Weekday Musings with Pastor Brian - November 4
I arrived at the church early this morning in order to open it up for our election officials. As many of you know, we are a polling site, and have been since before I came here. I actually count it a blessing. Today, a number of our neighbors will be voting in a church that loves Christ. Kind of cool. And what a great reminder of our responsibility as God’s people. We are citizens of Heaven, but we are also citizens of America. God has called us to pursue righteousness, pray for those who rule over us (as in our government, local to federal), and represent Him in our world.
Our government will not save us; only Jesus can do that. But… each person elected to a governmental office, from our local townships, and all the way to Washington, D.C. can have a profound effect on our lives and even our church. The recent events throughout our nation that precipitated my lesson for this Sunday did not happen in a vacuum. People elected into office by people like your neighbors, like you, have either participated in the making of laws, or helped to select judges who either affirm or overturn those laws. And I am thinking that there is much more to come. Will there be a law compelling pastors to do things contrary to Scripture? World history and even current events is not on our side in that matter. Will government officials determine that churches need to pay taxes? It has already been discussed… numerous times. How will that affect our mission?
My hope is that you will get out and vote today. Just as you matter to our God, are an integral part of the body that is our church, and the larger Church, so your voice matters in the culture and nation we live in. Make a difference today for our Lord!
Thank all of you who have been praying for me regarding my message for this Sunday. I have entitled it: Homosexuality, the Word of God, and the Church. Many of you have suggested books, sent me articles and web-links. I really do appreciate it. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to look at much of it. My struggle has not been with information, but with condensing that information into a message that not only addresses the issue, but also how we can/should respond what is happening around us… and getting it done before the local restaurants close for the day < Grin >. My lesson is prepared, I will stick to my notes, and I pray that you will not only find it challenging and encouraging, but also convicting. Keep in mind… God has allowed this; He is not up in Heaven freaking out over what is going on here. We have a mission as a church, as His people… and we need to get to it.
I am off to our State Convention Wednesday evening (I have meetings in the morning). I have really enjoyed our convention; it is a great time to catch up with pastor friends throughout PA and South Jersey, and hear how God is moving among us.
Speaking of God at work, real quick… Our Transformational Focus Teams meet next Thursday as we wrap up our recommendations for our church in 2015. Our plan is to share them with our Leadership Team at our December meeting, and then with the church at a special meeting in January. We have a new Men’s Bible Study coming soon on Wednesdays. Joe Stiles will be leading it. Mark you calendars: on November 19thwe have our Annual Membership Meeting, where the Budget for 2015 will be the main topic of discussion and affirmation. Brian Mader also shared that 33 people have signed up for Word of Life’s Reverb. It is a night of fun, a but also of hearing the Gospel. Some of those going are unsaved friends of some of our youth. Be in prayer for them.
On a final note; Next week I am hoping to share some things with you that I have learned all in a week’s time that have really challenged my assumptions, training, and even my paradigms regarding how we do church. In fact, I am still a bit blown away. How is that for a tease?
Love you all. Have a wonderful week in Christ! See you Sunday… If we’re not raptured first.
Brian Harrison, Pastor