I want you to bring it on Easter Weekend. We will offer 14 service options on our four campuses. See these options here. Please attend the campus you attend normally.
Bring People With You
Everywhere you go this week, please invite people to join you at one of our services. Plenty of service options are available so surely you can find one that will match your schedule and one that will suit those attending with you. People will come with you on Easter Weekend. Therefore, invite, invite, and invite more.
Bring Your A-Game For Worship
This day is our Big Day as followers of Jesus Christ. Therefore, when we come to worship on this coming weekend, bring your A-Game . . . your BEST! Don’t be late. Come prepared. Pray. Then, explode in worship with singing, adoration, and praise to God. Engage in the Word of God as it is proclaimed and pray the entire service for you and for others, especially for those without Christ.
Bring Your Financial Offerings
We experienced some incredible weather challenges the past three Sundays. On Time Change Sunday, March 10, we had a major thunderous rain. On March 17, the first Sunday of Spring Break, it was another rainy day. This past Sunday, the second Sunday of Spring Break, we had snow! Many of you have been away . . . so please be faithful in making up your offerings.
*Giving the first one-tenth of your income to the Ministry Budget of our church.
*Fulfilling your commitment made to Greater Things in our 2nd anniversary month.
This past Sunday, Jeana and I completed our commitment, join us in doing so if you can. This three-year endeavor has been incredible!
Therefore, when you come on Easter Weekend, bring your financial offerings.
Finally . . .
I trust I will see you on this Easter Weekend. Let’s make it grand and our greatest in the 143-year history of Cross Church.
Your Pastor and Friend,
Ronnie W. Floyd
Church members and the American public have various perceptions about ministers. Some believe that ministers are not hard workers. Those of us who serve in local churches hear people say: “You guys only work one day a week!”
Ministers have challenging jobs. In many ways, ministers are never truly away from the office. Technology has only raised the intensity of their never-ending job. Weddings, funerals, emergencies, and responsibilities on Sundays prevent ministers from having weekends. Yet, with these realities and many more that I did not list, ministers should never be excused from working hard.
Three reasons why I believe ministers should be hard workers:
1: The Bible Charges Ministers to Work Hard
When Paul was instructing Timothy on the life of being a minister, he talks about the minister being like a soldier, an athlete, and a hardworking farmer. (2 Timothy 2) Unquestionably, we must be equipped like soldiers for the battles of ministry and persevere like athletes as we lead people, but we must also be like a hardworking farmer who works until he sees the harvest.
Humbly, ministers should be known to be hard workers. We cannot claim to be spiritual men if we do not work hard. Laziness should never exist in the life of the minister. Laziness should not be permitted or excused by anyone.
2: The Gospel Calls Ministers to Exhaust Themselves
I will never forget a conversation I shared with Jim Cymbala, pastor of the great Brooklyn Tabernacle Church in New York. He asked me to preach for him on a Sunday. It was a marvelous experience. I cannot recall how many services I preached, but it was several. I witnessed Pastor Cymbala lead worship during those services, pouring himself out in prayer and ministry, and leading his people diligently. At the close of the day I asked him, “Pastor, how do you do this each week, plus most of the time you are preaching as well?” He responded to me, “Ronnie, the Gospel calls me to exhaust myself daily for my people.
Pastor Cymbala was 100% correct! The Gospel of Jesus Christ calls every minister to exhaust himself for others. Even when we are weak physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, the Gospel calls us to exhaust ourselves. People are lost and hopeless without Christ. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the answer. We must give ourselves away until complete exhaustion to advance this Gospel message and strive to reach person in the world.
3: The Testimony Challenges Ministers to Excel Before Others
A minister’s testimony becomes stronger before others when he works hard. Conversely, nothing lowers the testimony of a minister than when he is lazy. A lazy minister hurts himself not only in the eyes of his people, but he also hurts the testimony of his peers.
As ministers, we represent Jesus Christ. We are called to be a living testimony of Christ and His Gospel. Our work ethic either lends credibility to the Gospel and the church or it discredits it before the world.
While each minister can have hobbies and sports they enjoy, we should never become more dominated with them than we are with the consuming passion of our calling to advance the Gospel to every person in the world and to make disciples of all the nations.
Yours For The Great Commission,