Rev. Dr. John D. Tolbert, Senior Pastor
Pastoral Reflection
 Sunday, September 30, 2018
 
Praise the Lord Trinity! I pray that you and your family have experienced the awesome and sustaining power of our Amazing God in substantial ways during this past week, and you have come ready to enter His gates with thanksgiving in your heart and praise on your lips. Let me also express my gratitude to our guest worshipping with us today. You are welcome here at the Trinity Church, and I pray God’s richest blessings upon you and your families. 

Trinity, from a biblical standpoint , every born-again Christian is a saint, a member of the body of Christ, His church. Some examples: “ that you receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints…” ( Romans 16:2 ), “For the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ” ( Ephesians 4:12 )

I Corinthians 1:2 states it this way: “ To the church of God in Corinth , to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy…” The words “sanctified” and “holy” come from the same Greek root “hagios” and describes those “consecrated to God” and referred to as “saints.”  Saints are not just those in heaven, but also here on earth. Christians are saints by virtue of their connection with Jesus Christ, and we are called to increasingly allow our daily life to more closely match our position in Christ. This is the biblical description and calling of all saints.

A “seasoned” saint, then, would be those who have been through a few more years of growth in the Lord, experienced some setbacks and heartaches, enjoyed some time of triumph and joy, and have developed wisdom and experience to share with those who are traveling the road behind them. I salute our church family who are a part of the 70 plus and I celebrate your roads have been well traveled

Our goals for the 70 plus ministry include to create increasingly deeper fellowship with fellow Christians, to continue to look for opportunities to minister to others, to make sure that other senior adults in the community have a chance to respond to the truths of the gospel, to be a source of core support for our church leaders at the same time that we encourage younger leaders to emerge, to share our experiences with younger families as encouragement to them, and to learn to worship wholeheartedly here on earth as we eagerly anticipate worshiping in Heaven. Please join this ministry to help them….

1.  Bringing together the seniors of Trinity Church (persons at or over the age of retirement) to meet regularly to fellowship with one another in regular meetings and through other activities such as trips and Fellowships.
2.  Encouraging worship among seniors at Trinity Church, sister churches and other seniors in the surrounding community.
3.  Establishing networks and providing resources to seniors at Trinity Church and in the community, building relationships between seniors and community organizations and leaders.
4.  Providing an opportunity for Trinity Church seniors to evangelize and minister to others as they visit the homes of shut-ins, the hospitals and convalescent homes.
5.  Discipling and mentoring younger Christians in the church and community.

Seasoned Saints should join the ministry both for what it is doing now and for its potential for the future...your families. 

To God Be The Glory For Roads Well Traveled,

Dr. John D. Tolbert
Senior Pastor

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