It is hard to believe that our summer is quickly coming to an end—especially since the oppressive heat remains! Yet August is here; and soon, students and teachers will be returning to school. (I know you educators hate to hear that!) In my perspective, this summer has been a memorable season of ministry and mission. In virtually every area of Temple Baptist Church, we have witnessed God’s incredible presence and power. Take missions for example. We have trekked across the globe in an effort to share the Gospel of Christ. From Los Angeles to East Asia, from Detroit to Calgary, from Chicago to West Palm Beach, from Boston to Montana, from New Orleans to Arlington, from Portland to South Asia, our teams ministered and proclaimed the Good News.
In addition, we have continued His work right here in Ruston. We have gathered to celebrate and worship. We have studied together and experienced authentic fellowship. We have even reached out to our community through events like Vacation Bible School, WinShape, and the Faith & Freedom patriotic program. And we have seen people come to know Christ and be baptized! We have seen relationships restored and sins forgiven! In other words, there has been no summer vacation for the Temple family. We have been about His business! And we have seen His blessing!
I point out this reality not to brag but to express thanks. First, I am grateful that God allows us to experience such work and blessing. Without His invitation to join Him, we would be left to fend for ourselves. Second, I am appreciative of a leadership team that communicates both vision and determination. Our leadership staff is truly committed to love Him fully and follow Him faithfully. Third, I am thankful for the hands and feet that move the ministry. I am thankful for you! Without you all, the work would not be accomplished.
Yes, the 2018 summer is coming to an end, but its activities will have a long-lasting impact. (We are going to see more fruit—specifically baptisms—over the next few weeks!) And we still have a lot of work to do! The month of August is going to provide some great opportunities for us as folks return from both mission and vacation. Whether it is the ReGROUP Conference for leadership training or The Block Party at The Springs (formerly Barnett Springs), we will have some tremendous moments to continue the momentum. Be a part of what He is doing in and through Temple! And invite others to come along for the ride! You are loved! See you Sunday!