The Lord’s Work In McMinnville

To encourage His disciples, Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.   By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:34-35).  My family and I cannot begin to express our appreciation for the love that you showed toward us while we were visiting with you at Central.  Your kindness, hospitality, and loving spirit were truly overwhelming.  We are thankful to God for the elders’ invitation to come and work with you.  We truly believe that you are doing a good work for the Lord and are excited about being a part of that work.  With that in mind, these are the things we hope to accomplish in our work together.

To strengthen Timothy in his duties at Ephesus Paul said, “…do the work of an evangelist” (2 Tim. 4:5).  As a gospel preacher one of my main goals is evangelism.  While Jesus taught us to take the gospel to the whole world, I believe that begins and has its immediate focus right here in McMinnville (Mk. 16:15).  In accomplishing that awesome task, I will definitely need your help.  When one moves into a new area it is always a challenge to find ways to get involved in the community and get to know people.  You can help with that endeavor by letting me know of ways I might be able to get involved in the town.  For example, if you know of civic, social, or community organizations that would help me to get involved in and be an active part of the community, don’t hesitate to let me know.  If your business is involved with the community on a regular basis and an opportunity arises to volunteer or help, please let me know of that opportunity.  I am looking forward to being an active part of the community and spreading the gospel in McMinnville.

Also, Paul reminded Timothy that part of his work was to be a “good minister of Jesus Christ” (1 Tim. 4:6).  Another goal I have as God’s servants is to minister to those in need.  Jesus had a power influence among people because He considered Himself a servant (Mk. 10:45).  My favorite commentary on Jesus as a preacher is found in Mark 12:37.  The text simply says, “the common people heard Him gladly.”  Have you ever wondered why the “common” people heard Jesus gladly?  As you study the gospel accounts it doesn’t take very long to figure that one out.  The common people were the ones Jesus had been with day in and day out.  These are the people Jesus had fed, healed and ministered to while He was alive.   When Jesus spoke these people were on the edge of their seat because they knew by His actions that He cared deeply for them.  It has been rightly said that no one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.  I want each of you to know that I do care and that I want to help you and your family in any way I can.  Again, this is an area that will require your help.  If you or someone in your family is sick or in the unfortunate case of a death, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  Sometimes people feel like they are bothering the preacher if they call him and let him know that someone is sick or has passed away.  I want you to know that is not the way I feel at all and I want you to let me know directly of any way I can minister to you or your family.  I want to be an active part in your life and look forward to the opportunity of serving you.

As a final exhortation to Timothy Paul says, “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Tim. 4:2).  One of my greatest passions in life is preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I love preaching the gospel and it thrills me to proclaim God’s message.  Yet, I also understand the serious responsibility of preaching the Gospel.  In preaching the Gospel, there are at least two requirements that must be met.  Paul said one must “preach the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15).  I hope you will understand and respect that my first commitment in preaching is to God.  When I began preaching I made a promise to God and myself that I would always say what He wants me to say no matter how easy or how difficult that was.  I plan to keep that promise to God in McMinnville just as I have in other areas.  Yet, here is the promise I make to you.  The things that I say from the Word of God will always be motivated by a love for souls.  Whether the message was easy or difficult to swallow, you can always be sure the motivation was out of a sincere desire for people to go to Heaven.  I look forward to preaching the truth in love in McMinnville!

Once again, we are truly excited about moving to McMinnville and beginning our work together.  Please pray for us in our upcoming move as we will be praying for you.  And above all, may God bless our work together and may it bring Him glory and honor!

In Christian Love,
The Bailey Family