The edification of the Saints of God through the study of the Holy Bible. To lead the lost to accept Jesus Christ as their savior.
The Avenue Baptist Church is the primary ministry for carrying out most effectively the teaching ministry of Jesus Christ. it reaches all ages and is essential for empowering the Saints for productive ministry through the organized study of the Word of God.
Mission: The misson of the Avenue Baptist Church sunday school is to enable equip and edify the Believer to be able to carry out the mission of the Great Comission at the direction of the Holy Spirit.
Is "Old School" still relevant?
Just the other day I heard a young person speaking to a middle aged man, the man was giving advice to the young person, however as he was sharing his wisdom . The young person interrupted him, and told him that the "Old School" way was old and dead and there was no longer any reason for them to look to the previous generation for inspiration. He went so far as to tell him that the "New School" generation believes that God was imaginary, a figment of the superstitious imagination of people long ago.
If you find yourself in a situation where you are speaking with someone who doesn't know...that they don't know, offering advice seldom changes their mind. Instead share a scripture. In this case Jeremiah 6:16 is one that comes to mind. It reads "
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein."
We see God telling the people to stand with their faith in the "old paths"; and to walk in them. God promises peace to all those who reject the trappings of the world, the new things. He promises that if we seek his way, that he will give you peace. Now which school is relevant to your soul, the old school or the school of this world. Take the old paths and be blessed!
Faithful to God and Family, (Acts 11:24)
Able to see Gods will in trying times. (Job 6:30)
Thankful for the joys and trials in life, (Col 3:15)
Hopeful, regardless of the situation (Heb 6:11)
Energetic about life lived purposefully (Acts 11:23)
Righteous, rock solid in heart and mind, (Mark 12:30).
Happy Father's Day! Bless the name of the Lord
ONE QUESTION AND ONE ANSWER.
What must I do to be saved?
If you don't know who Jesus Christ is then you are a prisoner to sin. Just as the people in this passage are prisoners of Rome, many people are the prisoners of sin.
In our generation, many of us are bound by physical and mental handcuffs. We can be bound by alcohol, or prescription drugs or perhaps our prison cell is the cell of (heb 12:31) marital infidelity or gambling.
And in the same manner the prisoners in this passage were freed, God shakes our situation, our environment and our relationships to break the bars of dependence, the shackles of sin that keep us separated from Him. You need salvation for that to occur, you cannot do it by yourself and it impossible to save yourself from the disastrous situation that you are in. Can a man who is drowning pluck himself out of the the ocean? No, someone must save the one who is unable to save himself. Hence the most important question that the sinner can ask is.....
What must I do to be saved?
[06/09/19] The Word of God transforms peoples lives, for those that believe....
As we draw near to the passover season, we will have a few thoughts and lessons on the life of Jesus Christ.
Jesus was not only tempted by his enemies, he was betrayed by his closest friends.
- Matt 4:7-8. "Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt NOT TEMPT the Lord thy God.
8Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
To fulfill the scripture, he was betrayed by those he came to save.
-Matt 26:25. "Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.
Jesus confounds us not only by knowing who would betray him, but by sharing the most heartfelt and difficult moments with his betrayer. Notice the language used at the very moment of his betrayal in Matt 26:50 50
"And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him." Be blest
Thankful people won't complain....Trusting people don't worry.
~C L Hicks
You don't have a soul...You are a Soul. You have a body.....
Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.
C. S. Lewis
[12/25/18] Toxic Environment(?)
What is a toxic person, and what makes them toxic? Well, there are many words that are commonly used to identify toxic people. We won't use any of them, but suffice to say, that "toxic" is a catch all term that categorizes people who impose their wants upon people up to and even beyond what people can mentally and emotionally withstand
Why is this important to discuss? Well, while everyone to some degree has a character flaw. The "toxic" person, needs the misery of others to feel better about themselves or they enjoy causing people to feel misery and distress.
The Bible doesnt list personality disorders specifically, but the description is on point with several disorders. Although psychologists and sociologist have identified numerous disorders that may be associated with "toxic" people. We will limit the discussion for simplicity... more to share.
[12/16/18] Do you have someone toxic in your life? What does the Bible say about this....
[12/14/18] Exhortation to steadfastness
[11/28/18] Modern progress....or regress
What to do when you can't "see" God.
There is a story that will help set the stage for this post. It goes like this....
Holmes and Watson went camping. After imbibing an abundance of liquid refreshments, Holmes awakened to see a clear sky. Holmes immediately woke the slumbering Watson and asked "Watson, look up, what do you see?" Watson slowly looked skyward and replied. "I see stars, and stars and more stars". Holmes replied "What does that mean?" Watson said "Well , astronomically it tells me that there are millions and millions of galaxies in the universe, Astrologically it tells me that Jupiter is completing its yearly revolution, horologically it tells me that it is a quarter of three in the morning, meterologically it tells me that we are in for a beautiful day, Theologically it tells me that this is a vast universe and we are but a speck in it.....Why Holmes what does it tell you?" Holmes replied "Watson you imbecile someone has stolen our tent!"
