Sermon Summaries 2014

  


December 2014 Sermons

December 7: 8:00 am – Bishop Orlando Wilson – “Like An Olive Tree” – Psalm 52

One of the greatest anxieties people are experiencing is how to get justice in an unjust society. To some, justice is only a social issue or vehicle used for criminals, but it has greater depth & meaning. One of the reasons why society has become so unjust is due to lower standards. The problem is power has been exercised without accountability and no regard for life. Our society will not become just until the standard is raised for all people.  What upsets the enemy is when God comes in to raise the standard. If we want a just society, we all must get with God because without him there’s no standard or personal accountability.  When you talk about God, it’s about righteousness. If you follow his way, he’ll keep the scales balanced. So make up your mind to be an olive tree; to remain deep rooted, fruitful and unmoved.

December 7: 11:00 am – Bishop Orlando Wilson – “The Things Anger Will Make You Do” – 2Chronicles 16:7-14

One of the most challenging emotions we wrestle with is the spirit of anger. It can become dangerous & sinful. Anger can control us if we don’t know who we are in God. It’s the root of various emotions and if left unchecked, it can give place to the devil. The purpose of anger is to generate a reaction out of you. It promotes pain & trouble. The devil will connect you to other angry people and have you justifying your own feelings due to anger. You have to trust God. The more you put your faith in him; he’ll deliver you from your situation. It will prevent you from having an angry spirit again.  Speak to your deliverance! Be determined to give your anger to God and let him work it out.


December 14: 8:00 am – Bishop Orlando Wilson – “It Was Good For Me To Be Afflicted” – Psalm 119:65-72

One of the most difficult things in life is to be uncomfortable. When you’re struggling and things aren’t working out or coming together – it’s this experience the bible calls affliction. The reason why we cry out to God is because affliction is painful. Affliction is not necessarily associated with some wrong you may have done, but it’s because God is developing you. It’s to get you ready for the blessing and to prepare you for the assignment he has placed on your life. Let the word be your forecaster even when life is not working. Know what the word says and how it can speak to your circumstance. Affliction teaches you to lean & trust in the Lord. Give thanks to him for the outcome.

December 14: 11:00 am – Bishop Orlando Wilson – “Hated Without A Cause” – Exodus 1:8-22

One of the most challenging dilemmas in the human experience is hatred. It’s a serious deal. As time goes on, hatred becomes more prevalent and it seems hatred is getting worse. Hatred begins as a strong emotion, but if one is not careful, it can drive people to extreme behavior. Hatred can only thrive in the absence of love. This sermon reveals the power of hatred is often rooted in anger. This doesn’t happen just from person to person, but with groups or systems. Don’t worry about who or why folks hate. God has spoken over your life and you have a purpose. He won’t let the plan of the enemy prosper against you.  God’s hand is on you. He’ll raise you up & take you to new levels.

December 21: 8:00 am – Bishop Orlando Wilson – “If It Wasn’t For The Lord On My Side” – Psalm 124

One of the greatest encounters with God is the power of deliverance. It’s when God steps in & rescues you from the enemy. He provides an escape and a way to for you to survive from your circumstance. Deliverance is the evidence of God’s divine intervention. It’s a show of his concern for your welfare.  He is bigger than the problems you’re facing. God’s is so operative in his delivering power; there is no force against you that God cannot handle. So when you look back over your life, it’s evident he’s been delivering you over & over again. Praise God for what he’s brought you thru, but also for what you went thru. Whenever we call on him, he’s there. There is power in his name.

December 21: 11:00 am – Bishop Orlando Wilson – “Overcoming Confusion” – Acts 19:24-41

One vehicle the devil uses to facilitate his work is this thing called confusion. Confusion is so pervasive; it’s even in the church. Some of us are part of the confusion and don’t even know it. Understand that envy + strife equals confusion and every evil work. This message teaches the problem with confusion and how the devil uses confusion to keep trouble brewing. So when you’re in a confusing situation, the right word can change any circumstance and it can change the entire situation. Let the word do the work!

