7/16/23 A Note from Pastor Ben

Church Family,

Last Sunday was such an amazing time with an amazing church as we commissioned to send an amazing family to the ends of the earth.  The Carmichael Missionary Commissioning Service will go down as one of my favorite all-time services.  It was a truly remarkable and inspiring event that showcased our church's commitment to spreading the gospel of Christ to all corners of the world.

As the Carmichaels prepare to embark on their journey to South Asia, it was reassuring to them that they are backed by a church that loves them and will continue to “hold the ropes.”  William Carey famously said, “Expect great things, attempt great things.”  What we beheld on Sunday and what we have before us now is a family who is attempting a great thing—to take the gospel to an unreached and unengaged people group.  The task is not easy and the burden is not bearable, at least alone.  They need God’s means of grace in their lives, which means, in part, that you and I remain faithful to support them (3 John 8).
As I said on Sunday, there is a big difference between a church that has missionaries and a church that sends missionaries.  Both are great, but the latter comes with much more responsibility. So First Baptist, let’s “send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God” (3 John 6).  Let’s read their emails, visit them, and send them care packages.  Let’s ensure that the Carmichael name becomes a household name uttered on the sweet lips of our children in their nightly prayers.  Let’s be faithful to hold the ropes.

I love you First Baptist and I’m thankful to continue to work together for gospel advancement.

Soldiers of Christ, in truth arrayed,
A world in ruins needs your aid: 
A world by sin destroyed and dead; 
A world for which the Savior bled. 
His gospel to the lost proclaim, 
Good news for all in Jesus' name; 
Let light upon the darkness break 
That sinners from their death may wake. 
Morning and evening sow the seed, 
God's grace the effort shall succeed. 
Seed times of tears have oft been found 
With sheaves of joy and plenty crowned. 
We meet to part, but part to meet 
When earthly labors are complete, 
To join in yet more blest employ, 
In an eternal world of joy.
(Soliders of Christ, in truth arrayed By: Basil Manly Jr.)

 – Pastor Ben

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