Pastor Kevin’s Testimony

KEVIN’S PERSONAL TESTIMONY AND CALLING
I spent many years in the secular world of business and personal gain. I was disillusioned, until the Holy Spirit convicted me (circa 1993) that I was not following God’s leading, thus failing to truly live an authentic Christian life. His powerful and unmistakable call to ministry brought about a pursuit to a holy life and full time ministry. I learned to welcome God’s plan and power to transform me into the likeness of His perfect Son, Jesus.
I am called strongest by 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 “Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
We can fulfill this command when we finally come to believe that God has a plan and He does not need ours. He has the power to enact His will and can restore this world to perfection in the blink of an eye. We are not to be about creating a Christian utopia on earth. I desire to deepen the believer’s relationship with God, detach him from worldly affairs and engage him in Kingdom affairs, and to always strive to know and understand the difference. I want to help him transform into the likeness of Jesus and glorify God in all ways.
Our triune God is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in such a profound relationship within themselves they are actually one. It is imperative a shepherd realize then that relationships are of paramount importance. Created in His image we are by definition designed to be in relationships. The relationships I strive for in church are the priority. I have been blessed with many long term relationships throughout life. I believe God has given me a very special understanding of the importance of relationships, and ability to develop them. As Jesus showed in His ministry He first surrounded Himself with a core group of men He would eventually build into leaders. In turn they went out into the world and developed more leaders through discipleship and education. I have always gravitated toward close personnel relationships with others. I deeply value the power of fellowship to comfort, conform us to, and confirm us in Christ. The church should be more than a place to worship. It should be a shepherd-generating organism. My desire is to be a shepherd that creates more shepherds.

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