Letter from Pastor Jon | Announcements
Dearest Christ Church Family,
Thank you so much for praying for me and for all who attended the conference last week in Pensacola. Though I missed being with my church family, it was a wonderful week of ministry, instruction, and fellowship. The theme of the three-day conference was One Voice: The Word of God, the Love of Christ, and Human Sexuality. Pastor Rick Phillips and I spoke six times on the controversial and weighty topics of Biblical marriage, Revoice, and the Sexual Revolution. The Gospel was central in all of the talks, reminding us all that Christ is sufficient for the salvation and sanctification of sinners. There was a combined attendance (in-person / virtual) of almost 600 people. If you’re interested, you may access the videos for free by registering on the One Voice Conference link.
On the Lord’s Day I preached at Mcllwain Presbyterian Church in Pensacola and Westminster Presbyterian Church in Ft. Walton Beach. The senior minister at Westminster, Rev. Chad Watkins, was my pastoral intern fifteen years ago in Atlanta (yes, I feel old!).
Christ Church, I joyfully anticipate seeing you this Lord’s Day. Pastor Michael and I spent an hour on Tuesday praying through our church directory— interceding for every member of Christ Church by name. It’s amazing how one’s heart is kindled with affection towards those for whom we pray. It’s a work of the Spirit. God binds our hearts together through prayer, and mysteriously uses our prayers to carry out His eternal purposes. In light of the power and efficacious nature of prayer, I strongly encourage you to join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. this summer for our congregational prayer meeting. We pray for 25-30 minutes. It’s a wonderful way to commence our Lord’s Day at Christ Church and prepare for public worship. Children are welcome to attend. Two weeks ago Lily Cochran added some hearty amens! It’s also a great way to get to church on time, and to create proper margin for fellowship. Please join us if you are able.
This Lord’s Day we will continue our expository series’ through Romans and the Psalms. In the morning we will begin chapter two of Paul’s magisterial epistle to the Romans, and continue learning about the nature and implications of the fall, the universal depravity of mankind, and the glorious gospel of grace. We will unpack Psalm 30 in our evening service, a majestic portion of Scripture that teaches us: “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Ps. 30:5b). By God’s grace we will receive a full diet of God’s Word from both Old and New Testaments this Lord’s Day. Please make plans to attend and invite a friend or a neighbor.
Next week I, along with Pastor Michael, Mike Royal, and Tobe Hester, will be attending the 48th PCA General Assembly in St Louis, Missouri. Please be in prayer for these meetings. Denominational tensions are very high this year, as some of you will already know. Pray for reformation, revival, unity (in the truth), clarity, courage, and peace in the PCA. Pray that God’s truth would prevail as we consider two-years-worth of overtures. Remember, due to the pandemic, there was no PCA General Assembly last year. We’ve got a lot of work to do!
Since Pastor Michael and I will be very busy next week with denominational business, there will be little time for sermon preparation. Thankfully, my dear friend, Rev. Dr. Jonathan Master, President of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, has agreed to preach both services for us on July 4th. It will be a wonderful blessing to sit under his ministry. My family and I will take a couple of weeks off in July. Please pray for a refreshing and rejuvenating time away.
Dearest Church family, we are in a very exciting season in the life of our church — a new facility, lots of new members, new/numerous baptisms, many new/weekly visitors, a renewed zeal for evangelism, gospel-centered discipleship, and the means of grace, and a renewed passion to stand firm against cultural ideologies that seek to get a foothold in the church. I’m very encouraged, and I hope you are as well! But let us be vigilant, knowing that the Lord is precious above all else, and He is on our side. Soli Deo Gloria!
It remains a profound honor to be your pastor, servant, and friend.
Here are a few announcements to keep in mind and mark down in your calendars:
Lord’s Day Schedule
Congregational Prayer Meeting | 9:30 AM
Sunday School | On Summer Break
Refreshments after Morning Service
New Members Class | Beginning July 25th
Young Mother’s Bible Study Fellowship | Beginning June 26th
PCA 2021 General Assembly | June 28th—July 1st
MUSC & Young Professionals Cookout | July 21st
Church Picnics | Save the Dates
Missionary of the Month | Josh and Gina Rieger