by Rev. Clarence V. Boyd Jr., Senior Pastor on February 5th, 2019

The Bible reveals:

“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.”

Isaiah, the Prophet, reminds us of this truth when he wrote: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are my ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isa. 55:8-9) Mankind must be reminded that they don’t think as God thinks. If this is true, the question must be asked: “How does God think?” The answer is simple—God thinks with eternity in mind! Unlike us, God is not limited by time. God is the only one who can step outside of eternity into time. God is eternal! Everything that God does He does with eternity in mind. God knows the end of everything from its beginning. God is the source of everything. Everything God created represents an original.

In contrast, humanity does not think in the context of eternity first, because every human being is limited by time. “There is a time to be born and a time to die.” (Eccl. 3:2) Job reminds each one of us “that our days are numbered, the number of our months are with God, He has appointed our bounds, and none of us can bypass them.” (Job 14:5) Every one of us was born in time, and each one of us will leave this earth at the appointed time. Time is all we know. We do everything according to time. Unfortunately, many of us have grown accustomed to taking time for granted. Most people take things for granted—including opportunities, blessings, and even other people. We take our relationships for granted. Time is temporary for men and women because they are limited by it.

However, God is not limited by time. Time does not control God; God controls time. God is the source of time and abides outside the limitations of time. God is eternal. Isaiah simple reveals that “from everlasting to everlasting, God is.” If a man is to understand how God thinks, he must learn to think like God. Let me illustrate this point. If God is eternal, then His Kingdom is eternal. In other words, His Kingdom—the Kingdom of Heaven is where God resides. The Kingdom of Heaven existed before time because God is everlasting. The Kingdom of Heaven represents God’s original residence. It has always been His dwelling place. It is a fact that God is good! Everything in His Kingdom is good because it represents the character of its King. In short, nothing bad can reside in God’s Kingdom because it would be a misrepresentation of His character. Also, the presence of anything not good would be contrary to the culture of His Kingdom.

Think about this—God sent His only begotten Son into the earth to reconcile humanity to Himself. Notice that the first message Jesus preached was “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” (Matt. 4:17) The implication is clear: the culture of this world was contrary to the culture of heaven. God’s will was to see heaven’s culture realized in the earth. For this to be a reality, there must be an example of the Father’s character in the earth. Jesus was this example. He is the only person who could represent the character of the Father in the earth—in a way that was acceptable to Him. This is a very important point because before one can be a part of the culture of heaven, he or she must also be exposed to the character of the kingdom. Again, we must be reminded that God thinks from the perspective of eternity. What did God have in mind?

The Father did not intend to provide a temporary solution to an eternal challenge. Jesus proclaimed that the Father’s will was to see the Kingdom of Heaven manifest in the earth. The heart of God was to see the hearts of men and women changed by one man’s example of what kingdom character is like. Jesus went on to reveal the mind of the Father—“that His will be done on the earth.” (Matt. 6:10) The Father knew that this would not be accomplished without there being a culture change in the earth. This is the church’s purpose. This one reality validates the existence of the church in the earth today. God has never changed His mind, nor altered His will. He still wants heaven’s culture on the earth. The people of God must be challenged to think eternally. This simply means that the church must think beyond reaching the lost, and go further to change the culture of this world! There is no way the culture can be changed without the people being changed in the process.
In His Service,
Clarence V. Boyd, Jr.
Senior Pastor

by Rev. Clarence V. Boyd Jr., Senior Pastor on November 18th, 2018

​The Bible reveals: “When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt. So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt armed for battle.”
 
For four hundred plus years the children of Israel prayed for God to deliver them from the bondage of Egypt. God answered their prayers and called Moses to confront Pharoah with the word from the Lord to let His people go. God judged Egypt, and in the end, the Egyptians let God’s people go. From the very beginning, God shared with the children of Israel that He desired to bring them into the “Promised Land.” The children of Israel were not confused about this promise from the Father. It was evident that God was keeping His Word sworn to their forefathers. God has made promises to us as well. He has heard our cry and seen our struggle. His promises to us are sure. We, too, are to enjoy the reality of a land promised to us. God has proclaimed that we are to enjoy the fruit of our faith in this life as well.
 
