A pastor’s sermon about being made anew for Christ was met with high praises during the first day of September.
The congregation at Mount Carmel Baptist Church located at 2505 NE Eighth Ave. arrived to church Sunday morning with the threat of Hurricane Dorian looming in the days ahead.
Alisha Williams, wife of Pastor Destin L. Williams, said people should be praising God no matter what the weather looks like.
“We’re going to give God glory and praise,” she said. “People are preparing for Dorian and we need to be preparing for the coming of the King.”
The choir began to sing a few gospel hymns before the Rev. Isaac P. Brantley entered the pulpit to begin the consecration prayer.
“I’m going to praise him,” Brantley said. “This may be my last time standing here. I won’t wait till tomorrow so I’m going to praise him right now.”
Brantley prayed to remove any obstacles people may face as they go through life.
“Take the locks from our mouths and shackles from our feet so that we can be able to move,” Brantley said.
The congregation then began to gather its tithes for the church’s offering.
“Thank you for providing us the things we need to sustain us,” Deacon Edward Niblack prayed before the offering. “We pray that you will continue us on our path if we go astray.”
After the offering, Destin L. Williams preached about “Christ’s New Creation.”
He referenced II Corinthians 6:1 and urged the congregation to be God’s co-workers by "helping others the way He helped you."
“God allows us to work with Him,” Williams said. “He gave us a role to play in saving the world. He illuminated your life so people can see your good work through Him.”
Williams said after being saved by following the word of God, one should evangelize others to make them anew through Christ.
“There were times we should’ve been dead and gone, but He allowed us to keep going,” Williams said. “He could have allowed us to die before we got saved. He allowed all of us to be alive to get saved.”
Williams said people should be ambassadors for Christ.
“Our job is to bring others to salvation,” he said. “I work for him. It’s not my ministry, it’s His ministry.”
Williams explained how each person was a “walking projector” and that who we are inside can be seen on the outside.
“Let’s stop giving each other leeway to be mediocre,” Williams said. “We are walking projectors. Whatever is showing up on the screen is based on what’s in us.”
He said the state of the world has a lot to do with the state of the church, and that in order for the world to be better, the church has to be better.
“It’s radical for something old to become something new,” Williams said. “Our parents sacrificed to make something of ourselves. God gave us his only son to make something of ourselves.”