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SBC Annual Meeting
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Senior Adult Banquet
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June 7, 2015


What Will I Do to Help

the Blind See?


A few weeks ago I had the privilege of preaching at Holiday Hill Baptist Church during their Mission Fair weekend. Dr. Byrd and his team were very gracious to me and my family. We had a great time learning about the mission work the church engages in and heard the Holiday Hill story. They are a living example of God's grace and mercy. I believe the Lord will do great things through their ministry in Jax.


I had several weeks to prepare my message for the event. It didn't take long, however, for the Lord to help me settle on a passage of Scripture from which to preach. I preached from Luke 4:16-21. In this passage, Jesus proclaims his  identity as the long-awaited Messiah. He also clearly declares His purpose for coming. I am sure you do not want to read my entire sermon here, but let me tell you about one of Jesus' purposes for coming. In verse 18, Jesus says, "He sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind." While Jesus miraculously restores physical sight to some blind people, on a much larger scale He gives spiritual sight to those who are spiritually blind and separated from God because of sin. I concluded that it was our mission as followers of Jesus to tell people about Him, to invite them to receive Him as Lord, and to receive sight. 


As I concluded my sermon, I asked the congregation who would stand and declare his or her intention to bring sight to the blind by telling others about Jesus. Many said "amen" and one little girl waved her hand. She thrust her little hand as high as she could in the air so I would see it. I saw it and said, "We will do it together." I closed the sermon with prayer and we finished the worship service with a time of invitation. Dr. Byrd invited anyone who desired prayer or to make known a decision to the congregation to come forward.


That little girl, who waved her hand in the air, came forward. Her father introduced her to me (she will remain anonymous). She is blind and attends the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. She feels burdened for her classmates who are spiritually blind. She said to me, "They don't know Jesus. They haven't received their sight from Him. I want to tell them about Jesus so they can receive sight like me."


My eyes welled up with tears and I tried with difficulty to swallow the lump in my throat so that we could pray for my new friend and her courageous decision. I asked Jesus to restore her physical sight, thanked the Lord for her courage, and asked Him to empower her to tell her classmates about Jesus.


Many people thanked me for preaching that day. They were gracious and reminded me that they were blessed by the sermon. The truth is, however, I was the one who received the blessing that morning. Jesus melted my heart for the lost through a little blind girl who can say: "I was once blind but now I see!"


Don't forget the mission.


Josh Dryer

Missional Strategist

Jacksonville Baptist Association



Church Announcements & Celebrations  



Office Volunteers NeededIf you are retired, a stay at home mom or dad, or just want something to do for a couple of hours each week or month, we are looking for those who really enjoy being around other people, have the gift of gab, or have previous office experience. If any of these things ring a bell, we could sure use you as an office volunteer in the JBA office.  For more information, please contact Lynn Stone or Sarah Parnell 727-6800.


International Learning Center Opportunity - Volunteer Teaching opportunities are available for assisting in teaching English as a second language. Please contact the Academic Director, Holly Blann, for more information at 13hollyb1130@gmail.com.


Donating your Bibles, books, & hymnals overseas -

Do you have extra Bibles, books, and hymnals?  And a passion for these materials to be used by people overseas?  And without the huge expense normally associated with shipping?

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Position Opening - Administrative Assistant: Communications/Woship - Deermeadows Baptist Church is looking to fill this full time position.

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Full Time Maintenance person needed - for Cedar Creek Baptist Church and School. For more informatioin contact John W. Montgomery at 904-631-0139 or Fax resume to 904-781-9182.


Two certified Lifeguards needed - for a Day Camp for Cedar Creek Baptist at Canterbury Apartments. Tuesdays through Friday from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, $10.00 per hour.

For more information, contact Edna Cooper at 904-416-4121.


