• Jonathan Russell

    Contributing sermons since Jun 22, 2007
Jonathan's church

Raymond Road Baptist Church
Jackson, Mississippi 39154

About Jonathan
  • Education: B.S., Southeastern Baptist College M.Div., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Ph.D, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Experience: Pastor, Shover Springs Baptist Church Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church of Shady Grove Pastor, First Baptist Church of Shady Grove Pastor, First Baptist Church of Mize
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: "The Plague of the Frogs" - the sermon that grabbed my attention about God calling me to ministry "The Love of God" - the first sermon I ever preached
  • Family: Wife: Mandy Children: Jake and Cameron
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: "Don’t try to be Billy Graham. Be who God called you to be."
  • Books that have had an impact: J.M. Boice’s commentaries; Jim Cymbala’s books; "Reach the Back Pew"; "Spiritual Leadership"; "Purpose Driven Church:
  • Hobbies: Coaching TBall; Attending Mississippi Braves games; Blogging (
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Learn the Word with your head; Love the Word with your heart; Live the Word with your hands
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: During a sermon I made the statement, "God wouldn’t put up with some of the crap in our homes today." My wife’s mouth hit the floor. My congregation’s eyes widened. After the service I apologized, to which one of my deacons replied: "You just called it what it is."
  • What I want on my tombstone: Quit Staring. I’m not here!
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  • Living Like An Alien

    Contributed on Nov 1, 2011
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    Using Judah in the Old Testament as an example, this message explains how God's people are to live as "aliens" in this world while we await the return of Christ and eternity in our true, eternal kingdom.

    INTRODUCTION * A hot topic in politics: illegal immigration = “aliens” - a resident born in or belonging to another country - a foreigner; unlike one’s own / strange or difference * We, as God’s people, are aliens in a spiritual sense (not new: the people of God in the more

  • Jesus Rises From The Dead

    Contributed on Nov 1, 2011

    The most-shocking action of Jesus was his resurrection from the dead. This message examines the implications of his resurrection, and the impact he can have in our lives today.

    INTRODUCTION * Series, “A Savior’s Most-Shocking Actions” / previous actions: reaches out to sinners; offers forgiveness to sinners; dies for sinners * A dead Savior doesn’t do anyone any good; for Christ’s death to be powerful today, he must do something that more

  • Jesus Dies For The Sins Of The World

    Contributed on Nov 1, 2011
    based on 3 ratings

    This sermon looks at the shocking action of Jesus, as he offers his life as the payment for sin

    INTRODUCTION * Current series (message 3 of 4): A Savior’s Most-Shocking Actions (things Jesus said and did that his enemies used against him) * Previous actions: (1) Jesus reaches out to sinners [Zacchaeus]; (2) Jesus forgives sinners [paralytic] * Today: the shocking moment in which more

  • Jesus Forgives Sinners

    Contributed on Nov 1, 2011

    This message looks at the shocking action of Jesus, in which he offers forgiveness for sins

    INTRODUCTION * A Savior’s Most-Shocking Actions series: things Jesus did while on earth that were shocking to those around him at that time - things he did/said went against what many thought - his claims and actions were so shocking they eventually led to his death * Those moments are more

  • Jesus Reaches Out To Sinners

    Contributed on Nov 1, 2011
    based on 4 ratings

    This message examines the shocking action of Jesus, when he reached out to Zacchaeus. Application is made to today, noting that Jesus still reaches out to sinners today.

    INTRODUCTION TO SERIES * The “Most-Shocking” video genre (i.e., Top 20 Most Shocking Boozers and Losers; Most Shocking Fights and Wild Riots; etc.) * A different kind of “most-shocking” action: the life and ministry of Jesus Christ - Christ did things that shocked those more

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