Saturday, May 31, 2008

Saturday - What I'm Thinking About Today

In all of my ministry I have never seen any thing as urgent as reaching the lost for Christ. Perhaps I’m just wired that way. It might be one of the reasons God called me into the ministry; knowing my concern. Maybe I’m just convinced of the scriptural mandate to reach the lost. Or maybe I identify with the lost because I used to be lost myself! Whatever the case, that’s who I am.

I don’t have time to argue with people from other churches over ministry styles. I will not engage myself in the debate of emergent vrs. emerging churches - (If you don’t know what that’s about, do yourself a favor and don’t bother to learn. It’s DOPEY). I’m not interested in debating contemporary vrs. traditional. And (as I have mentioned before) I’m not going to sit around in little circles to have theological discussions about missional vrs.attractional churches (blah, blah, blah). Others can pontificate like that if they choose – but not me. I’m actually DOING something rather than have do-nothing discussions ABOUT it.

PCC…. We are called to reach people for Jesus Christ. We will ALWAYS be a church where you can bring your friends and family who are far from God… And they will hear the gospel in a way they can understand, while you (as a growing believer) will be fed and nurtured. We will continue to do church the way God has called us to do… and people who do not like it can scream all they want… and we will keep ignoring them… and we will continue to reach new people…. and will continue to grow!

We will always preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, not the in the wisdom of mans words, but in power, and demonstration of the Holy Ghost.

We will worship with passion.

We will do church in an excellent and creative manner.

We will be baptizing hundreds of people this year.

God is using our church in ways that I never imagined. I wish I could articulate every story of life-change. But there are simply too many. Trust me, God is using the ministry of PCC to accomplish great things. You can see it everywhere.

But don’t take my word for it. Here’s an excerpt from a letter I received last week:

I want to thank you for the best worship service in Santa Rosa County……

I have come a long, long way in my spiritual journey since I started attending this church………. I had been through a 5 year period in my life that turned my world upside down and inside out. I was angry with God, and drew away from Him. But, He was carrying me through it all, and has renewed in me a great excitement for His mercy, love and grace. I am growing spiritually day by day, and continually praying for His guidance in my life. I know God has a good plan for my life, and that my spiritual journey has only just begun.

This is why we do what we do!