Center Hill Community Church – Brookville, PA

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It’s all about Him

by on Feb.02, 2011, under General Posts

With the gathering of our own church family, friends from nearby and our immediate family from across the state, Center Hill Community Church was a packed house on January 23rd.  We had come together not simply to ordain the Pastor unto the ministry but to glorify God.

My greatest fear for the day was that it would become about the person being ordained, me, and not about the God who had called and enabled me.  Center Hill didn’t confuse the issues.  Even though kind things were said about me (kinder than I deserved) and the examination of my call completed, the over arching message was that God was center and it was His ministry that was to be furthered.  From the board and congregation’s examination, the preparation of the meal, the planning and presentation of music, the preaching of the Word by Rocky Hammond and Jeff Burkett, and the moderation of the services by Jim Titler, the people of Center Hill came to a deeper understanding of “Soli Deo Gloria”, God’s glory only.

If I used this space to thank each and everyone who had a part in the success of the day, I would surely leave someone out and worse yet deflect the glory of the day from our Lord.

In recent months as I had prepared for the ordination, I came across a recurring theme in the Word of God, humility.  I can’t remember who said, ‘if a man claims to be humble in the slightest, it is a sure sign he is not’ but it has stayed with me.  I am not claiming to be humble but instead say that I was humbled by the day.  Micah 6:8 has been more and more impressed upon my heart that what is required of me is ‘to walk humbly with my God’.  I am humbled to think that God being so sovereignly in control of the very dust motes floating in the air of my  study and each snow flake falling outside the window has at the same time called me to His ministry.  I trust I never lose the weightiness of that thought.

Thank you Center Hill for honoring our Lord and allowing the moment to reflect His glory.

soli deo gloria

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“Set apart for me…”

by on Jan.14, 2011, under General Posts

Center Hill Community Church is about to ordain, ‘set apart’, their Pastor unto the ministry of our Lord.  The church in the New Testament followed the example set in the Old Testament of ‘setting apart’ their sacrifices, ‘setting apart’ their priests, and ‘setting apart’ there leaders unto the specific use and administration of God.  Examples of this in the New Testament are found in Acts 6 in which the church ‘set apart’ the seven for specific ministry and in Acts 13 when Barnabas and Saul are called by God and ‘set apart’ by the church to God’s  work.

I am most intrigued and humbled by the words of the Holy Spirit in Acts 13 ‘set apart for Me, Barnabas and Saul…’  Wow, to think that God had chosen specifically these two men for a specific task He had for them.  The God of creation, the great I AM had, for His pleasure and glory, chose two humble servants to minister in His name.  What an awesome, overwhelming responsibility and privilege.

So it is for those God has called into the ministry of His word today.  We call them Pastors, Elders, Deacons, Missionaries, Evangelists, etc.  Nevertheless, the responsibility and privilege is the same as it was for the first century church leaders and servants.  They …we… have been set apart for “Jehovah’s” purposes.  It’s not because we’re special in some way, holier, wiser, or possess more redeeming qualities than others.  No, God for His pleasure and glory has set apart certain of His servants for reasons known only to Him.

But when I consider this from a personal perspective, what a humbling proposition this becomes.  With Christ as the standard, I am not blameless, I am not a lover of good, I am not hospitable and to a degree I am violent and greedy.  All of which would preclude me from being ‘set apart for God’ to the ministry.  As I stated, it is a humbling proposition. What then makes a man worthy of  ‘the call’?

Grace, pure and simple.  It is by God’s grace I have been saved and it is by God’s grace I live.  And it is by grace that I have been called and enabled in the ministry.  It must become my commitment to the church which sets me apart and to My Lord who calls me to serve each moment at the point of God’s grace, humbly submitted to His enabling power and the standard of Christ likeness.  It then is not my ability to minister, my ability to preach and teach or my ability to live blamelessly but Christ who lives through me.

Pray for us and join our congregation on January 23rd as we  exercise our God given privilege and responsibility to set apart one for His service.  Pray for me, that I submit to our Lord’s teaching and His Spirit’s conviction in matters of leadership and personal holiness.  It’s all about grace, it’s all about Him.

soli deo gloria

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