Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, October 13, 2016, Page B6, Image 16
The New Bethel Baptist Church mass choir sings a selection during the pastoral anniversary this past Sunday. A nnivaraarv PkoM by TlaMky Raouey The Rev. Dr. Samuel J. Cornelius, pastor emeritus of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, delivered the sermon for the anniversary service. ruiui ? vi oai j from page 65 He says with her help he turned those failing grades into four A's and one B. "All that I am since we met is because of Mae Jones," said Rev. Jones on the importance of his wife being in his life. Rev. Cornelius' sermon touched on why it is important for a church to celebrate a pastoral anniversary. He touched on the humility that a pastor must have in order to be successful. "The great pastors are those who keep their eyes on Christ," said Cornelius of what makes a good pastor. Trustee Daniel Piggot Sr. was the worship leader for Sunday's service. The mass choir sang hymns throughout the service and a presentation was made for Rev. Jones and his wife. Words of thanks came from assistant pastor Azuree Johnson-Dalton and others. Before the church was released to go to the banquet, the congregation presented Rev. Jones with special gifts from the children's church and a special gift of thanks to first lady Mae Jones. Rev. Jones' two sons, Kendall Dwayne Jr. and Allan Jermaine were in attendance along with Rev Jones' grandchildren Samara and Kendall III. "I appreciate the love the church has shown us over tht years," said Allan. "I think with his leadership things wil continue to go smoothly." Mae Jones added, "It was wonderful. He not only tell; me beautiful things in public but he tells me he appreciate! who I am and what I mean to him in private. He always gives me credit for where he is in life. He is a kind anc loving man. He has a servant's heart and he is the type ol minister that's there for the people." Many of the church congregation also participated ir the celebratory banquet that followed Sunday's service. Lesson from page B5 that is) (verse 14). Our high priest is in touch with our reality and has been tempted at all points and tried just as we are, but did not sin (verse 15). We then are to go boldly to the throne of grace and get what He is ?so ready to give. Take the mercy and accept the help (verse 16) (see also John 16:26-27). Paul (assumed author) goes on to make a compar ison of Jesus and earthly high priests. He says that God chooses the priests for His use in the peoples interactions with Godly business such as gifts of grain for thanksgiving or dedication and blood offerings for expiation of sins (verse 5:lXsee Lev. 1 5). The priest must deal gently and with compas sion for the people's fail ings since they are too familiar with those failings from their own experi ences. And the priest must therefore offer sacrifices for his own sins as well (verses 2-3). Priesthood is not a voluntary profession; you can't appoint yourself ... God chooses or calls to service those who He deems worthy, such as Aaron. Paul uses quotes from Psalms 2:7 and 110:4 to demonstrate that Christ's incarnation and His priesthood were both by divine appointment ... yet another fulfillment of Old Testament (O.T.) in the New Testament (N.T.). Psalm 2 recognizes Christ as both king and Messiah. Christ is the King-Priest and MelchiZedec is the first and only king and priest (Gen 14:18-20), but Jesus is a priest forever (verses 5-6). Verse 7 is a reference to the Gethsemane prayer where "Jesus agonized and wept, but committed Himself to do the Father's will in accepting the cup of suf fering which would bring His death" (Mat. 26:38 46) (The Mac Arthur Study Bible). John MacArthur says of this prayer that "Jesus asked to be saved from remaining in death, i.e., to be resurrected." Being the Son of God, He completely understood obedience and knew it was necessary so that He could fulfill all righteousness and thus be the perfect sac rifice to take the place of sinners like us. He know ingly humbled Himself to learn obedience (verse 8). After satisfactorily com pleting His role of High Priest, Jesus became the cause and source of eternal salvation to all who believ ingly obey Him. The dis cussion of Jesus as our high priest is ended in verse 10 with a repeat of Psalm 110:4 the call of God to the priesthood "after the order of Melchizedec"... referenc ing Christ again as King and High Priest with a per petual reign. For Your Consideration: Why do we need a high priest and how does Christ qualify? Why is obedience necessary and how do we become obedi ent to Christ? Life's Application: Knowing that Christ is our incarnate Lord and savior and lived without sin in His humanity is or should be challenging