Missions Celebration – Pastor Sexton

We rejoice in the wonderful week of missions. Trinity Baptist has long and wonderful history of being a missions-hearted church!

Our 2014 Missions Conference was one of the best. Thank you to the Missions Committee, Pastor Dwight,  and the TBC staff for your hard work and leadership for our church.

Matthew 28:18 says, “And Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying…ALL power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”

The power is given for what? Why did Jesus say this to the disciples? It was for MISSIONS!

In verse 19, He exhorts the disciples  and all of us to take the Gospel, the story of Jesus, to our world.  Jesus says, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations…” and in verse 20, “Teaching them…” We are to go and teach to others the things that Jesus taught to His disciples.

Most of us are not physically able to travel to an overseas nation, but we can all pray and we can give.

We can all go to the world of our family, school, work, and community and be salt and light to those around us. We can also go financially by our gifts-our Faith Promise to missions.

Prayerfully do your best today as we make our Faith Promises for 2015!

“The Value of What Matters”

News reports frequently carry stories of people who get into trouble or are even jailed because of “things.” One recent story involved Air Jordan tennis shoes and another was about a young man stealing the cell phone of a lady just killed in an accident. We need to remember what matters in life, especially the value of our family, our friends and our faith.

Experts tell us that we need to repeat a certain behavior for 21 days to develop a good habit. So give each family member a hug for 21 days in a row, to become a habit. Pray for your wife or husband every day, pray for your children and friends by name to develop the good habit!

Think about what really matters in the light of eternity. What matters? A hundred years from today, will this thing or this worry on my mind really matter?

Our families will matter and their relationship with the Lord will matter. It matters where they will spend eternity! Each life and soul has value.

familyLet’s take time to determine what we can do to change the lives of the people we love.
Look for opportunities for new good habits, like trying to eat dinner together as a family for seven days in a row. Take each of your children and grand-children out to breakfast (individually) for a year. Take your spouse out on a “dialogue date” (that means turning off the phone and talking to each other.) You could even pick two or three nights a week to have no internet or TV in your evening, just the value of people in your life. More to come!

“A Little Space” – Pastor Sexton

A Little Space
Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning I watched the election returns. I kept the remote warm, moving from channel to channel, looking for the latest returns, exit polls and the opinion of all the professional news staff.
Why? Why the concern? Was it just a symptom of being a news junkie or was it something else? Was it, maybe, hoping there would be evidence of a thread of values and a concern about the direction of a nation that seems to be turning against God and against the nation of Israel?
Monday night, while visiting in Asheville, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott declared, “We must not turn our backs on God or on the Nation of Israel!”
As the returns started to come across the news desks of the networks, exit polls and citizens began to say out loud what we all have been thinking…
“We are going in the wrong direction!”
Many of us have prayed for our nation and tried to remind others of the faith of our founding fathers. Our nation was born by men and women who prayed and asked God for His help.
The results of this election that has changed the US House, the Senate, and the majority of our nation’s governors may be our opportunity to see a spiritual renewal in our nation.
Ezra 9:8 says:
“And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the Lord our God”… Why? To …“Give us a little reviving in our bondage.”
This could well be our “little space” to reach our family and friends for Jesus!

Today is the day to VOTE!

A message from Pastor Sexton about today’s election! Please take time to vote on November 4!
(This message was first posted on Facebook.)

Go Vote Today from Trinity Baptist Church-AVL on Vimeo.

Being Salt & Giving Light

During this past week we have witnessed God blessing our church with a powerful time in His Word. The scriptures confirm God’s love for us, as well as the fact that God has a plan for us. When we take time to think and to reflect, we see God’s Gift of Freedom that He has provided to us.
There is a sense of urgency when we see our country and the moral condition of our community. We must reaffirm our faith and renew our efforts to be “salt”.

In the book of Matthew, Jesus said that we, the followers of Christ, are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. The salt represents our lives in our community, school, and work place. The salt is to preserve, heal and to keep healthy. That salty taste is to be exhibited in all that we do, and in the morals, faith, and values that we preserve for another generation.

The light that Jesus speaks of in His teaching is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, where He tells us, “…Ye are the light of the world.” This world is in darkness and has no hope! Jesus said if we live faithful in front of men, we can offer Hope and Help as we light their way toward Jesus.
Please! Please! Protect our freedoms! Protect the right to meet together! Protect the right to free speech! Protect our religious freedoms!