Pastor Barry is the speaker unless otherwise noted. Schedule subject to change.
We inherently feel the call to live for something bigger than ourselves, to become people who impact the world in a positive way. But many of us lack the faith to respond to that call. God is still using ordinary people to do extraordinary things for Him! In this sermon series drawing on the lives and faith experiences of ordinary people, Pastor Barry will encourage, inspire, and help us examine our lives and take practical, real-world steps to deepen our own faith and trust in God.
4/21/19 (Easter) “HEROES”; Jesus. John 20:26-29. Easter is when we celebrate history’s brightest moment. The tomb is empty, Jesus is alive, but throughout history there have been a variety of attempts by skeptics to explain away the resurrection. Jesus actually made ten different appearances after His resurrection. In one of them He was seen by over five hundred people. These appearances convinced these witnesses that Jesus was indeed very much alive. The resurrection accomplishes three things…it validated Jesus, it defeated death, and it restores hope.
4/28/19 Guest Speaker, Crystal Lancaster. Beyond the Resurrection. Jesus rose, He conquered the grave… so what’s next? See what the disciples did after Jesus resurrected and find out how that impacts your life’s journey here on earth. ABOUT CRYSTAL: Crystal Lancaster is a long time member of First Baptist Church of Honolulu serving in various positions over the years. Her favorite thing to do is to teach Bible studies to women’s small groups. She currently teaches 2 group studies weekly one of which is an all women’s study at FBCH. She is employed at the Hawaii Association of REALTORS having served 28 years and is currently the Director of Industry Relations. She is also a member of Kama’aina Toastmasters. And just for fun, Crystal enjoys laughing at herself trying to golf.
“HEROES” SERMON SERIES CONTINUES
5/5/19 “HEROES”; Jesus (2). John 11:25-27. If Jesus is who He says He is, the Son of God, to simply call Him a good man or a wise teacher is a slap in the face. If He’s not the Son of God there are only two options; He is a lunatic or worse yet, a liar. Who do you say Jesus is? That question and the answer you give changes everything about your life now and your life in eternity.
5/12/19 (Mother’s Day) “HEROES”; Naomi & Ruth. Ruth 1:16-18. Naomi’s name means “pleasant” or “sweet.” And that seems to capture her life early on. On her wedding day, there’s excitement and anticipation. Soon two sons are born. Things are going according to plan, she and her husband are happy, life is good. But Naomi goes from living her dream life to being a widowed, single mom, in a hostile country, trying to raise two boys in stark poverty. She makes do and the two boys grow up and, they fall in love, and they get married. Finally, some joy and happiness in Naomi’s life, two weddings! But these two weddings are followed very quickly by two funerals, the funerals of her two sons. Naomi, experiences incredible, unimaginable grief. But Naomi’s story is not about loss; it’s about redemption. God is at work in the midst of her incredible loss. He redeems Naomi’s story is with an unlikely friendship, and an undeserved kindness.
5/19/19 “HEROES”; Samuel. I Samuel 8:4&5. Hannah is a great story of God’s kindness because she begs for a son and she becomes pregnant. She then gives that son to the Lord to serve Him as she promised she would do; his name is Samuel. Samuel lives with the priest Eli and his two sons. Samuel is trained to become a priest and grows up to be a godly leader. As Samuel was getting up in his years all of the elders of Israel gather together and demand that Samuel anoint a King. Everyone thought all their problems would go away if they had a king. Everyone except for God. Samuel has the courage to warn them it is not a good idea and against God’s will, but they don’t care, specifically, they make three foolish choices.
5/26/19 (Memorial Day Weekend) “HEROES”; Joshua. Joshua 1:1-7. The Israelites are poised a second time to take the Promised Land. Joshua is now a seasoned warrior, so he knows this won’t be easy. He’s been in the land. He’s seen the walls. He’s seen their strength, but God tells him four different times, “Be strong and courageous”. God is preparing Joshua ahead of time for what will happen later. That is often what we experience in our own lives…God prepares us now for what will be required later. God sets up an impossible situation where the odds are stacked against Joshua to demonstrate His power and His strength, so in the end everyone will know who gets the credit. Everyone will know the battle belongs to the Lord.
