This week is a week of last things in regard to my ministry at West Broadway Baptist Church of Lenoir City, a congregation which I’ve served for the past eight years.
This past Sunday evening was my last Sunday PM service and tonight is my last Wednesday night Prayer Meeting. Sunday morning will be my last Sunday AM service. I’ve been trying in these last services to reiterate one last time some of the major emphasis of my ministry here. I’ve been hitting expository preaching hard and urging the church not to depart from this pattern in their choice of the next pastor. This past Sunday night I preached a call to a continued commitment to missions and evangelism in a sermon titled “A God-Centered Foundation for Missions” from Isaiah 49:1-6. Tonight I’m thrilled to end my nearly three year series in the Psalms with one of my favorite Psalms, Psalm 115. I often sign books, letters, or Bibles with the reference to the Non Nobis of Psalm 115:1-3,
Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, But to Your name give glory, Because of Your mercy, Because of Your truth. (2) Why should the Gentiles say, “So where is their God?” (3) But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases.
I’m thankful that in God’s providence I will be able to provide a devotional meditation upon this Psalm tonight.
This Sunday morning I will be preaching “A Farewell Sermon” from the apostle Paul’s farewell address to the Ephesian elders in Acts 20. The last two Sunday mornings I have preached “The King’s Authority Over His Church” from Matthew 16:13-19 and “Christ’s Gifts to His Church” from Ephesians 4:7-16.
We haven’t yet sold our house in Lenoir City, so we can’t buy a house in Frankfort yet (we have a pending contract on one). We decided today to rent a place in Frankfort until our house sells and the Lord has graciously provided one for us to rent on a month to month basis with no upfront fees. The Lord continues to confirm His will by working everything out smoothly. The hard work of packing is before us. The hardest part will be my books. I packed 13 boxes of books today and it didn’t even make a dent in the total amount.