What are YOU seeking?
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
Jesus is departing, after meeting his cousin John and being baptized by him. He notices two disciples following Him. Jesus turns around and asks: What are you seeking?” (John 1:38) KJV. It is a question meant for all men of every time and in all places and situations.
The reply given by Jesus—“Come, and you will see”—is, like so many of His statements, loaded with multiple meanings on different levels. On the material level, the disciples did follow and see where He dwelt. But on a deeper, spiritual level, they entered into a relationship—Teacher and disciples—that eventually revealed to them a shocking truth: Jesus is the Word, who “was with God” and who “is God” before the beginning of creation (John 1:1-3). The One who now dwelt among men was one with the Father, and had been sent to call men to Himself, to seek and to save.
What are you looking for today?
Are you looking for bread, for the basic needs of life? Jesus is the bread (John 6:35).
Are you looking for enlightenment? I am the light (John 8:12).
Are you looking for hope in the darkness of this world? I am the light of the world (John 8:12).
Are you looking for the way to live? I am the way. (John 14:6).
Are you looking for the truth? I am … the truth (John 14:6).
Are you looking for an abundance of life? I am … the life (John 14:6).
Are you looking for meaning in the face of death? I am the resurrection (John 11:25).
Are you hoping for life after death? I am the resurrection and the life (John 11:25).
Whatever you are seeking, whether the bare necessities of life, a sense of belonging and meaning, life after death, or the truth about the universe, and most importantly, if you are seeking eternal life with the Father, the answer rests in Jesus. He is the ONLY way!
If you don’t know Him, invite Him into your heart as your Lord and Savior, today!
“Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God, that You died on the cross to rescue me from sin and death and to restore me to the Father. I choose now to turn from my sins, my self-centeredness, and every part of my life that does not please You. I receive Your forgiveness and ask You to take Your rightful place in my life as my Savior and Lord. Come reign in my heart, fill me with Your love and Your life, and help me to become like You. Restore me, Jesus. Live in me. Love through me. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen”.
Abiding Faith Baptist Church is a church on a journey—our focus is Jesus Christ! We believe that God gives each born again believer spiritual gifts/talents and abilities to edify and build up His Church; and we strongly encourage members to use their individual gifts to maximum effectiveness in the Body of Christ. We are committed to provide the necessary tools to equip saints for the work of the ministry of Jesus Christ, as we reach out into the community to those whom God has ordained us to reach—both the saved and the unsaved!
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- The Bible provides the basis for all that Christians are to be and do.
- God has revealed Himself in Jesus Christ, and the followers of Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, are to continue Jesus' ministry of proclamation and service.
- That only through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as Savior can persons be redeemed and that the redeemed have been commissioned to carry His message and ministry to all people of the world.
- Each Christian is commanded to carry out God's purpose and is gifted by the heavenly Father for that mission.
- Christians are to minister to the whole person, meeting spiritual, physical, social, mental and emotional needs.
- A spiritual awakening, beginning with an emphasis on prayer, is essential to reaching our community for Christ.
- Cooperation is at the heart of all that we do. Therefore, it is essential that all parts of the church family work as a team through participation and cooperation to carry out our purpose in Christ.
- We believe that true worship is a matter of the heart, expressed through an outward lifestyle of holiness. We worship Him for Who He is and not only for what He does!
Purpose 1: WORSHIP - Magnify His Name The Church exists to worship God. How do we love God with all our heart? By worshipping Him! It does not matter if we’re by ourselves or with 1000 people. When we express our love to God, we’re worshipping. The Bible says, “Worship The Lord your God, and serve Him only” (Matthew 4:10). Worshipping God is the church’s first purpose. Throughout scripture, we’re commanded to celebrate God’s presence by magnifying the Lord and exalting His name. Psalm 34:3 (NASB): “Oh magnify The Lord with me and let us exalt His name together.” We shouldn’t worship out of duty; we should worship because He is worthy of worship. We should enjoy expressing our love to God.
Purpose 2: REACH - Sharing the Gospel Message of Love The church exists to communicate God's Word. We are ambassadors for Christ, and our mission is to reach out and evangelize the world. It is every Christian's responsibility to share the Good News wherever we go. We are to tell the whole world of Christ's coming, His death on the cross, His resurrection, and His promise to return. The task of evangelism is so important, that we find it recorded in each of the gospels, and once in the book of Acts. In Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:4749, John 20:21, and Acts 1:8, Jesus commissions us to go and give the world the message of salvation. Evangelism is more than just our responsibility. It is our great privilege.
Purpose 3: TEACH - Equipping God's People for Ministry The church exists to edify, or educate, God's people. This process begins when a person is born again and continues throughout his life. Colossians 1:28 (NCV) says, "We continue to preach Christ to each person, using all wisdom to warn and to teach everyone, in order to bring each one into God's presence”. As the church, we are called; not only to reach people, but to also teach them. After someone has made a decision for Christ, he or she must learn of God, of His love for the whole world and His plan for saving mankind to bring us into His prepared kingdom. They must learn how God expects us to use the gifts and talents and opportunities to further His kingdom.
