I am filled with joy as I begin my pastorate at Long Branch Baptist Church and look forward to working with and serving not only the church but the community in which we live. My family and I have been greeted with smiling faces, handshakes, hugs, and words of kindness at every turn and this has been a great encouragement to us all. Thank you so much for welcoming us back home with such love and kindness, and we ask that you continually pray for us as we seek to lead as the Lord directs.
With that being said, we have a lot of work before us! I am reminded of Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 9, “I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more,” and he follows up with his motivation for the task at hand by saying “ this I do for the gospels sake.”
We must begin to approach our daily activities with a servant’s heart.
We must, within the boundaries of God’s word, become all things to all people so that through us, Jesus may touch the lives of those we come in contact with.
We must resolve to, just as Jesus did, meet them where they are.
We must bring the message of the Gospel to them, not wait on them to come to us.
It matters not what we look like or what our social status or our financial status is. All that matters is that every person is fearfully and wonderfully made and God cares for each person.
My prayer is that we begin to see as Jesus sees, love as He loves, and forgive as He forgives.
May God bless you all, and may He bless our journey together as we seek to be the hands and feet of the gospel.