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5/10/18 A Message from Chris

Last week when I was in Sugar Land with my family, I was driving by our local neighborhood pond observing the ducks swimming.  I think I am noticing water more these days.  The ducks were moving gracefully across the water like there was not a care in the world.  As I pondered the ducks swimming (I realize most normal people don’t ponder ducks swimming), I was reminded that I only was observing what was taking place on top of the water.  Below the water, those little legs were moving as fast as they could, staying busy so I could observe what was taking place on top of the water.

 

In many ways, this reminded me of what takes place at church.  You might arrive on Sunday morning and witness a great worship service, a Biblical sermon, breakfast in your small group Bible Study, a building with a nice room set-up, and reports of ministry taking place all over our area and our world.  It is a “Grace Giving” Sunday when I am Southland Baptist Church.  

 

However, when I noticed those ducks, I was reminded of all the work of church that takes place under the water where no one notices what is taking place.  The preparation of our Bible Study teachers, the work of our committees and ministry divisions, the choir rehearsal to perfect the beautiful worship song, the deacons visiting the hospitals during the week, the preschool workers having the fun object lesson for our little ones, the making sure the new pastor has all he needs.  There are a lot of legs moving as fast as they can to do the work of the Kingdom of God.  So as I approach the last sermon in our Kingdom of God sermon series, May I tell you “Thank You”.  Thank you for being the body of Christ.  Thank you for bringing the kingdom of God to San Angelo.  Thank you for being partners together in sharing the life changing news of Jesus Christ.

 

Grace and Peace,

 

Chris

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4/26/18 Message from Chris

A wise elder in one congregation offered the following counsel for times of discernment: “When the promise is clear and the cost is vague, watch out; the evil one may be wooing you.  But when the cost is clear and the promise is vague—yet there is something alluring, something that draws you forward—watch out.  You may be hearing the voice of God.” (1)

            As Southland Baptist celebrates her 40th Birthday, there are many in the congregation who understood a great cost of starting something new when there was no promise a church would materialize.  We have been celebrating those people and events through Sunday morning videos, special mission projects, and we will hold a grand celebration in September (more details to follow soon).  The ability to hear the voice of God is quite a testament to those pioneers.

            However, I sense Southland Baptist stands at a precipice in her history.  Will we once again take a step of faith in what is becoming a Post-Christian culture and hear the voice of God?  Will we choose the unknown future over the status quo?  Will we sacrifice not knowing the results, because we sense God’s family needs to become bigger with friends and neighbors who might be different than us?  Will we move forward knowing there are great costs and not knowing the results?

            For some of you, this quote might spark a remembrance of a dream that the Holy Spirit has planted inside you for some time.  The dream sounds crazy and it costs a lot.  It is no sure thing.  Yet, it is alluring, because it is the voice of God drawing you toward a new calling in your life.  The great Baptist missionary William Carey once said:  “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”  May we never choose what is safe and secure over what God is calling us to do and be.

Grace and Peace,

Chris

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