Sunday, January 13, 2019

January 13, 2019

Sunday School
Believe and Obey
We as Christians have two important things to remember. We are to believe and obey God.
  • Exodus 19:5 - Now therefore, if you will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, they you shall be mine own possession from among all peoples: for all the earth is mine.
  • Deuteronomy 11:1 - Therefore you shall love the Lord your God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his ordinances, and his commandments, always.
  • John 15:9 - Just as the Father has loved me, I have also loved you; remain in my love.
  • Ephesians 6:1-3 - Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. "Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment accompanied by a promise, namely, "that it may go well with you and that you will live a long time on the earth."
  • Romans 1:5 - Through him we have received grace and our apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles on behalf of his name.
  • John 14:15 - If you love me, you will obey my commandments.
  • 2 John 1:6 - Now this love: that we walk according to his commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning; thus you should walk in it.
  • Luke 11:28 - But he replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!"
Sermon
by Rev. Ed Hunt
John 11:43-44 - When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen and a cloth around his face.  Jesus said to them, "Take off the grave clothes and let him go."
Subject: Loose Me & Let Me Go
  • Jesus called Lazarus forth and said loose him and let him go.
  • As Christians, we are bound by our fleshly bodies but Jesus is our way out.
  • Romans 8:1-6 - Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For  what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.  Those who live according to the flesh had their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed the Spirit is life and peace.
  • Jesus is the power behind all this is our salvation.
  • Jesus' blood is the only blood that cleanses our sins.
  • Jesus wants us free and to walk in love.
  • Deadly habits have to go: hatefulness, anger, etc.
  • Faith in Jesus, transforms us.
  • We need to live and walk in the Holy Spirit.
  • Matthew 16:19 - I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
  • Bind up jealousy, anger, drunkenness, cheating, greed, lustfulness, complaining, etc. and say, "Loose me and let me go."
  • Ephesians 4:24 - And to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
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Monday, December 24, 2018

December 23, 2018 - Christmas Service

Sunday School
The Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
The Lord promised to those who love Him: we will come to him and make our home with him (John 14:23).
The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you (Luke 1:35).

Sermon
Isaiah 7:2-16 - It was reported to the family of David, "Syria has allied with Ephraim." They and their people were emotionally shaken, just as the trees of the forest shake before the wind.  So the Lord told Isaiah, "Go out with your son Shear-jashub and meet Ahaz at the end of the conduit of the upper pool which is located on the road to the rield where they wash and dry cloth.  Tell him, 'Make sure you stay calm! Don't be afraid? Don't be intimidated by these two stubs of smoking logs, or by the raging anger of Rezin, Syria, and the son of Remalish.  Syria has plotted with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah to bring about your demise.  They say, "Let's attack Judah, terrorize it, and conquer it. Then we'll set up the son of Tabeel as its king."  For this reason the sovereign master, the Lord, says: "It will not take place; it will not happen.  For Syria's leader is Damascus, and the leader of Damascus is Rezin.  Within sixty-five years Ephraim will no longer exist as a nation.  Ephraim's leader is Samaria, and Samaria's leader is the son of Remaliah.  If your faith does not remain firm, then you will not remain secure."  The Lord again spoke to Ahaz: "Ask for a confirming sign from the Lord your God. You can even ask for something miraculous."  But Ahaz responded, "I don't want to ask; I don't want to put the Lord to a test."  So Isaiah replied, "Pay attention, family of David. Do you consider it too insignificant to try the patience of men? Is that why you are also trying to patience of my God?  For this reason the sovereign master himself will give you a confirming sign.  Look, this young woman is about to conceive and will give birth to a son. You, young woman, will name him Immanuel.  He will eat sour milk and honey, which will help him know how to reject evil and choose what is right.  Here is why this will be so:  Before the child knows how to reject evil and choose what is right, the land whose two kings you fear will be desolate.
  • Isaiah was devoted to God.
  • God equips us.
  • We should walk in God's marvelous light.
  • No matter what goes on, God is in control.
  • Are you in the "If I were you" committee?
  • Why is God usually the last resort? Will tend to call on a friend to solve our problems.
  • Fear is the enemy.
  • God has not give us a spirit of fear, but gives us power, love and of sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
  • Fear leads to excuses.
Merry Christmas

The first Quarterly Conference was held Saturday, December 22, 2018.
P.E. Mittie Muse, Sr., Pastor Baggett, & 3 members attended.








