*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,