Welcome to GEMBC!

Greater Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church is a family church that takes the holistic approach to impact the Community and the World for the cause of Jesus Christ.
~Ephesians 3:14-15, III John 1:2, Matthew 28:19-20

Reverend Rickey Jones, Sr., Pastor

Y.Y.A.M. Tutoring

ALERT: As our students enjoy spring break, Turnt'up Tutoring will NOT be in session on Wednesday, April 9th and Wednesday, April 16th. Tutoring sessions will resume April 23rd.
Are you turn't up for good grades? For more info and to register online, CLICK HERE.

YYAM Director: Doris Marshall
YYAM Minister: Rev. Rickey Jones Jr.
Email: yyam@greaterelizabeth.org

Check Us Out Every 3rd Sunday!

Children's Church is a worship experience for children, age 4 - 12 years old. Children learn about God through engaging lessons & discussion. arts & crafts, games, and movies. It's a chance to fellowship with their peers.

Coordinator: Corliss Price
Assistant Coordinator: Yolanda Peek
Email: childrenschurch@greaterelizabeth.org

WELCOME!

each one, reach one, for the ONE...who died for all!

From the Pastor and First Lady’s Heart

pastorandwife_blueGEMBC Family, Friends and Visitors:

Around the beginning of springtime, many Christians around the world commemorate the Passion of Christ, which refers to His Sufferings during the period following the Last Supper unto His Crucifixion and Vicarious (Substitutionary) Death.  During this period, our Lord suffered many things at the hands of Jewish and Roman Leaders, from the betrayal of Judas and fleeing of His disciples to illegitimate trials and false accusations of deception and blasphemy. Many spat in His face, hit Him with their fists and struck Him with the palms of their hands.

If that were not enough, when He stood before Pilate, a governor of the Roman Empire, the Jewish people shouted, “Crucify Him and release unto us Barabbas,” a criminal who was in prison serving time for his unjust actions. Barabbas was released, but Jesus was scourged as described below:

[A Roman instrument was used to inflict severe bodily punishment.  It consisted of a handle with about a dozen leather cords with jagged pieces of bone or metal at each end to make the blow more painful and effective.  The victim was tied to a post and the blows were applied to the bare back and abdomen and sometimes to the face and lower extremities.  The flesh was cut in several places by each blow. So hideous was the punishment that the victim often fainted and some died under it.]

A crown of thorns was placed on His head, and He was crucified upon the cross on a mountain called Calvary.  Isaiah prophesied well of this in chapter 53:

“Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon: and with His stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”

However, it didn’t end there. If it did, we would still be spiritually dead in our sins, unforgiven and awaiting God’s future judgment without any recourse but eternal damnation.  On the third day, the Glory of Father raised Jesus up from the dead.  Now, as believers, we can enjoy His life and have it more abundantly.  I know many debate and question this celebration for numerous reasons.  Nevertheless, as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we celebrate His Death for our sins, His burial, and ultimately, His Resurrection according to the scriptures for our justification every day of our lives.  He has risen as He said, “To God be The Glory!”

Forever Grateful Because of Calvary and His Resurrection,

 

Pastor Rickey Jones, Sr. and First Lady Christine Jones
April 2014

"For We Walk By Faith, not by Sight" 2 Corinthians 5:7