to >tis as saved believers to live as obedient as He did. He proved that we can over come sin. Yet it is also comforting to know also that He is our great high priest and is merciful, for giving and a source of help when we need Him. Life has many challenges, but we as believers don't have to face them alone ... Jesus knows what we are going through, and He can help us. Play from page B5 also be among the perform ers. Jermaine Cherry, writer and producer for the play, says he was raised in the church and as a youth he would notice the older members of the church act a certain way versus the young people. He said the purpose of the play is to bring healing, redemption and acceptance so people can come into church and be healed by God. "What separates us from other stage plays is we give the people a full performance," said Cherry. "At Dreamcast produc tions, we don't put on plays; we put on produc tions. We have a full state of-the-art Tyler Perry-type set that is built on stage and is top of the line. The expe rience you get when you come to see a Dreamcast production play is, 'Wow that was a great show.'" Cherry says they have had two previous showings of the play in the Raleigh area and wanted to bring the play to a different area for people to enjoy. He says the Winston-Salem area has a strong African American community along with the historic tra dition of WSSU, and that attracted them immensely. Cherry went on to say his production company also enjoys giving back to the community. They have partnered with a sickle cell organization in North Carolina because the dis ease is so prevalent in the African-American commu nity. The organization received proceeds from each of Dreamcast's pro ductions. Cherry also plans on building a studio where young kids can come out and learn about the arts. It will include teaching chil dren a wide range of skills, such as script writing, per forming and building the different sets. He says he would like to run the pro gram during the summer time and for students in year round school. He closed by saying, ' "The mission of the com pany is to entertain people through the love of Christ and do good performing arts." To purchase general admission tickets for $30 and WSSU student tickets for $15, call the auditorium at 336-750-3220 ext. 601 or buy online at www.wssu.edu/tickets or www.dreamcastproduc tions.org. Photo by Timothy Ramsey The crowd during Day Two of Gospel Fest at the Dixie Classic fair included a diverse group of young and older adults. Gospel Fest from pageB5 " gram progressed. The crowd seemed glued to every act, and many stayed from the opening act to the finale of the concert. Ron Goodson of Winston-Salem said he likes the fact that so many people came out to cele brate and enjoy the music at Gospel Fest. "I just love to worship the Lord with anybody. I am glad to see so many people here worshiping together, it's a great thing," Goodson continued. Sandra Rickard of Winston-Salem added, "1 ffjjoyed the variety in music, especially the Fantastic Faithfulairs. It was a great show." Event Emcee Debra Terry, who handled her duties solo on Day Two, gave a brief introduction of acts prior to their perform ances along with leading the trivia portion of the .show and handing out many gifts throughout the day to the winners. Karlton Jones, a hip hop saxophone artist, took the stage first and present ed his unique form of music. He says he used to make secular music while in college but after a near death experience, he heard the voice of God that changed his life. "I enjoy the many lives that are here being touched for the glory of God," said Jones. "I went thorough a difficult time and I knew that God was real while I was going through it so it kind of helped me to hang on during that time. Since then, He has healed my body and blessed me with a beautiful wife, kids and a great job, and that's kind of what led me into doing it for Jesus." The Central Triad Church was next on stage with their uptempo brand of music. James Brock, the church worship leader, says he enjoyed the worship and camaraderie of the event. He says he knows there are people from allf different denominations, but it's great that everyone could come together to support one another. On why they wanted to come and perform at Gospel Fest, he said, 'To be out among this family of Christians so they can hear the sound that's coming forth from heaven. If we can be contagious and touch someone's heart, somebody may possibly give their life to Christ here and if we are a part of that movement, then praise God for it." The other acts included Bishop Stephen Williams, The Fantastic Faithfulairs, Bishop Grosjean Stephens and Raymond and Kim Larkin. 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