For the remainder of time I have left here at First Baptist Church before Kathy and I move to Des Moines, my goal is to finish strong. That should also be the goal of each and every one of us for our lives. We don’t want to rust out or burn out, but to finish strong and do the work that God has called us to do. No matter what changes happen in our lives, Jesus does not change. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Jesus is faithful. Jesus keeps His promises. No matter if people fail us, Jesus never fails.
To finish strong we need people. We are a community of faith. We are the body of Christ. Read I Corinthians 12. I would challenge each of you to gather regularly and faithfully to love, pray for and encourage one another. Use your spiritual gifts follow in the foot-steps of Jesus and serve. The church is not about “serve us,” but service. I am not saying that when people are hurting and broken that they don't need service and help. That is a given. We serve even the very least of these.
If you haven’t read the book of Acts recently, read it and see the early church in action. They gathered together every day. They prayed together. They worshipped God together. They had communion together and ate together (the love feast). They studied God’s word together. They gave regularly of their finances. But don’t miss how they served together and met the needs of others. They were on fire witnesses of Jesus, filled of the Holy Spirit. May God do His awesome work right here at First Baptist Church and in the city of Fremont.