Only 9 to go!

A congregation was excited about its new, young pastor. He was energetic, preached inspiring sermons and worked with the youth. Then one night he was late for the church council meeting.

Another time, he failed to show up for a committee meeting.

He even started coming late to worship.

Then one Sunday, he failed to show up at all for worship.

The council voted to dismiss the pastor.

Then the council had the following message posted at the church entrance: “We have fired our pastor for acting like the rest of us.”

A preacher wrote that story, right? Sounds like one, doesn’t it?

Did you know there are nine weeks left in 2015? Counting this Sunday, we have a handful of Sundays left in the year. Included in that number are holiday weekends – Thanksgiving and Christmas.

As we enter the last two months of the year, let’s take a look of the days ahead:

  1. How will this coming season encourage me to grow deeper as a disciple of Jesus?
  2. How will I support the mission and ministry of my church?
  3. How does my calendar reflect my service to fellow members, community, and Christ?
  4. Will this be the year when I am much more interested in giving than getting?
  5. How will I experience being a more joyful steward of my time, talent, and treasure?
  6. How will I express my gratitude and generosity because of the blessings God has brought into my life?
  7. Who is the person who needs to hear the Gospel from me during the holiday season?
  8. Was Brother Lawrence right? “Our only business is to love and delight ourselves in God.” How can we practice the presence of Christ in a hurried, distracted life?
  9. Let’s make the most of this time of year!
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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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