Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Builders Built to Last

Ninety-one-year-old former president, Jimmy Carter, spent last weekend helping to build a house for Habitat for Humanity. This is all the more remarkable given President Carter’s recent diagnosis of cancer. When he is not building houses, Carter still teaches Sunday School at his home church in Plains, Georgia. Many have called Carter the most successful former president in American history.

I believe the secret to Jimmy Carter’s success has been a faith that was built to last. While running for office, Carter publically professed to being a “born again” Christian, a phrase that was then catapulted into the public arena where it received everything from jeers to cheers. Although many question Carter’s politics and his theology, few have questioned his faith. The evidence of his convictions are on display for the world to see. He not only builds houses, he is building a legacy through which others may see the glory of God and the love of Jesus.

We are in a season of prayerfully considering the leadership of Southside Baptist Church. We need individuals who not only have a faith that is built to last, but who, like President Carter, are committed to building the faith of others through sacrificial service. Here are the steps for nominating a person to serve on the Council of Trustees:

1.   Read 1 Corinthians 13Galatians 5:22-23, 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9 to understand the    
      biblical requirements for these leaders.
2.     Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to show you who He would have serve on the Council of Trustees.
3.   Complete the Trustee NominationFormsubmitting it by Sunday, November 15, 2015
4.   Attend the Special Called Church Conference on Wednesday, December 9, at 6:30 p.m., to vote    
      on the Council of Trustees.

We are not setting leaders apart to excuse ourselves from the responsibilities of spiritual leadership and sacrificial service, rather we are seeking to promote those who best exemplify what it means to be a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ. By their witness and example, we can all work together to build a church that prevails and a faith that endures.