Bro. Jason's Blog
|Posted by Jason on March 9, 2017 at 10:05 AM|
It was the fall of 1998. God was calling me to preach. Nikki and I had no idea where God would take us, but we were up for whatever He had in mind. My family and I are not the sharpest pencils in the box and we are far from perfect. However, the one characteristic that I continually see within my crew is that we will go where God sends us.
We have had the privilege of being part of a number of church's. Each congregation has blessed us in many ways. We have grown, learned and been tested over all of these years. We have grown to understand that pastoral ministry has many mountain top and valley experiences. Growth for me as a pastor and growth for our family has occurred in all types of terrain. At the end of the day we know that God has been faithful and we have been blessed to serve Jesus Christ in this capacity.
As a family like ours moves from one mission field to another, we know that these moves can sometimes be interpreted in many different ways by everyone that is involved. Its hard to truly know why God moves a person here or there. At times we think we know, but God is the only one that is truly holding the scorecard and the overall game plan. My job as a Pastor and the congregations job is to simply submit to the Lords' leadership and give Him the glory for all that He does.
As I write this blog I am working out my two weeks' notice at New Bethel Baptist Church in Norwood, Ohio. On March 26th 2017 I will step into the pulpit as the Pastor of Redemption Baptist Church in Goshen, Ohio. Looking back over all my years I can see that none of these moves are by accident or man made. In fact, the longer I walk with Christ the more I know that the "Unseen Hand of God" has been guiding me and continues to guide me.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path."
If I have been your pastor at some time during these past 17+ years, I am thankful to have had the opportunity to play a role in your discipleship process. If I had the honor of being the person that the Holy Spirit used to help lead you to Jesus Christ, again I am thankful to have had the opportunity to share the good news. I am thankful also for everyone that sows the Seed. Parents, Sunday School Teachers and others play the role of the evangelist as well. However, Jesus deserves all praise and glory.
As this could be read by Ohio and Tennesse Christians that I have had the honor to serve, I say thank you. Thank you for praying for me, teaching me, and thank you for allowing me to preach & lead. As I begin at Redemption, may the Lord allow me to be an influence for the gospel in Goshen and beyond for the glory of God.