Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A Big Day Ahead

Tomorrow is going to be a very important day for me and my family. As I have mentioned a few times, I have been preaching at Chevis Oaks Baptist Church since mid-February. This church is a Southern Baptist church near Savannah, GA. The people there have been very nice to both me and my family. They have said only positive things about my preaching and leading of Wed. prayer meetings.

Chevis Oaks has many positives. The church is located in the middle of a residential community. This location makes it possible for the church to have an immediate impact on its surrounding area. Furthermore, the people of the church have a very strong belief in the gospel in particular and the truth of the bible as a whole. Regarding leadership, Chevis has three active deacons, who are all godly men (if you have spent any time in an SBC church, you know what a rarity it is to have all the deacons be godly men). In addition, it is my understanding that the church has no permanent committees. Finally, the people of Chevis appreciate expository preaching.

Tomorrow night the church votes on whether or not to call me as pastor. Everything I have heard indicates to me that the vote will go well, but votes can also be unpredictable. You never know what long, lost church members might show up to vote however they may be feeling that day.

My family and I are resting in the sovereignty of God. We know that He controls all things, including a little church vote. We pray simply that His will be done. Don’t get me wrong, I do want to pastor at Chevis Oaks. However, if that is not the will of God, then I certainly don’t want to be there.

We trust the Lord to do what is right, as He always does.

Thank you for your prayers.

6 comments:

Alan Knox said...

Eric,

I just wanted to let you know that we're praying with you. As I told Alice, I think that both your family and the other believers who are part of Chevis Oaks could learn from one another and grow in Christ with one another.

-Alan

Brian said...

What do you want Eric? If they called you, would you feel comfortable answering their call?

Les Puryear said...

I'm praying for you and the church.

Les

Eric said...

Alan,

Thank you so much for your prayers. You are a consistent friend.

Eric said...

Brian,

If they call. I will go. I think that is where God wants me.

Eric said...

Les,

Thanks so much for your prayers.

BTW - you were my choice for SBC president (I wasn't in Indianapolis, but if I had been you would have had my vote.)