Like the children of Israel, everyone is excited about a promise that is a much-needed alternative to the life we have been living. The Israelites were excited about being freed from slavery in Egypt and the possibility of having a land of their own. The Bible describes this excitement this way: “The Israelites went up out of Egypt armed for battle.” There is one thing that we need to consider at this point. No Israelite had been in a battle for some four hundred years. It is possible to forget how to fight when this must time has passed. Surely they had forgotten about the combat strategy that is so important if they were to achieve victory. It is evident that God also considered this reality. The Lord pondered the possibility of war and concluded that the Israelites were not prepared. The Lord also reveals that not only were they not prepared, but that they might change their minds and return to Egypt if they encountered actual warfare. As a result of this possibility, the Lord decided to take them the long route through the desert. This way would ensure that they did not come in contact with an enemy.
 
A brief study of their pilgrimage through the desert teaches us a few things. First, the desert is the desert. It is not kind, but challenging. Desert experiences are meant to test anyone exposed to it. There is nothing exciting about the desert. The children of Israel confirmed this truth. They complained continuously about the conditions they now faced. They challenged Moses over and over again for the things they lacked in the desert. Be reminded that the desert is not a place of plenty. You don’t grow a garden in the desert. You don’t go swimming in the desert. Positive experiences are not the norm in the desert. Over and over again Moses appealed to the Lord on behalf of the people. They suffered greatly along the way. Under the negative conditions of the desert, they even begin to compare their desert experience to their experience in Egypt. Numerous times they concluded that they were better off in Egypt.
 
The greatest mistake the children of Israel made was to forget where they were going. Numerous times they belittled the promise of God concerning the promise land. Although they had not encountered a human enemy, the reality of being tested brought them to their knees. They became confused about who the real enemy was. It is possible for us to forget about the promises of God for our lives. Trials and hard conditions can interfere with our ability to stay focused. They got confused about the desert experience and compared it to their experience in Egypt. One thing we must realize is that every place that represents slavery and bondage is a desert. You cannot compare a desert to a desert and conclude that your experience in one desert is better than you experience in the other. You may also conclude that regardless of the road one takes; there will always be times of testing and hardship. Finally, it must be understood that no experience in the desert is worth forfeiting the promises of God. Some promises can only be appreciated as a result of a desert experience. May we always keep our focus on the promise. This is the only way we are assured we know where we are going!

​In His Service, 
Clarence V. Boyd, Jr. 
Senior Pastor

by Rev. Clarence V. Boyd Jr., Senior Pastor on July 14th, 2018

​This title has an inherent implication that is often overlooked. No one can take the next step without first taking an initial step. All too often steps are overlooked or the attempt is made to by-pass some steps intentionally. We are witnessing a generation that has been influenced to assume they can simply ignore some steps. It is not normal for one in any profession or undertaking to start at the top—or end, depending on what is involved. Normally, everyone usually starts at the beginning and works their way up. Whenever this happens, if it is to happen, it requires steps. Steps are a part of life and are required in every aspect of life. Steps are important because there are lessons to learn with every step. Many people suffer because they have failed to learn the lessons associated with every aspect of life. No one can bypass the steps of life and succeed without challenges along the way. Every lesson is important and is used as preparation for the next step ahead.
 
In our last blog the topic was “Possessing the Mind of Christ.” This topic is demanding all by itself and requires much from the believer if he or she is to complete the race. Another way to apply this to our topic is to think about it in the context of following Jesus. No one can possess the mind of Christ withou following Jesus. Of course, to follow Jesus requires duplicating His steps and imitating His life. Imitating Jesus is no small undertaking. Jesus illustrated the cost of this undertaking be duplicating the steps ordained by His Father. Simply put, Jesus had to walk in His Father’s steps. This was an unbelievable undertaking because there was no room for a mistake. The Bible confirms this challenge in Heb. 4:15. “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” This undertaking cannot be underestimated because all of us know that when it comes to obedience we usually miss some steps.
 
