A Note from Michael Gossett
Have you ever wondered what it truly means to be a devout follower of Jesus? I know many times we can come up with metrics on our own to determine what a devout person is or isn’t. In some instances, we see a devout person as someone who attends church regularly. Others may say that someone who gives financially is a devout follower of Jesus. Or maybe the real test in Southern Baptist life, someone who attends Wednesday night prayer meeting! All of these things are actually really good indicators of someone’s maturity in Christ. In Acts chapter 10, we see God’s metric for what it means to be a devout follower of Jesus. Acts 10:1-2 says, “There was a man in Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment. He was a devout man and feared God along with his whole household. He did many charitable deeds for the Jewish people and always prayed to God.” There are three distinct elements here. The first is that a devout follower of Jesus fears the Lord. Who has the greatest voice of influence in your life? What you fear most, often has the loudest voice in your life. According to the witness of Cornelius, the Lord had the loudest voice in persuading and leading his life. Could this be said of you? The second element is that a devout follower of Jesus is generous. The foundation of generosity is based on the generosity of the Lord. The Lord is generous to me, therefore I am able to be generous to others. Think about the generosity of the Lord. He did not withhold anything from His children. In fact, He gave everything which included His one and only Son so that you and I may have life. In light of this level of generosity, we too are to be generous to others. The third element is that Cornelius always prayed. Cornelius was known to be a prayer warrior for the kingdom of God. A devout follower of Jesus is the one who fears the Lord, lives generously, and prays continually. We all have areas of growth in our life, and I pray that God will continue to grow me and our church in the ways that truly matter most.
This Sunday we are continuing our study of the Upside Down Life and the title of the message is, “Descending into Greatness.” We will be looking at what it means to be “poor in spirit.” I pray that you will participate in worship this weekend and bring someone with you who may not be connected to a church home.
Just as a reminder, our new Discipleship Pastor, Hixon Frank, will start on September 26th. He and his wife, Margie, are going to be such an asset to our staff team and church family. I cannot wait for you to have the opportunity to meet them on a more personal level.
We have been talking about this exciting event for our Choir and Orchestra on September 25, at 5:00pm. Our choir and orchestra have a great opportunity to be a part of an incredible evangelistic event that will take place across several countries. Mike Parks has given me a report as the influence and scope of this event continues to grow. Currently, it will be live in Costa Rica, Mexico and Central America and we are inviting you to be in the audience as it is broadcast across the globe. Please be in prayer for this event and feel free to come and participate that evening.
I hope you can join us for WEBS (Wednesday Evening Bible Study) this Wednesday at 6:00pm. As a reminder, WEBS has moved to CrossWalk for the purpose of easy access and to be closer to the Midweek dinner at Connections Café. This is also helping our choir and orchestra be able to have rehearsals earlier in the evening.
I can’t wait to worship with you this Sunday! You are loved and you are prayed for!