Pastor Barry is the speaker unless otherwise noted. Schedule subject to change.
20th Rejoice in the Lord Always! Philippians 4:4. As Christians we sometimes seem confused about whose team we’re on. Through our attitude and actions we, score points for the enemy of our soul. Satan has essentially one false hope to offer… “God will make you sad, but I will make you glad.” On the other hand Jesus says, “These things have I spoken to you that your joy may be full.” I John 1:4. Paul admonishes us to, “Rejoice in the Lord always.” Our lack of joy negatively impacts our testimony and makes us disobedient to Paul’s command. In this sermon Pastor Barry shares why it is important to God that we rejoice always.
27th (Memorial Day Weekend) Things Which Make for Peace: Ephesians 4:3. Our unity as believers was uppermost on Jesus’ mind during His last agonizing hours. Unity is the heart and soul of fellowship. It is the core of how God intends for us to experience life together. He wants it protected, especially from the devastating damage that is caused by division, conflict, and disharmony. You are commissioned by Jesus to do everything possible to promote peace and harmony in your relationships. How are we to do this? Pastor Barry shares the very practical advice found in God’s Word.
3rd When God is Silent. Luke 3:1-22. Have you ever been stuck? Have you ever felt like you were in a rut and you couldn’t get out? When you’re stuck how do you get unstuck? You need God to show up, but God doesn’t just show up. Preparation is needed and John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way. The way you prepare for God’s presence is through repentance. If we are truly repentant John says our life will, “Bear fruits that befit repentance.” When a man or a woman chooses to repent inwardly, in sorrow of sin, and matches it with the acts that befit repentance, then that person is prepared every day to hear, to see, and to know Christ.
10th Where No One Stands Alone. Psalm 102. This Psalm is a paradox: It is a Psalm of desolation but it could also be described as one of consolation. There is the reality of suffering but also the reality of God’s presence. Somewhere in every Psalm we will find ourselves. This Psalm is no exception. The author of this Psalm is brutally honest. He feels abandoned. He feels as though he’s the only one who has any national pride or heartfelt concern for his homeland. His enemies are unrelenting in their ridicule because of his patriotism. When someone stands for the cause of Christ in the nation, there will be plenty of the devil’s people to attack and persecute. The Psalmist’s worst distress, though, comes from the feeling that God had exalted him and then has thrown him down, but in the end he says, though my weaknesses and problems have not all been resolved or removed, I have confidence in You, God.
17th (Father’s Day) Guest Speaker: Chaplain Lee Axtell. Lee is a native of San Pedro, California. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1985, and earned a Masters of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1989 and Masters of Sacred Theology in Pastoral Care from Andover Newton Theological School in Boston, Massachusetts in 2002. He is a Navy Chaplain and serves at the Naval Health Clinic Hawaii. Lee is an avid surfer and lends his tenor voice to FBCH’s Chancel Choir. He is married to Paula and they have three daughters Kayleigh, Alexandra and Piper.
24th Guest Speaker: The Reverend Chaplain David Gerald Kegler. 21st Century Idolatry: Weapons of Mass Distraction. Isaiah 44: 6-20, Exodus 20:4, Matthew 6:24. In this sermon David explores what technological bondage looks like in a 21stcentury context and how we can be more vigilant of the daily entrapments of contemporary forms of idolatry. More About David Kegler…David hails from the City of Brotherly Love by way of The Philadelphia Baptist Association (PBA), the oldest continuous Association of Baptist Churches in the United States. Ordained through the American Baptist Churches (ABC), David is a 2nd year chaplain resident with Pacific Health Ministry serving at Queens Medical Center. He is from the Logan section of Germantown in North Philadelphia, was educated in the Philadelphia public school system (attended The Philadelphia High School for Creative & Performing Arts) and is also a protégé of the national Head Start Program. Reverend Kegler holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Boston University and a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School. David is from The Green Church, an American Baptist congregation in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania and he considers First Baptist Church of Honolulu his home church on-island.
