Please Pray for this Weekend

Please Pray for this Weekend

            Each year the officers of HLPC, the Elders and Deacons, meet for a leadership retreat.  This usually involves a Friday night and Saturday morning together.  We are having just such a gathering this weekend, March 1st and 2nd.

            The purpose is to try to evaluate where we are as a church and to make efforts to be more effective in ministry in the future- particularly the coming year.  This weekend we plan to take that job very seriously.

            I want to make a plea to you to be in prayer for this weekend.  Please pray that God would grant us the outpouring of His Spirit that we might have wisdom and discernment.  Pray that He would guide our evaluation, conversation, and our planning.  Pray that we would be willing to see weakness as well as opportunity and take appropriate, wise, Biblically sound, God honoring steps.

            Lastly, please pray that what we consider doesn’t just take up a few hours on a weekend.  By that I mean that there will be faithful follow through.  That’s often the missing ingredient from any such meeting.  Good discussions are had and even insightful plans are made, but things don’t materialize.

            Of course, nothing of value will happen at HLPC unless God is in it.  That’s why I ask you to pray.  We take seriously the words of Psalm 127:1 Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. (ESV)  This is the Lord Jesus’ church- ultimately He must build it.  We want to be faithful stewards of what He has entrusted to us.

            Thank you in advance for your prayers. May HLPC be as one of the churches described in Acts 16:5, So the churches were strengthened in the faith and they increased in numbers daily. (ESV)

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!).