I love the church where God has allowed me to be a member. Emmanuel Baptist Church is a warm, loving, inviting place for the people (and prospects) of God to gather. I honestly love everything about EBC. That's not to say that we're perfect. We are an imperfect people led by an imperfect pastor seeking to worship a perfect Lord.
I love our music. Rhon does such a great job. I love the fact that we do a wide variety of music. We sing the old hymns with fervor and passion. We sing new worship songs with feeling and intimacy. From Chris Tomlin to Bill Gaither to Fanny Crosby, Rhon mixes it all together with a gifting that is incredible. And the EBC Worship Choir is second-to-none!
I love our people. We're just common, ordinary folks with common, ordinary issues. There is no way we could accomplish all the Lord has set before us without the dedicated service of greeters, ushers, teachers, choir members, sound techs, video techs, camera operators, and workers throughout every organization.
I love our staff. There's no pastor in America that has the blessing of working with a group of guys like Ashley, Joey, Lynn, Philip, Rhon, and Tommy. And of course our directors, Christi and Wendy, could work on anyone's staff...anywhere. Our support staff of Nita, Brandy, Sandy, Carol, Matt, and Jonathon make the load of ministry much lighter. And who would have thought that our first principal for Southeast Christian Academy would have been a 30+ year veteran of educational administration with multiple Master's degrees? Kay Allen is doing a superb job leading SCA.
Sunday's message on "The Church of the Open Door" is from Revelation 3:7-8. Though it is historically about the church at Philadelphia, it could well be about Emmanuel.
Thanks "Emmanuelites" for giving me the privilege of serving our common Lord as your senior pastor. The best is yet to come!