Our desire is to be found faithful to "The Great Commission" Jesus left the church:
"Therefore, as you go, disciple all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you each and every day until the end of the age." (Matthew 28:19-20 ISV)
Truly we cannot have a real vision for the future without a sense of 'His/Story' which has brought us this far. We are all indebted to those who have planted, prayed, preached, and paid for the blessings we now enjoy. The values of the past are crucial for designing a new future. God always commanded the nation of Israel to look back and 'remember' (used 162 times in the Scriptures) who they were and why they existed. This gave them their identity, values, purpose, mission, and ultimately . . . God's vision for their future.
Until Jesus returns, may we strive together to be a thriving vineyard producing fruit for God's kingdom. My heart swells with admiration and appreciation for the men of God who were called, commissioned, and compelled to preach the only hope this community and the world has...the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ! Think about it, our rich Baptist tradition signifies the "centrality of gospel preaching." Everything about our rich tradition centers on the dynamic of declaring the message of the Gospel from the pulpit by way of the preached authoritative word of God.
Proclaiming the Gospel of Christ is every New Testament church's highest calling and important task. Yet today, our postmodern world has sidetracked many churches from the centrality of preaching. Instead, they seek to be politically correct rather than theologically correct. May we steadfastly stand upon the shoulders of those who have gone before us. It is my sincere hope that we will take seriously the command of Jesus..."Love the Lord your god with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength." (Mark 12:30)
Until Jesus comes for His church, His body, His glorious bride...may we be zealous in:
- Exalting Christ through preaching and worship
- Equipping Christians through Sunday School and Bible Studies
- Engaging Culture through Acts 1:8 missions.
"Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think - according to the power that works in you - to be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen." (Ephesians 3:20-21)