From the minister's desk
“Your Preacher's Concerns”Categories: from the minister's desk
To those of you in the congregation who have supported me in this ministry, I need you to know that I am eternally grateful. I pray that God will bless you tremendously in His own way. I know that I could not have survived this long without God and those of you who have been here with me and some even longer. Many have come and gone in my time as your minister and I want you to know that leaving you has never crossed my mind. I have committed myself to the Lord and His work, wherever he places me. I am thrilled and honored that He placed me here with you.
Long before the complaints popping up now, I’ve heard directly and indirectly through others of the discontent some have had with me and my preaching. But I am more thankful that none have been able to disparage my life and work. It is true that if you love what you do, it keeps you focused daily on doing better and therefore keeps the distractions at bay. I love what I am doing for the Lord. I want to share with you, God’s Wonderful People, my concerns and what drives me to do what I do with, for, to and because of you. I am concerned for your souls and my own.
I truly consider myself a servant in the Lord’s army, kingdom, vineyard, church, etc. Whatever you call it, I know where my heart is, where my help comes from, whom I serve and how I am charged to serve. I have been given a promise to look forward to, commandments to obey and a group of people to lead in the Lord. I do take my orders seriously.
I am instructed to “take heed unto myself and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this I shall both save myself and them that hear me.” 1Tim.4:16 So I can’t preach itching ear sermons. I can’t try to please people over God. So, people will rebel and express themselves, but I will not give in.
I ‘ve been charged to “preach the word, be instant in season and out of season, reprove, rebuke and exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For in my time they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears they shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall be turned unto fables. But I must watch in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of my ministry.” 2Tim.4:1-5 This is what God is going to hold me accountable for. I am concerned.
Like you I must “fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto you are also called and has professed a good profession before many witnesses.” 1Tim.6:12 I am trying to help you to fight the good fight by equipping you with God’s armor, but you must put it on and use it. You don’t have to like it, but to defeat Satan, you must wear it and use it in this fight. You ought to be concerned.
Peter said and I have read about, seen and heard “the false prophets and teachers” in my own lifetime, among us and the brotherhood. I have heard the “damnable heresies” and seen the “pernicious ways many are following,” even to the point of “them speaking evil of the truth. They are covetous, greedy and with feigned words make merchandise of God’s people.” 2Pt.2:1-3 The sad part is that the people love it.
I am told that “if I put the brethren in remembrance of these things, I shall be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words and of good doctrine, whereunto I have attained.” 1Tim.4:6 In putting you in remembrance, I must “…warn you or I will surely die…” Ezek.3:16-21
So, I hope you can see and understand why I am the way I am. I hope that you will join me and continue to work with me and support in the Lord’s work. For I know that He will prevail, and I want to be found in His favor and receive His promises. I pray you do to.