Purpose 4: GROW - Developing Christians to Model His Character It is the church’s responsibility to develop Christians to spiritual maturity. This is God's will for every believer. Paul writes: " ... so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ" (Eph. 4: 12b-13). Jesus has established a pattern for us to follow. "To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps" (I Peter 2:21). In I Timothy 4:12, Paul gives us several specific areas in which we are to model the character of Christ: "Set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity." Notice that maturity is not measured by one's learning but by one's lifestyle.
Purpose 5: SERVE - Ministering to the Needs of the Community The church exists to minister. Ministry is demonstrating God's love to others by meeting their needs and healing their hurts in the Name of Jesus. The church is to minister to all kinds of needs: spiritual, relational, and physical. Jesus said that even a cup of cold water given in His Name was considered as ministry and would not go un-rewarded. The church is to “... equip the saints for the work of ministry" (Eph. 4: 12 NRSV). I Peter 4: 10 says, "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms."
Assistant Pastor Horace & Second Lady Price
Reverend Horace Price, Sr. & Second Lady Rosemary Kline Price
Horace Price, Sr., was born April 20, to the late Howard and Lula Price, in Tallulah, Louisiana. He is the fifth of fifteen. He was educated at Thomastown Elementary, Middle School and High School. He attended Grambling on a basketball scholarship and received his BS in Industrial Arts. He holds a degree in heating and air-conditioning. He worked for Houston Independent School District for 28 years before retiring, but his real job is working for the Lord. His ministry began as a Deacon at New Faith Baptist, where, lead by the Holy Spirit, he accepted his calling to the ministry and became an ordained minister in 1983. He attended the College of Biblical Studies. He currently serves as the Assistant Pastor and Youth Minister at Abiding Faith. It is his prayer that others see Jesus shining through him and his ministry.
Rosemary Kline Price was born in Tallulah, Louisiana to the late Rev. Edward Kline, Sr. and the late Ethel Mae Bosby Kline. She attended Thomastown Elementary, Middle and High School. She graduated Valedictorian and received a full academic scholarship to Grambling State University. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and graduated from Grambling State University, cum laude, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics. She also holds a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston.
Horace and Rosemary are charter members, and Rosemary serves faithfully as a Deaconess, a Greeter and a member of the Cotillion Committee. They have two daughters, a son, and an adopted daughter, six grandchildren and one adopted granddaughter. One son-in-law Billy, II, and one daughter-in-law have also complemented the family unit as a spouse to their daughter and son.
Rosemary retired from the Houston Independent School District where she was employed for 31 years. Her hobbies are sewing and crafts. Rosemary says she sincerely believes in putting Christ first and knows that when she does “all other things will fall in their correct places”.
Abiding Faith Baptist Church History
On October 18, 1992, at Briargate Elementary School, ninety-three (93) faith-filled children of God gathered for the purpose of establishing a new church for God’s service. These were a “chosen people” -- chosen by God to climb to a higher level of praise, worship, and service. This congregation became known as the Abiding Faith Baptist Church. It is only by the resounding grace of God that Abiding Faith has become a beacon light on the corner of Fondren and Independence in Missouri City, Texas. It holds membership in the San Felipe Association of Churches in the Coastal Plains Baptist Area. This association of churches strives to equip believers of all ages to do the work of evangelism.
Pastor/Founder Bobby R. Morgan was chosen by God to lead this flock of believers and Reverend Horace Price, Sr., was selected as the Assistant Pastor. As a result of God’s favor, administrators on the campus of the Willowridge High School opened their doors of The Commons. Later the Ronald E. McNair Auditorium was opened to Abiding Faith, and we were welcomed in the spirit of love, support and encouragement.
The open charter membership period of our church, October 18, 1992 through November 15, 1992, yielded a membership of 139. Among these were first officers: Deacons Harold Simmons, Wird Brown, Jr., and the late Raymond Roberson. The Church Secretary was Pamela Simmons and Rosalind Amos was Church Clerk. We thank God that sixty-five (65) Charter Members are still serving at Abiding Faith!
For support and assistance in making major decisions concerning the church’s welfare, Elders, composed of Ministers and Deacons were selected by the Pastor. Elders, along with Pastor Morgan and Assistant Pastor Price are Deacons Harold Simmons, Patrick Harper and Eugene Stewart. The Sunday School, Choir and Deacons were our first Departments/Auxiliaries.
