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Ricky Powell
Jacksonville, FL
I have served as the Senior Pastor of Fort Caroline Baptist Church ( in Jacksonville, FL since 1996.
Interests: family time, reading, cars, hanging out with friends, yard work, and laughter., I am a christ-follower. I am married to the most wonderful woman in the world and we have three precious children. I enjoy fishing, vacationing in the Blue Ridge Mountains
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Thank you for your comments. I can't speak for other churches, but here is what guides me at our church. I wholeheartedly agree that the church must not preach a man-centered Gospel. However, I am sure some people might define that term differently. For example, at our church, we believe that worship is the activity of believers. But we can be sensitive to the lost who are in our midst by seeking to present the Gospel in a way they understand. This is possible without compromising the message or doctrine of the church. The way believers are to be different is in our holiness, love for God, and love for others. Some Christians think anything outside of their traditional style of worship or attire is compromising with the world, but I disagree. The Scriptures do not tell us there is only one style of music God accepts or one style of clothing that God accepts. Styles and methods have always changed with culture. This is why we no longer meet in house-churches for the most part, sing Gregorian Chants in worship, make women cover their heads, or have men and women separated in the church service. There was a day when many churches viewed the organ or other musical instruments as worldly and unfit for use in worship. There was a day when the congregation was not allowed to sing hymns in worship. There was a day when many of our favorite Southern Gospel songs were considered inappropriate for worship services. But all of that was based on preferences and tradition, not Scripture. Our church has decided that we will live as missionaries in our culture by relating to the lost where they are so we can communicate the Gospel. This is what missionaries do all over the world. They learn the language of their host culture, they adopt neutral dress styles like the people they want to reach, they use music that matches the culture, and they preach the Gospel in the heart-language of the culture. Adoniram Judson did not see his first Burmese convert until he got out of his Western style of mission work and became like the Burmese people. This is also what J. Hudson Taylor and Lottie Mood did as they reached the Chinese people. Of course, the greatest missionary who ever lived was the Son of God. He contextualized the love of God by becoming man, living as one of us, with us, and for us. He looked like us, and dressed like the common Jewish man of His day. He spoke their language, used illustrations that the common man could understand, and relate to. He called sinners to repentance. His harshest words were reserved for the religious leaders of the day who imposed their man-made religious traditions and laws on people who were far from God. This does not mean that the service has to be only for the lost, although many of the great evangelistic sermons in history were preached in a church setting, i.e., Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. It simply means that in we do not allow biblically neutral things like styles stand as barriers or hinderances to those who are lost. Here are a few passages of Scripture that have helped me in my thinking. “For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.” (1 Corinthians 9:19–23, ESV) “Therefore, if the whole church assembles together and all are speaking in other languages and people who are uninformed or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are out of your minds? But if all are prophesying and some unbeliever or uninformed person comes in, he is convicted by all and is judged by all. The secrets of his heart will be revealed, and as a result he will fall facedown and worship God, proclaiming, “God is really among you.”” (1 Corinthians 14:23–25, HCSB) ““It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.” (Acts 15:19, NIV84) “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”” (Mark 10:45, NIV84)
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The Church is not a building for weddings and funerals. The Church is the body of Christ. It is the community of the redeemed for which Christ died. Believers gather together for worship, for ministry, for building one another up,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
Off-campus Life Groups for adults are a fairly new option for us at FCBC. We have only been offering this option for the last several years, but nearly 150 people now meet each week in these groups! Here are three... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
I had lunch today with a man who has recently visited our church. I was amazed as I listened to his story about a life of drug addiction, gang involvement, Satan worship, prison, and hate. He said, "Two years ago... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
I am so grateful to be a part of a church that loves God, loves others, and serves the world. These bags are filled with supplies for our children at the Cabaret Children's Home in Haiti. I am praying for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
Anderson, Courtney. To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson. Valley Forge: Judson Press, 1987. I am enjoying this Christian biography of the first missionary to go out from North America. Adoniram Judson and his wife Ann carried the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
Codependent leaders need to accept the fact that they are not responsible for the attitudes and actions of others and that pleasing God is more important than being liked by the people they serve. As leaders it is not our... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
Barnett, Mike, and Robin Martin. Discovering the Mission of God: Best Missional Practices for the 21st Century. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2012. Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. (‭John‬ ‭19‬:‭30‬, NKJV) Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
8:00 a.m. Traditional Worship 9:30 & 10:45 a.m. Contemporary Worship Visit our website for information about exciting child-care and student worship options. Fort Caroline Baptist Church 11428 McCormick Road Jacksonville, FL 32225 (904) 642-2288 #fcbcjax Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
Hey Church Family! Easter is just a few days away! Can I count on your help in making it the best Resurrection Sunday ever at FCBC? Be a Bringer. This is an awesome opportunity to invite people to one of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
Alexander, Scott. Rhinoceros Success: The Secret to Charging Full Speed toward Every Opportunity. Brentwood, TN: Lampo, 2011. Print. Burg, Bob, and John Mann David. The Go-giver: A Little Story about a Powerful Business Idea. NY, NY: Portfolio, 2007. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
Last Sunday we gave away “invite” cards for you to use as you reach out to your family and friends with an invitation to one of our three Easter services. Together, we can give people in our community a personal... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
I am guilty. You would think that a pastor would not be guilty of such an obvious dereliction of duty, but preachers are people, too. We don't always practice what we preach. What am I guilty of? Well, I don't... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
Did you miss last Sunday's kick-off message for the series, "The Gospel?" Do you want to hear it again? Then here it is! Click the link below for the audio message. I have also posted the Scripture passage I preached... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
Here is a brief explanation of the Fort Caroline Baptist Church logo. Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
I have been meditating on the quote below from John R. W. Stott about human suffering. It has comforted me to be reminded that when we suffer, we do not face it alone. Christ knows, Christ sympathizes, and Christ is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
Batts, Michael E. Board Member Orientation: The Concise and Complete Guide to Nonprofit Board Service. Atlanta, Ga: Accountability Press in Cooperation with Batts Morrison Wales & Lee, 2011. Our congregation has a board of trustees which oversees the legal affairs... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Pastor Ricky Powell
“We envision a church where unchurched people love to attend. Our mission is to help people love God, love others, and serve the world. We do this by creating environments where people are encouraged and equipped to pursue, intimacy with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at Pastor Ricky Powell