One of my favorite answers Matt gave at the ordination council last week followed a series of questions he was asked about if there was anything special about Christ’s blood. Finally someone said, “Well then how do you explain 1 Peter 1:19 when the writer calls Jesus’ blood ‘precious’?” Matt answered, “Because of the amazing work His death accomplished.” Amen! Even still I can’t think through that answer without tearing up. My redemption was costly and indeed that is why His blood is precious.
Following are some pictures from the council. We are still praising God for His grace that has brought us to this point!
2 Timothy 2:1, 2
You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.
On July 18, Matt, Lord willing, will become the 3rd generation of those called “Pastor Owen”. We are hopeful that all 3 will be able to be in attendance. We’re so thankful for Dad who was Matt’s pastor for a few decades and my pastor for a few years. He truly is a blameless man.
Our wonderful Pastor, Ken, who is an example in every way of what it means to be a shepherd of God’s flock.
The following passage was read as the council convened:
1 Timothy 3:1-7
Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.
“My job is to keep him in the pulpit.” – Bethan Lloyd-Jones