On the second Monday of every month a large number of BBF Pastors get together to encourage one another and challenge one another. Today was a special meeting because we met in Orlando at Orlando Baptist Church. Pastor Dave Janney hosted a meeting with an emphasis on being passionate about our church, missions, and our country. It was a nice meeting, great fellowship, good food, and some good preaching. Each time I leave a meeting I like to ask myself what things I can take away from this meeting, and use in my own life and ministry. Today, I decided to share them on my blog.
Revisiting the Past
This meeting was a little bit extra special for me because I was saved and baptized at OBC in 1989. It has been many years since then, but many things are very similar. Today I took a few minutes when I got there to walk up to the baptistry and refresh my memory. It was neat to go back and see the altar where I accepted Christ, the place where I was baptized, the cafeteria where I needed help opening up my juice box, and the parking lot that I remember watching the blonde hair of Casey Maddox flow through the wind. It was great to go back to such a special time in my life. I am thankful that Orlando Baptist Church is still a thriving ministry and still passionate about changing the world!
Passionate about Missions
Today we were privileged to hear Don Richardson share his testimony about his ministry to the headhunters and the cannibals of New Guinea. It was a remarkable message that convicted every person about their passion for missions. He shared how he and his wife and their 10 month old son got off the boat in a village and only smiled because they could not even speak the language. They had no clue what would happen. Some of their friends had been killed and eaten in nearby villages, but they were faithful anyway. When they got to the people God had told them to go to, the people had said that they had always been told that one day a white man would come and choose to live with them. Over the process of a long and incredible story, Don translated the New Testament for the Sawi people, and led most of them to Christ. It was an incredible testimony and a challenge to all. Tonight as I was running, the thought that kept running through my mind, is “How long am I going to keep telling God no, when he provides opportunities to witness and share the truth of the gospel.” We must be passionate about missions.
Unity of Purpose
Today at Orlando Baptist Church, I was so impressed with the obvious rally cry of the church. Whether you were looking at the website, or whether you were in the childrens ministry, the theme: “WORLD CHANGERS” was everywhere! When speakers were introduced, they were introduced as world changers, when programs were described, they were described as world changing programs. Even when the gospel was presented, it was presented as the message that will change the world. It was a powerful reminder of the importance of focused passion and singlularity of purpose.
The Last Thing
Today I was reminded of the importance of developing a solid and passionate team. I am so thankful for the team that God has given me to lead Suncoast Youth Group. These leaders are an incredible team and I thank God for them. I want to continue to develop them and lead them to build our influence in the lives of these teenagers. This is my passion! 🙂
Thanks for reading! How have you been challenged to grow recently?