Category Archives: This Week with Pastor Jon

October 13, 2019

“You can do more than pray, after you have prayed. 
But you cannot do more than pray
until you have prayed.” ~S.D. Gordon~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue.  God is worthy of all our praise and we are glad that you have gathered to worship Him with us. Whether you are a first-time guest or a long-time family member, we pray that you are drawn closer to Jesus.

Prayer, when done the right way, is letting God know that we recognize we can’t live our lives without Him.  We often don’t pray because we think we can handle it on our own.  It is wisdom to admit our weakness and come to God for His strength.

Many of you are prayer “warriors” – not in the sense of power and ability, but in the sense of a clear vision. You see the utter dependence we have on God, as individuals and as a church, and you intercede to God on behalf of these needs.  Thank you for your ministry of prayer.

We have a great need for prayer today.  As a church, pray for God’s leading and glory as we minister to each other and reach out to our community. As individual believers, pray that God will help each of us consistently grow in faith and walk closer to Him.  And once we have prayed, we can live our lives in such a way that God’s grace and strength can be at work in us and through us.

The quote above should be applied to our worship this morning.  Take a few moments to silently entrust yourself into His hands this morning to accomplish all that He desires to do.  Then devote your energies to worshiping Him in song and thought and Word. We love you and thank God for the privilege of serving Him together with you.  May God bless you richly this week.

October 6, 2019

“Sunday is Market Day for the soul.” ~Puritan Saying~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue.  Things may seem a bit hectic this morning with all of the preparations for the Community Harvest Festival later today, but we are praying that our time in worship will cause us to rest in our Savior.

This afternoon’s Festival (from 4:00 to 6:00 pm) is designed for you, our church family, as well as for our neighbors, so please come and enjoy the music, games, pony rides, hayrides, magic show, food, face-painting, and much more!  And it is all free!!  Invite and bring your friends and neighbors, help with the event as much as you can, and meet new people tonight as we reach out with the love of Jesus to them in many tangible ways.

The picture on the front cover of this bulletin is awful!  It gets your attention, but you aren’t quite sure why I like it so much that I put it on the bulletin cover this week!  In fact, you may have looked at the picture and concluded that you just plain hate it, but even still, you probably can’t help looking again even right now.  Temptation is that way; we don’t like it, even hate it, but find ourselves pulled in far too many times.  Temptation is one more reason why our study of Genesis is so relevant.

Market Day for a Puritan was a big deal.  You worked at home all week raising crops or producing handcrafts and goods, then on Market Day, you (and the rest of the community) travelled into town to buy, sell, and trade products as well as connect socially with one another.  So, welcome to Market Day for the Soul (what the Puritans called the Lord’s Day).  I pray your “business” here feeds your soul.  May God bless you this week as you live for Him.

September 29, 2019

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and
His grace toward me did not prove vain…” ~1 Corinthians 15:10a~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue Baptist Church.  If you are a first-time guest, we hope that you experience the love of the Lord and are drawn closer to Him.  If you are a regular Dayton Ave family member, we pray that you are encouraged and strengthened in your walk of faith.  A special welcome to the Salley family – our missionaries in Costa Rica.  Our ladies team will be sharing about their summer mission trip in the service today.

Last Sunday you sent in more sermon text questions than I could answer, so I wrote out responses and posted them to our church website (in the “this Week with Pastor Jon” section). I will try to leave some time at the end of the message again today.  Text your questions to 937 347 3182 (use all 10 numbers).

Today is the last Sunday left for the Ray Roberts Mission Offering.  Along with our sister churches in Ohio we are helping to plant new churches and strengthen existing ministries here at home.  Thank you for praying and sharing in this special offering.  Next Sunday afternoon from 4-6 will be our annual Community Harvest Festival.  Use the postcard in this bulletin to invite and bring your friends and neighbors.  We need your help to prepare all of the registration packets tonight at the OutPour dinner at 6:00.  We’ll be serving sloppy joes & sides and then hear from some outreach ministries happening within our church family here in Xenia.

To be forgiven and to know Jesus personally is the greatest gift we can possess… and share.  He has been so good to us, and we can corporately praise Him today with our voices and this coming week with our lives.  God bless you this week as you continue to grow strong in your faith day by day.