In order for any organization to successfully grow, a purpose or purposes must be established; consequently, three (3) purposes of the Abiding Faith Baptist Church were defined: Worship -- Magnifying His Name, Reach -- Sharing the Message of Love, Teach -- Equipping God’s People for Ministry, Grow -- Developing Christians to Model His Character, and Serve -- Ministering to the Needs of the Community. The Church Motto was also established: “God Can Do All Things! One Heart, One Soul - United In Christ Jesus.”
God blessed Abiding Faith to purchase land for a permanent site at 15376 Fondren Road at Independence in Missouri City, Texas. In 1997, the Lord faithfully, and as promised, blessed Abiding Faith with a permanent house of prayer and worship. In grateful appreciation and recognition we have returned to the McNair Auditorium in celebration of our Annual Family and Friends Day.
On June 22, 1997, God blessed Abiding Faith to enlarge its physical and spiritual territory, and the Dedication Service was held in the first edifice where Abiding Faith kingdom-builders glorified God as Promise-Keeper. Great is God’s faithfulness! As the church grew, traditional ministries and auxiliaries formed -- Sunday School, Choirs, Usher Board, Women's Missionary, Brotherhood and Youth Ministries. Continued growth prompted the need for an additional service. The first “United We Build Campaign” was held.
In May 2000, we began two morning worship services -- 7:30 and 10:45. Both events represent stepping stones of growth and development of our purpose-driven church.
In February 2004, a second “United We Build Campaign” was initiated and the congregation boarded the “Faith Train” with pledges for sacrificial giving for the building of a larger sanctuary. We purposed in our hearts to bring the vision of our new sanctuary to reality. Abiding Faith was established as operating on a “faith budget” which means that we operated on faith and tithe. Currently the physical operation of our church relies strictly on our faith (sacrificial) giving and tithe.
On September 11, 2005, the Abiding Faith family marked the site of our present sanctuary with a ground-breaking ceremony. With stakes bearing a favorite scripture, each family stood on holy ground and symbolically planted a re-commitment to God and to Abiding Faith. Hallelujah! Praise God!
On September 10, 2006, we held a jubilee dedication service in our new sanctuary. Great is God’s faithfulness!
As the church continued to grow, additional fruit-bearing Auxiliaries; Committees, Departments and Ministries were formed.
Auxiliaries: Brotherhood, Ushers & Greeters and Women of Faith.
Committees include: Church Anniversary (Steering), Care Partners, Church Council, Communication, Decoration, Fellowship, Finance; Red Carpet (Marketing Sub-ministry), Sunday School Curriculum, and Pastoral Care.
Departments include: Education -- Baptist Training Union, Bible Study, Children’s Church; G.I.F.T. Academy, and Sunday School.
Music Department includes: Mass Choir, Women’s Choir, Male Chorus, Young Adult Choir, Youth Choir, Anointed Voices of Praise, and the Audio Visual Ministry.
Abiding Faith Ministries are comprised of A.F.E.A.T. -- Abiding Faith Evangelistic Action Team (7 sub-ministries), Brotherhood, Christian Challengers, Deacons and Deaconess, Drama, Expression of Love, Health & Wellness Initiative, Marriage, Marketing, Photography, Prayer, Security, Share Group Ministry, Sick & Shut-In, Singles, Sports, Tape, Transportation, University of Faith Ministry, Ushers & Greeters, Web Ministry, and Young at Heart Ministry.
In 2007, the publication of our newsletter “The Abounding Word” created an avenue to keep the church informed and connected.
Share Groups, led by Deacons and Deaconess, are means by which each member in our church experiences the love and support of the entire congregation. These leaders assist the Pastor in ministering to the needs of members in their specific groups.
In 2008, according to the words of wisdom from our Pastor spoken on December 30, 1992, as he extended our purpose in our efforts to reach the lost: “God has given each born again believer spiritual gifts, talents and abilities that are needed by the Church. For our church to function with maximum effectiveness, it is essential that each member uses his gifts, talents and abilities for the good of the body of Christ in our local church and the universal church as well”, and as a result, the Harvester’s Sunday School Class, a 12-week evangelism course, was initiated. This course of study prepares and equips Christians in ways that empower them to effectively work out the Great Commission given by Jesus Christ -- “go, teach, constrain” -- another of our purposes.
As of September 2008, our total membership was six-hundred and ten (610). Praise God!
In 2009, two new ministries were added: The Toynelle Bailey Scholarship Committee, and the Junior Drill Team. The Marketing Ministry was also reconstructed. Twenty-five (25) Share Groups are operational, and there are ten (10) Associate Ministers on our Ministerial Staff.
In 2010, forty-seven (47) new members united with us, including eleven (11) who were baptized. Our total membership was 665. Growth in both our spiritual and physical body keeps us moving forward to a more intimate relationship with the Almighty God.
