Twelve years ago, I began ministering among the special family of God known as Forsythe Church of Christ. I can truly say that Maggy and I have been so blessed to be associated with you. Your many encouragements have made us feel a part of the “Forsythe Family” over the years. Each year I am reminded of how grateful we are for the opportunity to serve you.
I have often reflected on the past of our church, and how many people, events, and perspectives have shaped who we are today. E. C. McKenzie’s pastoral care and personable ministry during the beginning years of our church set the tone for Forsythe. The scholarship and love that Don Glover demonstrated over nearly 30 years of ministry here deepened our appreciation for the rich heritage of Christianity that influences our thinking. I have no idea what will be said about my ministry here when it concludes some day, but I’m walking in the steps of some giants of faith!
“Our first priority in ministry must be love. Love for His Word, love for His people, and love for His appearing.”Sinclair B. Ferguson
That is what I have attempted to emphasize in my preaching and studies and interactions with you. The power of God’s grace is magnified in the lives of imperfect, broken, and needful creatures such as ourselves. God loves us deeply and pursues us relentlessly. As much as I love you, God loves you so much more than can be expressed.
We cannot afford, however, to spend too much time thinking about the past. The past serves as a foundation for the future of ministry and outreach in Ouachita Parish. Jesus has given us His mission to reach the lost. Our future, it seems to me, has a new spark of energy as we move toward a merger with Jackson Street Church of Christ. I admit that in the beginning, I received that word with trepidation and perhaps some fear. But when godly people make up their minds to unite together in serving our eternal Father, we believe that the blessing of God will be present.
Churches today all across America are consolidating resources and merging meeting places in unprecedented number. Let us pray that everything we do is to glorify God in this community. Lifting up Christ is our primary concern, and it should guide all our considerations. On this date in 2020, we begin our 13th year of ministry with you. Looking forward, we are hopeful and prayerful because God is powerful and present.
Love to all, John & Maggy.