ready to take the BCNE to greater places even as Dr. Wideman departs.

 

My time there consisted of dinner, speeches, fellowship, praise and worship, an evangelism breakfast where we had a Christian comedian delight us with humor and we enjoyed Billy Grahams new "Heaven" video. In addition, I was introduced as a new Board of Directors member for the BCNE.

 

Q: What were you asked to share? How did you present it?

A: I was asked to share TBC's transformation journey by Sis. Sandy Coelho, BCNE Lay Ministry Director. Pastor Green's transformation video from the year prior was shown and I was asked to tell the story of what happened next. So I told our story. I had the honor of walking up to the podium and giving a short speech on our history, our retreats, the buzz amongst our people, our physical transformation, our ministries, our focus on being intentionally relational and gave examples of how we exhibited and continue to exhibit that goal. Most importantly, I was able to share how God is working through His people to help build His kingdom.

 

Q: What were some specific highlights?

A: Timothy is on the map! Much in part due to Rev. Green and his popularity with the BCNE. However, the BCNE is aware that my presence at the convention showed that Timothy has great things ahead because of its collective body. The BCNE is eager to hear more of Timothy's story. I need to go back next year with an update. I was also able to pick up a few books at the bookstore.

 

Q: What are some of your takeaways?

A: It felt good to know that I was able to meet and greet God's people who are all serving Him in different capacities. I thank the Lord for my experience because I could not have spoken without Him and Timothy would not have anything to say without Him. Lastly, we need to continue to grow and transform because God is preparing Timothy to do good things in the Boston area.


 

Awesome job Bro. Dashawn! Thanks for representing TBC so well and allowing God to use you.

 

 

"Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me." Isaiah 6:8

 


GERMAN GREETINGS
OUR VISITORS EXPRESS GRATITUDE

After worshiping with us a few Sundays ago, German natives Charlott and Nicole have made it home safely and sent these kind words:


"Dear Timothy Baptist Church community,

Charlott and I made our way back home. Yeh! The journey back home was safe, although we had a two hour delay in Boston. Traveling is always an unique and unforgettable experience but being home is where the heart is :) Thank you very much again for your nice words and the very kind prayers! Moreover, thank you for the great integration into your community and for making our stay in Boston very special. It was a very spiritual experience and we are so happy that you made it possible for us to participate in your service. It extended our mindset on the diversity of beliefs and views in this world and I'm very sure it makes us to more empathic and open-minded human beings. An experience that money can't buy. So thank you very much. All the best to your entire community!"

Lovely greetings form Germany,

Nicole

Let's continue to praise God for all visitors who worship with us and pray for them.


"But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, "How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!" Romans 10:14,15 NLT


WEBSITE SHORTCUTS
STAY ENGAGED & INFORMED

 


 

We're constantly making updates to our timothybaptistchurchma.com website!

Don't miss what's going as we continue in the vein of transformation. Check out some of our latest additions:


 

  • Find out the different words and methods of praise in Hebrew in our Faith Food section
  • Use the 5 Finger Prayer Model and commit to praying for loved ones this month
  • Check out photos from the Men of Valor's last outing at Skyzone
  • Catch up on any issues of the Pastor's Voice you may have missed
  • Learn about City Councilor Tito Jackson's Turkey Giveaway on Nov. 23rd in our Community Connect section

 

Have pictures, community info/events, etc. you'd like to add to the website? Leave us a note here.

 

 

"A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. All of you together are Christ's body, and each of you is a part of it." 1 Corinthians 7, 12, 27 NLT


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"Slow down. Calm down.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
Trust the process."

 


Worship With Us!

Sunday School | 9 a.m.
Worship Service | 11 a.m.
Weds. & Friday Prayer | Noon


We Enjoy Bible Study (W.E.B.S.)

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

Contact Us

Timothy Baptist Church
P.O. Box 190730
35 Highland St.
Roxbury, MA 02119
617 445 3820
tbc@timothybaptistchurchma.com

Upcoming Questions

Jesus Asked

 


November 23 | John 6:5
"Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?

November 30 | 1 Thessalonians 5:18
"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."


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