Pastor Tom's Monthly Message: March

Connecting to Jesus

Greetings in Christ,

     As always, my prayer as the pastor of Park Place Baptist is that this newsletter finds you on this day rejoicing in God’s goodness and grace in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the very Source of the Father’s goodness and He is also the very Source of God’s favor. Those who are not in Christ have searched unsuccessfully for goodness and grace for thousands of years and have not found it; they will not find it. We don’t find Jesus; He finds us! Jesus said, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:11)

     March is the month where we begin to think of the coming Spring. Daylight Savings Time and the rejuvenation of the things of creation that have laid dormant and asleep for several months. We start having some warmer weather, folks start making plans for vacations and a more active lifestyle comes into reality.

     This March, for Park Place, is the beginning of a rejuvenation for us as a body of believers. On March 18th @ 6 p.m., The Visioning Team is going to present some of the things that we have been discussing, praying over and will be recommending for the Church to adopt. We’re going to present a new Mission Statement for Park Place: “Connecting People to Jesus…Reaching Up, Reaching In and Reaching Out,” and we will vote on it that night.

     We want every facet of ministry at PPBC connecting people with Christ through salvation and meaningful worship, a personal relationship, Christian fellowship, intentional discipleship and fulfilling the Great Commission of Matthew 28:18-20 by going out into our community, city and the world with the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ. Every event, committee, function and effort of PPBC will have to fit within that new statement or we will do something else that will.

     Right now, we are not connecting people to Jesus effectively enough and that MUST change. I see that as the pastor. Our staff sees it. Your fellow members who are on these Visioning Teams see it and we want you to see it. Jesus said, “I, if I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto Me”. Programs don’t do it. Fund raisers don’t do it. Conventions don’t do it. Jesus draws men unto Himself when WE lift Him up, and WE MUST make Park Place Baptist Church MORE about Jesus.

     Join with us in this journey with Jesus Christ. Pray about what God can use you to do to make the journey even better. Commit yourself to the challenge of connecting your family and others to Jesus. It will change your life, your home and your church because that’s what Jesus does: He transforms us into the image of Himself. I think that’s what Christian means.

God bless you all and I am excited about what God is going to do in Christ Jesus here at your church. I love y’all!

Pastor Tom and Pat Campbell