Praise The Lord For A Purpose!

September 10th, 2013

With the armies of Israel being Challenged and the God of Israel being Defied, young David could contain himself no longer when he declared in    (I Samuel 17:29) “…Is there not a cause?” Life’s purpose is realized to its fullest when we give ourselves to a cause bigger than ourselves.

There is no bigger cause than the preaching of the Cross of Jesus Christ. (Acts 8:5) says, “Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.” In the next chapter we find these words in (Acts 9:20) “And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.” The Apostle declared in (I Corinthians 1:23) “But we preach Christ crucified…”

This must be more than a Phrase or even a Position it must be our Passion and our Purpose. Believing in the message of the cross is the difference between Heaven and Hell. Here at Grace Baptist Church and Grace Baptist College we are passionately striving to keep the message of the cross our central focus.

This past weekend we had the tremendous joy of seeing 24 teenagers saved on an overnight youth activity. On Sunday 20 of them were baptized. This week I am preaching at the Northeast Regional Rock Of Ages Prison Ministry Conference in Jeannette, PA and at the National Passing The Mantel Conference in Walls, MS. When I get home we will host this Friday and Saturday our annual Grace Baptist Ladies Conference. Ladies normally attend this great two day conference from 6 or 7 states. This is a very busy week in the life of our church and ministry but it is worth all the Effort and Energy because of the Gospel. Praise The Lord For A Purpose!

GBC Fall Semester Is Off To A Great Start!
September 5th, 2013
This morning I challenged the students of Grace Baptist College in my second chapel sermon of the 2013 fall semester to be both Spirit Filled and Spirit Led Christian workers. Understanding the Holy Spirits duel job of making us Comfortable and Uncomfortable was the theme of the hour.  Jesus said in, (John 16:7–8) “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” To be effective in our Christian service we must embrace both the Comforting and the Convicting work of the Holy Spirit.

We have another great school year up and running. We are excited to have a full campus but it is not how many enroll each year that is my greatest concern. Our energy is being invested in producing well trained and thoroughly prepared graduates. We are committed to producing graduates that, put their hand to the plow and practice what they have learned. Our students spend four years learning, both in the classrooms and through hands-on experience, how to serve as diligent and faithful laborers in the work of the ministry. They labor alongside our wonderful and diligent church family, and they are leaving this miracle church with a vision to do something great for God across the county and around the world. Yet the ministry requires more than a vision. It requires work. Jesus said that one who would follow Him as a disciple must “put his hand to the plough” (Luke 9:62). Truly, the ministry is labor. Yes, it is rewarding labor; yes, it is joyous labor; yes, it is fulfilling labor. But the benefits don’t come through shortcuts. Every man or woman who would engage in ministry must do it with a commitment to labor and to roll up their sleeves and personally involve themselves in gathering the harvest. Please pray for this 2013 student body of Grace Baptist College.

In the next few weeks we will be ordaining 6 of our recent graduates who are all now serving in full time ministry. We are enjoying a thrilling time at one of America’s most exciting Christian colleges as we are preparing laborers for the harvest.