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A Pastor’s Perspective 06-17-2022

A Pastor’s Perspective

When my good friend, Bruce, received his sabbatical approval, I was asked to take over his pastoral care duties. Many of you don’t know me, so let me introduce myself!

I joined the staff of Snyder Memorial Baptist Church on July 1, 1980, as a part-time Director of Recreation. In November of 1981, I became the Assistant Pastor/Recreation Director of Snyder. Those were some of the best days of my life. I retired in January 2006, but I never left my church – Snyder Memorial.

During these last 16 years, I have served in seven Baptist churches in Cumberland County and Robeson County as their interim pastor and am presently serving in Lumberton as an interim pastor.

This has been a great time being back in my church serving as part-time interim associate pastor. My office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings from 9am until 12pm. I’m still preaching on Sundays and teaching on Wednesday nights in Lumberton. If you need me, I am just a phone call away.

I have been reminded in the last few weeks of the importance of the local church. In Matthew 16:13-18, we read that “Jesus, the Son of the Living God” is the Rock that the church is built on. Jesus is the head of the church, the local church. That “Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the Living God” is the foundation statement that our local church is built on.

So with that in mind, how do we react? First of all, we join the local church. Because our church is the body of Christ and we are the church. Next, we should attend the local church. Why? Because it is at the local church that we worship and fellowship with other believers. COVID changed that for some of us, but now is the time for us to get re-involved and attend our church. When we do that, we celebrate the Lord together with fellow believers. Then, we serve the Lord in the local church. The church is charged with spreading the Gospel.

There are a lot of new faces and names of new members that I don’t know but hope to meet many of you during the week – especially at Vacation Bible School. Please come up and introduce yourself to me!

Sandy Saunders