Greetings and grace to
you in the wonderful name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wow! The Lord certainly blessed the month of
August in so many ways. He alone is
worthy of all praise, honor and glory!
God is good, all the time! Let’s
keep our eyes and hearts focused upon our Lord, being obedient in every aspect
of our lives that His life can be seen in us.
September has schools
in full swing and ERBC batting 1.000% with Sunday School, AWANA, J.A.M. and
Youth Ministry with all students.
Thank you ERBC family for your loving support of all the ministries to
every age of student, and please continue praying for each ministry. We have a team going into Haiti Sept.
21-30 to install metal roofs for GSM schools at Biclair and Savane Carree. Please be in prayer for this team as
they prepare and go do this work.
ERBC will have several students and adults participating in the First
Priority ministry at Elkmont Middle & High Schools as well as Piney Chapel
and Elkmont Elementary schools. God
has granted us an effectual open door of ministry in our schools and we must be
faithful to it. A fellowship meal
is planned for Sunday, Sept. 30 immediately after our AWANA/Discipleship
classes. Hope you take advantage of
every ministry opportunity.
One of the blessings
the Lord has granted me is your eagerness to hear the preaching of God’s
Word. Praise the Lord for how He
blessed during the sermon series Pastoral Advice, which will conclude on Sept.
2 with Be Godly Committed from 1 Timothy 6:20-21. The Lord has laid a series of sermons on
my heart about how He has made us to be Kings & Priests, as stated in
Revelation 5:10. During these
sermons we will be learning from the Word of God both what this means for us
and what our responsibilities are as Kings & Priests. Let us initially consider Revelation
5:10, “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall
reign on the earth.”
It is the Lord Jesus Christ that hath made us to be Kings & Priests
unto our God. The church of the
living God is a priesthood rather than having priesthood. As Baptist, we value the Doctrine of the
Priesthood of the Believer. The
truth that each and every believer can go directly to God the Father through
Jesus, God the Son, without a human mediator (1 Tim. 2:5). As Priests, we are to live our lives
ministering unto God and the Lord Jesus Christ (Ex. 28:4; Col. 3:23-24). Yes we touch human lives for the Lord,
but ultimately all ministry is unto the Lord (Matt. 25:40). Never forget this truth! As children of God we are members of a
royal family rather than merely being ruled by a king. We should certainly be submissive unto
the King of kings and Lord of lords, but He has made us kings within His
kingdom. A king possesses authority
and power, and as Christians, the Lord Jesus has granted both to us in His
name! We must not be negligent or
abusive of this authority and power which we now possess, but faithfully
exercise authority and power under Jesus’ authority. As we live out in our daily reality as
Kings & Priests, we will be truthfully manifesting “For to me to live is
Christ!” (Philp. 1:21a).