"Paul came also to Derbe and Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him..."
Today's Prayer Focus
- For the right person to be called by God for our assistant pastor position.
- For our search team to be of one mind, prayerfully seeking God and considering candidates. The group meets tonight for a decision meeting.
- For practical details to be worked out, and for long-term gospel fruit from this new hire.
- For God’s financial provision as our church takes this next step together.
"Adding to the Team for the Sake of the Gospel"
The book of Acts tells the story of the work of the Holy Spirit to extend the reach of the gospel from Jerusalem, to Judea and Samaria, and to the remotest parts of the earth (Acts 1:8). The result was a growing network of flourishing churches in the Greek and Roman world. As the work expanded, the apostle Paul added to his team, building the capacity to seize God-given opportunities.
Timothy joined the team, and was part of the church-planting effort at places like Thessalonica, the subject of our preaching series this summer. He went on to serve as the local pastor in Ephesus, and the letters of 1 and 2 Timothy were written during his season of ministry there.
Over the past couple of years, our leadership has developed a shared vision for making a long-term hire, adding to our pastoral staff. As we move in this direction by faith, we believe that this step will add to our capacity to extend the reach of the gospel, to foster a growing spiritual movement among young adults, and to pursue many other providential opportunities. We invite our entire congregation to pray and to share in these dreams for the future of mission to which God has called Lake Baldwin Church.
Mike Tilley is the senior pastor of Lake Baldwin Church, and has lived in Orlando since 1994. He and his wife, Molly, worked with a core group from the Baldwin Park community to plant Lake Baldwin Church in 2006. Mike loves teaching the Bible in a way that relates to real life. In his spare time, Mike enjoys good movies, long dinner with friends, snow skiing, hanging out with his kids and two granddaughters, and travel.