The members of the Providence Primitive Baptist Church meet on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month. Services begin at 10:30 a.m. and are followed by "dinner on the grounds" The members also meet on Saturday before 3rd Sunday for services followed by Conference.
Please be in prayer for Elder John Phillips. He is fighting prostate cancer.
What is written about the messages posted here is only some of the highlights remembered from hearing them. It can never convey what was experienced under the sound of the gospel being preached in power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit. Even an electronic recording of it could not do that! Our effort is not to provide such an experience. It is only to give you a glimpse of what we believe as a people. drawn together on common ground to worship God and enjoy the fellowship of others seeking the same thing. We try to give you points we remember and the scriptures on which they are based.
Saturday July 20, 2019 at Mizpah Primitive Baptist Church
Elder Walter Todd –Persecution is a cruel thing. By definition it is the act of pursuing a person, or people, for the purpose of inflicting injury, causing them grief, or afflicting them with cruelty, or harassment, because of their differences, especially religious. Jeremiah, of the Tribe of Benjamin, lived during the time of the captivity of the People of Judah, the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. He lamented, “Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest.” No rest!
That is the symptom of persecution. Those intent on persecution, will be relentless in their efforts toward the objects of their scorn. Jesus said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” These are statements of fact, and not suggestions, commands, or a plan for one to get there. Poor in spirit is an innate quality, and one fitted for the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed is a state of being. in which a person is poor in spirit, but also mourns and is comforted, meek and inherits the earth, hungers and thirst after righteousness and is filled, is merciful and obtains mercy. Pure in heart and shall see God. These qualities are not things the world looks favourably on, and some elements of the world will persecute them. The Pharisees persecuted the people worshiping in the Name of Jesus Christ. Whether they knew it or not, they were persecuting Jesus. Paul did not know that was what he was doing until Jesus told him.
If we live our lives according to what we believe, that is, a Godly life, we will be persecuted. Walking by faith, literally, puts a target on our backs. The response required of us when persecuted seems unfair. We are told in scripture to pray for those that persecute us, and despitefully us, to bless and curse not. We are even supposed to love our enemies, bless them that curse us, and do good to them that hate us.
Some people would rather hide their true selves and avoid being a target. That is tantamount to denying Our Lord, and we are told that if we deny Him before men, he will deny us before the Father. He cannot deny Himself, but He can, and will deny us, while we live on the earth, to the extent we either reign with Him, or we don’t. We have faith, and it can be overthrown, and faith without works is dead. We are to mortify the deeds of the flesh that we might live through the Spirit. It takes work to mortify the deeds of the flesh. The body must be in subjection to the new spirt that is in us, making it walk according to the leadership of the Spirit of God.
The following scriptures were used during the message preached from which the excerpts above were written, (Lamentations 5:5; Matthew 5:1, 3-10, 44; 10:32-33; 13:21; 25:40, 45; John 15:20; Acts 9:4; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-5; Romans 8:35; 2 Corinthians 4:9; Mathew 5:44; Romans 6:11-13; 8:13; 12:14; I Corinthians 4:12; 9:27; 15:9; Galatians 1:23; Philippians 3:6; 2 Timothy 2:12-13, 18-19; 3:12; Luke 17:21; Romans 8:13; 14:17; James 2:17-20)
Sunday July 21, 2019
Brother Lamar Robinson – When David was fleeing from Saul, he trusted in the shadow of the wings of God, to be his refuge until the threat was passed. Wings are a metaphor for what is not bound to, or limited by the earth. That is certainly how we see God. Under His shadow means He is always above to watch over us. In the analogy used in scripture where God is seen with wings and His People as young birds needing protection, He is as a hen covering her young with her feathers to protect them from predators. Fowlers are human predators that use snares with some ruse, or bait, to catch their prey.
God delivers His People from these. He brings them under His protection, covering them with His feathers, hiding them from their enemies. When His People become rebellious, straying from the path His Truth sets for them, they expose themselves to the counsel of deceivers that lead them to put their rebellion into actions pushing them further from their safe haven.
Eventually the peace and comfort they once knew is a dim memory, but it is a memory! They remember how often along their wayward path they could have turned back, and God would have gathered them again under His wings and covered them with His feathers. Any person having such memories is not too far to repent. The thoughts expressed here are from the following scriptures. (Psalm 51:1; Psalm 91:3-4; Isaiah 30:1; Matthew 23:37)
Elder Walter Todd – Jesus and His disciples were in Jerusalem during the feast of the Passover. It was a time when the city was full of people, many from far distant places, to worship according to pattern given Moses on Mount Sinai for God’s People. There were among them some Greeks, saying to the disciples, “We would see Jesus”. They were not the only people looking to see Jesus, and not the only people who did see Him. Zacchaeus climbed up a sycamore tree when he heard Jesus was going to pass by that way. He was short of statue and was looking for vantage point. The disciples saw him many times, walking on the sea, transfigured before them, and ultimately suspended on the cross. They also saw Him after He rose again, first some of the women, then the Apostles, and more than 500 at the time of Paul speaking to the Corinthian Church, of which some had passed on to be with the Lord.
He was seen one more time before ascending into heaven, leaving the 120 gathered in Jerusalem to wait for Pentecost. After that Jesus appeared to Saul, as one born out of due time, qualifying him to be an Apostle, and eye witness with the eleven.
By faith we see Jesus, made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, but crowned with glory and honor, waiting until all enemies are put under His feet, the last one being death. When Jesus returned to the Father, the Holy Spirit came, empowering men to preach the gospel, as Peter did on the Day Pentecost, and the other Apostles, including Paul, and all the others following in their footsteps, like Stephen, Philip, Barnabas, Timothy, Titus…, and countless others. Their preaching is effective because of the work of the Holy Spirit, shedding abroad the love of God in the hearts of His People. That work in the heart of the individual is accomplished based on the obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ, who did for them according to the foreknowledge of God the Father. It is the new birth, giving them spiritual faculties to understand spiritual things. When that happens, light shines in their heart, to shine out of a dark place, enabling them to know the glory of God, as they see it in the face of Jesus Christ. There is within them now, a treasure in an earthen vessel, giving them a standard by which to compare all things. They find no trouble, distress, or perplexity, can leave them desperate. They know they are not forsaken in persecution, nor destroyed when cast down, because greater is He that is in them, than he that is in the world.
These thoughts are drawn from the following scriptures. (John 6:19; 12:21; Luke 19:3; Acts 2:33-35; I Corinthians 15:4-5; 2 Corinthians 4:6-10; Romans 5:2, 5; 8:32; Hebrews 2:9; 1 Peter 1:2-3)
For more information, contact the following members:
Elder Walter Todd, Pastor (229)776-0567
Brother Lamar Knight, Deacon
Brother Jack Glausier, Deacon (229) 294-5947---