And In Closing
It is almost here! North Shelby’s 25th anniversary is Sunday, November 18 and what a wonderful and meaningful way to begin Thanksgiving week. The North Shelby Baptist Church family has so much for which to be thankful. Not only does this congregation have a wonderful past to celebrate, but you also have tremendous potential. Your gifted and hard-working young ministry staff, a location in one of the fastest growing counties in the state and land that allows you room to expand and grow. God has given you great potential, but God expects us to cooperate with Him in making potential reality. Here are four ways you can cooperate with God in realizing the potential He has give you.
- Pray daily for your church. Ask God to help you reach people with the Gospel during this transitional time in pastoral leadership and to guide your pastor search committee.
- Invite people to attend and participate in worship with you. The Thanksgiving to New Years Day window provides a great opportunity to ask people to be your guests at many of the Christmas events the church will host. God gave His Son and we cooperate with God through sharing the Gospel with others.
- Fully engage in worship. Worship is not something you attend, it is an event and an experience in which you participate. This means joining in during the congregational singing, praying when others are leading in prayer and greeting and welcoming guests and visitors. Each Sunday morning North Shelby has the tradition of providing a welcome time during the service. By speaking to people you do not know and helping them to know they are wanted is part of participating in worship.
- Giving your tithes and offerings to God through the church. In a pure theological sense, we do not give to the church, we give to God through the church. Giving our tithes and offerings is a way we cooperate with God.
A personal observation: As your interim pastor I am impressed with your commitment to prayer and your attendance and engagement during worship. I so admire your passion for doing missions. There is one area in which we could improve and that is giving our tithes and offerings. During the month of November, I am going to make a gift to God above my normal tithes and offering through a sacrificial offering through the church. I invite you to join with me. Lets excel in the grace of giving. (II Corinthians 8:7)
See you Sunday.
Your interim pastor,