Two Times A Year
September 1, 2016
Our Alabama AG family has two gatherings a year that are by-law mandated, but I like to think of them as opportunities. They are the District Council in spring and the Sectional Council Tour in the fall. These are tremendous opportunities to come together and be inspired by the Holy Spirit that loves to grace our gatherings. You also have the opportunity to be encouraged by your ministerial peers. Another opportunity is to have men and women of like faith pray with you and stand in agreement for victories in your life and ministry. Then, there is fellowship, which allows us to connect with our family of faith. Fellowship will challenge us, encourage us, help us stay accountable, and fellowship is showing obedience to God and his word. Luke tells us in Acts 2:42 that the New Testament Church: “… devoted themselves to…fellowship….”
The District Leadership Team looks forward to these gatherings. I get excited as each gathering approaches because, as the District Pastor, I cannot wait to see this Alabama AG congregation come together. Pastors, you know how that feels when you see “all” your folks in the room. I remember Pastor Will Smith, the pastor I followed at my first and only church said, “Son, you can’t pastor anyone that won’t let you.” It is my heart's desire to pastor this Alabama AG family. We publish these gatherings and many more that occur during the year on our website in the late fall so you can place those into your calendar.
One version of 1 Peter 4:10 says, “Each of you as a good manager must use the gift that God has given you to serve others.” None of us have “all” of the gifts that God has sent to the church. This is why we need each other. You’ve heard it said, “No man is an island.” I need you, and you need me. That is how God designed the body of Christ. We need each other. We were made to work in teams. Paul said, “For the body does not consist of one member but of many” (1 Cor. 12:14, ESV). Every one of us is important to the plan of God for the Alabama AG family. If any of us pull back from the work, we harm His kingdom among us.
In closing, let me mention what the Apostle Paul told the church at Thessalonica, “…That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory” (1 Thess. 2:12). The phrase “called you” is not in the past tense, but is present tense. God is calling you today to walk in a “worthy” manner in all things as you serve Him. The reason we need each other and need to attend gatherings is so we can be encouraged in this war we are waging against the devil. Those that left Egypt and journeyed to the Promised Land were “picked off” if they became stragglers. We need to march together towards our God intended future. We sharpen each other for the tasks that lie ahead. Let me encourage you to attend our Alabama AG family gatherings because we need you and you need us. We need each other! That’s how God set it up! I look forward to seeing you at the next family gathering.