September 22, 2019

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good
gifts to your children, how much more will your
Father Who is in heaven give what is good
to those who ask Him!”
~ Matthew 7:11~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue Baptist Church today. If you are a first-time guest, we hope that you experience the love of the Lord.  We pray He will draw all of us closer to Himself.

Our oldest daughter was born back when I still worked at IBM.  My manager asked for all the details, including exactly how to spell her name. Two weeks later he presented a little gift to me for her.  When we opened it up we saw why he asked about the spelling – it was a silver baby spoon engraved with her name.

That was an unexpected and very classy gift and it impressed on us the significance of a special chosen gift.  In our verses from Genesis today, we will see that God gave some very well-timed and well-chosen gifts to Adam and Eve, and therefore to all of us also.  As promised, I will leave some time at the end of the message today to answer some of your sermon questions.  You can text them to me (they will be anonymous) at 937 347 3182 (use all 10 numbers).

There are two more Sundays left that we receive the Ray Roberts missions offering which helps fund church planting and camp ministry in Ohio.   Thank you for prayerfully partnering in this.  Sarah and I will host another class this evening at 6:00 in the Youth/Crew room.  The Marriage TuneUps we’ve been doing on Sunday evenings are designed to help all couples grow in their marriage.  Children’s Choir (grades 2-5) and childcare ministry (for your younger ones) are available.  Come and learn with us.

Welcome to new members Charis Anthony, Katy Beverly, Micah Dewitt, Daniel Dyer, Jake Grasser and Jinho Son who joined our church by baptism last Sunday.  Greet them today if you haven’t already.  We love you, we pray for you, and we are here for you!

September 15, 2019

“God created man in His own image,
in the image of God He created him;
male and female He created them.” ~Genesis 1:27~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue.  We have been praying for God’s grace to cover us as we worship Him and learn more about Him from His word, the Bible. And, we will be celebrating the baptisms of six people today at the end of the 11:00am worship service!  Thank you for joining us today.

My father was a wonderful pastor, a godly man, and a great father to me.  I’m now roughly at the age my father was during my teenage years – the snapshot of him that is most indelibly fused in my memory.  Sarah often tells me that my mannerisms are just like my dad’s, and I see it myself when looking in the mirror.  And that makes me happy.

We come today to God’s creation of man in Genesis 1-2.  “In the image of God…” is the phrase that the Bible clearly emphasizes in the account, so it is a fact that you and I also bear the image of God.  Do we see Him reflected in our mannerisms, our character, our choices?  That is our challenge from God’s Word today.

Don’t forget the Ray Roberts missions offering that we are receiving this month.  It helps fund Ohio church planting and camp ministry.   Thank you for prayerfully partnering in this.  Sarah and I will host another Marriage TuneUp this evening at 6:00 in the Youth/Crew room.  We’ve designed this for all married couples (not just struggling couples) because we all have room to grow!  Children’s Choir (grades 2-5) and childcare ministry (for your younger ones) is available.  Come and learn with us.

It is an honor and a great blessing to serve the Lord together with you, our church family.  May the Lord bless you this week!

September 8, 2019

“All things were made by Him;
and without Him nothing was
made that was made.” ~John 1:3~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue today?  Did you notice that there was a question mark at the end of that first sentence?  Did you think it was a typographical error?  Shouldn’t a welcome end with an exclamation point instead?  Why would Pastor Jon write an entire paragraph of questions here?

Years ago, G. Campbell Morgan wrote, “Faith is the answer to a question; and, therefore, it is out of work when there is no question to ask.” Ponder that quote.  When we stop asking questions about God and about His word, our faith is out of work, or, put another way, we are not growing spiritually any more.  So here is one last question for you: how can we help you with the spiritual questions you have right now?

There are many ministry opportunities available here to help you, and today is the Ministry Fair (spread throughout the building).  Learn about all that is available and get connected as a learner and/or a server.  Sarah and I will host the first Marriage TuneUp this evening at 6:00 – I’ll share more just before my message.

This month we are receiving the Ray Roberts missions offering that funds Ohio church planting and Seneca Lake Camp ministry.   Would you pray and ask the Lord to enable you to give an extra gift this month toward this special offering?  Thank you.  We will celebrate several baptisms next Sunday morning at the end of the 2nd worship service. If you want to publicly testify that you belong to Jesus through baptism, please let me know today. 

I am praying for you.  Thank you for praying for me, my family, and our entire team of pastors and leaders.  We love you.

