Baptist Circuit of Churches, ECBM
P.O. Box 2678  St. John’s  Antigua & Barbuda
E-mail: [email protected] Website:
Pastor Dr. Hensworth W. C. Jonas, Presiding Elder
Vol. XXIII, No. 4
October 23, 2011
 Pastor Orvin Paige will preach at the
8:00 a.m. service at the Covenant Baptist
“And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord,
Church (Friars Hill Road) on the topic “A Comchoose this day whom you will serve…as for me
munity Of Faith” based on Galatians 6:9-10.
and my house, we will serve the Lord” (v. 15). —
Joshua 24:14-15
 Brother Joshua Jonas will preach at the
8:00 a.m. service at the Tyrells Baptist Church
Unlike the topics we have discussed thus far —
(Liberta Road) on the topic “The Marvelous
Bible study, prayer, and worship — some ChrisGrace Of God” based on Ephesians 1:7-8.
tians do not recognize that service is a means of
sanctification. This is unfortunate because service  Pastor Dr. H. W. C. Jonas will preach at the
10:00 a.m. service at the Central Baptist
is vital for maturity in Christ.
Church (Radio Range) on the topic “Getting
Out Of Trouble” based on Lamentations 3:40Our call to be servants of the Lord is a theme
woven throughout the Old and New Testaments.
God sent Moses to the pharaoh thousands of years
ago so that the king might release His people to
seem less ―glamorous‖ to us than others, but that
serve Him (Exodus 8:1). Paul in Galatians 1:10
is a function of our celebrity culture, which
and many other passages refers to himself as a
prizes those gifts that are most visible in the con―servant‖ or ―slave‖ (from the Greek doulos) of
gregation. Yet God does not view some gifts as
Christ. Few would argue with our Father’s cominherently better than others (vv. 12–31). The
mand to serve Him; however, we often forget that
apostles appointed deacons to serve tables and
the major way in which we serve our Creator is
meet the needs of the widows and orphans not
through service to His people. As Jesus tells us in
because it was beneath their dignity to attend to
Matthew 20:26, greatness in the kingdom of God
these tasks. Instead, they gave this job to others
belongs to those who serve its citizens.
because their primary gift and calling was to pray
and teach (Acts 6:1-7) ). Those with more
Whether we are compensated for our service or
―prominent‖ roles in the local church are not
simply volunteer, we all have gifts that are to be
greater in the Lord’s eyes than those who work
used for the building up of Christ’s body (I Corinbehind the scenes; they just have different gifts.
thians 12:1-11). And we fulfill our roles only
when we put our gifts to use. Certain tasks may
October 23, 2011
Would You Like To Be...
The Soul Winner?
If your gift is to teach, then you must teach. If
you are gifted to work with children, then you
must volunteer to work in some aspect of family ministry. Whatever your gift, Jesus commands you to exercise it so that you will become skilled in its use and better help His
church grow up into maturity (Ephesians 4:1114). May we work as He has gifted us, and may
we never be called lazy and unfaithful servants
(Luke 19:11-27).
Coram Deo
Any one who leads Christian ministry in the
church will tell you that his most challenging
task is recruiting volunteers. Most churches
depend on the same faithful people for everything while the rest of the congregation is content to just show up and watch. Which kind of
Christian are you? Are you a faithful servant,
or do you let others do the work? Call your
pastor or elder today and ask him where you
can serve in the ministry of the church.
Passages for Further Study
2 Chron. 2:11–16; 4:11
John 13:1–17
Galatians 5:13–14
1 Peter 4:10–11
—Tim Dick
"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who
wins souls is wise." Proverbs 11:30
Read on to find out what it takes to be a soul winner!
The Prince of Preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon (183492), makes two statements at the beginning of his classic
work "The Soul Winner". Statement 1: Soul winning is the
chief business of the Christian minister. Statement 2: Soul
winning should be the main pursuit of every true believer.
Would you agree with these bold declarations? Let's find out.
With regard to Statement 1, there is probably little
disagreement among Christians. The professional clergyman
is expected to engage in evangelism regularly -- from the
pulpit, in his office, and wherever he happens to go during
the day. After all, it's his "calling" and fulltime occupation. It's
what he's being paid to do, isn't it?
