Our Confession

Matthew 16:15-17

15He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

16And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

17And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

Our confession should be clear & precise, without a doubt; declaring that Jesus is not only Lord but he’s our Lord!   If we are not willing to make a definite confession about our relationship with Chris, then we must evaluate if we truly have accepted who he is for ourselves.

A real encounter with Jesus is almost impossible to keep to yourself. If you were drowning and you went down for the last time and lost consciousness and someone pulled you out and resuscitated you when it appeared as though you were dead and lifeless, the media would be all on it. You might not get to broadcast it because they would put it on the news.

Well what Christ did for us is far greater, yet there will be no media coverage! It’s up to us to broadcast it in a way that gets people attention; but if we don’t realize the magnitude of where we were, we’ll act as though nothing happened. Peter had seen enough to know that Christ wasn’t just an ordinary man.

He also realized the effect Christ had on him. Peter knew he had changed enough to leave everything and follow Christ; but even he couldn’t come up with that answer alone.   So we must allow the Holy Spirit to clearly define to us who Christ really is and then we will declare it without a doubt and those that hear our confession will be captivated!

Let’s go further into Sundays message with Pastor Adams…

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NFBB – 7 Remarkable Confessions

Speaker: Pastor Adams

Earthquakes in Arkansas – God’s prophetic Word is unfolding all around us.   We must take on a certain countenance in this walk. We should strive to be like him in all we do and say.   Put on the whole armor of God everyday! We are affecting people! People are watching us. The world is watching the Church!   We must be about souls in these important days! We must witness to our families, friends, to the world. We must stress that they must confess Jesus as their Lord and savior in order to be saved!


Confess: to admit, own, avow, concede. To acknowledge, to disclose one’s misdeeds, faults or sins.

1.   Peter: Confession that Jesus is the son of God!   Matthew 16:12-16

Do we believe this?   If you’ve made this confession, there should be no room for fear!     There’s a difference between being startled and having fear.

2.   Nathaniel: John 1:47-51

We must confess who Jesus is and we must tell others the importance of them making that confession!

3.   Thomas: We must confess him as OUR God!   We must concede our will if we claim Him as our God! We must allow him to be Lord over our lives.

John 20:28

28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God

4.     Martha:

John 11:27

 27She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

5.   Samaritan woman:

John 4:29

 29Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

God intended the relationship we have with Him to be personal and intimate! This is why when we read the Word, it exposes us! It is a personal Word to us!   The world tries to make it politically incorrect to confess Jesus as Lord!?! We must be willing to confess our sins and to confess God as the head of our lives despite how people respond.   We are the voice of Christ and we must awaken the world! We must be willing to cry aloud!   We must prioritize our lives with God being first!     We must know who Jesus is and be determined that we don’t want to be anything that he is not.     You can’t unsee what you’ve seen.

6.   Peter (2nd confession):

John 6:69 * And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.

7.   Ethopian Eunuch:

Acts 8:37

And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Listen as Pastor Adams share a motivational introduction to the sermon….

Seven Confessions

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As We Lay

Dorinda Clark Cole – No Not One (Angels Watching Over Me)


Proverbs 3:23-25

23Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.

24When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.

25Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and we'll sleep like babies!

We have no need to fear. He has promised us sweet rest.   Sleep is a time of restoration and only the enemy wants to deny us that, yet he has not the power to do so.   It’s actually us that give that to him.   Many have turned to artificial ways to achieve what God intended naturally; until we have become depended on fake sleep.   We find ourselves awaking not refreshed.   Take back your power of rest & sleep.   Meditate in the word, take long deep breaths as you meditate until your whole body and mind comes under subjection to the will of God.   You will find yourself sleep without realizing when you fell asleep.   It’s according to your faith.

God also promised that while we sleep (“as we lay”) that he would give his angels charge over us. Trust him, that he will do just what he said.   It may not happen the first night, but I believe, I have the faith that it will happen.   By the 3rd night you will have testimony, because I believe God wants to prove himself to us often!

Psalm 91:11

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

I think we all would like to sleep like a baby.   I always wondered what that really meant?   I believe it means that our minds will have not a care in this world and our spirits will also rest as we close our eyes and completely relax!   Claims yours tonight!

When was the last time you slept like a baby? Our minds race so much during the day that we should be exhausted by night; but we keep our minds on overload.   As impossible as it may sound we must learn to clear our minds and the end of the day. Stop taking work home, let work be work and home be home; unless of course you work from home?   Then you must have a quitting time. We have trained our minds to process continually, our minds control the triggers in our body that says it’s rest time. Once you master your thinking your master sleep.

The world says, stay up all night; you don’t need much sleep.   Change your way of thinking!

Romans 12:2
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.



