It Seems Like Only Yesterday
I Timothy 1:12
1. In Ephesians 4:11-12), Paul wrote, "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ."
2. On March 31, 1978, in my office in Aberdeen, North Carolina, I bowed my head in prayer and accepted the Lord's call to the gospel ministry. It has now been 25 years since I accepted that call - 25 years, a quarter of a century. Sometimes I feel like it has been longer, and sometimes it feels like yesterday.
a. My wife and I sold our home in North Carolina, and moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where we spent 7 years at Tennessee Temple University and Covington Seminary.
b. Following a 3/1/2 year pastorate in Georgia, we came to Sacramento and began Bible Fellowship Baptist Church.
3. Time will not allow me to talk about all the trails we have experienced along the way, the blessings we have received and the people we have ministered to, but we have certainly "clipped many coupons" over the years.
a. It was a special joy to have the Gibbons family visit with us on Sunday. We said "good-by" to them on Thursday. These folks are some of the dividends that come from having labored in the Lord's vineyard - the touching of many lives.
1) Sherry Gibbons was saved while she and her family were members of our church. My wife had the privilege of leading here to Christ one evening after services.
4. And so, today marks my 25th anniversary of preaching the gospel. As I think about my life - where I came from and where I've been, it is an amazing miracle - what God has done.
a. I was the black sheep of my family - a high school dropout, a troublemaker, a failure att most things in life. No one would have ever expected that God would one day call me to preach His Word and stand in a pulpit to proclaim His message.
1) I feel like Paul fel ...
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