Over these past few weeks, Iíve talked a lot and wrote a lot and communicated a lot.
While I could go on (as we all know) I donít have much else left to tell you.
Hereís the real reality Ė Iím just a man. Charlie Sams is just a man. Paul Sanchez is just a man.
And while we have responsibilities to lead the body, edify Godís people, equip the saints, and love the church Ė weíre just men.
We come, we go. Such is the nature of life.
This isnít about us, itís about Christ. So, if I have something to leave you with, it isnít about me and all the flowery language in the world I could conjure up. Itís about Him.
What does scripture say about Him and His church?
Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In Him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. -Ephesians 2:20-22
This isnít some sentimental goodbye, although those have their place.
This is a calling to you Starnes Cove Ė Christ must be the cornerstone.
Of your life, doctrine, worship and relationships.
If He isnít, this place is just a bunch of bricks without life.
But if He is, Starnes Cove Baptist will be more than just a building. It will be a growing body within which the Spirit of God dwells Ė overcome by nothing.
Paul will do what he is able Ė Charlie and I will pray for you from wherever we are.
But this is up to you and the ticket to life is knowing Him and His Word.
Read Your Bible. Pray to Our God in Christís Name. Repent of Your Sin. Change Your Life.
Thatís all. Thatís the way to life, for you and for your church.
Decide what you want, let your yes mean yes and your no mean no and follow Jesus.
Love you Starnes Cove and Iíll see you around,