Dawn Smith Jordan's Ministry Topics
As Dawn ministers, whether it be in a ladies' night out event, a women's retreat, or a church worship service or concert, she intertwines a combination of music, testimony, humor, transparency, and most importantly, the Truth found in God's Word. Dawn is available as a soloist, worship leader/pianist, and speaker.
Statement of Faith
· I believe that there is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4) eternally existing in three Persons: the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). I believe Jesus is God, in equal standing with the Father and the Holy Spirit (Colossians 1:15-20, 2:9).
· I believe the Bible is God’s written revelation to man and is verbally inspired, authoritative, and without error (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
· I believe in the deity of Jesus Christ -- who existed as God before anything was created (John 1:1), His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23), sinless life (Hebrews 4:15), miracles, death on the cross to provide for our redemption (1 Peter 2:24), bodily resurrection and ascension into heaven (1 Corinthians 15:3-8), present ministry of intercession for us (Hebrews 7:24-25) and His return to earth in power and glory (Matthew 24:30). He is the world’s only Savior and is the Lord of all (John 14:6, Acts 4:12, Isaiah 45:21-23).
· I believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4), that He performs the miracle of new birth in an unbeliever and indwells believers (1 Corinthians 3:16), enabling them to live a godly life (Romans 8:14).
· I believe man was created in the image of God, but because of sin was alienated from God. Alienation can be removed only by accepting God’s gift of salvation by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-10) which was made possible by Christ’s death and resurrection. This faith will be evidenced by the works that we do (James 2:17, 26).
Pressing On in the Midst (of Whatever We Are in the Midst of)
Key Scripture: "Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." (Phil. 3:13-14).
The Walking Wounded...we have all been there at one time or another. But that is not who we have to be today. As a young 21-year-old, facing devastating tragedy, Philippians 4:13 became Dawn's life Scripture..."I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me." She had no idea what ALL THINGS would look like over the next 25+ years. But her Father did.
Her sister wrote her family a letter as she was facing death, at the hands of her kidnapper/murderer, at just 17 years old. "Don't let this ruin your lives...just keep living one day at a time...some good will come of this." Our journey is full of choices. How do we choose to respond to circumstances we would have never chosen?
We can't start the next chapter in our lives if we keep re-reading the old one. If we don't let our past die, our past won't let our future live. We CAN do all things, endure all things, persevere through all things, and press on in ALL things, because our Father can be trusted to enable us to do just that, for His glory alone. "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize." 1 Cor. 9:24, because Phil. 1:6 assures us, "being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Keep Believing…Trusting in the Lord When You Don't Understand (Also a message that is appropriate for secular settings, entitled "Keep Believing" as a motivational message.)
Key Scripture: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight" (Proverbs 3:5-6).
This became Dawn's life Scripture over 20 years ago as a result of experiencing a horrific tragedy in her life. At 21 years of age, her 17-year-old sister was kidnapped and murdered. The Lord began to instill within Dawn at a young age a deep-rooted faith in His sovereignty amidst such uncertainty. Sharing the journey from her sister's tragic death, to later going from being a pastor's wife to a single mother, to losing her mother to cancer…Dawn's focus in this session is on the four key words found in this Scripture:
The more we learn to acknowledge God for Who He is in the midst of life's ever-changing and challenging circumstances, the easier it becomes to trust Him.
How Far Must Forgiveness Go?
Key Scripture: "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ has also forgiven you" (Ephesians 4:32).
In this session, as a continuation of "Keep Believing," Dawn will take the listener from learning how to truly trust the Lord with the hurts of life to the place of forgiving the very ones that have hurt us. In 1989 Dawn received a letter from the man that killed her sister, and while on Death Row, he claimed to have met Jesus Christ, asking Dawn to forgive him for what he had done. Dawn shares how God brought her to the place of understanding how true healing from the hurts of life cannot take place apart from the supernatural act of forgiveness in our own lives. Later she would learn to not only forgive the murderer, but to daily choose forgiveness as a path to healing and wholeness. The brightest future will always be based not on a forgotten past, but on a forgiven past.
(This is an additional message offered only for multiple session events.)
Key Scripture: "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10).
This message focuses on an attitude of stillness as we go about the daily necessary labor that comes with life…how we can find the balance to "be still" in our attitudes and activities, first and foremost making a time set apart to spend with the Lord in prayer and Scripture to cultivate a heart that is still before Him as the Sovereign Lord over all areas of our lives.
Surviving the Storm
Key Scripture: Mark 4:35-39 (Jesus calming the storm)
As Scott Krippane so beautifully wrote in his song, "Sometimes He calms the storm, and other times He calms His child," Dawn relates true-life stories of the various storms we each face in our lives, and yet in the midst of them, how the Lord is speaking to us, "Peace, be still." Instead of telling God how big our storm is, we need to begin to tell our storm how big our God is.
Out of the Mire and into the Choir!
Key Scripture: "I waited patiently for the Lord, and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. And He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and will trust in the Lord" (Psalm 40:1-3).
We all have our own "Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" but God doesn't desire for us to keep on singing that song. But the life-song that we choose to sing is for the most part up to us! The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything, they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. Although we may not choose some of the circumstances of our lives, we ALWAYS have a choice with how we respond…and in those times, if we choose to allow the Lord to do so, He will give us a new song, right out of the mire and into the choir for His glory!
Your Presence for Christmas (New since 2006)
Key Scripture: "Thou wilt make known to me the path of life; in Thy presence is fullness of joy" (Psalm 16:11).
This is a special program for the Christmas season, featuring the songs of Dawn's Christmas project, "Remember Christmas." She shares stories, songs, and a message about the gift of Emmanuel – God with us…a gift that the Lord desires for us to know and experience firsthand all year long. This is perfect for a Christmas ladies' night out event or a church-wide Christmas concert. (For these events, Dawn has the availability of a live guitarist, drummer, vocalists, as well as offering several songs that can be done with the host church's children's and adult choirs.)
For Ladies' Night Out Events
Dawn incorporates her testimony into a combination of the above themes to offer a more concise program that includes spoken word, song, and Scripture.
That's My Story and I'm Stickin' To It.
We all have a story to tell. We are all a story in the making. In this message, Dawn tells her life story, from being raised in a Christian home, to becoming Miss South Carolina, and all of the in-betweens up to today. Perfect for non-Christian/civic or corporate events, a positive message with her faith interwoven.
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