Dr. William DeShone Rosser Pastor
Christian Education Ministry
The Christian Education Ministry will develop, foster and promote Christian educational programs that will equip the Mind, Body and Spirit of children, youth and adults for discipleship.
Katie Beard, Director Christian Education Ministry
It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward. 27 It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible. 28 It was by faith that Moses commanded the people of Israel to keep the Passover and to sprinkle blood on the doorposts so that the angel of death would not kill their firstborn sons. 29 It was by faith that the people of Israel went right through the Red Sea as though they were on dry ground. But when the Egyptians tried to follow, they were all drowned. 30 It was by faith that the people of Israel marched around Jericho for seven days, and the walls came crashing down. 31 It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies. 32 How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. 33 By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. 35 Women received their loved ones back again from death.
But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. 36 Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. 37 Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half,[fn] and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. 38 They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground. 39 All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. 40 For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.
We all love the victorious stories in the "Hall of Faith" of Hebrews 11 - enemies are defeated, people are rescued, lions' mouths are shut, and the dead are raised. But what about now with COVID 19 hovering over us like a dark cloud of heavy rain, flashing lightning and loud thunder?
What about now, when the following facts invade our thoughts daily:
positive COVID 19 cases in the United States confirmed at over five million and deaths confirmed at over 200,000,
COVID 19 has made its way into our homes, or the homes of someone we know,
the racial unrest in our country,
the fault stories surrounding our upcoming presidential election, and
all those we believe to have pleased God with their faithfulness are suffering and dying.
What do we do now, "Oh Faithful One"?
The last entries in Hebrews 11:36-40, of this beloved chapter, convey a spiritual reality many people today are reluctant to embrace - that faith is not a means by which we get God to do what we want. Faith is our way of showing a complete trust or confidence in God's promises.
We who belong to Jesus Christ have God's promise that He will heal all our diseases, rescue us from every trouble, and give us great riches - some now, but definitely in eternity. The Lord has said, however, that in the meantime we can expect tribulation, persecution, and suffering because according to John 15:18-21 NLT - "If the world hates you, remember it hated me first. 19 The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. 20 Do you remember what I told you? 'A slave is not greater than the master.' Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you. 21 They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the one who sent me" Therefore, let us remember that faith doesn't rescue us from all this but will get us through it.
God wants us to remain steadfast in the face of COVID 19, racial unrest, the upcoming presidential election or any other affliction, concern or temptation that come our way. Like Moses, we may be called on to endure, "but we must keep our eyes on the one who is invisible" (Hebrews 11:27). Therefore, members of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, we should place our hope in God and be steadfast in our faith through good times and bad, because "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." according to Hebrews 11:1 NKJV
7:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m.
(Meeting ID: 329 603 872 Password 812398)