First Baptist Church, Union MO
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Where Christ is Exalted!
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A Letter from Pastor Greg:
A Pastor’s Focus and a Pastor’s Joy
Jesus in Matthew 4:4, when tempted by Satan, quotes Deuteronomy 8:3, “It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” In John 8:31-32, Jesus says to the Jews who had believed in Him, “If you hold to my teaching you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” In John 17:17 in Jesus’s high priestly prayer, He prays, “Sanctify them by the truth. Your word is truth.”
Paul writes to those in the faith, in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved a workman who does not need to be ashamed and correctly handles the Word of Truth.”
In 2 Timothy 3:16 Paul writes to Timothy that, “All scripture is God breathed and is for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” In 2 Timothy 4:2, Paul charges Timothy to, “Preach the Word; be prepared in season or out of season.” Clearly evident in their verses is the call of a pastor is to make much of God's Word and the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the express purpose of preparing God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith, and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:12-13)
My joy as a pastor is first of all glorifying God by preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Along with the Apostle Paul, my heart is that I, “may never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14)
Secondly, the joy of seeing new creations born into the kingdom of God and see them grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ is exhilarating. This joy is reflected in the Apostle John’s word in 2 John 4, “It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in truth just as the Father has commanded us.” We have been entrusted with the gospel of Jesus Christ, may we be found faithful to Him and to the Word of God. May our desire be to hear our Lord and Savior say, “Well done good and faithful servant.”
Pastor Greg Cross