NFBB – ABC’s of Communion

Pastor Benji Kelley (New Hope Church)

Holy Communion

  • What would it be like for a church if our goal was to make Heaven slam full and Hell empty?
  • Leadership is all about followership. The best leaders in the church are the best followers of Jesus.
  • Our goal should be to make Hell less crowded
  • ABC’s of Holy Communion


John 15:1-10

At this table, I abide in Jesus.

Abide: to come in and dwell. To wait patiently.

This is the beauty of Holy Communion! We abide in Christ and He abides in us! Abiding takes patience, so it is not always comfortable! In this passage, abiding requires pruning and pruning hurts! If we aren’t pruned, we can NOT produce fruit in the appropriate season! When God cuts away things, people from our lives, He prepares us to produce good fruit!

Psalm 91:1

1He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.


At this table, I am God’s beloved! This is our new identity! When we came to know God intimately, we become His beloved!

1 John 4:7,8

7Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

8He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

This the most revolutionary point of Christianity! When you understand that you are God’s beloved and you seek to please Him, He delights in you! No need to be a people pleaser any longer! This is freedom in its truest sense! We can focus on pleasing God and release ourselves from people pleasing!   Pastors, don’t serve to please people, preach to an audience of 1!

(Henri Nouwen quote)

When we recognize that we are God’s beloved, we won’t slip into religion!

3. Confession

At this table, God challenges me to confess my sins!

 1 Corinthians 11:17-29

This table has always been a confessing place, where we confess and receive Grace upon Grace.   Restoration happens at this table.



Tested, Tried & True

Just when you think you’ve gotten to a point that you feel spiritually strong

that’s when things can change and go terribly wrong.

It’s not that you don’t love God or trust in his word.

It’s just that you must be tested on the word that you’ve heard.

Did you really listen when he sent his word through the church?

Are you certain you understood it for all that it’s worth?

Things may get so rough that you wished you had died

and instead of sleeping you lay all night and just cried.

Does that mean that I’ve horribly failed the test?

or could it mean he’s bringing out of me my best?

Once you have shown that it’s him that you need

that it’s on his Holy word that you feed;

He’ll show up and release the victory to you,

and prove that his word has been tried and it’s true!

Then you’ll arise must more stronger than before,

and you’ll be able to help others walk through that door!

 We must learn to separate the message from the messenger and know that God will use us even when others think he shouldn’t.   He is God and we are not! My faith is stronger in God.

Philippians 4

I’m Free

Psalm 119:28

 28My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.

If we admit our weakness to our creator, we’ll find Him very willing to deliver. There are times that it may appear as though we’re alone but we’re not. Don’t give into the flesh but seek the freedom that only comes when we feed our spirit through the word of God.

Galatians 6:8-9

8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Our liberty that only comes through Christ and a constant relationship with the Holy Spirit,   while making dinner in the word a regular event. When we’re free we’ll be empowered to change atmospheres where ever we go.   Our freedom will at times aggravate those around us not willing to take the necessary steps toward freedom. Whatever you do don’t allow there rejection to negatively effect your liberty, the enemy would love nothing more but to put you back into bondage. Stay free, and don’t waiver when things appear to get difficult.   Remember our resources are not of this world, we are not to totally rely on the worlds systems for economic stability because “we walk by faith and not by sight”!

Pastor Smith will make it much clearer…

I’m Free

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Spiritually Hungry

Matthew 5:6

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Nothing natural could satisfy a spiritual need. Sin is a quick fix and brings pleasure to the flesh while eating away at the soul leaving you empty! Sin is a quick fix with long term consequences. Ask the Lord to strengthen you and try not to give into the temptations of the flesh.

Galatians 6:9

9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Endurance is important when fighting through an insatiable appetite for the things that harm our spirit, determination will give you the power to hold out for what the spirit desires from God. We might not know our full path but we must try to stay on the one the Holy Spirit lead us on.

Let’s go further into the sermon…

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Spiritually Poor Diet

Eating the wrong things might taste good to you, but it's not good for you!

We must have a better diet to build our immune system. Spiritually   eat the word!

Matthew 4:4

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Feed ourselves the word, strengthen the spirit more. Hunger for Christ and his righteousness. The spirit needs to be fed.

John 8:31

31Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

The word shows whose we are. God feeds us all but it’s up to us to eat. We all have access to the food, why aren’t we eating?   Free people can be aggravating to those in bondage. When we’re spiritually nourished we have the power to change the atmosphere.   God will always provide, but it’s man that has determined the value of money. Money can’t buy what only favor can afford. Favor is worth more!     Knowing where we go is freeing.

Hebrews 4:12

12For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Sin is the disease that will take over if the spirit is not well. Sin-disease can slowly destroy the body and impairs the immune system.

Romans 6:23

23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 38:3-8

Let’s go further into the message…

Don’t Fret

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