Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Staying Connected
 Archived Pastor's Desk 2016.06.19
June 19 – June 25 
Scripture Passage: “And your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, “This is the way, walk in it, when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left.” Isaiah 30:21
Dear Friends,
     There are so many times I wish the Lord would write me a letter and send it in the mail. There are tough decisions that require an answer – now, and I do not know what to do. Very few of my days are simple. They are filled with important tasks, or mundane activities, and both cause me to question whether or not I am faithfully fulfilling my calling. I find it refreshing when I know exactly what I am supposed to do. I am one of those people that is ready to charge Hell with a water pistol, if I know that God’s hand is upon me and I am following his orders. On the other hand I am very cautious when I am uncertain. Some would say this is a good thing while others would say it shows a lack of faith. The Bible is God’s letter to his children. It is filled with many pages and has the answer to any question that I might have. All I have to do is read and find the answer. Herein lies the problem. There are things I want to do, and things I do not want to do. If I want to do it, I can find a Scripture that validates my desires. If I do not want to do it, I can find a Scripture that justifies those actions also. So is the Bible a book of conflicting advice? Absolutely not!   I can do something there is absolutely nothing wrong with, but if it is done at the wrong time or with the wrong motives then it becomes sin to me. On the other hand there are questions of morality and integrity that I do not even have to question because God has made those issues completely clear. The struggle comes when the will of God comes in direct conflict with my will. So begins the process of praying, reading, struggling, thinking, meditating and searching. I do not like it because I am a man of activity, not passivity. Every time that God has been speaking to me about his will in my life it has ALWAYS been a process rather than an event. So with all this in mind, let’s talk.  
     We are getting ready and preparing for a new church year. Status quo and holding our own is not good enough. If we are not moving forward, we are automatically falling behind. We are a good church and even a great church, but if we settle for this we will never experience the Father’s best. Numerically we are growing, but numbers are not always the best standard to judge the health of the church by. We are seeing individuals come to Christ on a regular basis, but do those people and their families see the need for discipleship if they are going to grow? Are the members of our church surrendered to Christ and totally sold-out in their commitment or do they serve according to convenience? Are our members becoming knowledgeable of the deep truths of the Bible or are they satisfied to skim the sweet treats of Bible stories? These are things that have my heart burdened and I am seeking the face of God to know how to address these issues. Pray that God will reveal his will for our church to me and kindle a fire in the hearts of our people to grow and mature in their walk with the Lord. I believe the answer to these questions will determine the health of our church in the coming year.  
     Pray and ask God to help you grow in your personal walk with him in the coming year. Evaluate your faithfulness to fulfill the calling God has placed upon you and how well you are using the gifts God has blessed you with. Covet with Him to learn more of His Word and how that should flesh out so others can see the Christ that lives within you. Purpose in your heart to share the Gospel with others this upcoming year and to build relationships so that your words carry weight and influence. Finally learn to enjoy the privileges that come with being a child of the King. If you are filled with the joy of the Lord you cannot help but let it spill out on those around you. People lead people to the Lord by who they are in Him. A genuine love relationship is always attractive to those who are struggling and in need. In the words of a black preacher I heard this last week, “Pass the salt, and turn on the light.” 
In Christ, 
Pastor Johnny