Pastor Barry is the speaker unless otherwise noted. Schedule subject to change.
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.
2/3 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.
PLEASE NOTE: THE “CAN HE HEAR ME NOW” SERMON SERIES WILL RESUME IN TWO WEEKS
2/10 Guest Speaker: Crystal Lancaster. The Road to Damascus. 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.
2/17 Guest Speaker: Crystal Lancaster. The God Factor… The Holy Spirit in You.
“CAN HE HEAR ME NOW” SERMON SERIES RESUMES
2/24 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 with “Thy” will is “my” will. We’ve got to get “self” out of the way.
3/3 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.
10th 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 of 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.
17th 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.
24th 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.”
31st Weathering the Storms of Life. Mark 6: 45-52. We are like sailors upon the sea. It’s not a question of if there will be storms, there will be storms. And there may be leaky boats. Sometimes it will seem there’s no way out. Our response often makes the difference on how we weather the storm. Unfortunately our natural tendencies tend to perpetuate our problems instead of solving them. In Mark 6 Jesus’ disciples illustrate five of these tendencies we should avoid when we’re on the stormy seas of life.
7th Are You Ready? Revelation 21:4. The Apostle John, while exiled to the Island of Patmos for standing up for his faith, receives a vision (revelation) from God about the future and what is playing out behind the scenes of the physical world… God and Satan are at war. Revelation is a description of Satan’s attacks and tricks, but it is also a promise that God will win in decisive fashion. In the meantime, there are some truths that can impact our lives today…1. Everyone will someday stand before God. 2. God will keep His Word. 3. You need to be ready.
14th (Palm Sunday) Hawaii Baptist Academy: Eagle Choir & Soldiers of Light. The Eagle Choir and Soldiers of Light from Hawaii Baptist Academy will be ministering during our 10:00 am worship service on April 14th.
The Eagle Choir, under the direction of Mrs. Jody Lovett, the Eagle Choir is made up of students in grades 4-6. These students perform in churches and public venues, including Kahala Mall and Ala Moana Center. The Eagle Choir also performs alongside the middle school and high school choirs at various performances, including the Winter Concert, Spring Concert, and the Soldiers of Light and Halau Dinner Theater. Students practice twice a week after school. First Baptist Church of Honolulu is Mrs. Lovett’s home church, where her husband is the Pastor.
Soldiers of Light, under the direction of Todd Yokotake Soldiers of Light, also known as HBA’s select choir, is a year-long elective course open to students in grades 9 – 12. Enrollment is by audition only. The primary purpose of Soldiers of Light is Christian music ministry to various churches in the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention and to other evangelical Christian churches on Oahu. All enrolled students are required to perform at least once a month outside of school hours. Christianne Young, a member of Soldiers of Light, and her family are active members of First Baptist Church of Honolulu. We are especially excited to have Christianne share her musical talents with her home church.
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) 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 Jesus (Part 2). John 11:25-27. 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.
5/5/19 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.
12th (Mother’s Day)
26th (Memorial Day Weekend)
16th (Father’s Day)
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1st 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.
8th 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.