Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Standing With Charleston

In recent days, our hearts have been broken by the deplorable act of evil that visited Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. We stand with our brothers and sisters and will walk with them through this time of healing. 

Green Hill Baptist Church affirms the statement issued by The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). You can read it here.

Indeed, this act of violence is a vivid example of the great need for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let us pray for revival and spiritual awakening to come to our churches, our state, our nation and world. God's people must take seriously the commissioning call of our Lord to spread His reconciling, restoring, and redeeming gospel to the ends of the earth. May God revive His people and awaken hearts for His glory.

Below, is a video shown at the SBC Annual Meeting held in Columbus, Ohio June 16-17, 2015. Please watch and join with us in the prayerful hope that we will see what only God can do. Friends, He truly can do in a moment what we can't do in a lifetime.

Serving Together,
Pastor Brett

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Pastor's Corner...

Article was published in the June edition of The Herald; a monthly publication of Green Hill Baptist Church.

God is working in the hearts and lives of His people at Green Hill. He is growing His church and building His kingdom. I’m like a kid in a candy store when I think of all the things God has planned for us. I keep coming back to Ephesians 3:20, “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” It’s a joy to serve and be a part of what He is doing at Green Hill. My heart is full as I listen to people share how God is tearing down walls in relationships, reconciling families, and delivering them from addictions and strongholds. I’m telling you, God is good and He is working in ways that are beyond anything we could ever ask or think or imagine!

My prayer is that we would stay focused on Him. By that I mean, may we continue to heed Jesus’ words to His disciples to, “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness,” (Matthew 6:33). We must keep the main thing the main thing. This is especially challenging as we move into the summer months, which is often a busy time of year. It’s important for us to take advantage of vacation time with family and enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation, but let’s not take a hiatus from what God has called us to do. As part of His church, let us remain faithful as we give, serve, fulfill our ministry, and accomplish the mission and vision He has given to us.

Summer is often a time of year when churches gear down. People are often traveling and vacationing, so everything seems to come to a screeching halt. We’ve decided to take a different approach this summer. While some groups and ministries will be taking a break for the summer, most of our church schedule will remain the same. It makes sense. School is out. Families are moving and relocating to other places. They are looking for a new church home and a place to get plugged in. We need to be ready to reach out and be salt and light. Let’s not go MIA. Instead, let’s gear up for Vacation Bible School and other ministry opportunities that are before us. Let us seek first His kingdom!

Serving Together,
Pastor Brett

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Pastor's Corner...

Article was published in the May edition of The Herald; a monthly publication of Green Hill Baptist Church.

“…but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13

It’s a joy to be part of the body of Christ and to love and serve together as a member of His church. May we never take that privilege for granted. The church is not a social club or civic organization. It’s not a place for paying dues and receiving perks. No, the church is a people. Indeed, we are God’s people and He has given us the opportunity to love and serve Him and to shine the light of His truth into a dark world.

How do we love and serve the Lord? Consider a few examples. We love and serve Him by learning and growing in our faith; by using our gifts and talents to further the work of His kingdom; by praying and encouraging one another in our journey of faith; and by walking together through the stresses and successes of life. Friends, the Father has truly blessed us as His children and He has given us a unique opportunity to love and serve Him.

Recently, in recovering from hand surgery, I’ve been considering the joy and blessing of what it means to be part of the church. To know that I have brothers and sisters who love me and pray for me along the way. I want you to know that it’s been a great source of strength and comfort. Friends, this is true regardless of the situation or stage of life we are in. There’s nothing like the church because there’s no one like our God! In Christ, God has given to us a new family; a spiritual and eternal family. He has given to us an earthly picture of the heavenly relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Scripture teaches that as the church, we are to love one another and serve together in a way that reflects the Trinity, and we are to walk together in peace and unity.

I pray that we will continually grow in God’s grace and in the knowledge of what it means to be His people, and that we will love and serve Him by loving and serving one another. In admonishing the believers in Galatia to do this very thing, Paul said, “but through love serve one another.” Green Hill, I want to thank you for loving me and for demonstrating God’s love in every prayer you have prayed, phone call, text, or card you have sent, or kind word you’ve spoken. It’s a real joy and blessing to serve as your pastor.

I’m looking forward to moving into the summer months. I really believe God has much in store for us as we continue to grow in faith and follow Him in obedience. It blesses my heart to see new believers being baptized and new members being added to our family. I pray God’s blessings on us as we continue to seek His face.

Loving and Serving Together,
Pastor Brett