Resurrection Sunday Preview

Here’s a Resurrection Sunday Preview for many Thankful/Grateful Churches far and near. Jesus Christ died for us all! Jesus has also conquered death, hell, and the grave to redeem us from both the curse of the law, and a reserved seat in Hell! He has redeemed so many of us from the hands of the enemy, and he has healed so many of us from various afflicitions, burdens, infirmities, and diseases! Be Blessed and have a wonderful Resurrection Sunday!

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The Creative Arts

There has been an explosion of creative arts and creative ministries that are being incorporated in many of the Worship Services in our churches. Just because Big Mama’s church didn’t do it is not an adequate excuse to overlook the impact of some of these creative outreaches that often are a great draw for many young people!

The Conforming Church!

I read an interesting quote several days ago where it was stated that the church of today was more concerned with conformity than it is with righteousness. Is there more concern for conformity amongst our churches, denominations, fellowships, and reformations than there is for righteousness? Is there a we don’t care about what you do as long as you do it like us attitude in our church organizations? Romans 12 verse 2 states, “Be ye not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind”. Are we fashioned after the systems of this world, or are we fashioned after the traditional modes and practices of religion?

Let’s stand for righteousness regardless of the consequences of doing so. Holiness is still right and when one stands for right in some of our organizations there is an overwhelming possibility that one can be painted as a rebel, but where would the church be if over the annals of time there were not rebels? Let’s call the Roll of Prominent Church Rebels-Martin Luther, Dr. Martin Luther King, John Wesley, Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Bishop Gilbert E. Patterson, William J. Seymour, The Apostle Paul, The Old Testament Prophets, The Disciples, and Jesus Christ! These great men changed the world and the church, but they were once painted as church rebels. Will we stand for righteousness or will we stand for the way that our church or organization has done things over the years?

Pastor Stephen F. Smith

Sure House Church, Inc.

Is the Black Church Still an Agent of Change?

The Black Church has always been an agent of change in the Black community. Many of the strides that we have made as a people has come from the power of the black Church. Many of our institutions of higher learning, our politicians, our entertainers, and our civil rights movements all had their genesis in the Black Church. The Black Church has been the one institution in the Black Community that has weathered the storms of racial inequality, prejudice, socioeconomic ills, and the harsh winds of racial hatred. I applaud the Black Church yet I am concerned about the new waves that are coming through our churches. In our attempt to do what others are doing, we are now adopting the styles and methods of the seeker sensitive churches. Perphaps, the Purpose Driven Agenda doesn’t mesh with all the churches of our community and our demographic. Every church in the black community has not been called to be a megachurch. I am not megachurch bashing for I am a product of a megachurch. Yet, I feel like the bigger is better movement has swept the Black Church. Sure, God wants all of our houses of worship full, but I don’t believe that he would agree with all of our methods. If an evangelist preaches a hard word against sin, he will not be one of the most sought after conference speakers around. We all want to hear how we are going to be blessed. I wholeheartedly believe that God wants his children to be blessed, but not at the cost of us running after other Gods. The god of mammon has permeated the black church to the extent that we will spend 45 minutes on an offering that was preceded by a 2 minute Altar Call. Where are we going? Have we all been lulled into complacency and a self satisfied slumber? Are we at ease in Zion? What can we do in order to get the Black Church, the Church that I love and cherish back to it’s place as the premier agent of change in the Black Community? Would we need to march and picket as much, if more of us would get on our knees and pray?

Guest Columnist,

Pastor Stephen F. Smith

Sure House Church, Inc.