Pastor Jayson

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Pastor Jayson Byrd

Jayson is a theological conservative committed to a God-centered and Gospel-driven expression of biblical Christianity. He was ordained to the Gospel ministry by the Hampton Park Baptist Church, in Greenville, SC.

Academically Jayson holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Bible & Pastoral Studies. His wife Jamie, is originally from New Jersey and among other things is involved in the music ministry at LCC. They are a best friends and love serving in ministry together, especial their first ministry which is raising their three children, Karrigan, Draper, and Maddilyn. As the primary teaching pastor, Jayson has a passion for carefully and relevantly unpacking the truths of Scripture.

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Blog Posts
Grandparents and Atheism

Dear Grandparents, 


One of my favorite podcasts is Dr. Albert Mohler's "The Briefing." 


A few weeks ago, he discussed the passing of Mikhail Gorbachev and highlighted many of the issues and events surrounding his life, communist ideology, and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Many of you are much more familiar with that era than I am. 


Dr. Mohler pointed out a surprising point that Gorbotroph's wife, Raisa, had written. She was ideologically a Marxist and held something like a research doctorate in sociology. In her dissertation on the efforts of the communist party to socialize citizens in communist ideology, state atheism is part of that. Interestingly, Dr. Mohler pointed out, 


"It's reported that one of the things she noted in her dissertation is that the presence of grandparents greatly increased the likelihood that a child would fail at atheism. Now, that's really, really interesting. In other words, the influence of grandparents at this point in the history of the Soviet Union was an obstacle to children holding to a uniform atheism." 


It is intriguing that they saw the presence of Grandparents in a child's life as a "hurdle" to the state atheism of the Soviet model. What they saw as a problem or hurdle, we see as a blessing. The scriptures primarily put the burden of teaching and discipleship on parents but also tell us to teach to our "Children's Children." Timothy's grandmother Lois was instrumental in his scriptural grounding and spiritual formation, leading to his role in the early establishment of the church. 


Deuteronomy 4:9  “Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children." 


2 Timothy 1:5 “I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” 


My grandparents had a huge impact on my life. I learned prayer by watching my grandmother kneel at her couch to pray with friends who came over for social visits. I learned biblical servant-hearted headship and submission in marriage by watching my Pap, sacrifice for Maw & see her respond to his leadership and lead her in prayer at their bedside. 


Grandparents, we need you! Be deliberate discipling grandparents and deter a generation of atheism. 


Walk with God, and they will follow. 


I'll end this note with the farewell sign-off my grandfather would use when signing his letters. 


Keep in touch with the master! 


Gratefully yours, 


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Missions Conference 2022

It's often said that "The mission of missions is the church, and the mission of the church is missions."


Until the return of Christ, Jesus is keeping his promise to build His Church from every tribe and nation. We get to be a small part of this great cause. We both desire and need regular reminders of this colossal mission of God.


This Sunday, Linwood Community Church will host its annual Missions Conference. This is an opportunity to meet several missionaries and hear presentations about their ministries.


Guest Speaker

Our guest speaker for the conference this year is Dr. Chris Anderson.


About our speaker:

Chris is an author, church planter, pastor, hymn-writer, and all-around music junkie. Chris travels around the world teaching, preaching, and recruiting for missions as Senior VP for Global Opportunities with Biblical Ministries Worldwide.


As a pastor, he guided his church to become a "sending church" of many missionaries. As we often say, "The strength of a church is measured not in its 'seating capacity' but in its 'sending capacity." Chris models that vision.


He is the founder and president of Church Works Media. The author of three books and several devotionals.


Chris is probably most known for his modern hymn writing, having written more than 50 hymn lyrics. Some of his most recognized ones are "His Robes for Mine," "I Run to Christ," and "My Jesus Fair."


Chris and his wife, Lori, have four daughters and one son-in-law. He recently earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from The Master's Seminary.


