Standing against the Jezebel Spirit.
Jezebel is a spirit, but it finds access through uncrucified flesh. Although the Jezebel spirit is described in the Bible as being a woman, it does not actually have a gender. There is no doubt that it functions just as proficiently through men.
Together, we must stand against this demonic evil overtaking and overwhelming parts of this congregation. The Apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. 5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Showing Love for God and the People of God
It is said of the author of the Gospel of John and the Epistles of John was also known as John the Beloved Disciple. The greater portion of His ministry was to spread the good news of Jesus Christ and to promote the Love of God to everyone who would receive. Even in his senior years it is said that John would be carried into worship services and while being carried he would speak loudly to the people. “We need to Love one another as the Lord has loved us!”
I say to you my Brothers and Sisters: “We need to Love one another as the Lord has loved us!”
My Bible tells me that the world will know we are Christians by our love (John 13: 35)
I pen this epistle in Jesus Name,
Rev. Dr. Hoffman F. Brown, 3rd
Restoring or Replacing Our Worship Center
When the Wayland Baptist Church of Baltimore Maryland moved into its new worship center at 3200 Garrison Boulevard in 1966 under the leading of Rev. William W Payne there was a need for an ever-expanding congregation (approximately 3,000 members) to have a facility that would accommodate the size and scope of the ministry the Lord had established.
The move then was controversial but it was good and right as 51 years of use has proven. Had we kept up with all the necessary changes over these past 5 decades and accommodated both technological and practical adjustments I would not have to sound the horn on this matter. We did make some moves (i.e., new elevator, new furnace, updated offices, new audio-visual system and some aesthetic changes); however, the fundamental changes that should have been made like: removal of all asbestos in the building, updated plumbing and electricity, hygienic lavatories for males and females, a committed banquet space, committed sports center, Baptist-friendly sanctuary, an elevator in the educational wing, a better parking lot that will accommodate and increasingly older congregation, to list a few; there would be no need for this pronouncement that there is a desperate need for reclaiming this building or moving to another facility more in keeping with a 21st century world. Although the facility should not be a reason for someone to join Wayland it does factor into the ‘millennial mindset’ when deciding where they will worship. It is not the building by itself, but if we do not make a move ‘real soon’ there may not be a need for any building within the next 10 years!
I therefore ask that we:
Rev. Dr. Hoffman F. Brown, 3rd
The need for better attendance in God-centered study in Wayland Baptist Church!
The greatest weapon of our spiritual warfare is the WORD OF GOD and it is in the explanation and the inspiration of His word that we gain strength and stamina in our day to day operations. We have 6 opportunities for studying God’s word every week. All of the Bible studies have weekly attendance which counts below 20 people on a regular basis. Sunday school is little different — regular attendance on Sunday mornings is less than 40 people. If we are to be built up in our faith and not tossed and turned by every whim and doctrine which arises the members of this congregation must make ‘study’ a priority in our lives
No one has to tell you that the membership of Wayland Baptist Church has fluctuated over the years, but here in the last 3 years there has been a precipitous decline in our numbers. The fault for this phenomenon is both internal and external. Internally we have not made a stellar effort to be oracles and evangelist for the church of Jesus Christ – letting the world know that Jesus saves and He saves to the utmost. Externally the church of the living God is being attacked by secular and demonic forces which have succeeded in slowing or closing anemic congregations. We also need to realize that the Wayland of the 1960’s no longer exists while the Wayland of 2017 needs to move past her well established institutional props to being flexible enough to meet the needs of an ever-changing world. The message does not change, but the method must.
We have no substantive ministry to the hearing or sight impaired, we have no major commitment to the prison bound and to the infirmed. We have some few non’ African-Americans in regular attendance, many of whom have been run off by misaligned members. Wayland will not grow without us actively proselytizing and without us recognizing that the neighborhood around us is different today and we must become flexible enough to change with the change!
Rev. Dr. Hoffman F. Brown, 3rd
Here we are already 6 months through the year 2017 and God has granted us both favor and blessing individually and collectively.
Rev Briscoe, as Church Historian, has shared with us the details of our work and our witness for the past 180 days and appears that we have maximized our potential as a local Christian Assembly…… being faithful in our daily weekly and monthly obligations.
Credit should be laid at the feet of those leaders of our respective ministries and for the leadership of the church, (The Assembly of Servants) who have served faithfully and sacrificially in their offices so that this community of faith might be advantaged and that the name of Jesus would be praised!