But with regard to Statement 2, what do you make of that?
Should evangelism be the main pursuit of every true believer?
Before we answer that question, let's ask a related one: How many Christians do you know for whom this
statement applies? Do you know any believers that take
evangelism that seriously? So seriously, in fact, that you
could say it is their "main pursuit", i.e. their Number One
Priority in life.
I'm trying really hard right now to come up with a list of people I know personally that fit that description, and I think I can
count them on one hand. Hmmm. How about you? Yet
Charles Spurgeon says it should be the Number One Priority
of every true believer. I challenge you to let the weight of this
statement rest upon you.
How could one of the greatest preachers of modern history say such a thing? After all, doesn't he understand
that the average Christian has to make a living, love his/her
spouse, raise the kids, pay for college and save for retirement, and somewhere in the midst of that hectic life, take
time to relax and enjoy himself?
What possessed Spurgeon to place such expectations upon us? I think the answer to that question lies in
Spurgeon's understanding of a simple biblical truth that the
21st century evangelical church is slowly losing sight of:
Judgment Day. Could it be that we are not as concerned
about the final destiny of the lost as we should be?
Oh, that God would grant us an ever increasing and always
unswerving commitment to persuade people to "Kiss the
Son, lest He be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for
His wrath can flare up in a moment" (Psalm 2:12 NIV).
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October 23, 2011
Ministry Highlights
bring your Bible, book and pen.
All teachers are advised that this Sunday is Sunday
school promotion. Teachers are to ensure that they advise all the teenagers and children who are being promoted to their new classes. Attendance registers must
also reflect the students’ promotion.
All teenage boys are advised of their regular club
meeting this Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Central
Baptist Church. Be sure to bring your Bible, folder
and pen.
This Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Covenant Baptist Church (Friar's Hill Road) there will be a
joint service of the Baptist Circuit of Churches-ECBM. This Family Training Institute open forum
will continue the series called, "Reality." This
Wednesday we will focus on the topic, “Who Is This
Jesus?” There will be a time of prayer, a video, a
brief lecture and a time for open discussion.
All baptized believers among the Acteens and Royal
Ambassadors are reminded of the evangelistic effort
this Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the three churches of
the Circuit.
All members of the Events Preparation Meeting are
advised of a meeting on Thursday, 27th October at
the Central Baptist Church at 6:00 p.m.
All members of the Voices of Victory and the New
Creation Chorale are advised of a rehearsal on Saturday, 29th October at the Central Baptist Church at
5:00 pm. Please be punctual.
All Watch Care Fellowship Group members
(including Intercessory Prayer Group) are advised
of a meeting on Thursday 26th October at Central
from 6.30 - 8.00 p.m. Plans for the new church year
will be discussed. Please be on time.
Next month, our Adult and Youth Sunday School
classes will have a new study guide. The new book is
entitled, Life Transforming Truth: An Introduction
to the Doctrines of Grace by William E. Payne. A
copy of this book may be purchased at the church
office for the church-subsidized price of EC$35.00.
Please attend to this immediately before supplies are
All teenage girls are advised of their regular club
meeting this Friday. We will be watching an exciting
movie. Our venue will be at the Covenant Baptist
Church. Those who desire transportation are advised
that they need to be at Central at 6:00 p.m. Be sure to
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~Today ~
Bro. Ephraim Gomes - Tyrells
~24th ~
Yashanté Willock - Tyrells
~25th ~
Sis. Donna-Lee Spencer - Central
~26th ~
Stephen Jarvis Jr. - Central
Sis. Vernel Pierre - Central
~28th ~
Sis. Ronda Frederick - Central
Sun. 8:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
9:45 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
6:00 pm.
7:00 p.m.
Sovereign Grace Hour (ABS TV)
Worship: Tyrells & Covenant
Sunday School: Central
Sunday School: Tyrells & Covenant
Worship: Central
Worship: All Churches
Sunday School: All Churches
Tues. 3:00 p.m. Sovereign Grace Hour (ALR 103.9 FM
Wed. 7:00 p.m. FTI—Open Forum: Covenant
Fri. 9:00 a.m. Sovereign Grace Hour (ALR 103.9 FM
6:00 p.m. Royal Ambassadors Club Meeting: Central
6:30 p.m. Acteens Club Meeting: Covenant
Sat.. 3:00 p.m. Youth Evangelism: All Churches
5:00 p.m. Voices of Victory & New Creation Chorale
Sunday School Adult & Youth Reading
Prepare for next week...
