Janet and I are away this weekend at a special family reunion which she is hosting in southeast Georgia. It is the first time that I have been able to attend in years. With her usual organizational ability, Janet has worked long distance to bring many together. I am delighted to introduce Scott Dawson to you, our special pulpit guest this weekend who will be preaching in my absence. You will be greatly challenged and blessed by this anointed preacher. Of course, as always we will be praying for you.
Scott hails from Birmingham, Alabama and with his wife has two children. He has been greatly used by God in conferences, evangelistic crusades, school rallies, and churches to win many to Christ. His gifted speaking style is matched by his personal warmth and winsomeness. Just as pastor-teachers are “a gift” to the church from our ascended Lord Jesus Christ, so are “evangelists,” who not only harvest the lost but “equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the Body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:10-12). I look forward to being back in the pulpit next week to thank the Lord for having outstanding speakers, as well as our fine staff of pastors who wisely handle the Word of God.
Speaking of family reunions, actually each week, we have them in the Family of God in worship, Bible study, and discipleship. Recent surveys reveal that the average “dedicated church member” in the United States considers attendance at two out of four weekend worship services as “regular attendance.” While we are always grateful when anyone comes at any time, the brothers and sisters-in-Christ in God’s Forever Family should be able to do better than bi-monthly, unless providentially and vocationally hindered. It truly is a joy to be with those we love, many of whom are closer through the blood of Christ than the biological blood of human families.
I’ll see you at the Family Reunion on Orange Blossom Drive next week, minus the fried chicken and apple pie, of course!