Pastor Paul’s Check-in Ephesians 4:15-16

Pastor Paul’s Check-in Ephesians 4:15-16

Ephesians 4:15-16
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

 
Dear HLPC family,
 
One of the needs we have as a church is to see how we are involved in something much, much bigger than ourselves.  We belong to the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.  He has promised that the gates of Hell will not stand against the advance of His Church.  Jesus is Head and King of the Church and He gave His life for the Church, His bride.   We are called the body of Christ.  These metaphors help us understand the reality of our shared connection.
 
HLPC is a visible expression of the Church.  For us to be what God intends for us, we need to live out what Ephesians 4 talks about in the verses quoted above.  The whole body, and every member, needs to be “working properly.”  That is, we all need to be connected and involved.
 
COVID-19 was no surprise to our King. While gathering and experiencing connection has its challenges, the Church remains.  God still has a purpose for us at HLPC—a grand and glorious purpose.  If nothing else, we should all be praying fervently for the advance of the gospel through HLPC and for growth for our own body.  We should be praying for connection and meaningful involvement.  HLPC needs you as much as you need HLPC.
 
I hope you’re participating in our “6 Weeks of Fervent Prayer.”  Today we are praying for a National Spiritual Awakening.  To that end, we are asking God to eradicate the Coronavirus.  Why not stop and pray, right now, that the Lord will do so and do it soon?
 
I hope you will join us at 7PM tonight for our “Consider Jesus” study.  You can come to the HLPC Fellowship Hall or tune in via Facebook Live.  This has been about a 30-minute time of study and prayer.  Make yourself a reminder!
 
Your Pastor,
 
Paul

Paul Bankson
pbankson@gmail.com

Paul was born and raised in Birmingham, AL and graduated from Auburn University in 1986 with a degree in Business Administration. It was at Auburn that he met his wife, Connie. They were married in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and moved to Jackson, MS where he attended Reformed Theological Seminary graduating with a Master of Divinity in 1991. Upon graduation, Paul served as a Campus Minister with RUF, the campus ministry of the PCA, at Tennessee-Martin where the Banksons lived for 5 years. They moved to Macon, GA in 1996 to work with RUF at Mercer University and then Paul joined the pastoral staff at First Presbyterian Church of Macon as an Assistant Pastor in 1999. In 2004, Paul and his family moved to Warner Robins where he served as a church planter and then organizing Pastor of Houston Lake Presbyterian Church. In December 2014 Paul completed a Doctor of Ministry degree through Reformed Theological Seminary of Orlando. Paul and Connie have three sons, Andrew (23), Stephen (20), and Matthew (15). Paul enjoys grilling, camping with his family, and Auburn sports (War Eagle!).