College Ministry Intern at Hibernia Baptist Church - The College Ministry intern will learn about College Ministry from sharing the Gospel to making disciples with hands on experience. Through this internship, the individual will assist and report directly to the Young Adult Pastor.   The intern will also be challenged to grow personally and corporately while having the opportunity to make an eternal impact in the life of Hibernia's College ministry.

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Office Furniture Needed - Oasis Church is in need of desk chairs and office / reception chairs.

Please call 904-545-3497.


House Parent Opening - At the Florida Baptist Children's Home Jacksonville location. We are currently seeking one or two married couples to fill the position of house parents at our Jacksonville campus. The position of House Parent is a live-in residential cottage position for married couples only and marriage for at least two years is a bona-fide occupational qualification for the position.

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Opportunity - Local teens are in need of locations to complete court-ordered community service. If you are interested in allowing youth to complete community service at your church and maybe creating a mentor relationship, please contact Keith Money of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice at 904-391-3806.


Back Up Pianist Needed - Orange Avenue Baptist Church is in need of a backup pianist for times their regular pianist is out. Please contact Curtis Phillips at 904-495-8414 or email RealPeaceOfMind@gmail.com.


Needed used and or new Sound System - (etc... Microphones, Projectors, projector screen)- If you have any of this equipment and would like to pass this on to a new church plant, please contact Darriel Hagans at 904-528-0753 or email Joseph Lee at josephlee311@yahoo.com. Or you can contact office number at 904-361-3820.


Chairs needed - Please contact Pastor David Mathis at (cell#) 904-415-5315 or (home) 904-879-0255. He also has a need for a PA system and other electronics for the church.


Music Organ needed - Union Progressive Baptist Church is in need of an organ. Pastor C. R. Morgan can be reached by email at corinthianmorgan68@gmail.com.


Parkwood Counseling Center - is a new resource in the Arlington community and greater Jacksonville area providing clinical counseling for all people. Using innovative, proven and creative strategies the clinicians will provide excellent care and compassion to help you and your family grow in health and stability. 

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Disaster Relief Training 2015 - Several areas in Florida for your opportunity in receiving training as a volunteer with the Disaster Relief Team.

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Special Announcement from Florida Baptist Convention 

At the February 2015 State Board of Missions meeting, legal counsel for the Convention was asked to provide a form bylaw provision that could be used by Baptist churches around Florida to clarify how their facilities, assets, and resources might be used. The following statement is provided for consideration by Florida Baptist churches.  If it meets the approval of these autonomous congregations, they may choose to insert this provision into their constitution or bylaws. The statement is attached for your review and also available on our website at:


Attention Pastors - If you are a young pastor of an established church and would be interested in gathering quarterly for fellowship and edification, please email John Green at jgreen@shindler.org.


Guardian Ad Litem Volunteers Needed -

Abused, neglected, and abandoned children need YOUR voice in court. Please visit www.guardianadlitem.org.


Interim Music Leader needed - Springhill Baptist in Fernandina Beach is looking to secure an Part Time Music Man. If interested contact Pastor Bud Long (904) 553-7649.


Part-Time position for Teacher/Leader - in the Young Adult Dept. Hours: SUN 9am-12 & 6-7pm; WED 7-9pm, $100 per week. Please contact Pastor Steve Whitcomb at 904-910-3699 or send resume to steve@promiselandbaptist.org.


Part-Time Music Director - Palm Valley Baptist Church in Ponte Vedra Beach is searching for a part-time Director of Music. Please send resume to: office@PVBaptist.comcastbiz.net.


If your JBA Church has an upcoming event or something to celebrate, let us know!

JBA Team

Rick Wheeler 


Lead Missional Strategist

Josh Dryer
Missional Strategist 

Walter Bennett 


Church Planting Coach/Strategist


Jeff Litton 

Missions Engagement Coordinator/

Financial Bookkeeper


Tim Driscoll


Digital storyteller


Tommy Minton 


Ministry Assistant


Lynn Stone

Administrative Assistant