Monday, November 26, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
Saturday, June 2, 2012
PastorMatthewJones' photostream on Flickr.
Pictures from my trip to visit the churches that my great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather, Nathaniel Jenkins preached at. This will include First Baptist Church of Cape May Courthouse, NJ where they are celebrating 300 years.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Sunday, April 8, 2012
It was then back to church for 9:15 Sunday School. Then was the 10:30 morning worship service. We had good attendance all morning with 29 for the early service and 25 for Sunday School. We had 57 in our morning service.
Praise the Lord for a young man that trusted Christ as his Saviour. Hallelujah! What a great service.
We then had a wonderful service tonight with a good crowd and a good spirit. The Lord helped.
I am throughly believe that God is moving in Bryant Pond and I am so glad to be a part of what He is doing!
What a day! I am so blessed to be living the life of a Pastor. God is good!
Monday, April 2, 2012
We have had some very powerful services over the last few weeks at Bryant Pond Baptist Church. This Sunday we had good attendance in the morning and evening, with good liberty to preach. I believe that God is helping some folks, I know He is helping me!
Last week was the youth service at Church Hill Baptist. What a blessing to bring my new church family to meet my old church family. They were all very encouraged and blessed by the powerful service. Our young people are not just the church of the future, they are the church of now as well. God has a plan for each and every one of us right now, if we would only get out of the way and let Him work.
We have had some unexpected blessings over the last few weeks as well. I was given a lot of like-new clothes that just happened to fit perfectly. What a blessing that was. I now occupy more of the closet than my wife (smile).
Our church was given a brand new wireless microphone system by another church. This filled a real need that we had.
God has helped us to sell our pickup truck. It was a great truck, but with diesel prices at $4.29/ Gallon (and higher) and high payments, this truck had to go.
Please pray for our upcoming Easter services. While many churches are cutting services short, we are having a Son-rise service at 7:30 followed by breakfast, then Sunday School at 9:15, Morning worship at 10:30, and our evening service at 6pm. We already have some from other churches that will be with us. I gave our church "homework" to each invite one person. Please pray for a full house as the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ will be preached.
April is a busy month. Please pray for the Ladies conference on April 13-14 at VBC in Londonderry, NH.
Also, please pray for our revival services with Dr. Ron Caudill from April 22-25. The services on Monday and Tuesday nights start at 6:30 pm.
April 29 is the "youth service" at 4pm at Bryant Pond Baptist Church. We will be hosting Church Hill Baptist Church, Bible Baptist Church of Unity as well as others (that I have not confirmed 100% as of yet).
Please continue to pray for our house to sell. We have lowered the price, but still have not received one call. We need this house to sell. God knows.
I think that is it. Thank you all for your prayers and your encouragement. God is good and He is moving in Maine, and in Bryant Pond right now. Keep praying, amen!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
Sunday, March 11, 2012
As most of you know I am a Baptist history nut. I have recently been able to do some research about Oxford County Baptist history. One name that I have seen very regularly is Ransom Dunham. He was a Baptist preacher throughout Oxford County, Maine for over 40 years in the mid to late 1800's. Ransom Dunham served as pastor of many of the churches of the Oxford Association.
Ransom Dunham was born March 18, 1798. His father, James, was a revolutionary war hero. Ransom Dunham was ordained for the gospel ministry on October 6, 1836 by the Hamlin's Gore Baptist Church.
During the course of his ministry Rev. Dunham began the first Sunday School in the town of Woodstock in 1836. He also served as pastor of the Weld and Carthage Baptist Church as well as the Bryant Pond Baptist Church (as well as others).
When Ransom Dunham graduated to his heavenly reward on January 28, 1883 (age 84 years) he had baptized over 600 persons and seen many others saved by the grace of God.
Reverend Ransom Dunham is one of our Baptist heroes in the state of Maine. Let me now challenge you: who is one of your local Baptist heroes? Do you know of any? I think it's time to learn. Let God stir your heart.
The same God that used Ransom Dunham to do such great work desires to do great works today. Are we ready and willing?
Thursday, March 1, 2012
This Bible was presented to the Bryant's Pond Baptist Church in 1856, the year the church was constituted. As you can see, the Bible has some mold, but is in good shape otherwise. What a treasure! Yes, it is an Authorized Version!
Believe it or not, I just found this in the parsonage. I guess it pays to open closet doors. It will now be kept in a more temperature stable room.
Sunday, February 26, 2012
During all of this I was pesonally struggling with some very tough intestinal issues. Wow, the devil was pulling out all the stops. This did not stop us. We had powerful services this morning then again tonight back in the church building What a great day. I truly feel that God moved!
