Bledsoe Baptist Association
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Strengthening churches as they execute the Great Commission

  

 

 Dr. Mike Pennington, Director of Missions

 

What have we Learned ? What has God Taught us?

 

God is always at work (John 5:7). He is working on us, in us, and through us. God is calling and confirming:

  1. Focus: We are to abide in Him and rest in Him (John 15:5, Matthew 11:28-30). Without Him we can do nothing.
  2. Future: Our future is secure - Declare, with Paul, "For me to live is Christ and to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21).
  3. Faith: We were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. 9 Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead (Emphasis mine)."
  4. Faithful Focus: "Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith." Never take your eyes off of Him (Hebrews 12:1-2).

Andrew Murray nails it! In a difficult time, he wrote:

"First, He brought me here, it is by His will that I am in this strait place: in that fact I will rest.

Next, He will keep me here in His love, and give me grace to behave as His child.

Then, He will make the trial a blessing, teaching me the lessons He intends me to learn, and working in me the grace He means to bestow.

Last, in His good time, He can bring me out again – how and when He knows.

Let me say I am here,

  1. By God’s appointment
  2. In His keeping
  3. Under His training
  4. For His time."

On another topic, so many of us are praying that America can truly become "A more perfect union" and that the words of our National Anthem, "One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all" will be true for all citizens of America. In light of this concern, we have issued a joint statement with the East Fork District Baptist Association and the Gallatin United Ministerial Alliance. That statement follows below.

Yours for Loving, Learning, Abiding, and Trusting,

Mike