Pastor Chad's Itinarary

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Purposeful Pastor/Deacons Meeting

"So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder...shepherd the flock of God that is among you...(1 Peter 5:1-2)"
"For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that this in Christ Jesus (1Tim.3:13)."

     Tonight the leadership (pastor and deacons) of Pleasant Hill Baptist church will meet with a purpose. I wanted to briefly share what our meeting will look like and pray it would help someone or perhaps someone could help us. My last church I pastored my deacons and I meet monthly to discuss the business of the church. This was very much needed seeing our congregation was not very large. But, one thing which always concerned me was we never discussed the peoples spiritual well-being or if their physical needs were being met.
    I have purposed our meetings at PHBC to be grounded in the Word of God, in prayer, and discussion about spiritual/physical well being of the flock at PHBC. As God ordained leaders of His church we must submit ourselves to hear from the Him and His word in order to get our marching orders. After receiving our orders, we must seek Him through prayer. As pastor and deacons we must give our attention and prayers in interceding for God's people at PHBC. We will pray for our sick, our faithful, those who are visiting our fellowship, and those who need to be converted by the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Here is a sneak peek in what our pastor/deacons meeting will consist of tonight:

I. Scripture Reading

  • Galatians 5:13-15

II. Pray For PHBC

  • Pray for the saints of PHBC
  • Pray for our shut-ins
  • Pray for those who have been visiting our fellowship.
  • Pray for the community, that God would open doors for the gospel
III. Discussion of Biblical Church Leadership
  • Introduce Lay Elders 
  • Present the need of new deacons to serve the body
IV. Deacon Care Ministry
  • Discuss the needs spiritual/physical needs of each member
  • Discuss updates on shut-ins and widows
  • Discuss any pressing needs for members in the fellowship
V. Miscellaneous Items 

If you see or know of anything we could do differently  please feel free to let me know. Most of all, my desire as the pastor of PHBC is not allow one of God's sheep to fall between any cracks. Shepherding souls is a serious task, which one should never take lightly.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

"Happy Thanksgiving"

Ephesians 1:3 "Blessed by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,..."

      "Thanksgiving" is to be about the worship and giving thanks to our great God. The early Pilgrims who immigrated to America in order to gain religious freedom understood, God by His grace had allowed them to make it to the new land through toils and snares. This caused the Pilgrims to rejoice, to worship, and to give thanks for His goodness toward them. (For more information on the history of the Pilgrims and first Thanksgiving click here:
         As I reflect upon the true meaning of Thanksgiving there is so much more than eating turkey, seeing family, and watching football. Meditating on scriptures like Ephesians 1:3, "how God has blessed me with "all" spiritual blessings in the heavenly places" causes my heart to worship, give thanksgiving and gratitude toward my God. I may lose my family, I may lose my career, I may not have any turkey to eat...but God has "blessed" me with all spiritual blessings, because I am REDEEMED! Our gratitude and giving of thanks is not based upon our material blessings but rather our spiritual blessings in Christ.

So, as I reflect on Thanksgiving I want to name a few of my "spiritual blessings:"

1. Salvation: 2 Corinthian 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he s a new creation. The old is passed away; behold, the new has come." Perhaps this is the most important. Without salvation in Christ and being reconciled to God in Christ no one can truly celebrate Thanksgiving. For they have no one to give thanks to. I am thankful God has redeemed me through the blood of Christ by granting repentance and faith to me. I am thankful God is continually making my sin known to me, the need for the gospel, and forgiveness each day of my life.

2. God's Word. Psalm 119:105 "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." I am thankful for the inerrant, infallible, all sufficient word of God which guides me as I seek His will for my life. The word of God which is so accessible to read, study, and to memorize I often fail at taking advantage of learning and knowing his word more than I do. I am thankful God's word will "leads in the paths of righteousness for his name sake (Pslam 23:3)." I am thankful God has called me to teach and preach his word to his people week in and week out.

3. Prayer: 1 Thessalonians 5:17 "Pray without ceasing." I am thankful I can seek God through Christ anywhere, at anytime, for any reason. My Father longs to hear from his children and desires to answer his children according to his will. I am thankful to intercede on the behalf of my flock which have needs.

4. The church: Matt. 16:18 "I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." I am thankful for the church, especially the church at Pleasant Hill in Orlinda, TN. I am thankful God chose me to serve the people at PHBC as thier elder/pastor it is truly a blessing. I am thankful for a group of blood bought believers who gather each week to worship, encourage, pray, and fellowship with one another. I am thankful for our sweet fellowship in the word, prayer, and sharing a meal each Lord's Day with each other. I tell the Lord's people at PHBC we have a special thing. I love the Lord's church and am thankful for it!

    Will you give thanks just for material blessings (which we should be thankful to God for)? Or, will you give thanks for the "spiritual blessings" we have in Christ Jesus?