6/2/19 “HEROES”; Ezra. Ezra 3:1-3. In 538 BC, when fifty thousand Jews, prompted by God and freed by King Cyrus, make the 900-mile journey from Babylon back to Jerusalem the first thing they do is to get to work rebuilding the temple. At first, they are zealous and excited. But after a while, they lost their motivation. They lost their focus. They did not intend to abandon the project forever, but a week passed, then a month and before they knew it, it had been a year and that one year turned into sixteen years. For 16 years the temple project sat there untouched! So, God raises up a prophet to call them to repentance. God doesn’t need a temple any more, but He does want His people to be about His business.
6/9/19 “HEROES”; Abraham.Genesis 12:2. God often uses the least likely people, ordinary people to accomplish His purposes. God wants to make a great nation and chooses Abraham and Sarah, a childless elderly couple with a questionable background. It doesn’t make the most sense, but when it comes to pass God gets the credit. Abraham’s story can be described in one word…faith. When God wants to teach us about faith, He tells us about a man named Abraham.
6/16/19 (Father’s Day) “HEROES”; Solomon. I Kings 11:1-4. Solomon, David’s son, is known as a man who pursued happiness and pleasure. If there’s a character in the Bible that reflects the values of our current culture as Americans it would have to be Solomon. He used his wealth to pursue happiness to the extreme and the end result was disappointment. When God’s directions are violated it creates a lot of problems. Solomon pays a significant price because he doesn’t do things God’s way. In the end though he says, “…and here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey His commands, for this is everyone’s duty.”
6/23/19 Guest Speaker.
6/30/19 Guest Speaker Dennis Gaddis. ABOUT DENNIS:
7/7/19 Guest Speaker David Pak. ABOUT DAVID: Rev. Pak is the pastor of Bethel Korean Baptist Church. For the past two years BKBC has been meeting at First Baptist Church on Sunday afternoons.
7/14/19 Guest Speaker Joao Nascimento. ABOUT JOAO: Joao is the Pastor of New Life Baptist Church, A Brazilian congregation that meets at First Baptist Church on Sunday evenings.
7/21/19 “HEROES”: Jesus (3). Matthew 5:1-2. The ministry of Jesus was only three years, but in those three years He set a course that would change the history of the world. So how did He do it? When Jesus began His earthly ministry, He starts talking about a kingdom, a kingdom that is coming. He invites people to be a part of this kingdom. That’s political language, but Jesus rejected politics. Politics then and now is all about power and position. The crowds expected Jesus to take a political path to usher in His kingdom but Jesus’ response was, “I’ve come, not to be served but to serve.”Jesus says here’s my political platform…We’re going to love people. Jesus understood that the solution to our problems was not political but spiritual. In this sermon Pastor Barry shares practical ways we, as Christian citizens can bring hope and change to our world by following Jesus’ example.
7/28/19 “HEROES”; Joseph. Genesis 50:20. One word can summarize Joseph’s early life…disappointment, lots of it. Many times, it’s our own bad choices that bring heartbreak disappointment and terrible consequences. What’s worse is Joseph has done nothing to deserve the terrible things that happen to him. But even in the midst of disappointment, Joseph remains faithful to God. We don’t get to choose a lot of what happens in our lives, but we do get to choose how we will respond to everything that happens in our lives. Disappointments will come. Our tendency is to become bitter, withdrawn, hardened, to give up and to disobey. But in the midst of disappointments, there is something else that you can count on…God is there and He gets the last word.
8/4/19 “HEROES”: Moses. Exodus 3:7-10. Though raised and educated in Pharaoh’s household Moses is banished from Egypt and lives for forty years among the Israelites as a shepherd. But while he’s out tending sheep one day, he sees this bush that is burning but not being consumed and so he goes to check it out and God speaks to him, “…I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”Moses is reluctant. He feels inadequate. He doesn’t want to do it, but God says, “I will be with you.” The main point of this sermon is disarmingly simple…Where God guides, He provides. That was true for Moses then and is just as true for you today.
8/11/19 “HEROES”; Deborah & Jael. Judges 2:12-16. This sermon focuses on two women during a period of time in Israel’s history when judges ruled. Two of the more familiar judges were Gideon and Samson, but Pastor Barry has chosen a woman, Deborah as his hero for today’s message. Judges were political, spiritual, and military leaders, all rolled into one. Deborah was a most unlikely judge because she was a woman living in a man’s world. It was not common for a woman to rise to such a powerful position, but Deborah had a close walk with the Lord and God raised her up to be a judge and used her in a powerful way. She was respected as a wise and capable leader, but it is another women, Jael, who is the unexpected Hero in a battle with one of Israel’s enemies.