The life of Jesus must be examined if one is to seriously take the next step in follwing Jesus. Even His own disciples found this to be difficult. Like the disciples, each one of us also struggle with staying in line when it comes to following. Following cannot be accomplished without assistance. The Psalmnist summarized the difficulty of this challenge in the 119th number of the Psalms. Verse 133 reads: “Order my steps in Thy word; and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.” One of the reasons this endeavor is so difficult is because each step must be according to the Word of the Lord. God’s Word is true, but demanding. The first thing that Jesus communicated to His disciples was to follow Him. This simply meant that everywhere Jesus went they had to literally follow. Although this is not the context in which one follows today, it remains the methodology required by God. No steps can be missed when it comes to following Jesus. Every lesson is important when it involves taking the next step. The fathers and mothers always said that ‘if one forgets where he or she has come from they will often become confused about where they are going.’
 
The implication here is critical. One must be discerning of the fact that when it comes to steps, the next step is always built on the previous step. This means that steps are often connected. There must be an understanding of this reality if one is to be successful in making it to the top. We often don’t want to think about the fact that people have been known to fall down the steps. In some cases, individuals have tripped on their way up the stairs. This is usually the result of failing to adequately prepare for the next step. When climbing steps, one must be intentionally focused. More mistakes can be made on the way up than on the way down. Spiritually speaking, the goal of stepping is to finish the race. From a spiritual point of view, how one runs the race is as important as how one finishes the race. Every step is important and no step can be ignored. In fact, one step can make an eternal difference in the race itself. Therefore, each one involved in the race of life must take each step seriously. May each one of us make each step count, and may the Word of God be our guide.
​​In His Service, 
Clarence V. Boyd, Jr. 
Senior Pastor

by Rev. Clarence V. Boyd Jr., Senior Pastor on April 8th, 2018

​Possessing the land has always been the will of God. Possessing the land was never an option. There was never an alternative to this promise in the heart of God. The Father planned that His chosen people would one day possess the land He had promised to their forefathers. In Gen. 15:13, 14 - God revealed to Abraham the future: “Then the Lord said to him, know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated four hundred years. But I will punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out with great possessions.” Then in verse 18 of the same chapter, we read: “On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, to your descendants I give this land…” Notice, that from God’s perspective, He had already accomplished this. God did not say He intended to give them the land. Rather, The Lord declared: “I give them this land.” It was always their land. It made no difference that they were not yet living in the land. The land was theirs!
 
Whether we realize it or not, this is a challenge for most believers. Many believers are committed to following Jesus but have no understanding of what it means to think like him. In other words, before one can end up in a specific place, he or she must have some revelation of where they are going and why. Why one follows is as important as knowing the one they follow. Jesus knew that the cross was in his future. As a result, he was mindful of the cross in everything he did. When he was confronted by those who did not receive him, he never lost sight of the cross. He was convinced that at one point in time he would encounter the cross, or the cross would encounter him. In his mind, this was a reality and every day of his life was simply preparation for the day the cross would become real. The cross would not be a surprise to him. He would not allow anything at that moment to distract him from the call to bear that cross. The cross represented the will of his Father and the purpose of his presence in the earth.
 
God spoke to the children of Israel concerning the promise land. He revealed it to their fathers who, in turn, shared it with them. Even though they had forgotten the promise, the time would come when they would again be reminded of what they had been told. It took four hundred and fifty years of slavery and mistreatment for the children of Israel to cry out to the Lord in hopes that He would keep his promise. In response to their predicament, God sent Moses with the message that there was a promised land that belonged to them. Moses had the responsibility to lead the people of God from bondage in Egypt to the land representing freedom and blessing. It was at this exact moment that they were to possess the land. The promises of God must be received by faith. Once this becomes a reality in the hearts and minds of people, they simply wait for the moment to enter the land. They are not confused about who owns the land because they are persuaded that the land belongs to them. They own the land in spite of the fact that they have never seen the land.
 
Believers face this challenge every day. God reveals his promises confirming his will. Believers hear and believe the word, but fail to possess it by faith. As a result, they come to the promise land without any true conviction that the land is theirs. They are not convinced that the land belongs to them. Because they are not sure of whose land it is, the slightest distraction can cause them to forfeit the land. This is what happened to the Israelites. The giants became a distraction to them, and they withdrew in fear. They never possessed the mindset that the land was their land. They failed to internalize that the land belonged to them – including the giants. It is sad that this mistake is yet being made today. God is the same God today as he was yesterday. The land belongs to the people of God, but we must be driven by the truth and motivated by faith if we are to possess the land. God has not changed his mind. Let us pray that we change our minds and have the mind of Christ!

