Greeting brothers and sisters,
Thanks be to God for bringing us through this month. Thank you and all those who work with you for your support of my ministry. I give thanks to God for this and pray He remembers your efforts.
I preached two Lord’s Days this month and still working through Mark. I also taught three Thursday evenings on God’s Kingdom in “Biblical Theology.” As I was preparing for this I saw God’s plan through history and how He carries it out. It encouraged me again to remember that our God is great, wise, and amazing. I also saw though man continually rebels against God, and receives God’s discipline and examination, yet He still gives grace and has chosen to grow His kingdom through us.
We constituted our church on April 26th, my tears flowed freely out of thankfulness that God’s glorious kingdom is being established in this city. On the 25th of this month, we gathered for a meeting in preparation for constituting the next day. Our teacher led us through a 7 lesson study on how to commit to a church. This helped us to better understand the meaning of commitment, it is not just a ceremony or a term, but it is really taking action and making sacrifices.
The most encouraging things this month was the formal establishing of our church membership. On April 26th, with singing and worship, we began the process of establishing a Reformed Baptist Church. With the help of two supervising ministers we had 8 people enter into the church covenant. It was our first time to bring in members, so these are our founding members. The 8 are important to the further growth and expansion of our church. When each of us signed our names to the church covenant, it signified that our church is officially established and that we are officially committed to THIS church. From now on when we attend outside events we go as members of this church. This is our glory and blessing. We are clear about our identity, our responsibility, and our duties.