December 24: 6:00 pm – Bishop Orlando Wilson – Christmas Eve Service – “Looking For What The Enemy Can’t Have” – Matthew 2:1-12

The word is clear when it says the devil comes to steal kill & destroy. It’s the aim of the devil and the problem is the devil doesn’t fight fair. He will come after and attack your weaknesses. Often times, the devil will also come after what’s connected to you and those closest to you. You have to be on guard against others as well as yourself. After all, the devil can use you too. In reality when we’re fighting people, we’re really fighting the devil. God is teaching us, whatever your dealing with, he’s got you because you have him and you have real power. Keep yourself close to him. Stay spirit centered.

December 28: 8:00 am – Bishop Orlando Wilson – “Fear The Lord” – Psalm 128

One of the dying traits in the characteristics of the people in society is respect. It’s important & essential in every human relationship. Without it, there is no order. We’ve lost control of what’s appropriate in relation to respect and even in our respect to God. This sermon reveals the power of respect and how we’re living in a consequence of a disrespectful generation.  People don’t view God as essential in their lives.  God will turn stuff around for those who respect & revere him – for they will receive balance & fulfillment. Psalm 128 is instruction of how to be blessed and blessed are those who fear the Lord.

December 28: 11:00 am – Bishop Orlando Wilson – “Don’t Die Before You See Jesus” – Luke 2:25-35

One of the greatest assets and tools of the faith for the believer is hope. Without it, there’s no reason to hold on or for things to get better. It’s essential to your development and the biggest challenge is to maintain your hope for the future. It’s the seed of faith. When the enemy attempts to attack your future, he’s looking to kill your hope….and while you’re still hoping; the devil is doing everything thru circumstance to kill your faith. The power of your hope is in God and it means that you’re waiting for him to do something awesome in your life. So place your hope in God and not your circumstance. Lean on him for the insight and the power of his promise. God can still bless you, turn it around and work it out. It’s already looking better!

December 31: 10:00 pm – Bishop Orlando Wilson – Watch Night Service – “Give Me A Little More” – 2Kings 20: 1-6

One of the greatest threats to the devil is God’s willingness to intervene in the lives of men & women. God is willing to able step in, turn it around and give us and the victory. The word speaks of God’s divine intervention into the lives of his people. The evidence of his intervention is that your still here. Through it all, God has been good.  This sermon teaches we have to learn the character of God and how the devil tries to complicate your thinking so you can start to doubt God. God wants to set an atmosphere that is conducive so you can move to a place where you can trust him; so he can do a work in your life. Many of us in 2014 went through more than we should have. If only we would have prayed & focused more on God he would have changed your situation. This year for 2015 has the potential to be outstanding, but you will have to grow up a little, trust God  more, get a little bit further and do a little bit better. 

 

 


 

 

November 2014 Sermons

November 2: 8:00 am – Bishop Orlando Wilson – “My Response To God’s Goodness – Psalm 116

Life moves at the speed of relationships. It’s not only essential in life, but it’s about how we relate to those we are in relationship with. Christ teaches us the importance of relationship in how we should fully love God and to also love our neighbors as ourselves. The truth is many of us have to work on this. We have to learn relationships must be prioritized, have boundaries and be mutually beneficial. However, these days folks expect much, but do very little to give to others… and we treat God the same way. We expect him to bless us, fix stuff, show-up and work it out for us, but we give him nothing back. The power of Psalm 116 it helps us to understand relationships are not one way, but involve expectations on both sides.

November 2: 11:00 am – Bishop Orlando Wilson – “The Problem With Provoking” – Hebrews 3:7

One of the goals of the enemy is to provoke us. His job is to get us to a particular place that pushes us away from God and towards an evil action or thought in order to use us to provoke evil in others. You have to ask yourself what do your actions make others want to do? What do the actions of those in your space make you want to do? If the devil knows he can get to you the same way, he’ll continue to come at you the same way. It’s one thing to provoke one another, but it’s a tragedy to provoke & agitate God. If you mistreat God, you have no problem with mistreating others. It’s God’s design to cultivate us so we can be a nation of people that represent him. So don’t allow God to get to a place where he believes you’ll never change. Be at a place where he can mold you and make you better.