​In His Service, 
Clarence V. Boyd, Jr. 
Senior Pastor

by Rev. Clarence V. Boyd Jr., Senior Pastor on January 26th, 2018

​In Deuteronomy, chapter one, Moses testifies of God’s command to the children of Israel. It is a historical account which is both personal and educational. Moses is talking to a new generation equipping and preparing them to possess the land promised to their forefathers by the Lord. Verse three states: “In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses proclaimed to the Israelites all that the Lord had commanded him concerning them.” Two things stand out and point a picture of both the reality the Israelites were facing at this time, as well as the challenges that lay ahead of them.
 
The first statement made to the children of Isreal by Moses is found in verse six: “The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, you have stayed long enough at this mountain.” This statement is timeless because there are those in every generation that become stagnant. The result is always the same—they remain in the same place too long. It is apparent that if one remains where one is, he or she will never reach the place they are pursuing. Put another way; goals are always ahead of you. One can never achieve a goal without pursuing it. Thus, the goal is always beyond the present position.
 
It is possible that the Lord was aware of this concerning the children of Israel. God has always had a plan for His people. His plan can never be limited to a place or to time. God is eternal! This is the way God thinks. He purposes to accomplish something that will always transcend the present generation. In our text, this generation of Israelites was called to possess the land. “See I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land that the Lord swore He would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.” Notice that God’s promise was not limited to one generation. God promises will always include multiple generations. This is true because it will always require more than one generation to fulfill the Father’s promise.
 
In the context of our day, it is important that we are sensitive to generations before us as well as discerning of those generations following us. The promise was always meant to be passed on. Whenever one generation loses sight of the eternal promise, they forfeit their role in fulfilling it. Moses reminds the current generation of the mistakes made by past generations. “And the little ones that you said would be taken captive, your children who do not yet know good from bad—they will enter the land. I will give it to them and they will take possession of it.” (Deut. 1:39) May we, as the current generation, keep our eyes on the eternal promise. If we are successful, then both our children and we will enjoy the promises made to our forefathers.
 
The Church can no longer afford to forfeit the opportunity to impart to succeeding generations the awesome promises of God. The current generations of believers must ensure that the next generations know the promises of God and that they have a role to play in fulfilling it. Each generation must take ownership of God’s promise for His people and work hard to teach their children not to lose sight of God’s promises to them. This will ensure that one generation will one day possess the land and praise God for those who prepared them to experience this great victory.

​​In His Service, 
Clarence V. Boyd, Jr. 
Senior Pastor

by Rev. Clarence V. Boyd Jr., Senior Pastor on November 11th, 2017

​At the heart of God is a shepherd. God has always been the supreme example of a shepherd. All of us are familiar with the 23rd Number of the Psalms. It reads:

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

The Father serves as a Shepherd and then is followed by the Son. John, in his Gospel, confirms the fact that the Father passed on His heart to the Son. John 10:11 summarizes the heart of the Father. Jesus proclaims: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” It is a fact that Jesus gave His life for humanity. Jesus went to great lengths to ensure that His followers knew His heart. More importantly, Jesus was keenly aware of the presence and the intentions of the thief or robber. Everyone knows that a wolf is a threat to sheep. The wolf has always been a thief and comes only to steal, kill, and destroy the sheep. In reality, the shepherd is the only one who truly stands between the sheep and the thief.

Ezekiel captures the depth of this revelation when he writes: “Thus they shall know that I, the Lord their God, am with them, and they, the house of Israel, are My people, says the Lord God. You are My flock, the flock of My pasture; you are men, and I am your God, says the Lord God.” (Ezek. 34:30-31) The Prophet Ezekiel sheds light on this eternal truth that all men are like sheep; and as such, belongs to God, who is their shepherd. God’s will is that every man, woman, boy, and girl have shepherds in their lives who are responsible for their wellbeing. So we conclude that the Father also desires that the heart of a shepherd be passed on to humanity as well. One might conclude that everyone who is responsible for another human being is a shepherd. Most people do not see themselves as shepherds. They missed the spiritual connection that they are to represent the Father’s heart because all people are sheep of His pasture and He wants them protected.

