Assistant Pastor’s Annual Report 2015

Assistant Pastor’s Annual Report

As I look back at this past year, I am reminded of just how blessed we all are. How blessed my family and I are to have had the opportunity to serve God through the ministry of First Baptist Church of Patchogue, and how blessed we all are as a church to have so many faithful servants who truly love God, and desire to honor Him. The leadership of our church is faithful to God’s word, and truly love the people. We have many ministries and programs that seek to meet the needs of those both inside and outside the church, and we are becoming more like the family that God intends us to be as each day passes. One thing I can say for sure, is that these things do not become part of the character of a church by accident.

So to what, or to whom, do we give credit? In short, it’s all by the grace of God, but the longer answer includes our part in the process. There are many passages we can go to for our mandate as a church, but 2 Timothy 3:16–4:3 seems especially fitting right now. Paul writes to Timothy—

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 4:1 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions. (2 Timothy 3:16–4:3 (ESV)

We as a church know that the Bible is the revealed word of God, and as such, is the source material for our faith and practice (3:16). Whether it be from sermons from the pulpit, confrontation and encouragement from the counseling desk, discipleship classes, Sunday school classes, or prayer meetings, it is God through His authoritative word, that gives us both the authority, as well as the content to speak (4:1-2). This is a Bible believing and Bible preaching church.

We know that God has equipped us for the fruitful life of good works, the abundant life of fellowship with God and with each other, and for a life that is a witness to the world (3:17). Over this past year, there have been new opportunities for fellowship, for witnessing, and for discipleship, and there have been many happy to participate in each. We have so many classes to offer, for the children, youth, and adults, and for each, we have able, willing, and faithful teachers. This is a spiritually growing Church.

Furthermore, we are a church that recognizes the urgency in preaching, teaching, and sharing the gospel. This sense of urgency comes from the understanding that there is a lost and dying world out there, but not just “Out there.” These are our neighbors, our friends, and our family members that need Christ, and they are hopeless without a faithful presentation of the gospel. Paul says that “the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.” We are a church that sees this happening in our own circles, and in our nation, and yet we know, and sometimes see, that God is still able to save. We are generous in giving to missions, both local and foreign, willing to go, and most importantly, faithful to pray. This is a missional church.

This has been a wonderful year for my family and me, and I am thankful for the opportunity to serve you. May we all continue to grow in Christ.

Pastor Jim Winslow

~ by James M. Winslow on 2020/01/21.

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