I was listening this morning to a well-known song…To God Be the Glory. The words of the first verse begin, “how can I say thank you for the things you have done for me?” The song obviously points hearts to the truth that God is so good and He blesses us in so many ways, even when we don’t deserve it! I have to tell you, as I listened to that song and pondered God’s goodness and grace, my mind quickly went to this past weekend, and the love, support, challenge and amazing grace that was all rolled up into one special service! The blessing that you are, and the grace that God has showered upon us, is truly beyond words! Please, let me simply say again…Thank You! From every tear, every smile, every hug, and every embrace, you continued to show me and my precious family how much you love us, and I can only pray that you know how much we love you! I left on Sunday really believing God had given us such a powerful weekend to reassure me and to reassure you that He is in control. From Saturday morning’s Deacon Retreat, to Saturday afternoon’s Operation Turkey Blessing, to Saturday evening’s Deacon Banquet, to Sunday morning’s Commissioning Service, and, finally, to the time of encouragement and love in the Fellowship Hall, God just moved. Dr. Jim Henry’s presence and his message was so reassuring of not only what is happening here, but also of the fact that God is guiding all of our footsteps and we are in great hands.
I want to also remind you of the special services that are planned over the five Sundays of December. I am so grateful for our awesome staff leadership which will help lead these Sundays until Dr. Jim Henry begins on Sunday morning, January 5.
Sunday, December 1: This Sunday morning, Rev. Kevin Qualls, our Next Generations Pastor, will be speaking during our 10:30 am worship service. Sunday evening, we will hold our Quarterly Church Conference. You will hear an update on the final aspects of Foundation for the Future projects.
Sunday, December 8: This service will emphasize Missions, as we come together to celebrate taking the message of Jesus to the nations. First Baptist Charlotte has always played a major role in leading out among Southern Baptists in our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Jonathan Rebsamen, our Administrative Pastor, along with our Missions Team, will help to inspire, inform, and challenge all of us as we remember Jesus’ words to “go into all the world…”
Sunday, December 15: You will not want to miss our Sanctuary Choir, Orchestra, Worship Team and Band as they share a very special worship experience to truly lead us into the Christmas season. The message of Christ and the good news of His coming will be front and center in a program filled with songs that will take you back in time, and bring you forward to your own personal encounter with the Savior! What a great Sunday to invite lost friends, family, and neighbors to visit FBC with you!
Sunday, December 22: The Sunday morning before Christmas for several years now we have been surprised and blessed by folks who have shown up to share about The Christmas I Remember. The word on the street is that again this year a special visitor is expected among us. Please, make this Sunday before Christmas a priority for you and your family.
Sunday, December 29: The last Sunday of 2013 will be special and important Sunday. It will provide an opportunity for you to come and remember God’s faithfulness in so many ways throughout this year. You will have opportunity to praise Him, thank Him, and to remember Him in a powerful way as you celebrate the Lord’s Supper on this final worship experience of 2013 with Pastor Kevin bringing the message. So, as you can see, it will be wonderful month of worship and praise, filled with joy and excitement about the gift of God’s dear Son!
In closing, I want to remind you that your church family needs you now more than ever. Seasons like the one we are all embarking upon, if we are not careful, can lead to apathy, lethargy, and discouragement. None of these are necessary in any form from this awesome church family. Instead, let there be a commitment to live out our Membership Covenant of Living a Life That Matters! How do we do that? Remember the commitment you have made at First Baptist Charlotte to:
- I will protect the unity of my church
- By acting in love toward other members
- By refusing to gossip
- By following the leaders
2. I will share the responsibility of my church
- By praying for its growth
- By inviting the lost and unchurched to attend
- By warmly welcoming those who visit
3. I will serve the ministry of my church
- By discovering my gifts and talents
- By being equipped to serve by my pastors
- By developing a servant’s heart
4. I will support the testimony of my church
- By attending faithfully
- By living a godly life
- By tithing regularly
I will miss you more than words can say over the next several months. But you will no doubt honor your commitment and remain faithful. I pledge to you to honor my commitment and as we walk this road together praying with and for one another, our reunion on May 11, 2014 will be sweeter than we could ever imagine! May God richly bless you and keep you until then!
In His Love,
Tue, November 26, 2013
by Dr. Mark Harris