If we ever needed shepherds, we need them today. We are living in an age when wolves are more intentional about destroying the lives of sheep. Recent incidents in our nation only confirm the need for shepherds. The Bible draws attention to the need for shepherds in the context of the church. However, the church must draw attention to the need for shepherds on every level of relationships. Families need shepherds. Students need shepherds. Everything done in life involves relationships. No relationship is exempt from the need for a shepherd. May we remind ourselves and the generations that follow us that shepherding must be the priority of all. I remind you that we may be the only one standing between the sheep and the thief. Thank God He is our Shepherd!  

​In His Service, 
Clarence V. Boyd, Jr. 
Senior Pastor

by Rev. Clarence V. Boyd Jr., Senior Pastor on September 22nd, 2017

​Genesis 2:18 the Father shared this revelation: “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”  All of us are familiar with this scripture and the context that it represents.  In this sense, God was revealing a truth that could not be missed or overlooked. He had created the man to fulfill a divine purpose, and it was evident that His plan for the man would require some assistance. It was the Lord who perceived the necessity of a companion for the man. The calling upon his life and the responsibility that he would assume would be too much for him to handle alone. It is amazing that God already had a solution to this challenge.  His answer was to make a helper suitable for the man. In other words, God knew the man would need someone by his side that could complete him—or assist him in completing the plan of God for their lives.
 
The principles of God are never limited to one context. In other words, a principle works in multiple contexts where they are applied. In the above text, the context for the principle is marriage. God would make a woman from the rib of the man and then present her to him. The conclusion is history! Adam saw the woman as his wife since she was flesh of his flesh and bone of his bones. God made the woman from the man. This reality was only the foundation for the greater purpose that God had in mind. God built the family on a foundation that required a man and a woman. It was the family that God had in mind from the beginning, and it is obvious that He took the necessary steps in time to ensure that the end represented His original purpose.
 
This principle also works in the context of the church.  In the same way that is not good for the man to be alone, no one in the church can fulfill the will of God alone. The Bible reminds everyone that it is the responsibility of leadership to prepare God’s people for works of service. The works of service involve everyone and exclude none. God has called the church to represent His ways in the earth. The Father has not changed His ways. Jesus understood what it meant to serve.  He was fully aware that serving would involve sacrifice. There was no way of escaping this reality. Service is something that people, in general, seem to avoid. Most people expect payment for what they perceive as service.  However, one is not paid for service, but for work. Jesus realized that His work was different.  It was not different because He did not work, but because His service was His work.
 
The fact that service is work reveals a very important revelation that believers must understand. The people of God must see differently. The church must accept the truth that it is called to serve. There is no alternative to this calling. God is the source of all good and perfect gifts. The Lord has promised to provide for all of mankind’s needs. The Father wills to use men and women to meet the needs of others? The meeting of needs is a joint venture and is more often successful when everyone participates. The participation of everyone remains a witness of the influence God has on all He has created. The will of God is for mankind to come together for His glory. Some things can be accomplished by an individual while other things require the contribution of everyone else. Working together to accomplish God’s will for others must be the priority of the church. As has been said: “Together we stand or divided we fall.” Let our prayer be that we stand together for the glory of God.

​​In His Service, 
Clarence V. Boyd, Jr. 
Senior Pastor

by Rev. Clarence V. Boyd Jr., Senior Pastor on July 15th, 2017

​Matt. 4:18-19 “And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. (19) Then He said to them, Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  It is no surprise that Jesus called both brothers. In fact, Jesus called a number of additional disciples because the task at hand would require more than one man could accomplish. This really is a reflection of the ways of God. Even if He calls an individual, what that individual is to accomplish will most likely require help from others. Jesus was called to birth the Kingdom of Heaven in the earth and to become a sacrifice for our sins.  However, this task could not have been accomplished without the help of those who chose to follow Him.
 
