From The Pastor’s Desk — Sunday, January 14, 2018
The Apostle Paul sought to meet the needs of spiritually needy people. He brought the gospel of Jesus Christ to souls that were starving for hope and fulfillment. Paul was persecuted frequently, and his life was threatened several times before finally being taken from him. The persecution and life threatening situations he suffered during his ministry however, it did not deter him from doing the work God intended for him. He possessed a deep affection for those to whom he ministered, even if some of them wanted him stopped or killed.
We should all seek to obey God with as much fervor as Paul had. Even though he faced imprisonment, beatings, and perhaps death, he allowed none of those things move him. Paul was determined that nothing he might face would cause him to fear or to stop doing what he should. He would not be moved from the path in which God had led him.
God’s grace in our life as in Paul’s should give us the joy and courage to declare the gospel despite the persecution we may face. Paul continued his ministry until he died; or as he stated, “…finished his course…”
I admonish each of you today as saints of God, Don’t be Moved, but to stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made you free, so that you can say like Paul, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, and I have kept the faith.”
Suffragan Bishop Vernon Spinks, Pastor