Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
*Article was published in the November edition of The Herald; a monthly publication of Green Hill Baptist Church
“Where there is no vision, the people perish…”
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)
Vision is the blueprint for charting the course and setting the correct navigational coordinates. Where there is no vision, the people perish; to use a common expression, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” In other words, where there is no clear direction, people will wander around aimlessly and end up nowhere at all. Sadly, the world is filled with such people. Millions are wandering around in darkness, living with no purpose and meaning in life. Friends, God has given His people purpose and meaning. Redeeming us with the precious blood of His Son and filling us with the Holy Spirit, He has empowered us to live victoriously and to enjoy the riches of His glory.
It’s exciting to see what God is doing at Green Hill; it’s even more exciting that He has graciously invited us to join Him! There’s no greater purpose and meaning in life than being on mission with God. He has given us His vision for advancing His kingdom, but we must embrace the vision:
“We are a city on a hill engaging people with the Gospel of Christ in order to advance His kingdom to the ends of the earth for the glory of God.”
This is our course, but we must set the correct navigational coordinates of “Loving God. Loving Others. Making Disciples.”
The Great Commandment and Great Commission reveal God’s heart for people, a heart that loves us and teaches us to love. In a world filled with hostility and hatred, there’s no greater witness of the Gospel than a people “showing” and “telling” of God’s love. Friends, that’s the very mission of the church. Jesus said that the world would know His disciples by their love for one another. Perhaps, it’s time for us to renew our commitment to that mission.
This is the purpose of our Fall Renewal on November 16-18. This is an important time in the life and ministry of our church as we renew our commitment to King Jesus, so please make every effort to join us. Rev. Jason Sturkie, Pastor of Donalds Baptist Church, will be our guest speaker. A panel discussion (Q & A) will be held on Sunday evening the 16th, so please submit your questions for consideration. You may place them in the box located in the lobby or simply email the church office. Let’s pray and prepare our hearts for what God has in store for us during our time of Fall Renewal.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
*Article was published in the September edition of The Herald; a monthly publication of Green Hill Baptist Church
Currently, we are studying through Matthew’s account of the Beatitudes. Listen here. As we’ve been discussing, each of the eight Beatitudes describe for us the character of a true believer and follower of Jesus Christ. It’s all about having the right attitude about Jesus and His kingdom. This series is a great lead-in to helping us examine and evaluate who we are as Christians and who we are as God’s people, the church. Scripture teaches that we are to be about Loving God, Loving Others, and Making Disciples. Our staff has adopted that as our Vision Statement for Green Hill. That is who we are as Christians and as a church. The question then becomes, how do we go about doing that? It begins with growing as a disciple of Jesus Christ. We need to make sure that we are growing and maturing in our faith.
I recently heard a quote from Pastor Johnny Hunt who said this, “When you’re full of Jesus, you can serve Him more accidentally than many do purposely.” I believe he’s on to something. When growing in our walk with the Lord becomes the all-consuming focus and passion of our life; when we realize that Jesus has not just given us life, but that He is our life (Colossians 3:4); when we find ourselves hungering and thirsting for righteousness, then we will serve Him faithfully and obediently. We will accomplish more for the kingdom by accident (so-to-speak) than many do on purpose.
I really believe that when growing and maturing in our faith becomes the driving passion of our life, we won’t have to search to find Sunday School teachers, committee workers, and outreach/mission volunteers. In fact, we won’t have to encourage people to faithfully attend worship, tithe to the work of ministry, and use their gifts and talents in service to the Lord. You can’t make people “want to” obey and serve, you just have to pray and ask the Holy Spirit of God to arrest their heart and affections for His purpose and His glory. When that happens, a love for God will result in a desire to grow and mature in faith.
As your pastor, my desire is to lead our church in the pursuit of Loving God, Loving Others, and Making Disciples. This is the foundational purpose of Green Hill University. I want to encourage everyone to participate in up-coming GHU courses; Discover Green Hill and Bible Study Basics which begin Sunday, September 7th. These courses are designed to help us lay a foundation for growing and maturing in our walk with the Lord.
It’s a joy and privilege to serve as your pastor and to grow with you in faith. Let us continue Loving God, Loving Others, and Making Disciples.
Serving and Growing Together,