I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me—Matthew 25:36
We’ve got a number of important things happening in the weeks to come that I want to draw to your attention.
First, we were privileged to have Rev. Richard Jennings with us for worship this last week. Richard is a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America and a long time member of the Nashville Presbytery. He was the pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Goodlettsville, TN, for eighteen years until he accepted an opportunity to serve with Harvest Prison Ministry this past year. Richard serves the inmates at Charles Bass Correctional Complex by building discipling relationships with them in the gospel. He is currently implementing and teaching seminary-level courses to inmates, as well as introducing leadership training to aide in planting a church in the prison.
During pre-service this last week, Richard reported on the work at Harvest Prison Ministry, so that we could rejoice with him in what the Lord is doing. Make it a point to remember him and Harvest prison ministry in your personal and family prayers this week and in the days to come. If you are interested in learning more about the history and vision of Harvest Prison Ministry, please visit their website at www.harvestprisonministry.org.
Second, this next weekend is the Schaeffer 100 Conference sponsored by Cornerstone and Parish Pres. church. This conference will celebrate the life and legacy of one of the 20th centuries most influential apologists, Francis Schaeffer. Let me encourage you to come and partake in this conference. It will be a wonderful time of learning and fellowship together, which will enrich our lives and challenge our minds. You can register and view the conference schedule by visiting the King’s Meadow website at www.kingsmeadow.com
Third and finally, this past Tuesday night the leadership of Cornerstone met for our monthly leadership meeting. Among the items discussed was the start up of a congregational shepherding plan for spiritual and physical care of every member of Cornerstone. Over the last year, we have read and studied God’s Word and dug deep into two books: Timothy Witmer’s The Shepherd Leader, and Timothy Keller’s, Resources for Deacons. In all these readings, and in the conversation shared together, we have grown in our commitment primary work of church officership is shepherding. In the days ahead, the elders and deacons will organize and implement a plan to build better relationships with you in order to carry out Peter’s instruction to “shepherd the flock of God that is among you.” (I Peter 5:2) To that end, please be in prayer for the leadership as they lovingly care for the church and equip the saints for the work of ministry (Eph.4:11).