Pastoral Letter March 2014

the Lord God omnipotent reigns…

– Revelation 19.6

 

Dear Friends,

If you worship at Morton Chapel, you’ll have noticed that we have had our chapel texts behind the pulpit repainted. The paintwork we have replaced was not original, but as far as we can tell, the choice of the actual text has remained the same throughout the life of the building. It was on 23rd March 1984 that Morton Baptist Church held its first members’ meeting with sixteen founder members. We are glad to have some founder members still in the congregation today, but of course, a great deal has changed. I was just approaching my seventh birthday when that meeting was held!

Signwriting is a dying art–form, and I was surprised to be told by our signwriter that he only knows of two other people still working in England — but what surprised me more was that he asked me what ‘Omnipotent’ means. Would it embarrass you to be asked the same question?

Worry no longer! Omnipotent means ‘all–powerful’. It is so closely associated with God that it can also be used properly as a noun to refer to Him. Like many of our words, it has its roots in Latin (omni potens).  This truth is foundational to the Christian life, and to all that we seek to do as a church together. We give thanks to our all–powerful God for thirty years of His help and blessing in the life of this church. It goes without saying that there would be no church here at all without His help and blessing. By His power He saves people from their sins and adds them to the church — He is sovereign. By His power He keeps His people from falling away. By His power He provides for His people’s needs. Our church exists because the Lord God omnipotent reigns, and it is proof of the fact that the Lord God omnipotent reigns!

We have nothing to fear, and everything to expect, as we press on together. As time passes, some things do change. The Lord has called some of His servants home, but He can call more into His service and add to His church. All sorts of physical things around us change too — as our new paintwork reminds us. But the Lord God omnipotent reigns. He is our unchanging God, working His purposes out, founded upon our Saviour’s dying love at Calvary, which secures everlasting life for all His covenant people. Our triune God is all–powerful. Do you believe it? Are you willing to join with your brothers and sisters in fellowship, in worship, in service, in giving, and in united prayer, to prove it?

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