Conference Schedule


9:30 AM - Missionary Presentations in Combined Classes

 

Adult Bible Fellowship: (Adults & Young Adults) Tim & Kathy Sheetz, Handivangelism Ministries 


Youth Bible Fellowship: (Teens and Youth) Tiago & Amy Braganholo, Word of Life


10:45 AM - Worship Service


Guest Speaker: Chris Anderson, VP Biblical Ministries Worldwide


6 PM - Missionary Presentations


Tom & Lorna Simcox, Friends of Israel

Jim & Joanne Callahan, Cedar Lane Missionary Homes

Bob & Sheila Felder, Waves Campus Ministry

Bob Franklin, Atlantic City Rescue Mission


Dessert Fellowship following the Evening Service.

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Assembly...Assemble!

"Avengers Assemble!" is one of the most iconic phrases from Marvel. Thor first used it in the 1960's comics, and then Captain America started to say it in Ultron, but it finally came out in "Endgame." Captain America is discouraged and nearly defeated as he looks upon the mounting armies of Thanos. At just the right time, the interdimensional portals are opened, and the Avengers and allies come from Wakanda to fight along his side. In that moment, when an all-star team of superheroes comes together to encourage the discouraged and face the common enemy, we are elated and rallied. Even if we know it's pretend, there still is something epic in this we all love. 


When we come to reality, the scriptures tell us there is something truly special and otherworldly when the church assembles. This is the "when you come together" time Paul regularly addresses in the epistles. Assembly...Assemble!  


Last month this was our Memory verse at LCC. 


"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:24-25‬ ‭ESV‬‬

https://bible.com/bible/59/heb.10.24-25.ESV


Often this text is applied to encourage regular church attendance, and it rightly does. However, the context points us to the positive command before the negative prohibition. 


Seek to encourage and "stir up" one another. How is this done? First, by avoiding the negative "don't neglect to gather" and second, the positive "exhorting" or "encouraging one another." There's also an eschatological underpinning. "And so much the more as you see the day approaching." I find this interesting, especially in that our American evangelical church culture seems to encourage less frequency not just of church attendance but of the actual church services themselves (but that's for another discussion ;-). 


How would it change your mindset on a Lord's Day morning to "consider" how you are planning to encourage your brothers and sisters that day? This text teaches that this encouragement mindset is one of the purposes of our gatherings. We come not for what we can get but for what we give, and we can all give encouragement. 


As an example, recently, I was speaking with a church leader, and they shared with me their experience on a Sunday of having several separate conversations, all of which was a complaint about something in the church. I'm sure each of them didn't realize the same about the others and that each of the issues was significant to them and may have needed to be addressed at some point (though perhaps not on Sunday AM). However, as a whole, they created a culture of complaint at a "when you come together" time rather than a culture of encouragement. 


That leader left that day discouraged and beaten down like Cap before Thanos' army of the Black Order and Outriders. Many of our brothers and sisters come to our gatherings after a wearisome week in a similar discouraging way. 


How would the culture of our "when you come together" times change if what we "considered" as we came to the gathering was how we could encourage our brothers and sisters rather than complain? By God's grace, this coming Lord's Day, let us "consider" how we can "encourage one another." Let's be the ones that rally together "when we come together" to encourage the discouraged and face the common enemy for the common cause. "Assembly...Assemble!" 

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Redemptive Relationships

A few times this summer we're taking a break from our Summer Sunday School Classes/Seminars to encourage everyone to take steps in building a "Redemptive Relationship."


What are Redemptive Relationships?


Redemptive relationships are a time set aside for us as a church to be intentional and deliberate in a relationship with redemptive intentions.


We're encouraging everyone in the LCC family to make time for:

  • Building a relationship with a friend or neighbor for the purpose of having a Gospel conversation

or

  • Getting to know someone at the church that's not a normal part of your "bubble" to grow in Christian fellowship.


Ideas/Options to consider:

  • Go to lunch/brunch (or invite someone over) with someone you don't know.
  • Invite a family to meet your family at the boardwalk or beach in the afternoon or evening.


Conversations Starters:

  • How long have you been coming to LCC?
  • When did you become a Christian?
  • What's something we can pray with you about?


May God use these relationships to foster Gospel Conversations and Gospel Fellowship for His Glory!

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