Summer is here, and with it a ton of great opportunities to anchor your life and hope in Jesus and to lead others to do the same.

First, you do NOT want to miss worship on Sunday morning. God has provided some of His most capable servants to come and peach at Living Hope. I believe these men are going to be used by God in such a powerful way in each person’s life. Each week, there are going to be things said in the power of the Holy Spirit according to God’s Word that will shape thinking, free hearts, and empower lives in eternal ways. If you are not here, you are going to miss a unique opportunity of blessing, and this opportunity will not likely come again.

Here is the summer preaching schedule.

Sunday, June 14: Pastor Rick White served First Baptist in Franklin, Tennessee (“The People’s Church”) for over 33 years and has been a personal mentor to me since 1993. Rick has a passion to share the Gospel and to see disciples become fully functioning followers of Jesus. He also has a heart for the nations and has spent many weeks over the years in Africa helping raise up and train pastors. He shares the passion we have at Living Hope to reach our city and to touch the nations with the Gospel.

Rick will share a message of hope and show us how to live faithfully to the God of hope.

Sunday, June 21: Pastor Scott Patty is now pastor of Grace Community Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He began to disciple me when I was 16 years old, and he’s been a counselor, confidant, and trusted friend to me and my family. Scott has not only planted a healthy church, but God has used him to raise up other church planters who are now leading healthy churches. Like us, Scott has a passion to reach the nations of the world with the Gospel. He has a passion to train missionaries. Over the years he has traveled overseas to equip missionaries and their families, including some of our own. His ultimate passion is disciple making.

Scott will share a message from Psalms 42 & 43 and teach us how to find hope in God when our souls are weary.

Sunday, June 28: Dr. Frank Page was elected president and chief executive officer of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Executive Committee, effective October 1, 2010.[1] The Executive Committee is the “fiduciary, the fiscal, and the executive entity” of the SBC in all its affairs “not specifically committed to some other board or entity.” He’s also served as a pastor for over thirty years. He is a dynamic leader and communicator of God’s Word. As a leading church in the SBC, Dr. Page wanted to come and be with us and encourage us to remain faithful to God’s Kingdom purpose.

Dr. Page will share a message from 1 Samuel 17 and teach us how to find hope in a fallen culture.

Sunday, July 5: Dr. Hershael York is a professor of Christian Preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has authored two books and has been featured in Preaching Today magazine as one of the best preachers in North America. Dr. York is not just an academician, he is also the pastor of Buck Run Baptist Church, where he is leading that vibrant church to reach their city and touch the world with the Gospel.

Dr. York will share a message that will help us understand the freedom we have in Christ and how it is we can live with hope.

Sunday, July 12: Dr. Russell Moore is an evangelical theologian, ethicist, author, preacher, and president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Dr. Moore has been a blessing to Living Hope for years. He is regularly seen on CNN, Fox News, and in other news mediums standing from the truth of God’s Word and speaking on behalf of the Southern Baptist Convention and all Christians who believe in the authority and inerrancy of the Bible.

Dr. Moore will help us understand this post-Christian world we now live in and how it is we can serve with hope.

Sunday, July 19: Dr. Albert Mohler is the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is an author, preacher, and a Biblical cultural commentator. Dr. Mohler is a trusted name among leaders who believe in the Bible and stand for the Gospel. He regularly writes and speaks to the challenges that our new post-Christian world creates and offers insight and clear direction for the faithful of God. He is a blessing to millions of Christians around the world and the influence of his life will be felt for many generations.

Dr. Mohler will help us make sense of the difficulties of this world and explain how the Gospel gives us hope.

Second, you do NOT want to miss the opportunities to be praying for miracles. We have hundreds of children and students going to summer camp this year and several teams going on mission that need our prayer. If you haven’t already, be sure and get a camp prayer guide so that you can be praying for those students going to camp this year. Each Sunday that a team is leaving on mission, you will receive a bookmark for your Bible that you can use as a reminder to lift up our family members who are going away to serve God’s Kingdom cause.

Also, do NOT miss Hope Together on third Wednesday of this month, June 17. We will pray for God to be at work as we seek to Live Hopeful and Be Helpful to those who need help and hope in our city. There will be a time of worship, as the Lord’s Supper is received.  God is at work in many wonderful ways in and through our faith family and some of those will be shared and lifted up. It will be a night to honor God and to be renewed in our faith as we pray with Hope Together.

Last, you do NOT want to miss the opportunities to lead people to Christ where you live, work, learn, and play. There are people who need Jesus. Be praying for them. Be sharing your hope with them. Be inviting them to come and worship the ONE TRUE GOD with you on Sunday morning. Open your life and home to them and let them be a part of what God is doing in and around you. This is how disciples are made. This is how the miracle of new life begins.

One last thing… Thank you! Thank you for allowing me to be your pastor. Thank you for allowing me a few weeks to pray, study, write, learn, and be encouraged this summer. In the daily grind of ministry, there are things I just do not have time to do that are important things to be done if I am to remain a healthy, effective shepherd. This time you are giving me is precious and I promise I will not waste any of it. Pray for me and I will be praying for you.