Dear Church of The Redeemer Family:
REFLECTIONS – Pastor David S Smith, M.DIV
This year, we as a congregation celebrate 55 years of faithful Christian witness. In that time, the people of Church of the Redeemer Baptist have seen the hand of God work on our behalf in ways that are undeniable. Souls have been saved. Lives have been changed. The community has been served. God has been glorified.
Also in that time, the church has had to endure epic levels of trauma. People have come and gone. Ministries and ministry leaders have served until they’ve gotten tired and, though God has been faithful to rejuvenate us, rest is still something we are being challenged to lean into. The blessing of it all - the good and the bad, the highs and the lows - can be considered great encouragement to us, and it’s found in the word of God.
“But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” I Corinthians 2:9 NKJV.
When we find ourselves wondering about the why’s of life, or tired because of the what’s that have happened to or around us, we can be encouraged with these words. God has plans for us that are beyond our expectations!
Consider this anniversary an opportunity for God to encourage you. Remember the victories of the past and thank God for them. And as you do, think about how unexpected they were … and dream again! Together, let’s believe God for the unexpected in this next season.
God bless you is my consistent, fervent prayer for each of us individually and collectively.
In God’s Service,
Rev. David S. Smith
Pastor - Church of the Redeemer Baptist