In 2011, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, moving even further in realizing the “Serve” purpose, Pastor Morgan was lead to establish an additional ministry -- Sick & Shut In, to assist him in nurturing, guiding and providing for the needs of the flock who are unable to (physically) worship with us. Five (5) Deacons were ordained, and one (1) honorary was designated. This year forty (40) new members were added. Eleven (11) new converts were baptized. Our total membership is 675.
These 19 years have truly been orchestrated and powered by God as we grow and become more like Christ! At every stage of our grace-filled journey and our physical church development, God continues to cultivate the spiritual body as well.
2012: Listed in our purposes under Supportive Concerns is Prayer. It states that “prayer is imperative, and that each member should develop intercessory prayer and continue to call on God for revival and evangelization . . . .” With this concern in mind, a Prayer Life Sunday School Class was initiated. This class serves to teach the necessity and the power of prayer in a Christian’s life and the life of Abiding Faith! From 2002-2007 and from 2010-September 2012, approximately 12,000+ meals have been served by the A.F.E.A.T. Ministry. Members added (35), Baptized (10), Elders/Deacons (3), Associate Ministers (10), Deacons (27), Deaconess (26), Departments (8), Committees (12), Auxiliaries (3), and Ministries (22). The Sunday School began developing Sunday School Curriculum on-site with our October, November, December (4th) Quarter.
2013: "Our membership is presently 559. This year thirty-seven (37) members were added and six (6) new converts were baptized."
2014-2015: God graciously added three (3) Men of God to His AFBC flock. Consequently, we have seven (7) Associate Ministers serving along with our Pastor and Assistant Pastor! Total membership for 2014 is 523. In 2015, we had eighteen (18) new members to unite with Abiding Faith. Ten (10) were baptized. To God be the Glory.
2016: The Lord continued to bless and add to His church. New members added were twenty-nine (29) and three (3) of these were new converts. We have worked diligently and faithfully to discharge our duties and God has blessed us with abundant prosperity as we spread His light and His love on this corner and in our community. We have knocked on doors, shared God’s Salvation story, visited the nursing home and our Sick & Shut-in, sought opportunities to feed the hungry, and reached out with benevolence to many who were suffering hardship. As we endeavored to live up to our theme for 2016: “Then your light will break out like the dawn, And your recovery will speedily spring forth; And your righteousness will go before you; The glory of the LORD will be your rear guard (Isaiah 58:8) NASB, we pray that our service has been acceptable to Him. Total membership for 2016 is 570.
2017: Pastor Morgan was awarded for Abiding Faith’s 24 years of service to the Community by State Representative Ron Reynolds. We celebrated our First Family’s 24th Anniversary. We also worked together as a family to complete the “Marquee Project” and purchased a new LED sign. A new sound system, commercial oven range and refrigerator/freezer and garbage disposal were installed. Renovations were completed on the Multipurpose Center—new flooring, painting and new filing cabinets were positioned. Our hearts were saddened as we said “farewell” to seven (7) members of our “family”, including Sister Bernice Martin — a Charter Member and a Church Mother. Also, from October 2016 to present, twenty-nine (29) united with our family. Six (6) of these members were baptized/new converts. Total membership to date is 592. We are extremely grateful to God for adding to our vineyard.
Anniversaries call for remembering. Our journey of faith, as a body of believers in Christ began 25 years ago. We stepped out on God's word and moved forward into God's divine destiny for Abiding Faith. Our faith was somewhat shaky, but God has blessed and kept us for His glory alone. Anniversaries also call for honoring! We thank God for all of our dedicated members who have been called home to be with the Lord. We continue to give honor and praise to God for Pastor Morgan, our Associate Ministers, and all of our present members for their commitment to God and Abiding Faith.
On this special day, we rejoice and give praise to God for His bountiful blessings. We continue to share in our Pastor’s vision and goals of expanding our outreach efforts, and as such, we continue to strive to live the creed of the five purposes of our church.
So, as we honor and celebrate our God today, we want Him to know that we love Him just because of who He is. We are so thankful and appreciate all that He has done for us in the past. Today we remember the past, celebrate the present and anticipate the future with greater expectations!!! -- To God be the Glory!
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What is the process of having my baby dedicated?
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In many churches people do not connect, how can I connect at AFBC?
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What ministries do you have for young children?
If I was baptized as a child, do I have to be baptized again if I choose to join AFBC?
If I am only going to be in Missouri City/Houston for a few years (college, job relocation, etc), should I join the church under Watch Care?
As a member, if I lose a loved one, are funerals only limited to my immediate family (spouse or children)?
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At what point is membership considered inactive? How do I reactivate it?
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Who cleans the kitchen after an event?
My ministry scheduled an event and looked in the kitchen and we saw two cases of water. May we use them?
My ministry decided to have lunch in the Multipurpose Center after our meeting. Can we use the kitchen if we didn’t request it?
Does AFBC have a dress code?