“Set in order things that are lacking … that you should set in order the things that are lacking”
- Titus 1:5b (NKJV)
Before the beginning of mankind, our God used an “orderly” process in the creation of the earth. There were very specific things accomplished on Day 1, other things on Day 2, others on Day 3; until its final completion. After all had been accomplished, God declared that is was “good,” and God rested on the 7th Day.
The Open Door Missionary Baptist Church has been a vital part of this community for several decades, and I believe that God has given an “orderly” vision to this church for the years of 2010 through 2012. That vision is that we begin to “set thing in order.” This means that we need to take an “inventory” and evaluate ourselves to determine the things that we are lacking. We need to recommit our hearts and minds to diligently seek God’s plan for this church. Lastly, we’ll need to correct the things that need correcting, and operate in the Body of Christ, as God would have us.
Since becoming the Pastor of this great assembly, God has given me the following vision:
- 2008 – “Going Back To The Basics”
- 2009 – “Strengthening The Foundation of God”
- 2010 – “To Set Things In Order”
Without a vision from God, people have a tendency to do as reported in the Book of Judges:
“but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”
- Judges 17:6b
But, when we have a God-given vision, we are more likely to follow the example we have in Jesus Christ, when He proclaimed
“… I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”
- John 5:30
I believe that in order for The Open Door Missionary Baptist Church to advance to the next level in service to the Lord, we need greater commitment, dedication, and more structure. Therefore, when we seek His face and desire to correct or “set things in order,” that God will move us to a higher level in spiritual service to Him!
I believe there is a four step process to “set things in order,” and it involves our administration, leadership, training, and ministries. Our administration requires managing the day-to-day operations of the facility. Our leadership requires “leading by servant hood.” Leaders will establish credibility among our congregation, be maintaining accountability, as well. Our training will consist of education, preparation and equipping the Body for ministry. Our ministries will be better prepared to serve those in need, and equipped to establish new ministries, where needed.
Lastly, the Apostle Paul states
“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
- 1 Corinthians 1:10