Today begins our Wednesdays in the Word preaching series atthe Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville.
Each Wednesday evening in February, during our regular MidweekWorship Service time (7 p.m. EST), we will host a series of pastors from aroundthe country to minister the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.Actually, two of our guests are from Georgia, two from Houston, and one servesright down the street from us here in Jacksonville.
I pray this will be a greatly encouraging time for ourpeople. This may seem like a simple goal. but do not understate the importanceof encouragement. Many are facing dangers, toils, and snares. Their faith isbeing tested. Their minds are confused. Their hearts are broken. Their hopesare deferred. Their needs are overwhelming. They need encouragement. Whatbetter way to offer it than through the proclamation of the word of God!
Likewise, I believe it is important for a congregation tohear other preaching voices. This includes preachers the Lord is raising upwithin that particular local church. It also includes those who are not. It isfoolish for a pastor or church to think or act like they are the only faithfulpastor and church. Indeed, there are great preachers from around the country –many who are friends – that I want my congregation to be blessed to hear. Thismonth will provide that opportunity.
Tonight, our guest speaker will be Dr. Marcus Cosby, who isthe Senior-Pastor of the historic Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston TheLord is doing great things in and through this congregation. Likewise, Dr.Cosby is one of the most sought-after speakers of my generation of preachers. Iam honored that he has chosen to take time out of his busy schedule to sharewith us tonight.
If you are in the Jacksonville area, and you owncongregation does not have a scheduled meeting this evening, we welcome you tojoin us for worship at Shiloh. Or you can watch online at 7 p.m. EST throughour website: www.smbcjax.com