“. . . continue to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12
As I was preparing the sermon for Sunday on our text from 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13, I thought,
FINALLY . . . something I know a lot about! You see, the theme of this passage is work. Make no mistake—ministry is work.
Yesterday afternoon, we had a work day at church and WOW . . . what a turn out! We had more than 50 folks: men, women, the youth group, the men’s ministry, some Amazing Grays, some folks who have not joined yet, some of the ole faithful who always show up and some who most of the time DON”T show up . . . but they were ALL here working hard, and today you can walk inside the church or around our grounds and see the results of our labor.
If a sermon on work was so effective, it makes we wonder what I should preach on this Sunday! Seriously, November 24th is “Christ the King” Sunday, and if you keep up with the Christian calendar, you know next Sunday is the last Sunday in the church year. December 1st is the first Sunday of Advent and the beginning of a new year on the church calendar.
As we look back on our ministry in 2019, I hope you can see the results of our work. We have so many things to be thankful for, not the least is our hard working staff, session and congregation. So thank you for your commitment to our ministry and for the talents, time and resources you are willing to share as we do ministry together.
My prayer is that we never take our call to ministry for granted and that we continue to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.