Monday, June 30, 2014

My friend, Gregg's Rest Stop

Gregg's Rest Stop
June 30, 2014
  Journey in Christ
God's Pleasure and Our Prayers
OUR PRAYERS
Journey in Christ has been helping train employees at three businesses to experience Christ through personal Bible study.  

This past week, a staff member helped employees at one business observe from Ephesians 1:15-17 that, although God can reveal Himself and His truths to others, He invites us to participate with Him through our prayers:

After I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus
and your love for all the saints,
I do not cease to give thanks for you,
making mention of you in my prayers;
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of glory,
may give you the spirit of wisdom
and revelation
in the knowledge of Him.
EPHESIANS 1:15-17

What a glorious relationship we have with our Father, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ!  He takes great pleasure in using His children. We are a special part of His redemptive plans!  

We are ambassadors for Christ,
as though God were pleading through us;
we implore on Christ's behalf,
be reconciled to God.
2 CORINTHIANS 5:20

GOD'S PLEASURE
Yes, God takes great pleasure in using His children.  

Paul starts off his letters to the Corinthians, the Ephesians, the Colossians, and to Timothy by noting he is an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God. The Greek word will in these verses is thelema, which does not mean "by God's demand"  but means "by God's pleasure."

Wow.  God took great pleasure to give Paul the authority of being an apostle of the early church.  And He takes great pleasure in using you for His redemptive purposes!

This profound truth is so beautifully expressed through Eric Liddell, a runner the 1924 Paris Olympics.  Eric testified that "God made me fast.  And when I run, I feel His pleasure."

Eric was not referring to God being pleased with his efforts as a runner and for winning the gold medal.  Eric wasn't thinking, "If I win the gold medal, just think of the platform I will have to share Christ."  No.  Not at all.

Eric was referring to God being pleased with him as His child.  God was greatly pleased to indwell Eric through the Lord Jesus Christ.  And Eric, with all joy, related with the indwelling Christ whether he won a gold medal or came in last place.  Eric and His Lord simply enjoyed each other's presence.

After the 1924 Olympics from 1925 to 1945, Eric served as a missionary to China. When the Japanese invaded China in 1940, Eric sent his wife and daughters to Canada, while he stayed in China to continue his work with the Lord.  

In 1943, Eric was imprisoned in a Japanese war camp in China.  At one point his freedom was arranged in a prisoner exchange bargain by Winston Churchill, however, he gave it up and let a pregnant woman leave instead.  

In 1945, Eric died as a result of poor camp conditions. He was only 43 years old.  

With great pleasure, the Lord welcomed Eric home.
 
CLOSING
May we be encouraged to step out in faith to humbly minister to others through prayer in order to experience the presence, the power, and the pleasure of God our Father through His dear Son and our Savior Jesus Chris who dwells in us!

Work out your own salvation 
with fear and trembling, 
for it is God who works in you 
both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
PHILIPPIANS 2:12b-13

    
 







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Gregg Gibbons
Pastoral Director
 
Michael Chalmers
Training Director
 
Kellie Boggs
Fellowship Director
 
Joy Gibbons
Ministry Assistant and women's ministry coordinator
 
Carole Blyth
Board member and women's ministry coordinator
 

Paul Crews
Board member and Pastor Mountain Creek Baptist Church
 
Florence Colby
Board Member and Exec Assistant
at US Endowment of Forestry
 
Dave Loser
Board Member and Chaplain with Corporate Chaplains of America 
 
Carolyn Kennedy
Staff discipleship counselor
 
Randy Garrick
Board Advisor and
CFO Engineered Systems Inc.
 
Dawn McClendon
Board Advisor and
school teacher in Durham NC
 
Marty Price  
Board Advisor and Pastor
Pendleton Street Baptist Church  
 
 
 
    
 
Partnership 
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you for your partnership in the gospel (Philippians 1:3, 5).
 
YouTube link below of my ministry commissioning service that included testimonies from several partners, including Bobby Richardson, former 2nd baseman for the NY Yankees.
 
 
Please contact me to learn more about partnering with me. 
 
  
  
Ministry News 
 
Teaching 
Gregg is teaching at the Haven of Restmission in Anderson on Monday evenings.
 
Joy, Carole, and Carolyn are teaching weekly Bible studies for all female employees on-site at a heavy equipment manufacturing company.
 
Joy is teaching bi-weekly discipleship Bible studies for employees on-site at a pet kennel.
 
Training
Michael and Gregg recently leading our 8-month Advanced Discipleship Training class with 5 students. 
 
 
 
 
 
  
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655 Fairview Road
Suite H-188
Simpsonville SC  29680
 
(864) 483-3201 (Gregg cell)
 
 
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