Dear Church Family,
I hope this blog finds you well this morning. Many of our activities are beginning again here at the church and I could not be more excited. I trust that you will make every effort to come and support The Oaks and our ministries as we do our best to serve the Lord.
My sermon Sunday comes from that poignant text in the Gospel of Matthew. It is Matthew 16:13-20. Jesus is in Caesarea Philippi, some 25 miles north of Galilee. While there, Jesus asks His disciples a question. "Who do men say that I am?" They quickly respond, "Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, others say Jeremiah or one of the prophets." After having seemingly passed the pop quiz, Jesus gets personal--"But who do you say that I am?" Well that is a different question entirely.
You see church, it's not enough for us to know about Jesus. It is not enough for us to claim that we are Baptist, or Methodist or Catholic. It's not enough to say I was reared in a Christian home or my mom was the WMU director or my dad a deacon. All of that fails in light of Jesus' question. Jesus' question is directed at each of us personally, and we must respond.
Peter's answer/confession to Jesus' question was "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God." That is the first time in the scriptures that Jesus is given such a title...the first time that someone truly recognizes who He is. So with that said, I ask you, "Who do you say Jesus is?" What is your confession of faith? And once you decide what your confession of faith is, answer this question--how do you live out your confession on a day to day basis?
Think it through...but answer. Answer Jesus' personal question not only with words, but with deeds.
I'll see you Sunday,
Rev. Steve Ayers, Jr. began serving as pastor for The Oaks Baptist Church on June 27, 2016. He and his wife Rebekah along with their two twin boys Luke and Silas have become an important part of the church. Their warm and loving spirits as well as the boys have captured the hearts of many at the church.