During this calendar period, we have used as our Motto: The Friendly Church on the Corner (John 15: 13); our theme: One People of God: Building, Growing, Serving (Acts 2: 42-47); our Annual Emphasis: Rebuilding the Walls and our Key Words: Reform, Renew, Rebuild.
The Lord is allowing us to navigate through the life of this congregation and as with any living organism we are facing challenges as we seek to understand how we can better do the work and ministry to which we have been commissioned; in fact, in this wise, I am meeting currently with 6 committees.
Each committee is evaluating the substance and purpose of our operations, in their respective areas, eventually forwarding to the larger body recommendations for ‘best principles and practices for the church! (I say here parenthetically that anything that is alive and growing is subject to change and we as a congregation should always be prepared for change).
As the Pastor of this great congregation, according to Scripture, it is part of my charge and duty to be a ‘Watchmen for God’s People!
Isaiah 62:6 ESV: On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent. You who put the Lord in remembrance, take no rest,
Ezekiel 33:6 ESV: But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.
Amos 3:7 ESV: For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.
And as the ‘Watchman’ for this fellowship I need for you to hear from me these words and then for you to be prayerful about where and how you believe we should go from here!
Rev. Dr. Hoffman F. Brown, 3rd
You who sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, Say this: “God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!” That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you — under them you’re perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm. Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day, Not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at high noon. Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will even graze you. -Psalm 91 (MSG)
During this holiday season, we take solace in knowing that we are covered by God’s grace. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while out celebrating the Reason for the Season!
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Our study on the “Survey of the New Testament” will continue in January and I look forward to seeing everyone there. Today, I just want to extend a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. This has been a wonderful year and I expect 2016 to be an even more extraordinary year. We’ve had strong fellowships, great revivals, a series of extensive Bible studies and exciting Sunday School classes in 2015 and it’s only going to get better.
In 2016, we have a group of select leaders who will shepherd the beginning of our Children’s Ministry. This ministry will provide a solid learning experience for our children, ages 12 and under. Proverbs 22:6 says to “train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” This ministry will prove beneficial to our children and help raise up a generation of young people on fire for the Lord and willing to boldly go and spread the Good News.
Stay tuned for more updates and Bible Study summaries. Our doors are always open for study. Join any of our Bible Studies any day of the week. Visit http://www.waylandbc.org/bible-study/ to learn more about each study.
I look forward to sharing more with you and receiving feedback. I will see you in 2016!
Hoffman F. Brown, 3rd, Pastor & First Servant
Beginning this month, I began a 12-week Bible Study series on the ‘Survey of the New Testament.’ I encourage each of you to stop by on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. to enjoy this important impartation of knowledge about the new testament. Below is a brief synopsis of what we are studying.
Question: What Were the 400 Years of Silence?
The 400 years of silence refers to the time between the Old Testament and the New Testament, during which God did not speak to the Jewish people. The 400 years of silence began with the warning that closed the Old Testament: “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. He will rstore the hears of the father to their children and the hears of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.” (Malachi 4:5-6) and ended with the coming of John the Baptist, the Messiah’s forerunner.
At the time of Malachi’s warning, about 430 B.C., the Jews had returned to Palestine from the Babylonian captivity. The Medo-Persian Empire still ruled Palestine and the temple had been rebuilt. Both the Law and the priesthood of Aaron’s line had been restored, and the Jews had given up their worship of idols. Nevertheless, Malachi’s warning was not without cause. The Jewish people were mistreating their wives, marrying pagans and not tithing, and the priests were neglecting the temple and not teaching the people the ways of God. In short, the Jews wer not honoring God.
Does this still relate to us today? Does this sound like the world we live in today? Let me know your thoughts and I hope to see you on Wednesday at 7 p.m. for a continuation of this study.
Pastor and First Servant
Welcome to the website of the Wayland Baptist Church of Baltimore, Maryland, USA. This magnificent medium has been designed to forward information to you about the wonderful work of this committed Christian congregation while also providing a glimpse of our ever increasing witness!
We are a God fearing, Bible believing, Spirit filled fellowship, exalting the name of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We subscribe to the Apostle Peter’s declaration of the church being a…
CHOSEN RACE, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR GOD’S POSSESSION (I PETER 2:9).
Enjoy the worship experience and maybe one day real soon you will be able to join us in person!
Reverend Dr. Hoffman F. Brown, III
Pastor and First Servant