Pastor Tom's Monthly Message: May
God Rewards Faith, Not Fear
Greetings in the Name of Christ,
Our prayer is that this newsletter finds each of you doing well and resting within the promises of the good things of the Lord Jesus. With Easter fresh on our minds, let’s not be guilty of putting away His great victory ‘in the closet’ until next Easter. We celebrate the Resurrection EVERY Sunday!
May has been a very busy month traditionally in the Church. Churches are getting ready for summer vacation and VBS, outside events or fellowships that colder weather just wasn’t conducive for. Warmer weather gets us back outside and doing things around the house like mowing and putting out flowers or a vegetable garden. But for Park Place, we have some important decisions to make this month too.
We have been praying about possibly merging with Thomasville First, and we have worshipped with them twice at their location and soon they will have been with us twice at Park Place. We have another joint service scheduled on the 19th with a lunch following and then a “Town Hall” meeting that Mike Ester will be moderating at 1:30 PM.
The church voted back in late January to pray about and explore our possibly joining the two congregations together as one, and we set a time limit of the end of May to decide, as a Church body, on whether to continue moving forward with them or not. We can look at everything that we wish and pray as we like, but I want to warn us about allowing our decisions to NOT be based upon one unscriptural criterion; fear. Most churches that fail in America do so because of fear. They had programs and music and everything that past generations enjoyed, but for one reason or another they allowed fear to prevent them from moving forward in their mission for Christ in their church. They were afraid of new music, or a different dynamic in the neighborhood or change in general; they were afraid. Bad doctrine or lack of programs did not close their doors…fear did.
Fear cannot be a factor in what we do concerning a merge with First Baptist Thomasville or any other church. If we stay on Kern Street, fear cannot keep us from ministering in the community as Park Place Baptist. Fear is not an option. God NEVER blesses or honors fear, but He ALWAYS rewards faith. Paul wrote that, “Faith is the substance of things HOPED FOR, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.”
No situation is perfect. No solution is without first having a problem needing a solution. Fear isn’t for the believer, but faith is our challenge. Now, are you afraid? If so, what are you afraid of? Jesus, in Mark 4, tells the disciples to get in a boat and go to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. The winds and storm come. The waves grow large and begin to fill the ship with water. The disciples panic and cry out in fear. What did Jesus ask them? “Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?” Jesus said that you possess one of the two characteristics that the disciples did on that ship when the situation is not perfect; fear or faith? Which one do you have?
Be sure to read the entire newsletter for upcoming events, especially as we prepare for the BSCNC Dental Bus that will be here at PPBC on June 8th. Brother Richard has flyers to put out and let’s all be as involved as we can on that day so that the community sees first hand the love of Jesus Christ in us.
God bless and see y’all in church here at Park Place.
In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Tom and Pat Campbell