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October 7, 2019, 10:47 AM

Who's Your One: the Value of ONE


Greetings! Yesterday we began a new series of sermons called: Who's Your ONE? This campaign was introduced to us in SBC life by our current president J.D. Greear earlier this year. It has also been promoted by our North American Mission Board, and we've heard of good things happening in our churches as a result of this emphasis.

We kicked off our emphasis at WBC with "The Value of ONE." We looked at the now classic stories from Luke 15. Jesus told about ONE lost sheep, ONE lost coin and ONE lost son. We were challenged to examine our hearts in regards to our attitudes and perspectives towards those who are lost without Christ. Are we more like the Pharisees and the Scribes who grumbled at Jesus' ministering to the 'sinners'? Has the older brother syndrome crept into our hearts? Or are we more like the shepherd going after the lost sheep, the woman going after her lost coin, the father longingly waiting for and receiving his penitent child? Are our hearts like that of Jesus' towards those who are lost?

Each person is of great value and significance. God created each person. God has made it possible for each person to have eternal life through Jesus Christ. The right place for us to begin to consider Who's Your One is with our own hearts and lives.

When the service was over, God granted us some opportunities as we went forth. Angie and I had the opportunity to give a couple of cards to a cashier at lunch and to interact with her about church stuff. We also had a dozen people to go to a local park last night to give out free snow cones, tracts and to invite the families to our upcoming Trunk or Treat event.

It was a great Sunday and a great start!  May God do a renewed work in and through each of us as we proceed with Who's Your ONE?  

Prayerfully,

Bro. Jason




August 28, 2019, 12:00 PM

RA's & John 3:16


In the previous blog post, I recounted my journey to finding salvation in Jesus Christ. I mentioned the influence of the RA's (Royal Ambassadors, a missions program for boys) in my life. I recounted how they gave us boys a Bible and had us write a version of the Roman Road in our new Bibles.

One detail that I didn't include has to do with John 3:16. Before receiving our Bibles (maybe that's how we 'earned' our Bibles?), we were encouraged to memorize John 3:16. We memorized it in KJV:  "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

They taught us boys that the words 'the world' means the people of the world. They taught us that we could put our names in place of the words 'the world.' For me, that meant that God the Father in Heaven so loved Jason Michael Shuttlesworth that He gave Jesus... I did not know what all of that meant. I didn't understand certain things yet about Jesus and His death on the cross and what it meant for me personally.

However, I was ecstatic to learn that my Father in Heaven loved me that much that He'd willingly give Jesus His Son for me. I was and am still astounded at the amazing, abounding, love of God. The truth of God's love as expressed in John 3:16 caused my spiritual interest in God to skyrocket! I didn't understand a lot of things, but I sure wanted to know this God better who loved me that much. 

My friend, God loves you so much that He sent Jesus His Son on a mission to earth to die in your place, for your sins, and if you will do the believing, trusting in Jesus and receiving Him as Savior and Lord,  God will transfer you from perishing to having eternal life. 

May the Lord bless you on your spiritual journey.

Prayerfully,

Parson Jay
 




August 26, 2019, 10:00 AM

Making an Impact for Christ


As I look back at my own journey, I am reminded of those who impacted me in coming to Jesus Christ for salvation. First, my parents must receive credit because they were the ones who brought my siblings and myself to our local church each week. Also, my home church, Dell Dale Avenue Baptist Church in Channelview as a whole had a large part to play in influencing me towards the Lord.

In particular though, I think of 3 others. The first was a children's Sunday School teacher named Mona. I don't recall much in terms of specifics, but I remember her godly presence and talking to us about receiving Jesus.

The second was a RA (Royal Ambassador's was the boys missions organization) leader named Gil who showed all of us boys how to "mark" our Bibles with a version of what we call the Roman Road. The boys in RA's earned Bibles (I think by learning the books of the Bible, it's a bit fuzzy now). Once they presented us these Bibles (I still have mine),  we were told to bring them back and we'd "mark" them with the Roman Road. I wasn't so sure that we should be writing in our Bibles, but they assured us it would be okay.

We wrote in the front 'See John 3:16.' At John 3:16, we circled the number 16 and wrote at the top 'God loves you' and at the bottom wrote 'See Romans 3:23.' We wrote similarly at each succeeding verse. 

The process as a whole goes from John 3:16 to Romans 3:23 to Romans 6:23 to Romans 5:8 to John 1:12 to John 8:31 to Matthew 7:21. 7 verses. Believe or not, like other young boys in a worship service, I'd get bored. In my boredom, I could not 'cut up' because my mother wouldn't have allowed it. I would read through those verses. I read them through many, many times. They were a huge influence in my salvation.

The third person is an unnamed, unknown revival preacher who came to my home church in 1983. During the revival, I was asking myself: why do I need Jesus? I was okay with Jesus. I didn't have a problem with Jesus. I wasn't against Jesus. Why did I even need Him? During one of those services, the spiritual light bulb went on in my heart. I understood for the first time: I had sin in my life, I had broken God's commandments, Jesus died for my sin. I personally needed Jesus.