The Father knew that even though Jesus was unquietly qualified for the task at hand, the work would still have to be shared.  Jesus did not fall into the trap of thinking that He could do everything Himself. It is early in His ministry that we witness Him calling men to follow Him.  Even today Jesus continues to call men. He calls teams, families, and churches to first come together and then to work together for a cause that represents the heart of God. Often times the call of God upon an individual or a group will outlast the life of the one called. This is important for every leader to know because it demands that the leader impart the vision into others. This is necessary so that the vision will continue past the life of the one called. This must be the priority of every leader. Jesus demonstrated this by spending the majority of His time with the disciples. One must never get too excited about multitudes because multitudes will never be able to receive vision in the way that confirms its continuation and ultimately its fulfillment.
 
As a church, there are two lessons that every one of us must learn and then practice. First, each one of us must become mature to the place where we realize that it is not prudent for us to attempt to do “the work of the ministry” alone. Like the disciples, we must learn that success is achieved quicker as a result of our working together. It is apparent that the disciples had their challenges and we can safely assume that we will also have our challenges as well. However, there came a point in time when all of the disciples realized that team work was required to fulfill the vision. This is true for us as well and we prayerfully anticipate that point of revelation by every member. Kingdom work will require everyone to be in his or her place because each one is valuable and our collective witness will always speak louder than any individual effort.
 
The second lesson that must be learned will always test the level of commitment of every member. From reading the Gospels, it does not appear that the disciples missed any of ministry lessons provided by Jesus. At the least, they were committed to His calling to the point that it became their own. They begin to understand the value of the opportunity afforded them. They were not just followers of Jesus, they were the ones He was investing in. They saw Jesus before the crowds as well as in His own quiet times. They witnessed His prayer life, observed His consistency in lifestyle, and were also amazed by His teachings and His wisdom. At some point, they begin to realize that the costs was heavy and the price would require all. They not only realized this as it related to Jesus, but begin to discern that it also would apply to them. This brought them closer together because each of them had to confess that the work was too big for each of them alone.
 
Let us pray as a church that we will also come to the point where we realize that this work will also require all of us. Let us commit that the absence of one in the body always means that the body is not whole. As a result, let us work together to trust that one day the entire body will move as one and that this will become our norm. In the same way that we take all of our members with us as it relates to our physical body, may we work to see all of our members present when the spiritual body moves. May this be our prayer in the mighty name of Jesus!

​In His Service, 
Clarence V. Boyd, Jr. 
Senior Pastor

by Rev. Clarence V. Boyd Jr., Senior Pastor on May 13th, 2017

So often the revelation of the Father is revealed in such simplicity that we just miss it. Put another way, we are more often guilty of taking the simple things of life for granted. We focus more on the bigger things of life and tend to forget how important the smaller blessings really are. In fact, God is a God who takes nothing for granted. In His eyes everything is important and everything is a blessing. From the Father’s point of view there is really no difference between what we perceive as little or as big. God created everything with a divine purpose and that purpose is so important that it prevails regardless of the size of the created thing.
 
This concept is also applicable to principles. In other words, every principle, every truth that God reveals is important. It is important regardless of its impact. If a principle is applied in the life of just one person that is precious to the Father because it carries the potential to change that one life. If a word is spoken and transforms multitudes that is monumental to the Father because His desire is that truth impacts everyone. God desires that everyone would be impacted by His Word! His Word is truth and has the ability to transform every living human being. His Word can transform adults as well as children.  It makes no difference what a person’s background was or how old an individual may be. The Word of God reveals truth to any and everyone who receives it.
 
One must meditate on the fact that even the Word of God has a purpose. The greater purpose for the Word of the Father is to produce a witness for His glory and of His presence in the earth. God has always wanted His presence represented in the earth. Jesus, His only begotten Son, demonstrated this truth in His own life as well as in His calling of disciples. In other words, Jesus knew that He was never called to represent His Father’s presence alone. He understood that the whole world was called to know the Father and then to represent His will in the earth. This is “the bigger witness.” What the church must come to understand is that even though we are each called to be a witness, the greater impact will always come from our unity and our collective witness.
 
