The Terms of Membership
We believe all of your spiritual needs can be satisfied through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, which can be nourished through membership and active involvement in our church. Sermonic Notes are provided the membership every week the pastor preaches.
In the A.M.E. Church we set forth our spiritual learning through the A.M.E. Church Book of Discipline, but in brief, one must believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Savior of the whole world, submit to baptism in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and be willing to abide by the rules of the A.M.E. Church.
This sermon we want to share with you entitled, “Do Whatever Good You Do, In The Name of Jesus” (Acts 5:38-42) The disciples were commanded to cease speaking in the name of Jesus. The reason was, the enemies of our Lord were uncomfortable with the results of the apostolic preaching. People were being won to Christ. The two forces of this world were colliding. God was blessing the gospel message and the ministry of the Church.
Satan was opposing, with all of the threats and hostility he could muster. Satan knew from whence the power of the Church comes. He knows from whom we draw our power and how we access it. The power of the Christian Church is in the name of Jesus. So then, we don’t only preach, but we preach in the name of Jesus. We don’t simply teach, but we teach in the name of Jesus. The success of our work is in the name of Jesus. In His name, devils are cast out. In His name victories are won. In His name success is achieved. In His name, everlasting salvation is ours.
Some have turned away from the right way. They believe that the goal, toward which we strive can be achieved through politics. Some believe that it can be achieved through social programs. Some believe that the goal of uplifting humanity can be achieved through more and more government dollars being dumped into a bottomless abyss. All of them, of course, are in error. The uplift of humanity comes through the preaching and teaching and hearing and doing of the word of God, as proclaimed through the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
No, the disciples would not cease and desist from their preaching of the gospel. They would continue to shine that light in a world darkened by sin, that the lost might be found, that the blind might see, that the downtrodden might be drawn to the Savior. It is no wonder the adversary sought to stop the preaching of the gospel. All other messages, regardless of how full of love they might seem, were powerless to recover the lost. All other messages, regardless of how relevant they might seem, were ineffectual in meeting man’s greatest need. All other messages would stop woefully short of breaking the fetters that bind men and women in a lifestyle that results in their eternal ruin.
God chooses to depend on us to stay on course, to continue preaching and teaching that message which brings light into our minds, hope into our hearts and truth into our souls. Let us be faithful to our God who empowers us to do His will, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen!
We believe that our faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is nurtured through the active involvement of the laity. They are active in providing leadership in our youth ministry, in our jail ministry, in our outreach ministry and through the various auxiliaries of the church.
Our priority in life is to discover God's will in our lives and then work toward the accomplishment of it under the leadership of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who provides leadership to us in the person of the Holy Spirit. We believe that the Christian Sabbath must be properly observed and that can only be done through the worship and praise of Almighty God