Dearest Brothers and Sisters,
Jesus came to save the lost and the sinner (1Timothy 1:12-17). Paul wrote this letter to Timothy, specifically stating his own sinful background. He confessed himself as being chief among sinners because he raised havoc against the churches, entering houses and hazing men and women. Paul even held coats as Deacon Stephen, the first noted Christian martyr in the New Testament was stoned. He consented this persecution of a devout Christian, one of the first seven ordained deacons noted in Scripture. Then, crowning his devastation, havoc, persecution, and terror to the church, Paul requested and received official permission to enter the synagogues (places of worship) to arrest, slaughter/murder Christians while they were in the act of praising and worshiping God.
We are all sinners. (1John 1:8). The Apostles, prophets, and other holy men and women of Scripture were also sinners. Paul was no different and neither are you and I. Yet, when God met these people in their situations, they repented, confessed, and followed God, preaching, praying, teaching, and ministering in their various and individual capacities and divine calls. Paul followed their examples. When Paul was on his way via the road to Damascus, to put his terroristic plan into action, Jesus met him. Paul humbled himself to Christ and asked Him, what would he have him do. Paul admitted in his letter to Timothy that he terrorized the church due to his ignorance. Paul further stated in this letter that Jesus came to save the lost and the sinner. Paul speaks of his conversion and change in terms of now being a minister (servant or ambassador) for Christ. In this capacity and call, Paul views himself to be a pattern or example to others, so that they may receive eternal life. We can follow the example of Paul. First, make surety of your call. Ask God what must you do to minister to others, in a way that pleases Him, especially during this season. Jesus gave us basic instructions when He said that we should let our light shine, by doing good works, so that others may see them, and glorify God (Mathew 5:17). Our lights shine when the world sees love, kindness, patience, peace, faith, self control, and humbleness. Even when you do not have material to give, you can reflect the fruit of the Spirit. Treat others as you want to be treated. Pray for others as you pray for yourself and your loved ones. As we approach Thanksgiving, let us rejoice in the fact that God gave us His Son, Jesus Christ to save us from hell: eternal death and damnation. Then let the world see Jesus in you as a pattern and example, of joy, peace and love, because of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ!
Sunday Services 9 AM Sunday School and 11 AM Worship Services.
Wednesdays 5 PM Bible Study and Prayer Service.
Holistic Ministries Inc. hopes to fellowship with you. We hope you will join us very soon to worship, fellowship, and learn of the goodness of Jesus. We believe salvation is an individual journey and that God’s people perish for a lack of knowledge. Jesus came to set us free; His burden is light and His yoke is easy. He already paid the cost for our salvation - when you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that He is Lord and that God raised Him from the dead, then you are saved! (Romans 10:9)
C.Y. Dozier, Pastor