Bethesda Baptist Church of New Rochelle
The Oldest African-American Baptist Church in Lower Westchester County
Founded July 1888
"The Church With The Healing Touch"
I count it an honor to welcome you to the Bethesda Baptist Church of New Rochelle. We are using the Internet to reach beyond the four walls of our church building to communicate the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to many who will not have the opportunity to fellowship with us personally here at the church. You are invited to join with us on any given Sunday morning and/or on Wednesday evenings for Bible Study, as we seek to deepen our relationship with God through worship and Bible Study. We look forward to worshiping with you, to getting to know you and to praying for you and to doing all that is humanly possible for you in helping you grow intimately with God.
Dr. Allen Paul Weaver, Jr., Senior Pastor
Bethesda Baptist Church of New Rochelle
Background Scripture Texts:
"Wherefore seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Musings to Think About
I am in this race to win it! It does not matter how fast or how slow I am, if I keep focused, if I keep running I am assured that I will win this race, if I run it with patience. What must I be focused upon? Should I be focus on what is ahead, refusing to look back on what is behind me, so that I may win this race? The author to Hebrews says that I should always keep my focus on Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our faith. In essence, the author is telling me that Jesus is my example, He has every attribute I need to incorporate into my life to win this Christian Race.
When I think deeply upon this text, I sense the author's awareness of how lonely it is to run the race, because I am being asked to focus on no one except Jesus. I may have a good praying partner who prays daily with me, but my prayer partner's life is not to be the model upon which I run this race. My parents may be godly people, who spent all of their parenting years helping me to understand this Christian race; but regardless of how godly they may be, they are not to be the focus or model upon which I run this race. I may have a favorite tele-evangelist I love watching each week, but I am not to put my focus on this or any other tele-evangelist. I may have deep respect for my Pastor or some deacon in my church, but they cannot be and are not sufficient models upon which I run this race.
Why am I told to look only to Jesus? Simply put, Jesus is the only one who is capable of being our model because He is the only one who is flawless, the only one who is sinless. Other people have flaws, and if I see too many flaws in their lives, I will use them as reasons why I can't run the race. I get discouraged easily and often if I see imperfections in others. This trait turns me into a judge and not a runner!
Running the Christian race requires two things: endurance and faith. To have endurance, I am told to lay aside every weight and the sin that does so easily beset me. I am to remove any hindrances, and get rid of the sin of unbelief so that I can run with patience the course God has determined I should run. Each believer has his or her own course to run; no two courses are the same. Removing all hindrances--those weights that keep me from running, not the ones that slow me down--settling the question about whether or not I can trust God is critical to my being able to run the course God has set before me--then and only then am I capable of running the race.
This approach will radicalize the way I do church, the way I respond to God in this critical season of my spiritual development. I will Run the Christian Race With Patience.
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Bethesda exists to glorify God by reaching, teaching, and motivating people to become genuine followers of Jesus Christ.
Everyone is welcomed!
8:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Bible Study
9:30 a.m. Morning Worship
71 Lincoln Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801
(914) 632-6713 - Office
(914) 632-4501 - Fax