Category Archives: This Week with Pastor Jon

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.

August 11, 2019

“As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the Lord is tested; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.” ~2nd Samuel 22:31~

Welcome to Dayton Avenue today.  I am so glad you are here to worship our Lord.  We never know from week to week who will be here on Sunday – things do come up unexpectedly sometimes – but I have been praying that God would especially bless everyone He has brought together here this morning. 

A special welcome to our college students who have begun to arrive back for the fall semester.  We have missed you!  We hope you all have a wonderful year.  If you have come to Dayton Ave for the first time today, we are glad you are here!  Make sure you stop by our Welcome Desk and get a loaf of bread (our welcome gift). 

As our students and regular church family come back from summer vacations and mission trips, we’ll be experiencing seating challenges again, especially in our 11:00am worship services.  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 upgraded the sound system and enhanced the seating & lighting for you there!  Check it out.

We are planning another Baptism Celebration soon.  If you have trusted Jesus Christ for salvation and want to publically proclaim your faith in baptism, please talk with me or any of our pastors soon.  Awana begins again in just 2 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. 

Joanna and Sparrow Ehlers and Seth Licklider joined our church last Sunday.  Give them a welcome today if you haven’t done so already.  We are praying for you and thank the Lord for allowing us to serve Him together with you.  Don’t hesitate to call on us this week.

August 4, 2019

“I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.” ~John 8:12~

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue.  Sunday mornings are a busy time for the devil as he attempts to prevent us from worshiping and hearing from God’s Word.  But despite sleeping through the alarm, despite your allergies, despite the stresses of getting everyone dressed and ready, despite the mechanical problems with your vehicle, you’ve made it to church today!  Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world!

The Costa Rica Mission team wraps up their ministry today and will head home.  Thank you for praying for them and helping support this project financially.  We are planning another Baptism Celebration soon.  If you have trusted Jesus Christ for salvation and want to publically proclaim your faith in baptism, please talk with me or any of our pastors soon.  This evening is our August OutPour fellowship – come back at 6pm and be a part of helping minister to our community (we’ll be serving pizza).

If you came through the main entrance this morning, you probably noticed the “Fresh Vegetables” table.  Many in our church family have gardens and like to share what they’ve grown.  Help yourself to what you see on that table in the weeks ahead, and if you are a gardener, feel free to share your surplus produce. 

Jesus was a people-builder: He looked beyond the surface and reached into the hearts of people.  We can do the same with a simple act of love and encouragement to someone the Lord puts in your path.  We love you (and we like you, too!).  May the Lord bless you this week as you faithfully live for Him.

July 28, 2019

“Praise and thanksgiving do not magically change my circumstances.  They radically alter my viewpoint.  Praise and thanksgiving bring me back into the presence of God, where there is fullness of joy and pleasures evermore.” ~Jennifer Kennedy Dean

Welcome to Dayton Avenue Baptist Church.  The old Westminster Catechism states that “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.”  Let’s enjoy worshiping Him today!

At the end of the 11:00am worship service we will be praying over and commissioning the eight ladies heading to Costa Rica on mission this week.  Please pick up their prayer cards (if you haven’t already) and make a special effort to lift them up every day.  There’s still time for you to sponsor one of the Costa Rican pastor’s wives’ expenses: that information and other ways you can be a partner in this ministry is at their table in the foyer.

Several ladies in our church provide interpretation services for us each week.  Do you know someone who would be blessed by this ministry?  We’d love to see the Lord use it more.  Here’s another idea: stop right now and think of someone who is at home, unable to attend church today, then call/text them to join us this morning via our Livestream ministry at 11:00am.  They’ll need to go to our website, www.daytonave.org, and follow the directions there.

If you came through the main entrance this morning, you probably noticed the “Fresh Vegetables” table.  Many in our church family have gardens and like to share what they’ve grown.  Help yourself to what you see on that table in the weeks ahead, and if you are a gardener, feel free to share your surplus produce. 

It is a privilege to serve the Lord together and see all that He is doing in us and through us.  It’s also humbling to realize just how blessed we are.  Be encouraged that as we continue to seek Him and His strength, He will continue to use us for His glory.  We love you.