This is why the writer of Ecclesiastes took great liberty in reminding us:
 
“That two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
 
Let us remind ourselves that these verses serve only as an illustration of a greater principle. The writer is attempting to make the reader aware of a principle that will work if the reader only applies it in his or her life. Simply put, what one can do, two will always do better. What one can accomplish, a multitude can complete quicker. The life that one individual lives for the glory of God will always be superseded by the testimony of many.
 
One of the hardest things to realize in this life is unity! It makes no difference what the context might be, the struggle is always the same. We tend to do things individually.  We think this way because we are more mindful of ourselves rather than of others. Our own individual needs tend to come first as opposed to the needs of others. We think this way and ultimately live this way. However, from the beginning God thought in terms of humanity, all of mankind. Even though God is mindful of each of us as individuals, His purpose was always to save the world—every human being who would believe in His Son, Jesus Christ. The bigger witness will always be the result of the body of Christ operating as one! May the day come quickly when every man and woman, every husband and wife, every family, every church, and every entity where people live and work together—may they realize “that two are better than one.” May we hasten the day when what we do together is more important than what we do alone. May the Father’s vision finally be realized, that “a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
​​In His Service, 
Clarence V. Boyd, Jr. 
Senior Pastor

by Rev. Clarence V. Boyd Jr., Senior Pastor on March 20th, 2017

Should anyone be surprised that when God first spoke to Abraham he directed him to “leave his country, his people, and his father’s household and go to the land he would show him?” (Gen. 12:1) If we seriously study the Word of God, we find that God was always telling those who followed him to move. No one could realistically possess the promises God had for them from where they were. God is a God who is moved by faith and faith always requires obedience. But obedience is not the only thing involved. In fact, obedience must always be coupled with discipline. Discipline is required if one is to make the journey required to receive the promise. As a result, it can be concluded that the journey is necessary in order for faith and discipline to truly be tested. Then, were one ends up testifies of whether or not they learned the lessons that came with the journey.
 
The same thing happened with the children of Israel as they moved from Egypt to the Promise Land. After 450 years of slavery they relished in the opportunity to leave Egypt with the intent to inherit the land God had promised to their forefathers. But this trip would also require faith and demand discipline. This move was different because it would require that the entire Israelite family learn the lessons together. It would not be profitable for some of them to learn the lesson while others did not. This point was tested when Moses sent spies into the land to see that it was everything the Lord had promised. The problem was that the majority of those who were sent to spy out the land failed to learn the lessons of faith and discipline. As a result, those originally sent returned divided. The greater challenge manifested as their influence was duplicated by the people, and they in turn, were divided. This created a monumental crisis resulting in an entire generation failing to enter the Promise Land.
 
Paul reveals that this need for unity even involved Jesus. Phil. 2:6-8 declares: “Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, (7) but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. (8) And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!” Jesus also had to leave where he was and come to where we were in order to fulfill the purpose for which he came. He also had to exercise faith and learn discipline in order to finish the work assigned to him. His task was even more complicated because he had to share his purpose with men with the goal being that his purpose would also become theirs. This would demand unity and so we witness the final prayer of Jesus: “I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one. (23) I in them an you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:22-23) Even Jesus was subject to the journey if He was to realize the promise.
 
Finally, we come to the church, the followers of Jesus who would be the supreme test of the call to unity. Jesus allowed the Father to use his influence for his glory. The church must also understand that this is their calling as well. The church must realize that its influence is always multiplied by what they do together as opposed to what they do individually. Both forms of witness are important, but unity always results in multiplied influence. Acts, chapter 2, verse 1 reads: “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. We cannot miss the significance of this revelation. The Bible confirms that they were “all together” in “one place.” This would be equivalent to every church member showing up at church at the same time—not to mention—consistently. This would be a miracle all by itself. Acts 4:32a affirms that “all the believers were one in heart and mind.” This represents a glorious journey that must involve some serious lessons of faith and discipline. Of course, none of this would ever be realized without unity. May our prayer be that we would become a unified people to the point that being together in one place would become our normal while being of one heart and one mind would be our witness. This is what unity really looks like!
​In His Service, 
Clarence V. Boyd, Jr. 
Senior Pastor