We had 25 in Sunday School (tying for highest this year), 42 in the am service (highest since Jan 1) and 25 in the pm servic (tying for highest this year).
Great spirit all day!
We also were able to utilize our new recording system tonight. It worked perfectly. I will be uploading the message tomorrow.
Praise God for a great day!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Traditional Woodstock town meeting prayer not “inclusive,” selectmen told
By ALISON ALOISIO
Feb 09, 2012 12:00 am
A half dozen residents appealed to Woodstock selectmen Tuesday to alter the traditional opening invocation at the annual town meeting to be more religiously inclusive.
For years, the meeting has started with a clergyman from the Bryant Pond Baptist Church offering a prayer and invoking Jesus Christ in asking for guidance in the decisions to be made.
But, said Peter Gartner at Tuesday’s board meeting, “When we meet as a town, there are more than Baptists, more than Protestants, more than Christians living in our community, whether we’re Jewish, or Quaker, or Unitarian, or people who don’t practice religion. They’re all part of our community, and I think it’s important that we recognize that.”
Gartner said he was “also very much aware of the history of invocations at town meetings, throughout 200 years of history,” and he wanted to continue the tradition in some form.
He suggested that as a compromise, a selectman might ask for a moment of silence, “and perhaps ask for thanks for the young men and women who put themselves in harm’s way to protect the very freedoms we’re here to use that night. And secondly, to pray for divine guidance in terms of the decisions that we make as a community, that affect everyone in this community. I think that’s a much more inclusive way to start a meeting.”
Several others voiced similar ideas, and also suggested a moment of silence.
Arla Patch, a Quaker, said inviting one member of the clergy from a different faith each year to open the meeting would be more inclusive, but Woodstock is too small to have that variety of clergy available. She supported instead a moment of silence, for people to pray or otherwise collect their thoughts.
Patch said when she first attended a town meeting years ago, she was “stunned” by the specific invocation. She said she became aware a few years ago that other people were also concerned about the practice.
“We need to create a sense of community,” she said, “where everyone feels they belong, that there wouldn’t be people sitting in the town meeting feeling that it wasn’t their town, or that it wasn’t speaking to them.”
Others speaking in favor of a change to a more inclusive format were Emily Ecker, Gayle Russell and Peter Fetchko.
Longtime resident and former selectman Leon Poland, in commenting on the request, said he could go along with a moment of silence.
But, he said, “I still think we should have open prayer, and if we don’t I don’t think it’s fair. As far as I’m concerned, when we took prayer out of the schools was when the schools started going downhill.”
The selectmen said they would consider the group’s request, discuss options and have a decision in time for this year’s town meeting.
Town Manager Vern Maxfield said after the selectmen’s meeting that the Baptist pastor had routinely been called upon each year because he was generally the most available clergy in Woodstock.
In other business Tuesday, the board received a draft of a “Quiet Zone” ordinance proposal for Bryant Pond Village from Jan Kendrick; heard from several builders opposed to the town considering adoption of the new state Uniform Building and Energy Codes; and discussed possible parameters for inclusion of veterans on a new monument planned for the town.
They planned to discuss those issues and others further at a workshop yesterday (Wednesday), and make decisions/recommendations for town meeting at their next regular meeting Feb. 21.
Monday, January 30, 2012
That next morning the devil began working. He managed to freeze our well that feeds the church and the parsonage. We had power but no water to either building. This resulted in the difficult decision to cancel services. I worked outside in the -10 degree temperatures to see what could be done about the well, but it was beyond my knowledge. This same morning we also lost heat to half of the parsonage / prophets chamber. The Lord was working at BPBC and the devil was not happy.
Early Monday all the problems were fixed with minimal charges (praise the Lord!) We are very happy that our well pump was fine, as well as our heater. As it turns out we had multiple members that had their water freeze that same morning. I guess that's what -20 at night (not counting the wind chill) will do.
I set in my mind that I wanted to give the devil a black eye for the rest of the week, and the rest of my life. Paula and I had the opportunity to do just that on Monday as we led my 88 year old great aunt to the Lord. She had "the faith" but did not know for sure she was on her way to heaven. She said she was baptized, but when I read her the Bible to show her why we need salvation and what it takes to be saved, she bowed her head and trusted Christ! Hallelujah! The Gospel of Jesus Christ still works!
Tuesday night I had the pleasure of attending my first class of the semester at Heritage Baptist Bible College. "Bible Doctrines 2" covers the doctrine of Jesus Christ and the doctrine of the Holy Ghost. What awesome topics! It is great to see all my classmates.
