November has come upon us quickly.I did not write a newsletter in October as my lovely wife surprised me with her letter for Pastor Appreciation month.I am honored to serve as your pastor.God has brought us together for His purpose of reaching our community and world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.We have many opportunities as well as challenges ahead of us as we seek to serve Him faithfully.
We had a wonderful day on our Roundup High Attendance Sunday.We did not reach our goal, but we had a great day!Some classes reached and exceeded their goals.Some were very close.We must not rest on those successes though.We should always be working to grow the Kingdom of God.One way we can accomplish this is to continue working on bringing people to church.Getting people to church is of course not the Great Commandment, but it does play a part in it.We read in Matthew 28:16-20,
“Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’”
We are given the command to make disciples—to introduce people to Jesus and teach them to follow Him.We are to baptize them and teach them—sounds a lot like it has to do with church.Of course, a person can get to Heaven without ever attending church or even being baptized—the thief on the cross comes to mind—but, where else are we going to be able to practice for Heaven by worshipping together?
There is also a call in the Great Commission to missions.It literally says, “As you are already going…”As we go through life we are on mission.We are to be reaching people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.A simple way to bring up the topic of salvation and one’s eternal security is a conversation about church.Try this month to work church into everyday conversations.Specifically, make a point to work Pawhuska 1st Baptist into everyday conversations.You may be surprised at the results.
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 isour mission.