November 9: 8:00 am – 63rd Homecoming Anniversary – Bishop Sheldon McCarter – “You Got Some Help” – 1 Samuel 7:7-13

There are so many things we can declare what we have with our heavenly father. You can give an awesome testimony. In the midst of this, we are living in a society where they love to discredit God and challenge our belief system. The enemy will try to make you believe you have no support.  No matter how saved you are, you will have to deal with the devil. Know the enemy is a rule for spiritual warfare. You have to know how he operates. Life is a battle, so when you have tests & trials, know that God is in it with you. So serve the devil notice he can’t devour you. After all, your still here because you got some help.

November 9: 11:00 am – 63rd Homecoming Anniversary – Bishop Sheldon McCarter – “My Past Can’t Stop My Purpose” – 2 Samuel 9:7-13

We have a reason for being and have all been called for a purpose. We’ve been handed a God given assignment. Nothing should stop us because we’ve been ordained for greatness. The enemy wants us to believe our past can stop our purpose. It can delay it, but not deny it.  Everything that God has promised you will begin to manifest. Your days of lack & struggle are over. Your past cannot stop your purpose.

November 16: 8:00 am – Bishop Orlando Wilson – “A Word For The Rejected” – Psalm 118:22-24

One of the greatest challenges in life is rejection. It’s the thought of not being embraced by others. When you experience rejection, you begin to make decisions out of a rejected spirit. However, the rejection your feeling is what God wants to use to elevate you. Learn the power of rejection and how we must be careful of the microscope we put on others, when the truth is we cannot handle the same microscope on us. This text deals with rejection and speaks to those who are experiencing it.  Know that God can help you with rejection and he helps us with his word. It’s a reflective deliverance of God from enemies and it’s a thanksgiving to God because he gives us the victory.

November 16: 11:00 am – Bishop Orlando Wilson – “It’s Time For The Devil To Be Crushed” – Romans 16:17-20

The God we serve is the God who perpetuates peace. God wants us to have peace in our lives – not only with what goes on around us, but within us. Living a life with no peace is living beneath your means. Part of your salvation is being covered and having an abundant life. If the devil attacks, then you must agree to no longer be whole.  When fear creeps in, there’s instability which jeopardizes your peace. This can result in unhappiness, insecurity and lack of focus which can lead to psychological & health issues. But if you don’t allow the devil to do this – it won’t shake your peace. However, you cannot let the devil use you to distort and disrupt someone else’s peace. Know that peace is rooted in our relationship with God. Pray he will give you peace & blessings to remove strife.  Speak peace into your life.

November 23: 8:00 am – Bishop Orlando Wilson – “Don’t Neglect the Word” – Psalm 119:9-16

We as the people of God are living in a wordless time.  Unfortunately, we are not word centered. The problem is people have replaced the word of God with themselves. Folks both discount the word, the preacher and even make up the word to reinforce how they feel. They identify the word with their own feelings and not God. The power of how God reveals himself is through his word. It’s his word that keeps us on track. However, people are losing the battle in spiritual warfare because they have no spiritual sword – which is the word of God. The enemy comes in because they have no word. You have to move to a place to commit your mind & spirit to know God better. This sermon teaches the operative center for the Christian is the word. You cannot be effective without it. It’s the word of God that will make a difference in your life. The word still works!

November 23: 11:00 am – Bishop Orlando Wilson – “A Meeting With My Past” – Genesis 33: 1-15

One of the things that people of God must be mindful of are the choices we make and its consequences. The power of who God is that he will forgive, but we’re still responsible for the choices we make.  Most of us wish we could change our choices, but we don’t change until we’re faced with the ramifications. This message reveals the importance of sowing & reaping and how it plays a role in the choices we make and the outcome.  You must think before you act. If the wrong seeds are sown, there will be repercussions.  There will come a time when you have to face your past. It’s better for you to face it than to run from it. Just humble yourself, face your truth and ask God for mercy. Stop running and bow down instead – until God changes your mind. He’ll help you to turn it around. He’ll work it out.

November 30: 8:00 am – Bishop Orlando Wilson – “The Oppression Of Wickedness” – Psalm 64

One of the most effective tools of the enemy uses to keep people of God in bondage is thru the vehicle of oppression.  People are dealing and fighting with the oppression of evil & wickedness and don’t know they are oppressed. Oppression keeps you weighed down to the point where it starts to affect your thought process and your health. It prevents you from being joyful in the Lord. It’s a spiritual problem. The enemy’s aim is to isolate you away from God – from knowing & growing in the Lord. If you’re dealing with this, don’t worry because the Lord is near. He’s a stronghold in times of trouble. He can wipe out what’s working against you and give you strength in spite of your circumstance.

