Monday, June 26, 2017

Seeing Well

VISION IS BEING ABLE TO SEE WELL. The Scripture, Proverbs 29:18, “Without a vision the people perish . . .”  is often quoted when a person is going to talk about having a vision for the church. But the second half of the Proverb is often left unstated, “but he that keeps the Law, happy is he.” (KJV)

The key to having vision is keeping the Law of the LORD. What is that Law? Well, one could look to the Ten Commandments recorded in Exodus 20 and all the regulations which follow, or one could simply look to Jesus’ summation of the Law in Matthew 22:37-40, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Here at Felton Bible Church we seek to maintain a Vision Statement and a Mission Statement, followed by a set of four Values. In this edition of the Shepherd’s Staff I would like to remind you of the Vision, Mission and Values which we seek to uphold here at FBC, that which must drive all that we do.

Our Vision Statement reads as follows, “To see God fully glorified and His Kingdom fully realized.” This vision empowers our Mission Statement which is, “To love God and to make God’s love known.” Both our vision and our mission seek to fulfill the commands to love God with all that we are and have and to love our neighbor. These two driving forces also lead us as we seek to uphold our Values of being a place of Sanctuary, Nurture, Gratitude and Hope.

Over the next few Sundays I will be addressing our Vision, Mission, and Values Statements within the Shepherd’s Staff. As we prepare ourselves to receive the new shepherd that God has for us it is imperative that we keep these driving forces in mind. May God give us the wisdom and strength to move forward in seeing Him glorified in all ways and at all times.


Monday, June 19, 2017

CELEBRATE!

C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-I-O-N!  We’re going to celebrate and have a good time. That’s just what we did for the past week at Vacation Bible School 2017. From music to crafts to playing games and learning about how planting trees is saving lives and saving souls, from lessons from God’s Word and the Neighborhood Kids, we all celebrated the life that God gives us. Let’s face it putting 250+ kids and 115+ staff together is going to lead to a time of celebration and celebrate we did!

We lived this past week by the reality of the resurrection of Jesus and by the command to “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again we say, REJOICE!” (Philippians 4:4) we discovered that God gives us so much to celebrate, most of all that we can have new life in Jesus Christ. So new it’s referred to as being “born again.” (John 3:1-21) What the kids learned this past week is a lesson that we all need to hear and respond to, just as they did.  It is the Gospel message about the life saving death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and how through believing and trusting in Him we can have new life, eternal life, life in abundance. (John 10:10)

In this life that God has granted us we have so much to celebrate. Our new life is Christ, our family and friends, the church as the Body of Christ. We have peace in the midst of turmoil and joy in the midst of sorrow. All these are gifts from our loving heavenly Father. The life He gives is not only about eternal life, but about life in the here and now. It is life that is lived in light of the promise of heaven. It is a life that is secured in Jesus, and which bears out in hope in the everydayness of our lives.

Take a moment and contemplate the life that God gives you in Christ. Think about the richness of this life. Dwell on the love of God that enfolds you and celebrate!


Come on, CELEBRATE!!!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Gathered to Go Forth

THE CONGREGATION HAS ASSEMBLED. At Westminster Abbey the sacred space is still, save the airy notes of the pipe organ. The soaring arches, accented by glorious stained glass windows, draws the worshipper heavenward. The vastness of this holy hall all but swallowed up those gathered for Evensong.

Pentecost Sunday. People from many nations, tribes and tongues are present to hear the gospel of hope proclaimed. Through song and sacred Scripture, through banners and proclamation, the message is clear; because Jesus is the hope of the nations we are gathered to go forth. It is a message that echoed that one given on Pentecost after the resurrection of Jesus, the Christ two thousand years ago.

Now, as then, those gathered needed hope. In London, just down the street from Westminster Abbey, yet another terrorist attack had traumatized the people. We sought solace amidst the the strong walls of this historic place of worship.

While worshipping I realized that many who found themselves in this sacred place had no idea of what was taking place around them through the liturgy of this ancient church. To them, it was some other worldly pageant put on for those seeking to take in the sights of London. Like those gathered to the words of the Apostle Peter on that Pentecost centuries ago they missed the deeper reality of the message proclaimed; not the unintelligible words of drunken men, but the redemptive message of new spirit-filled saints.

At the conclusion of the afternoon’s service the vicar sent us forth with the challenge to be the church bringing the message of hope to a hopeless world. I could only pray that some heard with the ears of their heart the proclamation and promise of the Hope of the world.


May we answer the call and be the church sent forth.