1st Guest Speaker: Dr. Ruby Ovitt, Healing and Restoration. Psalm 51:10-12. In our life’s journey, we experience happiness, peace, contentment, sadness, pain, anxiety, hopelessness, etc. We may also lose our joy of living when we go through a crisis and experience some losses especially of loved ones. It is during these difficult times that God’s love and mercy are manifested when we seek Him with our hearts and souls. His Divine Presence will strengthen and comfort us as we carry our heavy burden and help us to live each day with hope and confidence. About Dr. Rebecca Sanchez Ovitt: Dr. Ovitt retired as the elementary principal of Hawaii Baptist Academy after forty-one years. Currently she serves as adjunct faculty at the Bible Institute of Hawaii a position she has held for thirty-two years. In that capacity she has been conducting support groups for the divorced, widowed, and separated . She received her Doctor of Ministry Degree from Hawaii Theological Seminary; Masters Degree in School Administration from the University of Hawaii; Masters Degree in Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University; specialized training in School Administration at Columbia University ; and Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the Philippine Normal University. She has received numerous awards for being an outstanding educator and community leader. She is the author of two books: My Journey of Healing from Cancer, a best seller in Hawaii in 2007; and Reaching Out to the Broken-Hearted. She and her son, Christopher, live in Honolulu and her daughter, Rochelle, lives in Los Angeles. She is a proud grandmother of Benjamin Emmanuel Brodin.
8th Our Limited Almighty God. Psalm 78:37-41. God is almighty! Nothing is impossible for God. But God has placed certain spiritual laws in place that limit His power. “Yes, they limited the holy One of Israel.” Psalm 78:41. Are we guilty too of keeping God from working mightily in our lives and in our churches? I believe there are many things God would just love to give to us and do for us, but we are standing in the way. In this sermon Pastor Barry shares four specific ways the Bible says we can be limiting God.
15th Guest Speaker: Bishop Emmanuel Nsanganiye. Bishop Emmanuel serves as President of the Evangelical Free Baptist Churches of Burundi (Eglise Baptiste Libre du Burundi) – EBLB. Trained at the Baptist Pastoral Institute of Rubura, Burundi, Emmanuel has used both his skills and gift as a “churches planter”. For the last 13 years, he is credited to have started more than 80 churches. The Evangelical Free Baptist Churches of Burundi is in partnership with the Transformation Ministries and American Baptist Churches of the USA. Bishop Emmanuel is married to Veronica and they have nine grown children. The picture of Bishop Nsanganiye was taken at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of our “adopted” Church in Muyinga, Burundi Africa. The funds to purchase the land and build a new church building were largely donated by First Baptist Church of Honolulu. Sharon Dumas, our Missions Director was also present for the occasion.
22nd Going The Extra Mile. Genesis 24:12-19. We live in a time when many people are guided by the principle Minimum effort for Maximum pay. The humanistic influences in our society have fed this conflict within us that asks, “Why should I do more than I have to?” What’s wrong with just getting by? The answer to that question is really quite simple; it is diametrically opposed to Jesus’ teaching and our Judeo-Christian values.
29th Jesus Christ and Superstars. I Corinthians 12:4-7,12,14,15,18-20,27. We love our superstars. Physical attractiveness, intelligence, athletic ability, strength, and wealth are all at the top of our society’s value system. This leaves most feeling inferior, inadequate, unappreciated and unimportant. The church does not exist in a vacuum, and as a result these values can and often do penetrate the church. The Apostle Paul had a dramatic put down for our worship of Superstars. We are all viable, valuable parts of the body of Christ. In our Churches today the need is not for those whom the world sees as Superstars but rather for the weak, the lowly, and the humble who would say, “Here am I Lord, use me.”