 

Monday, December 10, 2018

December 9, 2019

Sermon
Isaiah 9:6 - For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Fther, Prince of Peace.
Subject: Jesus: God's Gift For All Our Needs!
  • To God be the glory
  • God be magnified
  • Christmas is a time for family and good eats!!
  • For Christians, Christmas is a time to exalt Jesus.
  • Wonderful Counsellor - He is exceptional, distinguished, and without peer, the one who gives the right advice.
  • Mighty God - He is God Himself.
  • Everlasting Father - He is timeless; He is God our Father
  • Prince of Peace - His government is one of justice and peace.
  • Jesus meets us in our darkness and brings us into His marvelous light.
  • Jesus is the light of the world.
  • Many are walking in moral darkness but finding Jesus will allow them to see the light.
  • There is nothing hidden that won't come to the light.
  • Read Isaiah 5 - all the bad things going on and how the Lord deals with them.
  • Darkness is all around us but God is still in control.
  • Matthew 13:30 - Let the wheat and the weeds both grow together until harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: .......
  • Matthew 6:33 - Seek you first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.
  • John 1:1 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
  • Jesus is God's answer to our needs.
  • Jesus meets us where we are and He will give us rest.
  • Jesus isn't ordinary!!
  • Philippians 2:7 - but laid aside His mighty power and glory, taking the disguise of a slave and becoming like men. And He humbled Himself even further, going so far as..... 
 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

November 11, 2018

Sunday School
The Holy Spirit - Part 6
We are sealed in the Holy Spirit
  • Ephesians 1:3-14 - Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to son-ship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will-to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace. that he lavished on us.  With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment-to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.  In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.  And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession-to the praise of his glory.
  • 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 - Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
  • Ephesians 4:30 - And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Sermon
Genesis 1:2-5 - Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.  God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning-the first day.
Subject: I'm Calling Things The Way I See Them  (Sermon by Edward Hunt)
  • Are you snared and troubled in something but can't figure out what's behind it?
  • Do you call up a friend to talk about the problem and still can't figure it all out?
  • God understands us and tell us to walk by faith and not by sight.
  • Things are not going to change as long as we keep calling it like it is.
  • We live under a "word" activated system.
  • We can change our environment by what we say.
  • Matthew 12:34-37 - "You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings out the evil stored up in him.  But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty work they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."
  • Born again into Jesus we operate in God's ways and not in the world.
  • Romans 12:2 - Don not conform to the pattern of this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is good, and acceptable and perfect will.
  • We must declare blessings over our lives and not dwell in worry.
  • James 1:26 - I anyone considers himself religious an yet does not bridle his tongue, he deceives his heart and his religion is worthless.

   

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Prayers for the Pastor

Brown Chapel Church Family are in prayer for our Pastor and Family. Hoping that he feels better very soon!!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

October 14, 2018 - Homecoming


Homecoming Service

Welcome/Occasion

Good afternoon!

To Pastor Baggett, Rev. Muse, (other ministers) pulpit guest, Homecomers, family and friends.
 

v Again this year, I’m wearing many hats. But that’s ok, I know that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I can do this.

v Brown Chapel would like to “Welcome” you to another homecoming. Each year we look forward to this gathering, to see family, old friends and to look back on previous homecoming memories. The occasion of homecoming is wrapped up in this welcome, as well.

v Let’s go back for a bit. Picture, as this is me in the 1960’s, sitting in our old wooden benches, it’s summer, the windows are open, Cousin Chuck and Elizabeth are sitting in the women’s amen corner and Cousin Joe, Lester and Arsby are in the men’s amen corner. It’s hot, we’re all fanning with those funeral home fans, swatting the occasional wasp or fly that has buzzed in thru the open windows. At this time, we don’t have a musician and every adult is tapping his/her foot on the wooden floors to lend sound to an old hymn like Blessed Assurance or At The Cross. The young ones like me, well our feet can’t reach the floor yet. Remember that anyone?

