Letter from Pastor Adam, Senior Pastor

August 8, 2018

Dear Lake Gaston Family,

My family and I are very grateful for the warm reception we experienced during our time with you. I realize we don’t really know one another all that well yet, but it is my prayer that we will continue to intercede in prayer for each other as God’s will unfolds. I want prayer to be the foundation upon which my ministry begins in Lake Gaston. Prayer is the truest and most sincere act of the Christian life. Prayer puts things in God’s hands first, and allows us to respond to His activity. I would like to humbly ask for you to pray specifically for a few things leading up to our September 2nd, starting date.

You can pray in any way you are comfortable, but it would be great to pray for these starting on the morning of Sunday August 26 and continuing each morning with each request leading up to the  Sunday we arrive.

               Day 1: Pray for my last sermon at FBC Chickasaw to encourage the body of believers my family and I have spent the last six years of our lives with, in a way that will strengthen their faith to carry on with courage and perseverance the will of God for themselves and the city of Chickasaw. Also pray for our  20 year old middle son Josh, whom we will be leaving in Mobile. This will be the first time he will be completely on his own. We hope to leave on Sunday afternoon.

                Day 2: Pray for our travels to be safe and all of our household items will make it safely to Bracey, VA, where our rental house is located. Pray that we will be a bold witness in the community and that our children might be able to make friends in the area.

                Day 3: Pray for all of the changes we have to make to our license, insurance, tags, banks, phones, etc. will go smoothly. We want to “settle in” as quickly as possible. Please also pray for our health. We certainly don’t want to get hurt or be sick as we begin ministry.

                Day 4: Pray for the upcoming Awana ministry that will begin soon. Pray for the workers and families that will be participating. Pray that families will be reached with the gospel and many might be born again this year. Thank God for the Antill family and their commitment over the last few decades. Pray for them to have passion and wisdom as they lead. Pray that me and my family would find our place and fit in exactly where we can be used to the glory of God on Wednesday nights.

                Day 5: Pray for our deacons and their commitment to serve the body of Christ in humble and Christ honoring ways. Pray for my relationship with them to be one of love and trust, seasoned with sincere prayer and humility as we together serve the body of Christ.

                Day 6: Pray for all of our church staff. Pray for us as we develop our ministry relationships with each other. Pray that we would work well together and exhibit love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control to each other and the body of Christ at Lake Gaston. Also thank God for Dr. Quarles and his leadership over the last year. Pray that I might build on what he has been preaching.

                Day 7: Now as you anticipate our arrival in the worship service and the beginning of my ministry, pray that Lake Gaston Baptist would be a unified body of believers that love God and each other. Please open your Bible and pray specifically Ephesians 1:15-23 and everywhere you see the word “you” or “your” put “Lake Gaston Baptist” in its place to make it as personal as Paul meant it to the Ephesians. Now, for all of our sakes and as we get to know one another and all of our similarities and differences, pray Romans 12: 9-18. Pray that it would be a reality in all of our lives as we begin ministry together.

 

I also would like to give you a “heads up” on something I would like to do on Sunday September 9th as we move back to one service. I will be spending a few weeks preaching on the Church. We are most definitely the body of Christ, but we are also family. My wife and I like pictures and we like to look at family pictures specifically. Most homes have family pictures hanging on walls throughout the house. But there is always, in just about every home, one picture missing; their church family picture.

I would like for us to take a large church family picture out in front of the church (or inside the gym if the  weather is bad). I would really like for as many as possible to be present that day for the photo. I would also like for every family to receive a copy. You are my family now and I want to celebrate that and I want you to have a picture of your “forever, blood- bought” family also.

I am looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you. We are going to need each other more and more as the days get more difficult and creation groans for the return of our Savior as King of Kings and Lord of Lords! May the Lord bless you and keep you! See you soon, Lord willing!

But God,

Pastor Adam