5th All of the Above. John 14:6. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life…” Many Christians treat this passage as if it were multiple choice…Is Jesus “A” The way, “B” The truth, or “C” The life? We tend to choose the one we feel most comfortable with. A (Jesus is the way) appeals to those who have a passion for winning people to Christ, sparing them the awful consequences of unbelief. B (Jesus is the truth) is the favorite of intellectuals. Jesus is the truth, spoke the truth, and sent the Holy Spirit to lead us into truth. Those inclined to choose C (Jesus is the life) are those who have had their own lives radically changed by their relationship with Christ. They would be quick to point out the experiential nature of the Christian life. There is a potential danger in focusing upon any one of these therefore the right choice is D All of the above.
12th Guest Speakers: Dan and Sarah Chetti. Dan and Sarah, the first International Ministries global servants in the Arab World, have been in Lebanon for over a decade—and have continued to serve even through the Israel-Hezbollah fighting and the “Arab Spring” and “Arab Winter.” They believe these are moments of great challenge, yet opportune times in the Arab World. Dan is an Adjunct Professor at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Beirut—an institution preparing leaders for ministry primarily across nine countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Sarah worked as the librarian at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, reviving and reorganizing it after the long Lebanese Civil War. She expanded the holdings, classifying and computerizing the entire library. She then trained and turned over the management of the library to a Lebanese lady. For the last few years, Sarah has been pioneering a ministry among foreign migrant women working as maids in Lebanon. There are 300,000 foreign maids laboring in Lebanon, a small nation with a population of just three million. Sarah ministers with the help of three other ladies. She visits and ministers at two other prisons, including one in Tripoli. She now runs an integrated Centre for Domestic Workers—Insaaf: Justice and Compassion of Jesus—at Hadath Baptist Church, Beirut. In cooperation with other organizations, Sarah advocates for the rights of the maids, fighting injustice and human trafficking. Dan and Sarah are very active members of the International Church in Beirut, a vibrant congregation with over thirty nationalities. Dan is a member of the Ministry Leadership Team; he preaches and coordinates home groups and mission outreach. The Chettis host one of the home groups once a week and Dan hosts a men’s prayer breakfast twice a month. Part of the support for the Chettis comes from First Baptist Church of Honolulu.
19th Hang In There, Baby. Luke 9:62, Matthew 24:10-13. Perseverance is important, not only in the spiritual realm, but in the practical every-day living of our lives as well. It has been said that 99% of success is due to persistence…hanging in there and not giving up. Only a small hand-full of people reach the heights of accomplishment they are capable of because they give up too quickly. The #1 reason people quit is discouragement. In this sermon Pastor Barry reveals the most common things that discourage us.
26th So Heavenly Minded No Earthly Good. Genesis 18:1-5 & Luke 24:28-31. Many of us take great care in ordering our lives, arranging the details, structuring the activities, strictly following our daily schedule and list of things to do. There’s security in that, but there can also be idolatry in that too. Order, the familiar, control, security, minimize the need for faith. Faith is a venture into the unknown, into realms of mystery, away from the safe, the comfortable and the secure. In this sermon Pastor Barry shares how strangers, the unknown, the unsettling, and disorder, have drawn him to deeper faith and how these things can remind us of our need for God. He says, “I’ve had to rethink the role of the stranger and the value and place of Holy interruptions.”
2nd (Labor Day Weekend) Your Work Matters to God. Genesis 2:15. Three out of four people go to a job they’re not fitted for, called for, excited about or satisfied in. To many American workers work is a necessary evil. Their goal is Friday and when they reach it they TGIF––thank God it’s Friday. How does God view work? God created work not as punishment but as a means by which you express your unique calling as God’s co-worker. Our work is to flow from God’s unique design and purpose for our lives. It’s not about what “you think will make you happy. It’s not about how much money you can make. When we understand work is a calling, and all work is sacred it will change the attitude about your job. Your neighborhood and your job is your primary vineyard where you fulfill the work of God. You will show people more of Christ by how you live your life, how you treat fellow workers, your attitude, and the quality of your work than anything you’ll ever do in church, because 60-80 percent of your waking hours are spent where you work.