September 1, 2019

For thus says the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, “I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and
lowly of spirit….” ~
Isaiah 57:15a ~

Good morning and welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue.  A special welcome to Dr. Dan DeWitt who is preaching today.  Along with serving as, Director of the Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity at Cedarville University, Dan and April and their family serve here, too, as part of our church family.  I know the Lord will speak through him to all of us.

Each fall we receive a special missions offering (called the Ray Roberts offering in honor of an Ohio church-planting pioneer) that benefits church strengthening and church planting in our state.   The insert in today’s bulletin gives more information – would you pray and ask the Lord to enable you to give an extra gift this month toward this special offering?  Thank you.

Our church ministry opportunities have started back up in full swing for the fall.  Each of us needs opportunities to grow in our walk with the Lord AND to serve others.  The Ministry Fair next week will help you learn about all those opportunities available and get connected as a server and/or a learner.  Sarah and I will host the first Marriage TuneUp next Sunday evening at 6:00 (more information on the green insert in today’s bulletin). 

If you have placed your faith in Jesus and want to publicly testify through baptism that you belong to Him, please let a pastor know so that you can be included in the next Baptism Celebration being planned for September 15thWelcome to new membersBill, Wini, and Susanna Babione who joined our church last Sunday.  Greet them today if you haven’t done so already.  We love you, we pray for you, and we are here for you this week.

August 25, 2019

“By His wounds
we are healed….” ~Isaiah 53:5~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning.  We will be observing the Lord’s Table in our worship today, remembering the cruelty of Jesus’ Cross, the selflessness of His Sacrifice, and the magnitude of His Great Love for us.  Observing Communion is an act of obedience as well as a personal recommitment to live our lives for Jesus.  That is what true worship is really about – serving our Savior.  [Note: the bread and the grape juice are gluten-free.]. 

A special welcome this morningto our college students.  We ask that all of our guests stop by the Welcome Desk in the foyer for a gift bag with information and a little loaf of homemade bread.  Our pastors, greeters, and ushers are also ready to help you.  Even though we have identical worship services at 9:30 and 11:00, seating is always more challenging in the sanctuary at 11:00.  Why not try out our Livestream Service in the Youth Room also at 11:00am?

AWANA begins this Wednesday evening!  If you are looking for a great place to serve and invest your life in young people, AWANA and CREW (our youth ministry) are weekly opportunities to do that.  Please let us know if you are willing to serve the Lord in this way. 

If you have placed your faith in Jesus and want to publically testify through baptism that you belong to Him, please let a pastor know so that you can be included in the next Baptism Celebration.  Welcome to new members Chuck and Linda Deglow and Laura Woodman who joined our church last Sunday.  Greet them today if you haven’t done so already.  I am so thankful for the many folks who have committed themselves in this same way to our church this past year.  God is at work here and it is a joy to serve Him with all of you. Don’t hesitate to call on any of us pastors this week – we are here for you.

August 18, 2019

“Your kingdom come,
Your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.” ~Matthew 6:10~

Welcome to worship this morning and a special welcome to our college students who are arriving for the fall.  We have missed you!  If you have come to Dayton Ave for the first time today, we are glad you are here and hope you will expereince the love of the Lord here!  Please stop by our Welcome Desk and get a gift bag with a loaf of bread and helpful information. 

We had anticipated completing a building project this past summer that would have given us additional seating in our sanctuary worship services.  The Lord changed our plans, and as a result, we are asking for volunteers to adopt the 11:00am Livestream Service (in the youth room) in order to make more seats available in the sanctuary service.  We’ve improved the sound system, enhanced the seating, and upgraded the refreshments for you there!  Thank you for your help.

Another Baptism Celebration is coming soon.  If you want to publically proclaim your faith in Jesus through baptism, please talk with me or any of our pastors soon.  Awana begins in 1 ½ weeks and we need more faithful adult workers to help our children grow strong in their faith.  If you are willing to serve the Lord in this way, speak with Pastor Robert or Nancy Svendsen today. 

Gerry & Cathy Kimble and Daniel Thompson joined our church last Sunday.  Welcome them today if you haven’t done so already.  Next Sunday morning we will observe the Lord’s Table together.  Parents: please feel free to use this as a teaching opportunity and involve your children (the elements we serve are gluten free). May the Lord shine His face on you this week as you live for Him.