I want to start out by expressing what a joy it is to be here and serve all of you. As I reflect upon my journey that has landed me here, with all of you, I recognize that this is the culmination of a calling that God has had upon for me over 20 years. I did not recognize my call to ministry as a high school student, but it was precisely in high school when I began serving and leading others. I joined a student leadership team which enabled me to take ownership over how weeknight meetings flowed for my peers; I started leading worship at youth group meetings with my peers; I started serving the junior high students of my church as a student leader. Indeed, God has had this call upon me for quite some time. It is an honor that such a calling has come to fruition among you all!
Thus far, in the two sermons you have heard from me, I have tired to focus intently upon Jesus; who he is (the voice of the LORD; a steadying presence in the midst of change) and the type of model he is (being in rhythm with God) for each of us. As we swiftly approach the season of Lent, it is my pleasure and joy to walk alongside you all as we plot out and remember Jesus’ own movement towards the cross of calvary. We will see yet more modeling and rhythm. We will also see what seems to be crushing defeat turned into the most glorious victory one could ever hope to imagine.
If you feel unsteady, or insecure, hold to Jesus. If you are unsure of the way forward, hold to Jesus. If you are out of sync or out of rhythm, seek Jesus as he is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). Let us hold to Jesus and seek him together. My prayer for our community of faith is that we will be people who discern and pursue God’s will and those are the things that we must do together.
In His Service,