Pastor Tom's Monthly Message: January
Greetings to all in this New Year,
Well, here we are again looking at another New Year together here at Park Place. Pat and I hope that you had a very Merry Christmas and that you and your family made memories to last a lifetime. Gifts don’t last long, but memories and moments last a lifetime.
This year marks a benchmark for me personally and spiritually. On December 11, 2018 (Lord willing and the creek don’t rise) I will celebrate 30 years of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have been privileged to stand behind many pulpits and preach thousands of messages to God’s people and those that God desired to have so much that He sent Jesus to this world as a Kinsman Redeemer. I don’t know how many folks have been saved in that 30 years; not a clue. I’ve always believed that my job was to cast the net on the right side of the Gospel ship and God (Father, Son, Spirit) would take care of the fish (John 21:6) and the multitude.
I don’t know how many baptisms, weddings or funerals I’ve done either. But I’ve also seen in that time too many preachers/pastors/evangelists who have tried to keep a tally of those decisions and they would say, “If numbers weren’t important, then why is there a Book in the Bible called Numbers?”
When dealing with humans, only God knows their heart, so I trust that He knows the ones who truly have Christ in them and those who do not; like I said, not my job to be concerned about numbers. My job is to cast the net; the Gospel net of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.
But I am concerned about one number: 3. That’s how many years that I ran from God’s call on my life: 3 years. That’s how many years I taught Sunday School and worked on church bus routes and knocked on doors trying to work out a deal where God would be satisfied with my efforts so I wouldn’t have to be obedient to the burden He Himself had placed on my heart. It didn’t work. Truth be told, I showed up to the dance 3 years late.
Don’t make the same mistake that I made in 1985. God doesn’t work out ‘deals’ and what He calls/tools us to do He does without regret (Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.)
In 2018, whatever God speaks to your heart about doing for Him here at Park Place Baptist, just do it. No deals. No tardiness. No running. Best of all…no regrets.
Pastor Tom and Pat Campbell