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By: Elder Montez O. Jones  – Judah Ministries Church of God in Christ  (Coatesville, PA )

I feel that the best approach for me to address this topic is to begin by considering why The Apostle Paul felt he had to write to the Galatian church.

Galatians 1:6-7 say’s “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ” (Holy Bible) (NIV).

The Judaizers wanted the Christian church to pattern itself after the long standing culture of Judaism. According to scripture, the main wall of separation was the subject of circumcision. Galatians 5:12, show’s Paul’s heartfelt response. He pretty much preferred them to cut themselves from the church, if they wouldn’t move beyond the legalistic requirement.

Conflict between “grace” and the “Law” can arise when someone:

1) misunderstands the purpose of the Law;

2) redefines grace as something other than “God’s benevolence on the undeserving” (Romans 11:6);

3) tries to earn his own salvation or “supplement” Christ’s sacrifice;

4) follows the error of the Pharisees in tacking manmade rituals and traditions onto his doctrine; or

5) fails to focus on the “whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) (gotquestions.org).

Paul warns against antinomianism aka “against-law-ism”, he wanted the church to understand that freedom from the law wasn’t license to sin (Gundry). He thus introduced proper Christian conduct. The life and liberty of the believer in Christ apart from the yoke of the Mosaic Law was Galatians prominent theme (Lesson 5.2: Galatians)

Works Cited

21 September 2016. www.gotquestions.org/law-vs-grace.html.

Gundry, Robert H. A Survey of the New Testament. 5th. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012.

Holy Bible. New International Version (NIV). Biblica Inc., 2011.

“Lesson 5.2: Galatians.” Regent.edu. 21 September 2016. www.regent.blackboard.com.

 

Bio of Pastor:  Elder Montez O. Jones is known as a man of character, integrity, and vision. Born June 23, 1978 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, Elder Jones is the eldest son of the late Montez E. Carter and Missionary Felicia C. Jones – Thomas.

He is a 1996 graduate of Overbrook High School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was ordained as an Evangelist while attending The Jamison School of Ministry, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of The Community Impact Institute of Philadelphia in 1999. He received his Ministerial License to preach in 1998 and ordained as an Elder in 2001. He received the Certificate of Pastoral Care offered through The University of Pennsylvania, while completing the ordination process of The Historic Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ. He received additional ministerial credentials in 2008 by Bishop Benjamin J. Ravenel.  In April of 2016, he received a certificate of completion from Kutztown University’s Small Business Development Center, for completing the Create Series Leadership and Sales Strategy and Business Skills for Success Courses.  Elder Jones is currently enrolled at The Prestigious Regent University, pursuing a Bachelor of Art in Biblical & Theological Studies.

As a man with a God-given mission for ministering to the whole man; sprit, mind, and body, upon receiving his ministerial license he was promoted as an associate minister by Bishop Clarence Lewis, III and organized the Outreach Ministry of his home church, First Calvary Church of God In Christ, Coatesville, PA. Through his community focused leadership this ministry served such agencies as Chester County AIDS Support Services, The Chester County Prison, 400 Oak Street Senior Center, Open Arms Transformation Center, The Convoy of Hope and most importantly the 6 AM Daily Prayer Service.

In obedience to the Lord’s call upon his life, Elder Jones established the Judah Ministries Church of God in Christ, Coatesville, PA on November 15, 2002. He also established the New Community Christian Church and served as its Senior Pastor from November 2007- November 2009.

Elder Jones also serves in the Coatesville District and the office of Bishop Benjamin J. Ravenel as an Adjutant Brother, Commonwealth of PA Jurisdiction of the Church Of God In Christ. Currently, he serves the office of the Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake as an Adjutant Brother, International Church of God In Christ. Pastor Jones serves as a Chaplin for the City of Coatesville’s Police Department, City Council Chaplain and former Weed and Seed Steering Committee Member. Pastor has been appointed as the Spiritual Advisor of the CYWA Samara House which is a homeless shelter for displaced mothers and children, the Virtuous Sisters & Anointed Brothers for Christ Ministry.

In May of 2016, Elder Jones established the Oak Street Community Development Corporation. He founded the CDC to expand the outreach and neighborhood development ministries of Judah Ministries in the face of mounting problems of poverty and injustice in the surrounding community. The CDC was incorporated as a nonprofit organization to bring together people and resources to help develop the Coatesville community.

Elder Jones launched his highly successful radio broadcasting ministry as the Co- Host of “The People’s Heartline” on local radio station, 1420 AM WCOJ. Countless souls were saved and uplifted by his energetic preaching, praying, and music.

As a gospel music recording artist, Pastor recorded his first lead song “Holy and Righteous” at the 81st Annual Holy Convocation of the Commonwealth of PA Church of God in Christ in 2001, under the direction of the Late Sister Kitty Parham. At the young age of 18 years old, he was given the honor of recording (3) songs with the Legendary Evangelist Dorothy Norwood, which were featured on her hit CD, “Hattie B’s Daughter”, in May of 2007! Elder Jones has been apart of the award winning “Wilmington Chester Mass Choir” for over 18 years. By the time Pastor Jones reached 25 years of age, he had contributed to over 20 successful gospel music recordings. Earning a Grammy Award nomination in 2000, inducted into The 2008 International Gospel Music Hall of Fame, numerous Stellar Award nominations, and two Stellar Awards in 2011, to God be the glory! His dedication to spreading the gospel thru song has allowed him to minister on several international platforms from Gospel in Paradise in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, the 2000 Republican National Convention, The Bobby Jones Gospel Show, Rev. James Cleveland’s Gospel Music Workshop of America, Gospel Today’s Gospel Music Heritage Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and countless others. He is a member of the International Music Department of the Church of God in Christ, under the direction of Dr. Judith C. McAllister. He sings with the C.H. Mason Mass Choir and the Send Judah First Praise Team. It is because of his charismatic praise and unwillingness to compromise his Pentecostal upbringing that Pastor Jones has been called upon by the legendary “Patti Labelle” in a studio session to lay hands and pray for her in Jesus name.

Although, Elder Jones is vigilant at fulfilling his pastoral duties within his local church and community, he enthusiastically found time to record yet another gospel music recording, entitled “He’ll Make A Way”.

Elder Jones has been the recipient of many honors, awards, and recognitions for his civic and ecumenical services.  He has been featured on the nationally televised “Greg Davis Show” on The Impact Network.

Elder Jones is the proud father of two sons, Zane & Anthony. He has one grandson, Za’kei.

Elder Jones favorite scripture is Psalm 43: 5 “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”