As the services continued that week, my question then changed to: how can I have Jesus? Towards the end of the week, the revival preacher explained so clearly and simply from John 1:12 that we must believe in Jesus and receive Jesus. We must do so personally from our hearts through prayer. Hallelujah! It was remarkable! It was so simple and yet so powerful and profound. I did so. I believed, received and did so through prayer.

The old hymn proclaims: "Jesus Saves! Jesus Saves!" Yes, He does. It's not about what we've done or haven't done. It's not about what we are going to do or not do. It's about Jesus. He has done the work through His death at the cross and through His resurrection from the dead. He's alive and if you will call on Him, from your heart, by faith, believing in Him and receiving Jesus as Savior and Lord, He will indeed bring salvation into your life, giving you new life and eternal life and a home in heaven. Why not today?!

If you've done so, be an influencer to others who need Jesus. My journey involved my parents, my home church, a Sunday School/Bible study teacher, a RA leader, and a revival preacher! Aim to be one of the steps in another person's journey to Jesus! 

Prayerfully,

Parson Jay




August 8, 2019, 10:00 AM

Beyond Intellectual Assent


Evangelism Explosion (EE) is a witnessing training program. While I was at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, I was blessed to spend 3 semesters in EE at Southcliff Baptist Church. I had long since desired to be in such a witnessing training program. If you are familiar with EE, then you know that they give you a prepared witnessing presentation. It's awesome! It includes various Scripture verses and illustrations. However, it takes a good 20 minutes to share the whole presentation and is a challenge to memorize.

Towards the end of the EE gospel presentation, the witness shares about Faith. And one of the points is: saving faith is NOT mere intellectual assent. What does intellectual assent mean? Intellectual assent is believing about something. Intellectual assent is about believing facts in your head. The problem is that a person can believe about Jesus in their head and not ever truly receive Jesus from and in their hearts. 

James 2:19-20 says: "You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe — and tremble!"  Even the demons and the devil himself believe in God. But, they aren't trusting in Jesus alone for eternal life! See the difference?!

Believing about Jesus is needed of course! But, after believing the truths about Jesus, one needs to take the next step and believe from the heart and receive Jesus as Savior and Lord.

If you found yourself in an airplane and needed to jump out of the airplane to safety, you'd need a parachute to save you. But, just beliveing that the parachute could help would not save your life. You'd have to jump and pull the cord, afterwards, all of your weight, your whole life, would be trusting in that parachute to bring you to safety. Coming to Jesus for salvation is similar to that! You have to move beyond believing that He can save you to actually putting all of your weight, your whole life, past, present, and future, on Jesus in order to save you! 

It burdens my heart to think that many could be out there who at one point were in our churches and they merely believed about Jesus rather than in Jesus. I hope you'll think these matters through and ponder them in your heart. The best decision you can make is to believe about Jesus and in Jesus. Receive Him and follow Him with all of your heart! 

Prayerfully,

Bro. Jason




July 30, 2019, 2:00 PM

From the Pastor's Desk


Dear WBC family and friends, 
 
Thank you for meeting our SJBA offering goal of $500 in May! Thank you for sending 7 girls and 2 adults to camp at Lake Tomahawk! I've heard good reports from camp and heard that 16 decisions for Christ were made at youth camp! Awesome! And congratulations on serving so well in our VBS to make it such a fabulous success! We saw two young girls give their hearts to Jesus and saw many more seeds planted. We saw many youth involved, and we had wonderful times of fellowship as we served together. Job well done! 
 
We have now completed our youth VBS as well! It was an awesome week. We studied on the topic of holiness and had a whole lot of fun. My sister Melanie was our director and along with her we had a great team of workers! Thank you for praying for, giving to, contributing to and supporting our youth ministry! 
 
I have also restarted a habit that I did a few years ago, which is to set my alarm on my phone to go offf at 10:02am each day. I pause at that time and pray for evangelistic laborers. Jesus said in LUKE 10:2 "Then He said to them, 'The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.'" Will you join me in praying for evangelistic workers each day at 10:02am? When you do so, pray also for yourself and for your own witness and for open doors for you to share! Let's embrace our opportunities to the glory of God!
 
Prayerfully,
Bro. Jason



July 22, 2019, 2:17 PM

Farm Life


On a recent family trip, we were blessed to spend some time with my granny on her farm. Granny is now 95 years old and is doing great! Growing up my parents would take my brother and sister and myself to our grandparents and leave us with them for about a week each summer. I don't think I appeciated those weeks then as I do now. It was good for us to experience the farm life as opposed to life in the suburbs of Houston.

Life on the farm consisted of feeding chickens and cows, gathering the chicken's eggs, picking peas and all sorts of other vegetables, burning trash in a burn barrel, hanging out clothes to dry on an outside line, trapping small animals, fixing fences, working on the tractor, cutting grass, fishing with cane poles and a lot more. Granted we didn't take part in all of those activities, but they were happening around us. It was a vastly different life than what we were used to.