The oblivious Watson is correct in his observation, but unaware because he is not focused on what is clearly seen. Many times this is the case when christians go through a crisis in which it seems as if God doesn't know what is happening to us or he isn't there. There are a few things that we must clear up before we can begin to learn. First, we cant really "see" God, not with our physical eyes. Since God is a spirit (John 4:24) he is not visible to us though the physical senses, we must "sense" him with our spirit.
Although created in the image of God (Gen 1:27) it is not until you are born again, saved and sanctified that communication with God is possible. (John 3:3). The unrepentant cannot see God or communicate with him. This message is for those who are saved. The scripture tells us that "God will never leave you nor forsake you" (Heb 13:5) We must be clear, this is not, I repeat NOT a feeling, or butterflies in our stomach or a warm fuzzy. The real issue with "seeing" God is we are not in the habit of communicating with him regularly, and when we do we are desperate for him to deliver some miracle on our behalf. God is our heavenly father, and he desires regular communication with his children. Let us look to "see" him on a regular basis, to worship him to praise him to honor him more, for he is truly worthy of all that we can give him. He is always close to us, He will never leave or forsake us. Be blessed.
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[10/22/18] Saints, when you want to bring about a change in your life always remember that spiritual change begins from the inside out. Gods Spirit speaks with, relates with, has communion with and gives strength to the inner man (the Soul) Eph 3:16
Preparing to teach the general Sunday this morning.
" GOD CREATES THE FAMILY"
[08/01/18] Food for thought.....the opposite of Love is not hate but....indifference.
To be or not to be
The enemy is fighting against God for your soul. Although we do not see it with our eyes, there is a war that rages day and night in the spiritual realm. We know this because in the book of Joshua 1:9. There are four "be's". (1) Be Strong, (2) Be of good courage, (3) Be not dismayed and (4) Be not afraid. The good news is Heaven is a real place, prepared for those that have been courageous and accepted Jesus as their Lord and savior, the bad news for some is that hell is also a real place, prepared not just for bad people, but for those that reject Jesus the Christ. Be blest.
How to turn sorrow into strength.
In Genesis chapter 35, Rachael was dying giving birth to Benjamin. Jacob was traveling to visit his father when his beloved wife died. Rachael initially names him "Benoni" because of the pain she experienced. Jacob renames him "Benjamin" because of his purpose.
This should encourage us to not dwell upon our present circumstances to define our reality, but to look to God to set the path, not just for our today, but to establish the purpose for our tomorrow. Your greatest sorrow, can be your greatest strength. What you view as a loss, God is preparing to transform as a gain. Be blest.
[05/11/18] Question: We are considering renaming Sunday School. What do you think a good name would be?
Are you a noisy Christian?
(1 Thessalonians 1:8)
Are you the person that doesn't want to offend anyone by being too "churchy". Maybe you don't want to run away a potential friend by talking about your beliefs. We all make that choice at some time in lives.
The church at Thessalonica didn't have that problem. It is recorded in the text " For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia...........but also in every place your Faith is spread abroad" the apostle Paul then adds " so that we NEED NOT speak anything.
So the question is not if we should share the Gospel, but how we should share it. So......when we share the Gospel you should have these elements in your sound. You should have Certainty, Clarity, Conviction, and Courage. Let us be as loud as the Thessalonians were when they shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Keep my statutes and ordinances
II Chr 7:12-22
Judging by the title of this lesson, we may assume that this lesson is only about obedience. But this passage reveals something about the nature of God. Old testament scripture often deal with Statutes, obedience and judgement; but this passage personifies God, and should help us to understand his personality.
Pay close attention to the mention of "prayer" (verse 12, 14 and 15). When Solomon prays, God's response is personal, he states "I have heard thy prayer"...he explains that a condition exists that is totally within their power to do something about. he states in verse 14 that they should "Humble themselves and pray.....will heal their land". He further expounds upon pray by stating that his "eyes" would be open, and his "ears" attuned for that prayer from his people.
Saints we serve a living God, whose "eyes and ears" are upon us, one who desires to talk with us and to heal our Landd. We should heed the key verse "If my people , which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. If this nation is to be great, she must pray and pray often, let us learn from these lessons how to appreciate, love and obey our heavenly Father. Be blessed!
The people gave thanks to God.
II Chronicle 7: 1-9.
A young King Solomon is leading his people in public praise. The lesson begins with the king ending his prayer, and God responding with a fire from heaven that consumed the sacrifice. The Glory of the Lord then abode upon the house.
