Pastor John H. Walker

Christ in all the Books in the Bible

MINISTRY
  • October 1982 Called to the Gospel Ministry
  • Licensed to Preach December 1982: New Way Fellowship Baptist Church
  • Ordained June 1990 by Faith Memorial Baptist Church
  • June 1990 – October 2002: Minister of Christian Education, Faith Memorial Baptist Church, St Petersburg, FL
  • April 1989 to June 1990: Associate Minister, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • January 1987 – April 1989: Associate Minister, Bethel Metropolitan Baptist Church, St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • December 1982 – July 1986: Associate Minister, New Way Fellowship Baptist Church, Miami, Florida

 

EDUCATIONAL PREPARATION
  • University: Florida A&M University; Tallahassee, Florida; 1973-1974, Bachelor of Science
  • Graduate School: Wayne State University, School of Social Work, Detroit, Michigan; 1976-1978, MSW
  • Seminary: Tampa Bay Theological Seminary, Tampa, FL, 1990 –1991
  • Seminary: Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX; expected graduation Summer 2004, MACE degree

Abundant Life Ministries

PURPOSE: The purpose of Abundant Life Ministries is to lead people to faith in Christ and engage them in worship, evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, and ministry.

Worship: Encountering God and responding to Him in adoration, confession of sin, repentance, thanksgiving, and obedience. To worship God is to praise, honor, and serve Him. When we worship God we show that we honor and respect Him as controller or ruler of our lives. We worship God through

  • Hymns/Spiritual Song
  • Preaching
  • Giving
  • Praise
  • Prayer

Evangelism: The proclamation of the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ with a view to bringing about reconciliation of the sinner to God the Father through the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit.

  • Witnessing
  • Sharing the good news

Discipleship: The principle of discipleship involves that which Jesus exemplified in His relationship to His personal disciples. Discipleship is without a doubt, Jesus’s highest priority for the believer.

  •  Developing personal relationships
  •  Nurture

Fellowship: The basic meaning conveyed by the Greek word koinonia is that of participation and a sense of sharing and self-sacrifice. Love for and fellowship with one another are necessary to, and an evidence of fellowship with God. Christ prayed that His people might have fellowship with each other. Fellowship with God is essential to fruitfulness.

Ministry: Ministry is service rendered to God or to people. Ministry in Abundant Life Ministries has as its goal the dedication of individuals with a view toward corporate maturity in Christ.

Doctrinal Statement

We believe that the Bible is God’s inspired Word, the authoritative and trustworthy rule of faith and practice for Christians. The Bible is both timeless and timely, relevant to the common needs of all people at all times and to the specific problems of contemporary living. Therefore, we are committed to equipping Christians, through the preaching and teaching of God’s Word, to follow Christ in every sphere of life.

We believe that God desires his people to pray and that he hears and answers prayer (Matt. 7:7-11; James 5:13-18). Therefore, the ministries and activities of this church will be characterized by a reliance on prayer in their conception, planning, and execution.

We believe that the God of our salvation deserves the best we have to offer. The Lord himself is a God of excellence, as shown by the beauty of creation; further, he gave the best he had, his only son, for us (Rom. 8:32). Paul exhorts servants, in whatever they do, to “work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men”(Col. 3:23). Therefore, in the ministries and activities of Abundant Life Baptist Church we will seek to maintain a high standard of excellence to the glory of God. This will be achieved when every person is exercising his or her God-given spiritual gift to the best of his or her ability (1Cor. 12).

Although numerical growth is not necessarily a sign of God’s blessing, and is not a sufficient goal in itself, we believe that God desires for us to reach as many people as possible with the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. Therefore, we will pursue methods and policies, which will facilitate numerical growth, without compromising in any way our integrity or our commitment to biblical truth.