There’s power in Jesus, Dayspring told


Members of the Dayspring choir sing during the Communion Sunday service at Dayspring Baptist Church in Gainesville.

BRAD McCLENNY/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 2:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 2:01 p.m.

Christians must refuse to surrender to worldly and ungodly views that seek to diminish the power that is in the name of Jesus Christ.

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DAYSPRING MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH

Pastor: The Rev. Dr. Marie Herring.
Location: 1945 NE 8th Ave.
Services: Sunday school is 9 a.m., followed by morning worship at 10:30 a.m. Prayer is 6 p.m. Wednesday, followed by Bible study at 7 p.m.
Phone: 352-380-0075.

That was the message delivered Sunday morning by the Rev. Dr. Marie Herring in a dynamic, soulful and inspirational sermon at Dayspring Baptist Church. The church also observed Communion Sunday.

Herring said the power packed in the name of Jesus Christ is just as powerful today as it was more than 2,000 years ago, and it is still the best way to go when traveling down the many roads on life’s journey.

She also said just as the Apostles Peter and John — thought to be “unlearned and ignorant men” by some — rebuked orders by a council of men to stop talking about the power that is in the name of “Jesus Christ,” so, too, shall Christians living today.

The service was electric and highly energized and filled with the holy ghost. Herring, who received her doctorate degree in ministry in May from the United Theological Seminary near Dayton, Ohio, has a preaching style that mixes a lecture-style delivery with a traditional Baptist preaching flavor that sparks feelings of happiness and hope.

Minister Jane Barclay presided over the service, which included devotion led by the seven-member Deacon’s Ministry at the church. Deacon Rochester Roberts read scripture from Matthew 5:1-10.

“Now listen to this, he said ‘Count your blessings because the blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,’” said Roberts, before he and the other deacons led the church in the singing of “Amazing Grace.” Deacon Gary Terry Sr. led a moving devotional prayer before the deacons, led by Deacon Timothy Burkett, sang “I Got a Mind to Live Right.”

After the devotional, Herring told the parishioners packed into the church that she had not heard that song in a long time.

“I don’t know when the Lord is going to call me home, but I want to make sure my mind is right,” she said.

Herring began her sermon by saying that throughout the history of the church, Christians have viewed the nature and purpose of the church in various ways. She said for much of its history, the church has been regarded as the “visible public witness of Jesus Christ on the earth.” She said there was little difference between the mission of the church and the society in which the church was located.

“Because you see, hundreds of years ago, the church was the one that set the tone in society,” Herring said. “It was the church that said what you should wear and how you should act.”

She also said the church used to define cultural norms, ethics and values that people honored and respected.

“Now, you got Snoop Doggy Dogg, Lil Wayne, Beyonce, Nelly, Kanye West and others defining what our children are to wear, what they are to say, how they are to look and how they are to act,” Herring said.

As she neared the end of her sermon, she emphasized that Christianity is about building and serving the kingdom of God. She said the overwhelming meaning Christians should take from the life of Jesus Christ is that life is about making the world better.

She ended her sermon by talking about how John and Peter were ordered by the Sanhedrin Council, a group of politicians and leaders in the area where the two apostles were ministering, not to talk about Jesus. She rhetorically asked why the council did not want the apostles to mention the name of Jesus, then answered the question herself.

“A careful and close consideration of the passage reveals that the power is in the name of Jesus, and it is not confined to private and personal purposes, but the name of Jesus is connected to a public and social purpose, as well,” Herring said. “And what they realized is that the name of Jesus is not only benefiting the individual, but when Peter and John talked about the name of Jesus, the whole shebang (community) was blessed and healed as a result of it. Glory be to God.”

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