It’s a beautiful Fall Monday morning and I am sitting here in my office trying to get a grasp on what all needs to be done this week and trying to prioritize my schedule. As November gets into full swing it seems like our calendars get full quickly with all the holiday happenings and such. We are definitely in a busy season here at church, but I believe there’s no better time to be part of South Hills Baptist Church. It has been exciting to see God working in the lives of so many in our church family as well as bringing us lots of guests to meet and get to know.

Yesterday, as I continued our current sermon series “Awestruck by the Almighty” I preached on “Commitment” and how God’s character of faithful love leads Him to always remain committed to us no matter our circumstances. I joked about how so many of us fear commitment on all levels, but ultimately I’m so grateful for the deep commitment of so many in our church family. Many of you are deeply committed to attending, serving, and giving to enhance the effectiveness of our church’s ministry in this community and beyond.

We always want to see the fruit (results) of our ministry and effort, but we’re reminded in Scripture our responsibility is to remain faithfully committed to God’s calling and purpose for our lives and trust Him for the results.

5What then is Apollos? What is Paul? They are servants through whom you believed, and each has the role the Lord has given. 6I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9For we are God's coworkers. You are God's field, God's building. 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 (CSB)

Our role is to remain faithful in all we do for the glory of God. Let me encourage you allow the deep commitment of Jesus towards us to inspire us to remain deeply committed to Him with the whole of our lives. There are many great opportunities these next two months to not only be involved in the activities of our church, but also help make an impact in reaching our community with the love of Jesus.

Pastor Chris