The dedication and the feast days lasted for two weeks. A couple of observations about the lesson. First, The people responded positively when a God fearing leader LED them. Secondly, the leader prayed publicly for the welfare of the nation. Thirdly, God was pleased with this, for he replied with fire from the heavens that consumed the sacrificial offering from them. And lastly, the Lord didn't respond until after Solomon finished praying, the Lord wants to hear from us.... as the lessons indicates we need to thank God at every opportunity. Be blessed.
How to survive your midnight's (part II)
We see the three choices that confront us when obstacles, trials and tribulation come our way, Check out, back out and Talk it out. The best choice is to Talk it out. Upon further observation we see that Asaph did indeed "talk it out". He reasons within his soul the reasons for his dire situation, but as we look at the following verses (psalm 77:10-20), we see the writer set aside the situation, count his blessings and praise the holy name of God. He said " This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. "I will remember the works of the Lord", "surely I will remember the works of old". The writer recalls the goodness of God, he recalls the favor, the blessings and the protection that God gave to Israel over the ages. He states in verse 13 that "I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings." Not only would he meditate upon what God had done, but that he would tell others of it. Brothers and Sisters let us do as Asaph did and talk it out! be blessed.
How to survive your midnights. (Asaph is having a bad night) Psalm 77:1-6. Asaph has a problem, his problem is doubt. In your time of doubt, in your time of darkness, in your time of helplessness he will give you a song (v. 6) You have three choices when it seems like God is not responding as he did before. You can;
Check out. Become emotionally numb, Spiritually silent and unresponsive to the voice and direction of the Holy Spirit
Back out. Turn away from the spiritual direction of the Holy Spirit. Stop coming to sunday school, bible studies and fellowship
Talk it out. Do as Asaph did, and keep talking and praying until he received direction from the Lord. Be blessed
Pastor Hicks shared a conversation he had with another pastor, The pastor said "I'm so glad that man doesnt live forever" he said. To which Pastor Hick asked "Why is that". He said, "Just think of what the world would be like if George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were still alive......
The next time you are in a discussion with our Atheists or Gnostics friends, After you share the Gospel with them, just smile and say "I'm so glad that man doesn't live forever". God in his infinite wisdom chose not to allow man to live forever, in Heb 9:27 (And as it is appointed unto men once to die,.........) the principle is expressed explicitly, it is the will of God. But as a matter of practicality, imagine a world where no one died...ever. The country of China has over 1.3 billion people today, and the annual growth is .5 %. the demands that would be placed on the resources of a country would be staggering, and what would we do with historical figures like Attila the Hun, Blackbeard the pirate or Adolph Hitler if people didn't die. Be not dismayed, God has a plan for his people, if we are faithful we shall not be separated from Him, God will take care of us. O' how different life would be if we had to deal with these people. Let us celebrate the wisdom of our God, be blest
Faith: Taming The Tongue...
What does taming the tongue have to do with Faith. After all, isn't faith supposed to be believing in something that you cannot see with you eyes... .
Well let me assure you that the taming your tongue is not only an act of a mature faith, but should be sought by believers of all spiritual levels. This lesson is concerning the casual speech directed from one person to another.
First the practical observation (1). We see each and every day the damage that the spoken word can do in our lives. Many people are affected by reckless and thoughtless words spoken idly or in jest. Many people have suffered long lasting wounds that will never heal, because of a thoughtless utterance. Physical wounds may heal, but the memory of pain caused by hateful words linger and is never forgotten. Think of the first remembrance of a emotional heartbreak caused by someone's words; how long did it take for you to heal emotionally...a week, a year. The chances are good that it took longer than a year and the details surrounding the situation remain fresh even as the years go by.
Secondly the spiritual observation (2). We see in the Bible many warnings concerning hurtful speech. In this quarter. James addresses the power of the tongue, by speaking on doublespeak by teachers of God's word. And the devastation caused by the tongue (James 3: 5-8). Lest we underestimate the devastation that can be caused by the tongue. Let us look at what is said. "James 3:5-6 KJV — Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! — And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell."
The course of nature refers to the natural course of events that results in a normal result. As we see, the tongue is capable of defiling the body, of disrupting this natural process causing it to be perverted from its nominal result. We must be mindful of our idle words, that they cause no harm. It's teaches us to have faith in God and be disciplined in our speech, so that it edifies rather than tears down. Before I end this post, a few questions concering your speech.
1. Is what you want to say true?
2. Is what you want to say absolutely necessary for the communication?
3. Will what I want to say bless someone or hurt someone?
If the answer to any of these questions is no, then you probably should keep it to yourself. Remember we want to please God with our speech. Just because you can say something doesn't mean that you should. Be blest.
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