Saturday we had our first ladies ministry event. My wife was nervous, but from all reports it went very well. Paula has already started working on the next event, Saturday the 25th of Feb.
Sunday services this week were very uplifting. The Lord gave me a hard message on Sunday morning, but it was truly received very well and the Lord helped many a folk. I preached out of Ezekiel 8 and 9, with the key point being in verses 4 and 5 of chapter nine. Would I have the mark or would I have been slain. Tough stuff that causes us to look inward. I was very convicted.
We had a great evening service as well.
We have also been busy visiting many folks in our nursing homes and at their homes. It is great to get to know these precious people.
Sunday night I received an email from the First Baptist Church of Cape May, NJ inviting me to preach there on June 3. They are celebrating their 300th anniversary this year and it just so happens that my great (six times) grandfather, Nathaniel Jenkins, was their first pastor. This is something to look forward to.
I guess that is all for now. Thank you all for your prayers. We love you all!
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
Next Saturday the 28th is our first ladies ministry event.
We are looking forward to our first "preacher boys club" meeting in Feburary.
We now have weekly bus visitation as well as weekly door-knocking times on our schedule. Add to that nursing home and member visitation and you gots youself a full schedule! It is wonderful to be busy in the business of the Lord!
Mark your calendars as we will be hosting Dr. Ron Caudill, preaching for us April 22-25.
On July 8, we will be hosting Phillip Brown and family. The Browns are church planters to Bozeman, Montana. For more info on the Browns, look at the video at the bottom of this page.
We have had three different people visiting our church from the town of Rumford. God may be providing us with some specific direction for our "next towns" vision.
Prayer requests: please pray for the sale of our house, as well as or 7 x 16 trailer.
Remember, God is good all the time!
Friday, January 13, 2012
Yesterday we hunkered down for the snowstorm. The Lord gave great study time and I am "fired" up about preaching Sunday. I will be starting a series on "fire" in the Bible. It has already been a good study.
After I shoveled and snow-blowed, we had some family time. We played some video games together and they discovered their daddy could still impress! yes, these are games where you physically move and the game uses your movements to control the character. Much different than the ole Atari 2600 I had when I was their age.
Today there will be more snow clean up, then a trip to the big city of "Pohtland". Looking forward to what God has in store for us this weekend!
Monday, January 9, 2012
Well, it has been quite a few days for the Jones family. We had a fantastic weekend at Bryant Pond Baptist Church! We have been praying for our van ministry to become a "vans" ministry or a bus ministry. Well, we were just a couple of people away from a full van. Praise the Lord! This is a great "problem" to have. We had the opportunity to pick up a rider from Rumford. This lady was just saved on Christmas day at the New Heights Baptist Church. What a blessing it is to see her being fed with the Word of God. What a wonderful day Sunday was.
God is sure blessing the Bryant Pond Baptist Church. Wow! It's great to see!
In "other news", God has moved us to close up shop at "Jones Quality Foods". This move will allow us to put our entire focus on the mission at and through Bryant Pond Baptist Church. To be fully "ministry supported" is exciting. I am thrilled to be able to put my full effort into the ministry.
Oh, the trailer.....well, we don't need a trailer any more so it is listed on craigslist and uncle henrys. We have already had some interest on it (on the first day)so if you want it, please act fast (smile).
New to Bryant Pond Baptist starting in January / February:
Scheduled weekly bus visitation.
Scheduled weekly soul winning.
First ladies event.
First youth event.
The "Separate Baptist Preacher Boy's Society".
Also, our first special preaching meeting is tentatively scheduled for April 22-25 with Dr. Ron Caudill preaching for us every night.
How about a camp meeting? There seems to be much interest throughout the state and it would be fun!
Well, that is it for now.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Our vision for 2012? Reaching for the next towns. We need to not be satisfied with evangelizing Bryant Pond, but we need to get into the next towns. Our little town (around 800 people)needs to hear the gospel, of course! The entire Oxford county area is gospel starved and we have the answer!
Here is the vision for 2012:
-weekly soul winning / visitation
-weekly bus visitation
-youth ministry (not youth group, but ministry)beginnings
-preacher boys club (where young men and old alike meet together to learn and then preach to each other, praying for God to call men to the ministry)
-ladies ministry beginnings
Our vision is to put the programs in place for God to bless. We cannot just sit on the side and pray for God to send people, we need to go out and get em!
We are excited for what God will do through Bryant Pond Baptist Church in 2012!