Here is the audio archive of the sermon series I taught through the book of Titus. The Series is called Soaked in Grace: How the Gospel Changes Everything. All these sermons are found at www.foresthillsbaptist.org. You can also subscribe to the FHBC sermon audio podcast by clicking here. Feel free to share and use to your hearts content. My prayer is that God would use this sermon series powerfully in your life. I'd love to hear your thoughts and feedback on the series in the comments. Titus Part 1: How the Gospel Changes Everything
It was announced last night that the Forest Hills Baptist Church has asked me to step into the roll of Interim Senior Pastor. I am excited and honored that the church would entrust me to start filling the pulpit every week as we continue to pray for our future and look for our new Senior Pastor. Preaching is something I take with utmost seriousness. Filling the pulpit is no light task to me. Every time I step up on a Sunday morning to proclaim the word of the Lord I am filled with humble awe of God, that he would choose to use me for this task. I am also filled with a serious joy, for the Gospel message is an urgent one.
We have several itenrant preachers coming in May already schedule, but beginning in June I will be the primary preacher at Forest Hills Baptist Church. I'm really excited because over the summer we are going to study the book of Titus. As a man who values expository preaching, I believe that point of the sermon should be the point of the text. As a result, the most effective form of preaching is when we preach through books of the Bible. It allows me to avoid personal hobby horse topics and forces me to preach the whole counsel of God. All scripture is useful for building up the body of Christ and I'm excited to begin this journey with my church.
As far as my students go, I will stil be overseeing the student ministry personally. However, the church is going to bring on a summer intern to help lead the youth ministry over the summer. I love my students dearly, and I thank God for their sacrifice in allowing me to give up some of my attention and focus to direct it to the church as a whole. They are a precious to me and I love them very much.
If you are reading this, I hope that you will commit to praying for me and for Forest Hills Baptist Church. God is doing some amazing things in our church right now, and I can't wait to see what the future holds as we listen and follow the direction of the Holy Spirit. Also pray for my brothers Grant Stanley and Nathan Carter as we shepherd the flock of Forest Hills together during this transition.
Pray for me that I might balance all the responsibilities God has entrusted to me and to do them well for his glory. As I am a christian, husband, father, pastor, student, and blogger ask God to help give me balance. My desire is to pour my life out like a drink offering. I don't want to waste a second focusing my life on me, but joyfully pour myself out for others.
Thanks for your continual prayers and encouragements. May God receive all the glory and praise through my ministry. May he find me a faithful servant.
Well I'm currently at camp number two. Last week I had the privilege of getting to take our youth group at Forest Hills Baptist Church to Charleston, SC for MFUGE. We had an amazing time serving the Lord together and growing more in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. This week I am at Centri-Kid with our children's ministry having a great time! Here are a few pictures from the past two weeks. [slideshow]
One of the things I'm always amazed at is how God works through students lives at camp. I must admit, I am always very cautious about camps. Having reflected on my own experiences at camps in my youth, I know that they can be nothing more than just emotionalism and not true repentance and faith. Camps create a false reality for a week in which everyone you are around loves Jesus. I always try to warn my students that it is easy to live for Jesus at camp, it is much more difficult to live for Jesus back home. However, none the less, God does work in their lives powerfully.
I think one of the main reasons God speaks to students so powerfully in camp is that they take the time to listen to what God has to say. In their normal lives surrounded by twitter, Facebook, music, and TV there are so many distractions that most students don't take the time to sit quietly, study God's word, and ask Him to speak into their lives. As always, these experience do have the potential to be dangerous. Camps, retreats, and conferences can create a mountain-top spiritual immaturity in which we just look to the next big event to bring us back to that mountain top of spirituality all the while living in sin and disobedience in between those events. For many teenagers and adults our spiritual lives look more like a roller coaster rather than a steady climb towards being consistent followers of Jesus.
As always when I leave camps, I'm thankful for the opportunity to get to spend a week investing in the lives of students. I'm always thankful that they experience God powerfully. However at the end of the day I pray that their affections for God would prove genuine as they live for Christ in the trenches of life, not just the mountain tops. God works in our lives at camp, but he also works in our lives outside of camps. We don't have to wait to the next conference or retreat to seek God. Seek him today. Pursue him with passion, and allow him to transform your life as you experience the riches of his grace in greater depth with each passing day.