25 Oct Pastor’s Paragraph for October 27, 2019
Pastor's Paragraph for October 27, 2019
OCTOBER 27, 2019
I want to take this moment to say thank you to the many of you who have read or are in the process of reading the books of Timothy. Together, as a congregation, we have been able to look into this wonderful relationship between the apostle Paul and his young colleague, Timothy. I hope you are finding that as you read you are privy to a budding relationship between these men who are simply trying to do their best for God. They learn from each other, they respect each other and they journey together.
I am hoping that you have someone in your life that you are learning from as you do your best for God. Yet, I pray that you, as a disciple of Christ, are setting the pace for others as well—being an example of what mature ministry looks like. In Paul’s second letter to Timothy, he points out that, “you know what I teach, and how I live, and what my purpose in life is. You know my faith, my patience, my love, and my endurance…”(2 Timothy 3:10-11 NLT). Paul sets the pace with his life and challenges Timothy to learn by keeping up and emulating his lifestyle.
Pastor Rick Warren said this about setting the pace for others: “You’ve probably heard people say that Christianity is always one generation from extinction. I think that might be oversimplifying it, but the fact is that no generation is exempt from the call to fulfill the Great Commission or to serve God’s purposes as fully as possible. The next generation is always watching, so we get to set the pace.”
What a great privilege we have, to set the pace with those we care for and to set the pace for those we have yet to meet. Let’s pray together that we are open to who God is putting in our path so that we may continue to do God’s work to God’s glory!
Oh…..and a big shout out to a wonderful woman who celebrates her birthday this week, love you.
Rev. Dr. Gary Weaver