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Marquis Johns

Marquis Johns

Pastor Johns joined our congregation in June of 2011 and his infectious love for Christ has us all energized and ready to evangelize. Pastor Johns has a passion for personal evangelism and he desires to make us all serious students of the Bible so that we can share what we know. His Wednesday evening Bible study program - Prep School - is unlike anything you've ever seen, but it will get you delving into the Word as you may have never done before. He believes "this is our church; this is our city!"

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advance kindgom web3Metroplitan Church's Beyond the Walls outreach ministry is pleased to present "Advance the Kingdom" - a one-day evangelism seminar featuring speakers Dr. Carlton P. Byrd (Speaker/Director Breath of Life Television Mininstries and Senior Pastor, Oakwood University Church, Huntsville, AL), Dr. Patrick E. Vincent (Senior Pastor, Mt. Calvary SDA Church, Tampa, FL) and Dr. Abraham Jules (Senior Pastor, Mt. Vernon SDA Church, Mt. Vernon, NY).  Online registration is now closed, but you can register in person starting at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 22.

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tn A Person Driven Life std confession tWe took a break from our Person Driven Life series to celebrate our African, African American and West Indian cultures, as well as our church’s history.  This week we return to our regularly scheduled program, resuming our study of the book Steps to Christ in an attempt to emulate the most impressive, yet enigmatic person in the history of the world – Jesus Christ.

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Freedom Fright tAn Arab chief tells a story of a spy who was captured and then sentenced to death by a general in the Persian army. This general had the strange custom of giving condemned criminals a choice between the firing squad and the big, black door. As the moment for execution drew near, the spy was brought to the Persian general, who asked the question, “What will it be: the firing squad or the big, black door?”

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tn A Person Driven Life grey std tAccording to popular Christian thought, the most basic questions everyone faces in life are: “Why am I here? What is my purpose?”  While we may agree with this to varying degrees, I believe these questions are only answered after we’ve been properly introduced to the Person that put us here – the One who watched us as we were being formed in utter seclusion, and woven together in the dark of the womb. (Psalm 139:15 NLT). That person is Jesus the Christ, “the one through whom God created everything”.  Since “everything has been created through him and for him” (Colossians 1:16 NLT), who better to answer those questions?

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tn TrueReligionGenes tTrue religion makes its headquarters in the heart of every Christ follower.  It was modeled by Jesus with the intention of redefining religion through an emphasis on compassion, sacrifice and good deeds. Over two millennia later, although the concept of religion has come to refer to a set of systems, creeds and rites, pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this:  to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction.
 
Compassion, sacrifice and good deeds made up the DNA of the early church. Consider this quote:

Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.... And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
 
As a member of the family of Christianity, as a son or daughter of God, is this the type of religion that's flowing in your genes?  Have the cares of this world diluted the gene pool so that our religion is watered down and unrecognizable?   Join us on Saturday, October 5 at 11:00 a.m. as Pastor Johns preaches True Religion Genes: God-made, superior genes to appeal to all mankind.
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tn XsandOs tOn Sabbath, June 15, Principal Dunn from Ridgecrest Elementary visited us and shared how grateful and excited she was about what Metropolitan has been doing, and will do, for her school and her students.  She was so enthused about joining us on our Jericho Walk that she stayed after church waiting to go out with us, even though her daughter’s birthday party was taking place at the same time!  (As soon as I found that out though, I sent her straight home!)

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tn XsandOs tBefore every game, coaches and players go through a game plan. This is especially important if the they've never played the opposing team.  To have a chance at winning, they need to know their opponent's strengths and weaknesses. They develop this knowledge by studying their opponents, by spending time looking at footage from several games, and developing an understanding of how the other team plays.  They then adapt their game plan to counter what their opponents will bring.  For example, if the opposing team has a strong running game, they know they need to focus on protecting the line, not sacking the quarterback, or preventing deep throws down the field. If the opposing team has strong perimeter shooters, they don't prepare to defend post plays.

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In the Adventist church, it's possible that one of the only things we talk about less than we talk about suicide is incest - which is not only sad, but dangerous, as the National Institute of Mental Health reported that in 2007, suicide was the third leading cause of death among youth ages 15 - 24.  Why won't we talk about this?  Are there things we can do to prevent our young adults from attempting suicide?  Are there risk factors we can look out for?  On Saturday, May 5 at 5:00 p.m., Lifted presents "Ready to Die" - an open discussion about suicide

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What do you do when you wake up two mornings in row and your devotion is about accepting the fact that you are insignificant? Particularly when your struggle is being overlooked or when, according to the author of the Five Love Languages, your love language happens to be “words of affirmation”.  Being called to ministry seems to be the land of insignificance.  Except for when someone else is being giving credit for something that you, rightfully, deserve the credit for – they can be significant.  Or even better still, when you’re made the recipient of blame for doing either what someone else would never do, or should have done – then, you can be significant.

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On Sabbath, September 24, 2011, we witnessed another incredible baptism at Metropolitan. However, even as I participated in the service, I began to ask the Lord, “What more do you want to do at Metro? Is this it, Lord?  Or is there more?”

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A lot sure can happen in 90 days.  On June 4, 2011, I was installed as the Assistant Pastor of the Metropolitan Seventh-day Adventist Church.  I walked into a church that already had a number of tremendous things going on.  The ministry center was just about completed; G.E. Peters School was graduating about 20 students; and the Chillum Oaks Senior Living Complex was full to capacity, with an ever-growing waiting list.

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