November 30: 8:00 am – Bishop Orlando Wilson – “My Enemy Taught Me How To Fight, But God Taught Me How To Win” – Judges 3:1-11

 

Many of us misunderstand the role of enemies and overlook the power of enemies in our lives.  All of us need some enemies. An enemy is essential to your development. They are going to make you stronger, prayerful & more trusting in the Lord. This message reveals that having enemies is a teaching opportunity. You will have to learn to fight in warfare or else the devil will overtake you. However, God will give you what you need to face your situation. It’s not until you have enemies, you’ll figure out how much power, stamina & passion you have. The only way you can get the victory is to learn how to fight, so you can learn how to win. You’re more than a conqueror.

 

 


 

October 2014 Sermons

October 5: 8:00 am – Bishop Orlando Wilson – “When History Continues To Repeat Itself” – Psalm 95

One of the greatest challenges to our success in life and in the things of God is a lack of discipline. It can inhibit many from reaching goals, but discipline also helps to push & provoke us in order to make things happen. The power of discipline is about self-control and the ability to set boundaries, because without it you will not get a good outcome and won’t reach to what God is calling you to. This sermon reveals what keeps us from being disciplined. Only order & structure can be accomplished through discipline. Psalm 95 is a reflection of another chance. Don’t let history repeat itself. When the Lord gives you another chance, don’t go back to the way you used be. Discipline yourself to be better.

October 5: 11:00 am – Bishop Orlando Wilson – “No One Dared Joined Them” – Acts 5:12-16

One of the greatest challenges to the Body of Christ is division. In order to avoid this, the people of God must be of one mind and one purpose. Division happens when folks have a difference of opinions which can often bring dissension.  We get divided because we don’t connect to what is common.  The word gives deference to God and it’s his word that backs us and keeps us from being divided.  The word keeps us on common ground. We cannot move to the next level without it.  At times we don’t connect because we make ourselves bigger than God’s plan and we become divided when we forget God. We have to operate in faith & watch God work it out. We have to keep God involved in everything we do.

October 9: 7:00 pm – Convocation - Bishop Orlando Wilson – “Tested By Hard Things” – 1Kings 10:1-13

One of the tools of the enemy that keeps us from being fruitful is mediocrity. The devil’s goal is to keep us below average. However, God’s goal for us is excellence. He wants the best for us, but he also wants the best from us. The power of excellence is that it raises expectations and it keeps folks aiming to be better than they are. Your future is determined by the excellent seeds you sow. Excellent seeds give excellent outcomes.  The test is a set-up to show what is really in you. When you operate in excellence, the Lord can trust you with what he gives you.

October 12: 8:00 am – 14th Bishopric Anniversary - Bishop Kevin L. Long – “Game Changers” – Genesis 50: 15-20

Your life matters. Everything you encountered and endured contributed to the development of who you are in God. The end result for you will be good, fruitful, functional and fulfilling. God rewards the faithful in due season for he watches and never forgets. All of your success is for God’s glory; it’s when purpose is fulfilled. This message reveals the three things that occur when you go through purpose; know your steps are ordered.  God gets the glory when we are called to be a vessel. Those who walk in favor have God’s attention. He has not forgotten and will flip the script and make it better. The purpose on your life is bigger than your circumstances and what you’re going through is because you’re a game changer. Games changers change the game.

October 12: 4:00 pm – 14th Bishopric Anniversary – Bishop Oscar Brown – “Release Another Word” – 1 Kings 18:1

One of the demonstrations of God is to have his servants as his mouthpiece. We have reduced pastors down as entertainers, but if we are to line up with scripture the job of a preacher is to echo what he hears heaven is saying. There appears to be a lot of negativity amongst the saints. They have pity parties over their struggles and the lack of acceptance and support from others. We have to speak life out of our mouths & begin to speak which is from the Lord. Know that God will shift the season and bring a new reality to your experience. Saints tend to get stuck in the judgment of God from days gone by, but a new season has arrived. You survived a season of calamity but now you’re ready for a harvest. A new season is coming in your direction.