9th Caution! Your Job Can Destroy You. James 4:13-17. The most important thing in the world is not things or money or jobs, it’s relationships – our relationship with the Lord first and then our relationships with family and friends. Unfortunately our decisions related to jobs don’t always reflect these priorities. James has apparently been listening in on a strategic planning session and is concerned about what he’s hearing…the business plan doesn’t include God. Many of us assume that if it’s a great opportunity, and we’ll make more money, and it’s upward mobility, It must be God’s will. But do those things mean it’s automatically God’s will? No! “Why is planning apart from God so dangerous?” James answers that question. He says bad decisions about work flow from false assumptions about life.
16th 100% Pure. Proverbs 6:16-19. We know God is interested in purity. He is concerned with holiness. We are to live pure, holy lives. Often when the discussion turns to holiness we talk about external things to prove how pure we are. Those external things are, quite often, insignificant because God is more concerned about internal things…what’s inside. There are three ways purity is manifested in our lives…Positional Purity (what I know), Practical Purity (what I do) and Personal Purity (who I am). Of the three, God is most interested in the Personal Purity. You can knowright, and doright and still not beright. When you get squeezed, (pressure is applied) whatever comes out is what’s on the inside…It’s 100% pure for better or worst. It reveals the real you. The last time you got squeezed what came out? Circumstances & problems don’t make you what you are they reveal what you are.
23rd The Uses of Adversity. II Corinthians 1:9. There is nothing that causes more people to stumble in the matter of faith than the problem of suffering. “…man is born unto trouble (Job 5:7).” We may think that we would prefer a world without it. Heaven will be such a place, but on this side of glory you might want to think twice about what this world would be like without adversity. Scripture reveals there are benefits that come into our lives as believers from adversity and in this sermon Pastor Barry shares what they are.
30th Antidote for Anxiety. Psalm 37:1-3, 5, 7. Worry, fear, & anxiety are the emotions Satan uses to discourage and defeat us and, in some instances, kill us. The effects of anxiety we see in scripture are graphic. Worry can negatively affect us Physically, Emotionally, Spiritually and Psychologically. What’s the solution? In this sermon Pastor Barry offers a very practical, proven way to win over worry.
Can He Hear Me Now?: How to Pray Effectively
Can HE Hear Me Now? Find out! Statistics show that almost everyone prays. But do you ever wonder if your prayers reach God’s ears? Does He answer? You’re not the only one with questions about prayer. When Jesus’ disciples wanted to know how to pray effectively Jesus gave them a model, we call it The Lord’s Prayer . Join us for this sermon series and get your questions answered.
7th Our Father in Heaven. Matthew 6:9. At one time the Jews had experienced the purity of genuine prayer, but now they had abandoned it for the routine and ritual of empty religious exercises. In response to their need, Jesus said, “This, then, is how you should pray: (6:9). Apparently there’s a right way and a wrong way to pray. Jesus proceeded to give them a model for praying effectively and it begins with our relationship with God.
14th Hallowed be Thy Name. Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:1-4. What Jesus is saying here is that all that is embodied in God’s name is to be recognized as holy. Hallowed means to treat something or someone as set apart, or separate. God should be revered, respected and regarded as holy. We hallow God’s name when we live a life of obedience to Him, when our lives are a vehicle of His holiness. Before we start asking for what we want, we need to ask for what we should be.
21st Thy Kingdom Come. Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:1-4. God’s program centers on a person. And it’s not you. Christ is that person, and His kingdom is God’s program. To pray, Thy kingdom come, is to pray May Christ reign here and now. Praying the right way does not mean letting God in on our plan, but calling on God to fulfill His plan.
28th Thy Will Be Done. Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:1-4. This phrase affirms that we have a right to refuse certain situations as inevitable. We have a right to pray that God will intervene and do things the way they ought to be done. Praying this way is an act of defiance against Satan and all that is fallen in this world, but ultimately the problem “Thy” will is “my” will. We’ve got to get “self” out of the way.
4th Forgive Us Our Sins. Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:1-4. This is the only part of the prayer upon which Jesus comments (Matthew 6:14-15). This gives focus on the importance forgiveness. In this sermon Pastor Barry will share six reasons from scripture why we should forgive others. The life of many believers is short circuited in its power because of unresolved conflicts with people. If you regard sin in your heart, The Lord will not hear you (Psalm 66), and if He doesn’t hear you He can’t help you. But don’t get mad at God. The problem is on our end.
