First Baptist Church
Saturday, August 29, 2015
There's a place for you
A Letter From Our Pastor
I cannot believe August is here already. Of course with all of the things we were able to cram into Summer I guess it should not be a surprise. We started the summer with VBS and ended with Children’s Camp. Between the two our church was involved with Falls Creek, a mission trip to Spain, and a mission trip to Zimbabwe. God has moved in some mighty ways in all of these experiences. We have witnessed people coming to faith in Jesus Christ. Others have renewed their relationship with Him and have reprioritized their lives accordingly. It has truly been an exciting Summer and should prepare us well for Fall, Winter, and Spring.
We have many opportunities ahead of us as a Church family to impact our world for Jesus Christ. We are involved in many ministry areas. In our July Church Council meeting, we listed all of the ministries we have within our church. There are many. The group became aware, as we looked at each ministry individually, there is room for improvement in all of our ministries. We do many well, but we can always improve. Two key words came out of that meeting — commitment and coordination. To continue all of the ministries we are involved in our commitment level must increase. We need more people to commit to serving in the various ministries within the church. Commitment entails consistency in attendance and preparedness. Hebrews 10:24-25 commands us to encourage one another as we meet together — “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” We cannot be a united body of believers if we never fellowship and worship together. We cannot serve God faithfully as the church if we do not come seeking His will together. We will never be who God has designed us to be (the church and individuals alike) if we are not committed in our church membership. Membership carries with it the responsibility of service. We are all ministers of the Gospel. Look at Ephesians 4:11-16 —“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” This passage tells us we are all to be doing the ministry of the Gospel, not just a select few. Pastors and teachers are to train and lead the rest of the congregation in service. To fulfill God’s will for Pawhuska 1st Baptist it will take us all working together.
This is where the second word comes in — coordination. We must coordinate our ministry efforts to fully make use of the many talented individuals making up this wonderful body of Christ. We cannot go about doing our own things. We must work together becoming unified in our mission to reach Pawhuska with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Sure, we can all go about reaching people in our own special way, but when we come together as God has placed us here we can exponentially do more. This is what Paul is saying in Ephesians 3:10, “so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.” God’s desire is to use the local church, not just individuals, to carry out His plan. He has chosen to bring us together at this time and at this place in Pawhuska, OK to change the world around us. While I was in seminary the motto was, “Touch the World…Impact Eternity.” The motto there has been changed, but I still hold on to the truth in that statement. This truly is our mission. There are many ways to touch the world and we must come together as a church to discern how God would have us reach out to Pawhuska and beyond.
I am excited about what God has in store for us here at Pawhuska 1st Baptist in 2015 and beyond. God has brought us all here together at this time for a mighty work. Be in constant prayer for discernment for understanding of what this work is. “Greater things are yet to be done in this city…” Be constant in prayer. Be actively seeking the welfare of Pawhuska (Jeremiah 29:4-9). Together we must, “Touch the World…Impact Eternity.” In our mission and ministry at Pawhuska FBC, we must truly put Pawhuska First! It is in our name. It is our mission.
In Service for Him,
Bro. Jeff Laughlin
Monday-Thursday ~ 8:00-4:30