v My next memory is of the choir marching in from that tiny choir room in their white robes, pausing around the Altar as Rev. Malone said a prayer or some other tradition, before they marched in to the choir stands.  We kids only sang at Easter mostly as our parents gave us the evil eye to keep us straight.

v Remember those homecomings, when the different families would bring food from each home and serve from the trunks of their cars? Then we had the tiny kitchenette with 6 long tables for folks to eat around and visit.

v Next, with the encouragement of our homecomers, family and friends, some who live far off, others….close  (I’m talking about Cousin Creolia, The Johnsons, Cousin Virginia family members, Fedalma & Buck Malone ,…. we moved onto adding an awning , got some window units, new Altar (built by Uncle Kenchion Jones) and thought, wow have we come a long way!

v With God’s guidance and our obedience, we expanded with a vestibule, restrooms, larger fellowship hall and better parking.

v Of course, we are not forgetting what our four-fathers accomplished. We are thankful for the many sacrifices they endured that now propel us forward.

v My mom has mentioned several times, that there was a church back over near Cousin Alvin Johnson’s way but it wasn’t, at that time, named Brown Chapel. Only when the church was moved closer to where it is now, was it named Brown Chapel.  Wow, I thought, what a legacy our fore-fathers and mothers built!

v With all of these improvements, it reminds me that we, as Christians, are in the mode of improving ourselves as we journey thru our lives awaiting our eternal rewards.

v So, to close out this Welcome/Occasion….we here at Brown Chapel are so happy to see you and welcome you with open arms and love in our hearts.

Sermon by Rev. Mittie Muse, Sr.

Jeremiah 29:10-11 - This is what the Lord says: "When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place.  For I know the plans I have for you." declared the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Subject: I'm Thinking About You
  • Be careful who you listen to.
  • Finding hope in a lie rather than standing in the truth is what most would do.
  • Don't give up because of uncertainty.
  • God already knows everything about us.
Three points of interest
1. What you did in your past will cause you to deal with things in your present.
2. Just because your past looks bleak, God hasn't forgotten about you.
3. Because God was thinking about your past and present, He will prepare us for the future.
  • God has been thinking about us down through the years.
  • Remember, God has the last Word!!!
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You can download a booklet by clicking on the following link:
Slideshow of Homecoming Booklet

Sunday, September 30, 2018

So Happy

Brown Chapel is very happy to have Rev. & Mrs. Baggett back for another year!
Remember, our annual homecoming is scheduled for
October 14, 2018 at 2 PM.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

September 23, 2018

Sunday School
The Holy Spirit - Part 5
We Need to Seek the Holy Spirit Earnestly
  • 1 Peter 4:14 - If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
  • Jeremiah 29:13 - You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
  • So why would we want to drift through our lives seeking so small of a portion of him?
  • John 3:5 - Jesus answered, "Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and of the Spirit.
  • 1 Corinthians 12:3 - Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus is Lord," but the same Spirit distributes them.
  • Romans 8:13 - For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:13 - But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as first-fruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 
  • Hebrews 12:14 - Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
  • Ephesians 1:17 - I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.
  • 1 Corinthians 12:7 - Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
  • Romans 8:11 - And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who lives in you.
Without the Holy Spirit.....
We have........
  1. no new birth
  2. no confession of the lordship of Christ
  3. no victory over sin
  4. no progress in sanctification
  5. no spiritual wisdom
  6. no spiritual gifts
  7. no resurrection from the dead
  • As we become more like Christ, our problems arise from living as redeemed spirits in unredeemed bodies and in this unredeemed world.
  • As the Holy Spirit continues to work in us, we can find joy growing in us which continually allows us to more in the image of Christ. Psalm 17:15 - "I shall be satisfied when I awake, with Thy likeness."

