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.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
*Article was published in the October edition of The Herald; a monthly publication of Green Hill Baptist Church
“…so these stones shall become a memorial
to the sons of Israel forever.”
As the Israelites crossed the Jordan to take possession of the Promised Land, they gathered twelve stones from the riverbed, one stone for each of the twelve tribes. They used the stones to construct a memorial that would remind future generations of God’s faithfulness to His people.
Is it possible for an entire generation to know nothing about the Lord? It’s entirely possible, especially when the previous generation fails to tell them. This happened to Israel and it could easily happen to us (Judges 2:10). Passing on a legacy of faithfulness and godliness is one of the greatest responsibilities we have as God’s people.
Sunday, October 5th is our “Memorial Sunday” known as Homecoming. This is a time for remembering and celebrating another year of God’s faithfulness to us as a church.
As I consider Homecoming this year, there are several memorial stones that come to mind:
- A celebration of a mentor and friend. Mark Hathcox will be preaching God’s Word in morning worship. Under Pastor Mark’s leadership, Green Hill licensed me to the Gospel Ministry, which marked a significant change in the direction of my life.
- A celebration of friendships. God has richly blessed me with friends – brothers and sisters in Christ who have impacted my life in tremendous ways. Some have moved on to various ministries and ventures in life, but have indicated that they will be with us for Homecoming. I’m looking forward to worshiping with God’s people!
- A celebration of God’s work. It’s been a great year at Green Hill. We’ve celebrated new converts and Baptisms, new members joining our church family, and the completion of many projects. We’ve also added another full-time staff to our ministry team. Again, we welcome Mike McCormick and his family to Green Hill.
- A re-dedication for kingdom service. The renovation of the Harter Building is one of the many projects completed this year. For over 60 years, the Harter Building has been used for kingdom service. Following our fellowship meal, we will celebrate in a special re-dedication of the Harter facility to continued kingdom service.
- A one-year anniversary. Where has time gone? I’m humbled to be completing my first year as pastor of Green Hill and I look forward to many more!
These are just a few stones that remind me of God’s faithfulness. I hope that you and your family will join us for this special gathering for worship on October 5th and stay afterward for the fellowship meal and Harter Building re-dedication service.