Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Praise and Prayer Power Meeting
The Scriptures reinforce in many places that prayer is powerful when believers gather together in unity before the throne of God. Starting on Wednesday, February 6, the Metropolitan family will host a monthly praise and prayer gathering at 7:00 pm on the first Wednesday of each month in the Fellowship Hall. This meeting is in addition to our other prayer gatherings and will focus on praying for specific needs of the church family, the city, the nation, or the world. Times of praise and testimonies of God’s powerful work will be shared, as well.
Pastor’s Pen: September 2019 Issue
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20, ESV)
The Great Commission given in the verses above stand as the major instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ to the church. Everything about our Christian faith flows from these simple verses. Some would separate the Great Commandment from the Great Commission as the two primary instructions of our Lord, but I would have you recognize that the Great Commandment, as shared by our Lord, is not a command, but an answer to the question asking which commandment is the greatest.
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The story of the book of Genesis is the story of beginnings. There is much in the book, but the basic line is simple: God, Creation, Adam and Eve, and the Fall take up the ﬁrst three chapters. Chapters 4–11 cover the time from Adam to Abraham, including the Flood and the Tower of Babel. And chapters 12–50 focus on Abraham and his family (12–25 focus on Abraham; 26–36 largely on his grandson Jacob; and 37–50 mainly on Jacob’s son Joseph).
The story is beautifully and captivatingly told. It contains parts so majestic and grand that no translation can hide it: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1). Yet it also contains small and precious details: “Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her” (29:20). Oh, friend, if you have not read this book, read it.
In the series, our Pastor Chris will show you that, in God’s sovereignty, the stories of Genesis are the stories included for teaching what God intends us to learn. These themes emerge in the ﬁrst part; and then, in the way God often reveals himself, they emerge even more clearly in the second part. God’s revelation often becomes clearer over time.
Genesis begins with such power, universal scope, and hope of life: “In the beginning, God created . . .” But then notice how the book ends. Its very last words are, “he [Joseph] was placed in a coffin in Egypt” (50:26). Satan looks as if he has won, doesn’t he? His rebellion against God’s creation appears to have succeeded. Death has touched all of Adam’s sons, and the last hero in Genesis, Joseph, fades away. The book that begins with Creation ends with a coffin!
But look at where that coffin is: in Egypt, the mightiest nation on earth. God knew what he was doing. God knew where to plant his seeds for his purposes. He knew exactly where to leave Joseph’s coffin. As we will discover in our study of Exodus, the stage was set for God’s great drama of redemption and resurrection, where he would show the whole world that no nation on earth, not even the greatest superpower, could stop his plans. And so he leaves Joseph’s coffin in Egypt. Genesis, the book of beginnings, ends. But God’s business is not ﬁnished yet. Not nearly ﬁnished!
Do you think you have experienced something that has ﬁnished off God’s plan in your life? Some circumstance that is too horrible? Some situation that is too messed-up? Some sin that is just too serious? Then you have not carefully considered the Creator of this world . . . or Joseph’s coffin. You think the story is over? God was not ﬁnished then. And, thank God, he is not yet ﬁnished today!
Kindergarten through Adults
Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Wanting answers to life? Looking for purpose and meaning? At Metropolitan, we seek to be relevant, while remaining faithful to the historic Christian faith. We have entered an era when church attendance and participation has become unfashionable. Skepticism is on the rise. We are okay with that for two reasons. On the one hand, Christianity has ceased to be a cultural movement. Those who come tend to have a desire to seek the truth. That means that the church must have answers to meet the increasingly questioning community.. READ MORE ...
Sunday Morning Worship: 11:00AM-12:30PM
Child care: MBC Kid’s Club for children 1st-6th grades.
Sunday Learning Centers:
Kindergarten through Adults, 9:30AM-10:30AM.
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Metropolitan Baptist Church is a multi-ethnic church whose purpose is to create a passionate pursuit of God’s glory. MBC is committed to reaching the Southwest Brooklyn community through planting congregations for the ethnic groups moving into the area. READ MORE ...
Welcome to Metropolitan’s website. We pray that through it you will deepen your desire to passionately seek God’s glory, and if the Lord so leads, you might join us in this quest as part of our three congregations.
At Metropolitan, we have a purpose statement, a summary of why we believe God has placed this congregation in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. That purpose statement goes like this: The purpose of Metropolitan Baptist Church is to create a passionate pursuit of God’s glory that leads to active worship, profound fellowship, hungering discipleship, purposeful ministry, and the enthusiastic spreading of the Good News.
We understand that the whole of the human race, as created by the eternal God, came into being in order to glorify God with our whole being. God created us as bearers of His image. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:17).
Unfortunately, though He created us to bear His image, the human race has rebelled against God. Everyone has turned from bearing God’s image and has become selfish and self-centered. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 NIV).
That is why our purpose at Metropolitan is to create a passionate pursuit of God’s glory. We want our friends, neighbors, co-workers, family, and the whole world to realize that by rebelling against God and worshiping a god of their own making, they have failed to fulfill God’s purpose in creating them. As Pastor John Piper reminds us, God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in Him.
So we, at Metropolitan, are passionate about helping men and women, boys and girls to become passionate about pursuing God’s glory, so that each person can fulfill what he or she was created to be. The manifestation of that passionate pursuit of God’s glory will be the five characteristics given in the purpose statement above. In many ways, the adjectives carry more weight than the nouns.
A passionate pursuit of God’s glory will lead to active worship – not just showing up for a Sunday worship service, but a life lived daily as an act of worship to God. It also leads to profound fellowship – not just a friendly church, but a church where the idea of the Family of God has become a reality. Furthermore, hungering discipleship will become a reality – not just Bible study, but a deep desire to know and experience what it means to walk with God. The glory of God is best manifested in purposeful ministry – for ministry is service, and the New Testament word for worship means to serve with a committed heart. Since what brings God glory above all things is the restoration of a human being to a right relationship with God, those who pursue God’s glory will enthusiastically spread the Good News about Jesus Christ to the whole world.
I invite you to join us in this grand purpose. While we readily admit we have not attained this purpose, we have committed ourselves to pursue it with passion.
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