Pray. Care. Share. Celebrate. These are the four words the Lord gave me recently in prayer for GHBC. I shared these in my message on Sunday and want to reiterate them to you in this newsletter.
Pray – I know many do, but let me ask all of us to pray fervently and daily for our church. God is working in mighty ways and we need His continued power, favor, and protection. Philippians 4:6 says to pray about everything.
Care – Keep on caring and showing compassion to all, especially to those who are a part of our church family. Paul said in Galatians 6:10, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” I visited in a prospect’s home this week and learned that they have only been in Austin for about six months but have visited 10 churches. They visited us Sunday and I was in their home on Wednesday night after the AWANA Award Ceremony. They are a family of five, and the two things they mentioned that they were looking for in a church were biblical preaching and friendships.
Share – Jesus has given us our marching orders and commanded us to go and make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). Making disciples is much more than conversion. We have to invest in new believers and teach them all things Jesus commanded. I want to encourage you, church family, to do what Paul did in 1 Thessalonians 2:8—share the gospel, as well as your own life, in ministering to others.
Celebrate! – God is working miracles in and through GHBC. When you hear of something God has done, please let others know. I must do a better job at this. I get so focused on ministry and working for the Lord that I forget to slow down and praise Him and celebrate the mighty things He has done and is presently doing. Will you help me with this? Whether through personal conversations, in your Bible Life or small group, public worship, or social media, please take the time and effort to simply brag on Jesus and our amazing church.
On Sunday I am preaching a message from Revelation 14:14–20 entitled “The Time Has Come.” It is an intense message of how Jesus will judge this world. Did I say it was intense?! Please pray that I would preach this sermon with power and compassion. My goal is to speak the truth in love. Whenever a pastor preaches on judgment or hell, I believe there should be passion in his voice and tears in his eyes.
VBS is coming soon! We need many volunteers. Please help us minister to the hundreds of children God will send us the week of June 22–26.
Deacons, we are meeting this Sunday for our quarterly meeting right after worship. We have an amazing group of deacons who love Jesus, support their pastors, serve, and promote unity within the church. I love these men and am honored to serve with them. (Celebrate!)
See you Sunday.
1 Thessalonians 2:8