PASTOR'S CORNER

PASTOR'S CORNER 

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

 

For the last 50 years or so many churches have developed their growth strategy around the building. The thinking was, build a nice building, have a safe playground for young families and a paved parking lot and people will come to your church. While a welcoming building and a safe playground are good, today they are not attracting new families to the church. It is not facilities but ministry that attracts people —-the kind of ministry that touches hearts and lives with the transforming power of the gospel. In order to have the opportunity to share the gospel we are to develop relationships with others, serve them in Jesus name and be ready to give an answer for the hope that is within us (1Peter 3:15). What ministry would you like to see happen through Cleveland First Baptist Church that would serve our community and reach them for Christ? What ministry would bring you joy and fulfillment as you served the Lord in that ministry? Where do you see God working in such a way in this community that we could join him in His work? Sunday evening, August 21, we will have an ice cream social and ministry vision discussion beginning at 5:30pm where your participation in the discussion is essential. I urge each one of you to plan to be a part of this important gathering of the Church family and to pray for this gathering as we talk about our hopes and dreams for the future of Cleveland First Baptist Church.

 

Pastor Robert Jackson