Pastor’s Column

thN6CLPIF0FROM THE PASTOR’S HEART…   February 4, 2016

I have a grave concern.  It has been awhile since we have had a baptism.  The main reason why we as a church exist is to bring new converts into God’s kingdom and then disciple them in living for the kingdom.  At this time our greatest ministries for outreach are Sunday School bus kids, Whiz-Kids, Champions for Christ, and Wednesday evening children’s class.  I thank the Lord for all those who are working with these kids who are God’s stewardship to us for their souls.  Each of these ministries could use more help, either on Sundays, Saturdays, or Wednesday evenings.  In February the Champions are planning an outdoor fun time for kids in the community to come and play games, have some lunch and hear the gospel.  Then on Easter weekend they plan to have a community Easter egg hunt for all the kids we can get to come.  We are going to need help with both of these events.  If you are willing to help, let Marcia Harris know.

Last Sunday I finished my series on Genuine Christianity.  This was a study that was a real life-changer for me while preparing each message.  They were more than messages to  me.  They actually deepened my own walk with the Lord.  I have a much better appreciation for what it means to be saved and how the Holy Spirit has been working in my own life in growing me as a Christian.  I have a much greater awareness of God’s growing me in my love relationship with Him.  I have come to realize that the main motivation for everything I do should be because I love Jesus with a level of love that goes beyond my human ability to love.  Doing all that we do because we love Jesus is what it means to be free from the law and fear, because we have learned to relate to God on the basis of His grace and love.  That puts us in a position to serve God because we want to, not because we have to.  That is freedom.