Study Guide—Dancing With Idolatry: Are you bowing to a
false god? By Dr. Hensworth Jonas
Chapter 10: “Passing the Torch”
Section 6— Divine Counsel Versus Human Analysis (pp.137
Section 7—Hope For Our Children (pp. 138-140)
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman
that needeth not to be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth.
—II Timothy 2:15
Central Baptist Church
Tyrells Baptist Church
Covenant Baptist Church
Baptist Academy
Baptist Retreat Centre
Hensworth W. C. Jonas (Presiding)
Ivor J. Walker (Associate)
Orvin D. E. Paige (Associate)
David S. Jarvis (Chairman)
Earl W. F. Skerritt
Ian J. Blair
Stephen A. Butters
Patrick Tomlinson
October 23, 2011
Elders, Deacons, and their families
Baptist Academy of Antigua
E.C.B.M. Ministries & Staff
Evangelistic Ministries
“Sovereign Grace Hour” (ABS TV & Abundant Life Radio)
HEALTH: Dr. Hensworth Jonas, Bro. Sherwin Parker, Sis.
Diana Richards, Bro. Charles Richards, Sis. Melanie Benn,
Sis. Pamela Walcott, Sis. Jean Edwards
PRIVATE CONCERNS: Sis. San-Joy Richards, Bro. Rolston
Nickeo, Sis. Nadine Smith, Sis. Rhonda Grant, Sis.
Annstachia Barlow, Bro.
THANKSGIVING: Bro. Barthelemy Dorsurin, Sis. Judy
Edwards, Sis. Sonia Andrew, Bro. Antony Browne
NEW MEMBERS: Bro. Barthelemy Dorsurin , Bro. Daniel
Charles , Sis. Tamera Walcott, Sis. Nicola Davis, Sis. Valette
Kellier, Sis. Kaleema Charles Sis. Sianne Joseph, Sis. Sasha
Charles, Sis. Ladymay Edwards, Sis. Shantol Johnson, Sis.
Jamelia Edwards, Sis. Josephine Barton, Sis. Jhislaine Pierre
-Louis, Sis. Stephanie Oreste, Sis. Patrice Davis, Bro.
Jermaine Henry, Sis. Nekecher Ryner, Sis. Claudina Pelle,
Bro. Lester Sobers, Sis. Louisa Valcin, Sis. Claudette
Willock, Sis. Sherline Dorsurin, Sis. Molvie Barthley, Sis.
Kimone Ford
WATCH CARE: Bro. Isaiah James
SHUT IN: Sis. Enid Matthew, Sis. Edith McCoy
SAVING GRACE: Shumane Whyte, Earla Blair, Areal George,
Ajani Dowdie, Adrian Gordon, Jamol Pilgrim, Gregson
Pilgrim, Nalda Streete, Phyllis Mayers, Eugene Silcott, Leroy
Adams, Mandella Edwards, Veronica Carlos, Nahjua Davis,
Aaliyah Trotman, Kingsley Irish Jr., Reisah Irish, Shari Irish,
Noreen Ferris, Lamot Strann, Andy Josiah, Patrice Josiah,
Sharon Seales, David Seales, Michelle Nicholas, Sam
Nicholas, Martin Browne, Marvo Smith, Joycelyn Williams,
Dawn Williams, Rodrick Williams, Grantley Edwards, Martina
Edwards, Curtis Paige, Michelle Paige, Arian Audain
NEW MEMBER APPLICANTS: Kevonte Comic (Tyrells),
Schevaughn Providence (Central), James Lafontant (Tyrells),
Aline Marcellus (Tyrells), Karen Matthew (Covenant),
Shemika Edwards (Covenant), Hayden Walsh Jr. (Central),
Jeanine Jonas (Central)
Pray without ceasing. I Thessalonians 5:17
Pre-school — Ephesians 6:1-2
Elementary — 1 John 2:15
Secondary & Adults — II Peter 1:10
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