One-third of Methodists and Presbyterians have faith in astrology. While nearly three-fourths of all Americans believe in hell, hardly any believe it to be their likely destination in eternity.

We are not doing a good enough job of continuing in the Word of God!

Humor:

A candidate for church membership was asked, "What part of the Bible do you like best?" He said: "I like the New Testament best. Then he was asked, "What Book in the New Testament is your favorite?" He answered, the Book of the Parables, Sir." They then asked him to relate one of the parables to the membership committee. And a bit uncertain, he began...

"Once upon a time a man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves; and the thorns grew up and choked the man. And he went on and met the Queen of Sheba, and she gave that man, Sir, a thousand talents of silver, and a hundred changes of raiment. And he got in his chariot and drove furiously, and as he was driving along under a big tree, his hair got caught in a limb and left him hanging here! And he hung there many days and many nights. The ravens brought him food to eat and water to drink. And one night while he was hanging there asleep, his wife Delilah came along and cut off his hair, and he fell on stoney ground. And it began to rain, and rained forty days and forty nights. And he hid himself in a cave. Later he went on and met a man who said, "Come in and take supper with me." But he said, "I can't come in, for I have married a wife." And the man went out into the highways and hedges and compelled him to come in! He then came to Jerusalem, and saw Queen Jezebel sitting high and lifted up in a window of the wall. When she saw him she laughed, and he said, "Throw her down out of there," and they threw her down. And he said "Throw her down again," and they threw her down seventy-times-seven. And the fragments which they picked up filled twelve baskets full! NOW, whose wife will she be in the day of the Judgment?" The membership committee agreed that this was indeed a knowledgeable candidate!

We need to continue in the Word of God, AMEN!

#2) We Need to Continue in Love:

Look at Hebrews 13:1, the Bible says,

"Let brotherly love continue."

John 15:9-10 says,

"As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love."

The fact that New Durham Baptist Church is still alive and well today is evidence that there is a God of love and a people of love down through the years. We must continue in His love.

-It was God’s love that sent Christ to the cross.

Look at I John 4:9-11,

"In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another."

And I John 3:14 which says,

"We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren."

Story by Dwight Moody:

Moody once said,

Show me a church where there is love, and I will show you a church that has power in the community. In Chicago a few years ago a little boy attended a Sunday school I know of. When his parents moved to another part of the city, the little fellow still attended the same Sunday school, although it meant a long, tiresome walk each way. A friend asked him why he went so far, and told him that there were plenty of other Sunday Schools just as good nearer his home.

"They may be as good for others, but not for me," was his reply.

"Why not?" she asked.

"Because they love me over there," he replied.

If only we could make the world believe that we loved them, there would be fewer empty churches, and a smaller proportion of our population who never darken a church door. Let love replace duty in our church relations, and the world will soon be evangelized, wrote Moody.

-Continue with the Word of God,

-Continue in Love,

#3) Continue in Prayer:

One important fact that I noticed about that first group of folks that had a part in starting New Durham Baptist Church is where it said that they met and had a time of prayer and fasting before they organized. I like that. We need to be a church that prays, AMEN?

Colossians 4:2-4,

"Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak."

Paul told these Colossian believers to continue in prayer with thanksgiving. He also asked for prayer so that God would open a door of utterance to preach the Gospel. We need to continue to be a church that goes forward on its knees.

You check the early first century church in the book of Acts and they did nothing unless it was bathed in prayer. I’m afraid that we live in a time and day when we think that we are too busy to pray. We are on such a tight schedule, that we don’t find the time to go to the Lord and get Him involved in what we are attempting to do! What a shame. Let’s get back to the all night prayer meeting, fasting and prayer, begging God to intercede on our behalf, importunistic prayer where we continue until we get an answer from God!!!!

Look at two examples concerning prayer that Jesus taught His disciples in the gospel of Luke. First look at Luke 11:5-10,

"And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh (in a continual sense) receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."

The second is found in Luke 18:1-5,

"And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me."

