As most of you know by now, last Sunday, Ruth and I announced that after much discussion, prayer and seeking counsel, we have made the hard decision to leave GPBC. We’ve made this decision because of two desires that the Lord has developed and grown in us in our two and half years of marriage: 1) To live closer to family and 2) To lead a ministry together. With this decision, comes a transition for us and a transition for Greater Portland.
For me, with a transition like this (cross-country move, job change, new season for our marriage), there tends to be excitement to see how God will work and move, but there also tends to be a strong temptation to feel overwhelmed with it all. During this time of transition, I have sensed the Lord reminding me repeatedly of His constancy. Scripture makes it so abundantly clear that despite the ever-changing circumstances of our world and of our lives, God does not change. He is always Good. He is always Faithful. He is always Love. He is always Just. He is always True. Nothing that I do will change who God is. Nothing that happens to me will change who God is. He is All-Sufficient.
I invite you to take some time before Sunday’s gathering and dwell on who Jesus Christ is. I’ve provided a brief list of titles and descriptions of Jesus from Scripture. Meditate on these descriptions of who Jesus is and remember that he is the One who was, who is, and who is to come.
- Jesus is the exact image of God (Heb 1:3)
- Jesus is the First and Last, the Alpha and Omega (Rev 22:13)
- Jesus is the Righteous One (Acts 3:14)
- Jesus is the True Light (John 1:3-9)
- Jesus is the Bread of Life (John 6:35)
- Jesus is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11-14)
- Jesus is the Gate (John 10:7-10)
- Jesus is the True Vine (John 15:1-5)
- Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6)
- Jesus is the Rock (1 Cor 10:4)
- Jesus is the Author and Perfecter of our faith (Heb 12:2)
- Jesus is our Great High Priest (Heb 3:1)
- Jesus is the Head of the Church (Col 2:19)