1990 CELEBRATION MESSAGE
"STATE OF THE CHURCH"
SEPTEMBER 30, 1990
INTRODUCTION: My heart's desire tonight is that I fulfill
Galatians 6:14 when it says, "But may it never be that I
should boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ."
When I read Ephesians 3:20-21 I can honestly say that
the last twelve months have been denoted in this text in what
I believe has been a life-changing year in my life and
ministry. I have learned through experience that there
really is a supernatural element that can be involved in
ministry. I have also learned that it is prayer alone, that
unlocks the door of the these mighty blessings of God.
Four years ago this evening I accepted the pastorate of
this great church. I began my ministry formally as pastor
on Sunday, October 26, 1986. I came here at thirty years of
age with much zeal. My zeal has led me to some mistakes
and I thank you for your patience with me. On the other
hand, the zeal God gave me is what he thought this church
needed. These four years have had few bumps. I have learned
a great deal and I am very excited about being in Northwest
T.S.: Tonight, I want to just talk to you. I want to
share with you my heart. Imagine we are sitting in your
home and I am sharing with you one-on-one what God is doing
in our church and what I believe God wants to do in our
1. A MAJOR PRAISE.
The 1989-Q0 church year has been a praise to Jesus. I
have seen God do marvelous things. I can honestly say,
"much of what has been done, only He has done."
This year, in1ot counlLiiiy Luday whiclitis our last Sunday
in the church year, we have seen 4t people reached and
baptized for Jesus Christ. The most our church has ever
experienced was in 1987-88 when we saw 374 persons
reached and baptized for Christ.
I was informed recently that the most persons ever bap-
tized by a single church in Arkansas was 415 persons in
FBC of Fort Smith, under J. Harold Smith as ...
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