11th (Veteran’s Day) Lead Us Not Into Temptation. Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:1-4. The more we understand about the promises of God, the richer, and more meaningful our prayers will become. The first three petitions in the Lord’s Prayer relate to God and His glory. The last three relate to man and his need. This petition is the cry of the heart that despises the potential of sin to harm and ruin our life and the lives of those we love. It is a safeguard against presumption and a false sense of security.
18th (Thanksgiving Sunday) Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread. Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:1-4. Bread represents all physical provision. We can’t be a spiritual being unless we are first a physical one and so God begins with the physical. God cares that our physical needs are met and because of that we don’t need to be preoccupied with the physical. As a matter of fact God does not want you to be preoccupied with physical things. When we pray, “Give us this day our daily bread”, we are saying that we trust God to supply all the physical needs of our lives.
25th 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 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.
2nd The Forgotten Tree of Christmas. Acts 10 39-43. The Christmas Tree has become an important part of the celebration of Christmas. The popularity of the Christmas tree is kind of interesting since these kinds of trees are not native to the Holy Land. There is a tree however that is part of Christ’s story. The cross that Jesus died upon is referred to a tree in scripture. He chose a tree that was cursed, shameful, an instrument of execution… and made it into something beautiful – a symbol of love, compassion, caring, and mercy.
“We Wish You a Mary Christmas” is to say I desire for you the miracles in Mary’s life and that you respond as she did. Mary is a prototype of how we too can experience Christmas – Jesus coming into our world. There is a sense in which you too are meant to deliver Jesus to the world.
9th We Wish You a Mary Christmas (1): God Knows You and Has a Plan for Your Life. Luke 1:26-27. The point of Mary’s virginity was to affirm the miraculous intervention of God in her life and body, that it was an impossibility, humanly speaking. I wish for you to see yourself in Mary’s situation, not as innocent, pure or untarnished, but in the sense that there may be impossible situations in your life that require faith to believe in a miracle. I wish for you a Mary Christmas is to say that I wish for you the simple kind of faith to believe that there are miracles and blessings that can come into your life when God shows up.
16th We Wish You a Mary Christmas (2): Don’t Let Reason Ruin the Season. Luke 1:28-29. Mary was troubled at what Gabriel said to her. Her reaction is completely natural and understandable. Mary tries to do what most of us would try to do in that situation…figure it out. but you can’t figure God out! Reason fails us when it comes to faith and God. The Angel tells Mary she is highly favored and that the Lord is with her. He encourages her. To wish you a Mary Christmas is to wish that you will know that you are special and the Lord is with you too, and that you will stop worrying, wondering, and doubting and just have faith that things will work out.
23rd We Wish You a Mary Christmas (3): Be the Miracle Someone Else is Praying For. Luke 1:31-38.The angel is a messenger and the message to Mary is, “I have come to give you good news, the Lord is about to enter into your circumstances.” Where that happens there shall be God’s provision and blessing. But Mary asks, “How shall this be, I haven’t had the kind of experience necessary for this?” The answer is…God! With God nothing is impossible. Then the angel boosts Mary’s confidence by sharing a testimony. That’s the value of testimonies – encouragement and challenge. When you are facing an impossible situation, and you don’t see any human way out, God may have you right where he wants you. Mary was the miracle someone else was praying for.
24th (Christmas Eve) 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.
30th How to Make a Fresh Start. Isaiah 43:18-19. Sometimes you give life your best shot but you still come up short. It’s easy to focus on the failures of your past but God is far more interested in your future than He is your past. In this sermon Pastor Barry shares practical Biblical ways to make a fresh start using the acrostic S T A R T. S – Stop making excuses. T – Take stock. A – Act in Faith. R – Refocus your thoughts. T – Trust God to help you succeed. God specializes in new beginnings. Find the power and hope to make one in 2019.