Sermon
2 Chronicles 20:1-4 & 15 - After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites came to wage war against Jehoshaphat.  Some people came and told Jehoshaphat, "A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Dead Sea.  If is already in Hazezon Tamar" (that is, En Gedi).  Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah.  The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they cam from every town in Judah to seek him.    He said: "Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's."
Topic: How Do We Win The Battles of Life in These Days of Our Lives?
  • The Christian life is a battlefield for God.
  • We need to put on the Whole Armor of God each day.
  • Our battles are spiritual, political, relationships, financial, health wise, etc.
  • Jehoshaphat had three enemies but to win he needed to.....
  • Know who the enemy was
  • Remove all emotion from the battle lest one gets beside ones self.
  • Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger.  James 1:19
  •  God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
  • Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.
  • But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Matthew 6:33-34
  • Men ought always to pray and not faint.  Luke 18:1
  • We should acknowledge that we need God's help.
  • We must submit ourselves to God.
  • God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.  James 4:6
  • Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.  Colossians 4:6
  • We must rely on the power of God.
  • And if your eye be single to my glory, your whole bodies shall be filled with light.
  • Remember, the battle has already been won!


 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Annual Conference Coming Up

The North Texas Annual Conference of the 10th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church will be held September 26-29, 2018 at Smith Chapel AME Church, Dallas, Texas. Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie is the Presiding Prelate.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

September 9, 2018

Sunday School
The Holy Spirit - Part 4

His Spirit Will Rest Upon You
1 Peter 4:12-14 – Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.


Who Is the Holy Spirit and What Does He Do?
What does he do when he comes? What is involved in this resting upon us?
He is the Spirit of truth (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13) and brings to your mind whatever truth you need – little or much.      

  • All the forces of darkness will seek to confuse and obscure the light of truth in that hour. All the proportions of power in this world will appear to make God look distant, small, ineffective — like nothing. That is the goal of Satan and sin: to make God look useless and worthless. The work of the Holy Spirit in that hour — the work of the Spirit of truth — is to rest upon you with whatever measure of truth you will need in order to be faithful.    
  • Jesus said, "When the Spirit of truth comes.....He will glorify me." (John 16:13-14)'
  • The ground and the center and the goal of all the truth the Spirit brings is the glory of Jesus Christ — the greatness, the excellency, the beauties of Jesus. The essence of the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to magnify the beauty of Christ in the human mind and heart. Therefore, in the hour of trial, he will not let us forget Jesus. Jesus said, “I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). Always. Including the final hour of testing. And the work of the Holy Spirit is to cause us to remember him, and to see him with the eyes of our hearts (2 Corinthians 3:17–18; Ephesians 1:17–18).
  • "The Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you." (1 Peter 4:14) Which means at least two things: He causes us to feel that the glory we are losing here is not worth keeping, and the glory we are about to gain is infinitely better.
  • The Spirit of glory will cause us to experience the reality of 1 Peter 5:10-11: "And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you. To Him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen."
  • In the hour of trial, the Holy Spirit will overcome your doubts and give you the assurance that you need.The Spirit of glory rest upon you, in the midst of the loss of all earthly glory, and testifies to your heart: "You are an heir of infinite glory. You belong to Christ. You will be glorified with Him. You may be sure of this."
  • Jesus said, “Do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit” (Mark 13:11). The Spirit of glory and of God will rest upon you. If, in his power, he wants you speechless, you need say nothing. If he wants you to speak, he will give you words. Count on it. Trust him.
  • And in himself, he will give you the Father and the Son. You will taste — with no pressure, in the hour of pain, to articulate a careful doctrine of the Trinity — the living experience of 2 Corinthians 13:14: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.” In other words, may you experience the precious, personal presence of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
  • The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one God. But they are three persons. And you will experience each of them in the hour of your trial — the Father’s care and tenderness for his child, the Savior’s redeeming love to cover all your sin, and the Spirit’s sustaining of faith so that you taste in that hour the preciousness of the presence of each divine Person: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Sermon
Daniel 7:1-3 - In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters. Daniel spoke and said, I saw in my vision by night, and , behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.  And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another. 
Subject: God Is Still In Control
  • There is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9
  • Nations are trying to overpower one another.
  • There was injustice in the old Testament.
  • For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12
  • Christians are under attack from all directions but God is still in control.
  • Your adversary the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8
  • Remember, the Kingdom of God is coming, then there will be no more injustices.
 
 
 
 
 
 



 

 

 



 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

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