“Preach the Word”

My new ministry at FBC, Freeport is up and running. Thank you very much for your prayers and support. This church has many hungry people who have been longing for the pure milk of the Word (1 Pet 2:2) for some time now. The deacon board is united in purpose and have been very supportive of me. It is great that i don’t have to come here and face the same challenges that young Timothy did (age discrimination in Ephesus, 1 Tim 4:12) with my deacon board. By that i mean, these deacons believe God’s hand is upon me and my ministry and therefore are not going to make me “earn” my leadership stripes. I have been allowed to come in and simply do what God has called me to do: namely feed, lead, and shepherd the flock of God. God’s hand of providence was surely in our recent move.  Let me encourage you readers who are either elders/deacons or lay people to follow this model if you decide to call a younger man as your next Sr. Pastor.  If you question whether or not the person you are candidating is mature enough to be your Sr. Pastor then do not hire him.  It won’t be fair to him if he has to come in as a “pastor in training.”  I have been blessed to be able to come here and not worry about dealing with those type of pressures (esp. with regards to my leadership team).  That in effect has allowed me to focus in on doing the many things God has called me to do in this particular local church.

In my new ministry position i am charged with the great and high calling of bringing God’s Book each and every Sunday. This has been a passion of mine for 8 years now. Up to this point God has not given me a opportunity to PREACH the Word on a consistent basis. I have had many opportunities to teach but not to consistently herald the Word of God as a preacher. In my morning sermon i preached from 2 Tim 3:13-4:5. My goal in this first sermon was to define and defend the concept of Biblical preaching (which is under attack from those within the “church” these days).  I then provided 6 reasons why i am wholly committed to Biblical Exposition.

8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Rob on July 22, 2008 at 10:57 am

    It is wonderful to hear of your experiences there at FBC! I served at a small church down the street from you in Freeport for 4 years and still have family in the town. The city is in need of good, expository preaching that exalts Christ. I will be praying for you and your ministry.

  2. Posted by Caleb on July 22, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Rob- What church did you serve at? Thanks for your note.


  3. Posted by Rob on July 22, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Caleb- it was called Freeport Baptist down the street where Empire turns into West Pearl City- it is now called Grace Community I believe. Pastor Strong is the Pastor.

  4. Posted by Caleb on July 22, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Yes- I met Danny Strong before. He is Kurt’s son. Small world indeed!

    Grace to you

  5. Posted by Hayden on July 23, 2008 at 8:20 am


    It is great to hear of your reception at FBC. I am smiling from ear to ear, especially after some of the difficulties you have had previously. May the Lord continue to grant the people ears to hear and He grant you boldness to preach!

    This is the way an elder/deacon board and a pastor should function:)

  6. God is good Caleb. Glad to hear things are going well. I just finished Neh 8 so I too am burdened with the weight of bringing the book. Who is able for such a task?

    Press on brother in faithfulness bro.

  7. Posted by Caleb Kolstad on July 25, 2008 at 10:28 pm


    If you could share some of the main points from your study on Neh 8 i would be very interested.



  8. Caleb, Congrates! Exciting times I’m sure!

    May the Lord bless you and the preaching of His Word through faithful disciples who love to rightly divide it!


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