October 19: 8:00 am – Bishop Orlando Wilson – “Bless The Lord” – Psalm 103: 1-5

We are much invested in the idea of God blessing us.  We spend a lot of time asking God to come to our rescue, but we never really visit the idea to bless him. If you’re a good believer, you cannot talk about God blessing you without you blessing him. The power of blessing begins when we start to ask ourselves hard questions about blessing the Lord. We usually think about God blessing us, but he also expects us to bless him.  We have to take in account everything he does so we never overlook the way he’s blessing us.  It keeps us in proper perspective with God – to bless him on a regular. This way we’ll always remain appreciative. The more you appreciate it, the more God blesses because he likes the response.  “Bless the Lord O’ My Soul! Bless His Holy Name”! Release this into the atmosphere! He blessed you, now bless him back!

October 19: 11:00 am – Bishop Orlando Wilson – “The Danger Of Manipulation” – 1 Kings 14:1-14

One of the most dangerous tools of the enemy is the spirit of manipulation. We are living in a self-centered age and it becomes destructive when you alter something to your purpose, but at the disadvantage to others. It’s a spirit that attaches to our attitude. Learn the three primary issues surrounding manipulation. It mainly involves control with an attempt to mold people to one’s own mindset. The truth is we are all still evolving – we cannot determine where people should be nor can we control their development. We are to follow the paradigm of God to encourage each other so he can get the glory. So instead of your way, you need to do it God’s way.

October 26: 8:00 am – Bishop Orlando Wilson – “Say So” – Psalm 107:1-2

One of greatest injustices we can commit against God is to play down what he’s done in our lives. We’re living in a world that easily forgets what God has done for us. We do a lot of crying & whining, but when the Lord delivers us we tend to forget him. We get short with our praise, our thanks and start to complain. We are called to do three things in reference to what God has done in our lives; remember, rehearse & rejoice. It becomes the proper response to God in relationship to what he has done in our lives. These three things are part of a set-up. If you had trouble once, you’ll have it again. The difference is that you’re stronger than the last situation.

October 26: 11:00 am – Bishop Orlando Wilson – “Watch Out For Joab” – 2 Samuel 20:8-13

 

One of the greatest struggles in our lives is our sinful nature. Even with God and the Holy Spirit inside of us, we have a proclivity to sin. There is always a struggle and it’s not easy. The problem is the sinful nature is skewed and it will make you think your right when you’re wrong. We often tend to think its ok and that ungodly is normal. We can get to a place where we cannot distinguish between right & wrong. When this occurs our perspective and perception gets twisted and won’t accept correction. What keeps us in line & focused is the word of God. You have to have enough love for God and the ability to express love for others in order to change – so folks will be able to recognize the God in you.

 

 


 

September 2014 Sermons

September 28: 8:00 am – Elder Harriett Noakes – “Four Words To Remember In A Crisis” -1 Samuel 14:6

A crisis is a time of intense difficulty and a time to make important decisions. It can present many challenges and obstacles in which the enemy uses to take advantage of our lives. When we find ourselves in a state of depression it can have profound effect on our character. We can easily discouraged, hopeless and in a panic. However, going through a crisis gives us an opportunity to grow in many ways. It helps us with our personal and spiritual growth as well as helping our development or maturity. Indeed, a crisis can trigger growth for it allows you to work through faith. We cannot move ahead of God in a crisis situation but he will save you. The four words we should always remember is “God can do it”. Just believe.

September 28: 11:00 am – Min. Aaron Pope – “Count On A Comeback” – Genesis 22:1-14

There are three things that move the heart of God. If you want to change your status you must understand the power of sacrifice, operate in obedience and have faith. You will have moments in your walk where you will be tested by God, but he will not test you beyond your limits. If anything is going to help you in your development and growth in God is your faith. Sometimes we get upset with God because he sets us up for a sacrifice. However, when we see what’s in front of us, we forget God is behind us. We become so anxious on doing the things of God that we don’t’ think there’s room for a comeback. Know that with sacrifice comes triumph.