8/18/19 “HEROES”; Hezekiah. II Chronicles 29:3.Many of us go to Church and open up Scripture in hopes of learning the secret code… the code to how we get God’s blessing. Pastor Barry shares there is no “secret code”, but there is a life that God is more likely to bless than another and King Hezekiah is one who lived that kind of life. His life is an example of what we need to do, how we need to live in order to receive God’s blessing.
8/25/19 “HEROES”; Jeremiah. Jeremiah 2:9-13. Jeremiah has a tender heart. When he’s preaching, he’s not doing it with “hell’s fire and brimstone.” He’s called “the weeping prophet,” because he knows the judgement that’s coming so he pleads with God’s people in tears because they refuse to listen. In the life of Hezekiah, we saw what brings the blessing of God in our lives. Through Jeremiah we are going to see what brings the judgment/wrath of God. Jeremiah helps us understand that idolatry is not just asin among many but it is thesin that all sins fall under.
9/1/19 HEROES; Jesus (4) Matthew 11:28-30. Jesus was no ordinary teacher, no ordinary king and no ordinary man. Jesus was both God and man—one hundred percent divine and one hundred percent human. The word “amazed” appears twenty-seven times to describe people’s response to Jesus. They were amazed at His miracles. They were amazed at the way He handled criticism. They were amazed at how he cared for outcasts. In this sermon Pastor Barry focuses on one of Jesus’ miracles. It’s a miracle that was recorded in all four Gospels…The Feeding of the Five Thousand.
9/8/19 “HEROES”; Asa. I Kings 12:8-11. After Solomon died the nation of Israel divided. The ten tribes that were in the north aligned themselves under a man by the name of Jeroboam, and they became known as Israel. At the same time, the tribes of Judah and Benjamin down in the south were loyal to their leader Rehoboam, who was the son of Solomon, and they became known as Judah. We have two kings; one king that God anointed and one that Solomon appointed. Both prove to be woefully disappointing. But there is a king who follows Rehoboam, the third king of Judah, the grandson of Solomon and whose name is Asa. In spite of the fact his father was a sinful man and his mother was a pagan, Asa becomes one of Judah’s most Godly kings. “Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord… Asa’s heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life.”1 Kings 15:11,14. From Asa we learn that You and I can choose what kind of a legacy we will leave behind.
9/15/19 “HEROES”; Paul. Acts 1:8. Paul is the least likely person you would think to become a leader for the church. When we first meet Paul, he was a persecutor of Christians. He was doing everything he could to destroy the church. Yet he has a dramatic conversion, and this is the person God chooses. The Book of Acts tells about three different missionary journeys that Paul goes on where he establishes at least ten churches. These missionary endeavors reveal a lot about Paul and what make him a hero.
9/22/19 “HEROES”; Paul (2). II Timothy 4:7-8. As Paul approaches the end of his life he writes a letter to Timothy encouraging him to do three things that will enable him to live a consistent Christian life to the end. It is these things that enabled Paul to write these words which were among the last he ever wrote…“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”II Timothy 4:7-8.
12/1/19 The Strange Gift of Suffering. II Corinthians 1:3-7. Pain and suffering are heightened when they happen during the most joyous time of the year. Suffering is not uncommon in the Christmas season, in fact it is integral to the message of Christmas. There is much emphasis on giving gifts at Christmas but no one would think of suffering as a gift, no one except for the apostle Paul. We find his Christmas gift wish-list in the second letter he wrote to the church in Corinth, and on it is “the fellowship of His suffering.” It’s a strange gift but in this sermon Pastor Barry shares why it truly is a gift we each should be happy to receive.
12/8/19 The Wisdom of the Wisemen. Matthew 2:1-2. Even though we don’t know a lot about the Wise Men we can understand why they are called “wise”. It has more to do with what they did than with what they knew. And what did they do? They followed God’s divine leading, they responded in faith, and they worshipped the Christ Child. When a person has truly received the gift of God’s Son, worship and the outpouring of gifts is a natural response. This is what Christmas is all about…God’s gift to us – His Son, and our gift to God – our heart and life. We demonstrate the wisdom of the Wise Men when we follow, have faith in, and worship Jesus.