Pastor Kenny was officiating the covenant affirmation for new members on Sunday. He shared some of what they should expect in the life of the church (my paraphrases – he was going pretty fast!):
- The suffering is real.
- The tears will come.
- We are here to strengthen each other.
- We believe Romans 8:28: all things work together for good.
- Live ‘sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.’
Bible-saturated pastors speak Bible even they are doing other things. I’m grateful my pastors don’t shy away from suffering, even during the joyous welcome of new members into our God-centered covenant community.