But, on Sundays, it was much the same. We went with them to the local Baptist church for Sunday School and worship. The songs were similar. The classes were similar. The bulletins were similar. The ushers were similar. More importantly, the same Bible was preached and taught and the same Savior, Jesus, was shared and worshipped.

Whether you live in the country, the city, the suburbs, some things are different and some things are the same. God is still to be worshipped. The Bble is still to be observed. People still need Jesus for salvation. And hard work and honest living are still great values to live out in one's life.

Much blessings to you today,

Bro. Jason 




July 17, 2019, 3:00 PM

Serving in an Excellent Way- Avoiding Laziness


One of the key things that my dad taught us kids growing up was to work hard. Old sayings were heard like: "if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right" and "if you aren't going to do it right, don't do it all." One day he and I were moving the lawn at my home church and we had worked very hard. We were tired or at least I was tired. A few sticks lay on the edge of the parking lot and the grass. I thought we should leave it and just go on home with the attitude that we had more than enough done our part! He read my mind when he said: "Five more minutes means perfection!" I doubt it was perfect, but the point was clear that we should serve in an excellent way and do our best!

I still believe that God deserves our very best and we should serve Him in an excellent way. However, for a variety of reasons, it's possible to allow complacency and laziness to set in.

Here are a number of Proverbs that I recently gave in a sermon called "The Danger of Delay." Proverbs contrasts the lazy person with the diligent person. These verses mainly focus on getting rid of laziness.  I hope you'll read them and be inspired from the Word of the Lord. 

Prov 12:24 says: "The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor." 

Prov 13:4 says: "The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich." 

Prov 18:9 says: "He who is slothful in his work Is a brother to him who is a great destroyer." 

Prov 20:4 says: "The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing." 

Prov 24:30-34 says: "I went by the field of the lazy man, And by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding; 31 And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was covered with nettles; Its stone wall was broken down. 32 When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction: 33 A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest; 34 So shall your poverty come like a prowler, And your need like an armed man." 

Prov 26:13, 15 say:  "The lazy man says, "There is a lion in the road! A fierce lion is in the streets!"  15 The lazy man buries his hand in the bowl; It wearies him to bring it back to his mouth."

God gave us His best when He gave us Jesus. Let's in turn give Him our best!

Blessings to you,

Bro. Jason




June 23, 2019, 9:00 PM

Job Well Done!


It's always satisfying to finish a job and to have someone declare: "Job Well Done!"  Well, that is what I"m trying to convey in this post. Over the last six weeks, Wooster Baptist has met it's associational offerring goal, ministered to grieving famlies, conducted VBS for children and their families, sent 7 girls and 2 sponsors to youth camp, worked alongside of United Way as it distributed food from our parking lot, ministered to many families with our food pantry, helped a couple in our church to move, and today blessed me with some wonderful gifts for my 8th anniversary at WBC! I would like to say: way to go WBC, job well done! Keep up the good work! Keep acting as the hands and feet of the Lord!

Much blessing and love to you,

Bro. Jason




May 18, 2019, 7:00 PM

Vacation Bible School 2019


VBS is almsot here! VBS is always an exciting and fruitful week! It is one of our best ministries each year! The theme this year is: In the Wild: Amazing Encounters with Jesus! Each day we will learn about an amazing encounter with Jesus from the Bible! We have a great team of workers and are busily getting ready! Our VBS is from 5:30pm to 8:30 and a meal precedes beforehand! Our VBS director is Cindy Botting. We will get started on Sunday night June 2 and finish up on Thursday night June 6! Please make plans to join in the fun! And certainly contact us if you have any questions! I've been teaching through the Bible Lessons on Wednesday nights in May, and they are very well done and will be a great blessing to the kids! Let's keep praying, keep preparing, and get excited! 

Bro. Jason




April 1, 2019, 12:00 AM

April 2019



April is upon us, and Easter is almost here! I love the Easter holiday and holy week! We will have our Road to Resurrection event for families this month. We will also have our upper room Lord's supper service. And we will begin the month with a youth service on Sunday April 7. Our youth will be involved in our Sunday morning worship service and afterwards we will be having a youth fundraiser luncheon and silent dessert auction. The funds raised will send our youth to camp at Lake Tomahawk in June. Please be generous in your encouragement, your praying and your financial support of our youth. We also continue to collect our Annie Armstrong offering for North American Missions this month. We want to reach our goal of $2000. In our first quarter of 2019, the Lord has blessed us with 8 new church members! We are thankful and hopeful. Let it inspire you to pray in faith for new members and for conversions and to work hard at sharing the love of Jesus. The motto at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary when Angie and I attended there in the late 90's was: Touching Lives, Impacting Eternity. Let's pray and serve and share in Jesus' name this April with the goal of touching lives and impacting eternity.

On a personal note, thank you for your continued prayers for Benjamin and my family as we continue to deal with his health challenges. We know that we aren't the only ones dealing with such challenges. God is with us and will see each us through our challenging times and through it all, we want to be faithful and obedient and honor the name of Jesus. Thanks again.

Thankfully, Bro. Jason


 


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