Story:

While crossing the Atlantic on an ocean liner, F.B. Meyer was asked to address the first class passengers. At the captain's request he spoke on "Answered Prayer." An agnostic who was present at the service was asked by his friends, "What did you think of Dr. Meyer's sermon?" He answered, "I didn't believe a word of it." That afternoon F. B. Meyer went to speak to the steerage passengers. Many of the listeners at his morning address went along, including the agnostic, who claimed he just wanted to hear "what the babbler had to say." 

Before starting for the service, the agnostic put two oranges in his pocket. On his way he passed an elderly woman sitting in her deck chair fast asleep. Her hands were open. In the spirit of fun, the agnostic put the two oranges in her outstretched palms. After the meeting, he saw the old lady happily eating one of the pieces of fruit. "You seem to be enjoying that orange," he remarked with a smile. "Yes, sir," she replied, "My Father is very good to me." "Your father? Surely your father can't be still alive!" "Praise God," she replied, "He is very much alive." "What do you mean?" pressed the agnostic. She explained, "I'll tell you, sir. I have been seasick for days. I was asking God somehow to send me an orange. I suppose I fell asleep while I was praying. When I awoke, I found He had not only sent me one orange but two!" The agnostic was speechless. Later he was converted to Christ.

We must continue in prayer!

#4) We Must Continue in Witnessing to the Lost:

The reason that this church is here today is because of a couple’s burden for the sin and degradation of their New Jersey neighbors. And we must continue to have a burden for the lost, both here and around the world!

Look at the compassion of our Lord in Mark 6:34,

"And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things."

Look at Acts 26:22,

"Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:"

Paul was probably the greatest missionary church planting evangelist that the world ever knew. New Durham Baptist Church was started in 1837, and three other sister churches were started, that we know of, because of their compassion and desire to follow the great commission of our Lord!

In Acts 20:20-21, Paul told the Ephesians how he continued on with his witnessing to them,

"And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ."

-Continue in the Word of God

-Continue in the Love of God

-Continue in Prayer

-Continue in Witnessing to the Lost

#5) We Must Continue to Disciple the Saved:

If we desire to produce soul-winning disciple-making reproducers who have what God has on His heart, then we must disciple our comverts.

John 8:31-32,

"Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

II Timothy 2:2,

"And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also."

We must continue in the tradition of training faithful men who will train others. Discipling our converts is an integral part of the great commission of our Lord. It is a worthy investment besides being a command from Christ.

Story:

In the 1880s a young man who was an earnest Christian found employment in a pawnshop. Although he disliked the work, he did it faithfully "as unto the Lord" until a more desirable opportunity opened for him. To prepare himself for a life of Christian service, he wrote on a scrap of paper the following resolutions:

"I do promise God that I will rise early every morning to have a few minutes--not less than five--in private prayer.

I will endeavor to conduct myself as a humble, meek, and zealous follower of Jesus, and by serious witness and warning I will try to lead others to think of the needs of their immortal souls.

I hereby vow to read no less than four chapters in God's Word every day.

I will cultivate a spirit of self-denial and will yield myself a prisoner of love to the Redeemer of the world."

That young man was William Booth, who later led thousands to Christ and founded the Salvation Army.

 

 

On March 3, 1837, the original 13 members of the First Baptist Church of Secaucus resolved the following:

"We do now in the presence of God solemnly agree to walk together in the Faith and fellowship of the Gospel, striving to keep the unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace."

For 170 years, members of this local assembly have continued and built on what they started as they were led by God. We need to continue on and go forward with the same determination and faith that these early pioneers had. Let’s continue:

-Continue in the Word of God

-Continue in the Love of God

-Continue in Prayer

-Continue in Witnessing to the Lost

-Continue to Disciple the Saved

Until Jesus comes, amen.

Maybe you're here today and you’ve never trusted Christ,

Maybe you're saved, but have never been scripturally baptized,

Maybe you are saved and baptized and you want to join this church in continuing.

You come as we sing.