Dear Church Family,
This annual review celebrates the goodness of the Lord in building his universal Church through his local church, East Cooper Baptist Church. Part of the review highlights the faithful living of three individuals who have served in the Kingdom with diligence. Thank you Carl Schooling, Sharon Basha, and Craig Harris. These people have loyally cared for others with Christ-like resolve and compassion, in a grace-filled and self-effacing fashion.
As you read this review, breathe a prayer of thanksgiving for the many who serve as we seek to “help broken people treasure Jesus.” I am reminded of a hymn by Charles Wesley published in 1762 entitled “A Charge to Keep I Have.” One stanza reads as following:
O serve the present age,
my calling to fulfill,
O may it all my pow’rs engage
to do my Master’s will!
Therefore, we are called to serve the present age. By zealously serving in the present we build upon the foundation of Christ (1 Corinthians 3) that will strengthen and instruct the coming generations. Secondly, all Christians are gifted by the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 4:10-11) and part of our calling is to live as stewards of the resources and time the Father has graciously given to us. Thirdly, we are to live as called, gifted, and responsible stewards.
I often think about the seventy resolutions of Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758). Resolution number six, “Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.” Resolution number twenty-two, “Resolved, to endeavor to obtain for myself as much happiness in the other world as I possibly can, with all the power, might, vigor, and vehemence, yea violence, I am capable of, or can bring myself to exert, in any way that can be thought of.” Those resolutions underscore what Wesley was saying regarding “all may it all my powers engage to do my Master’s will.”
I am thankful to be in a church where so many serve with grace and dignity as they seek to honor Christ.