“What’s in it for us?”

I am so grateful to be a part of a church that does not always ask the question, “How much is this going to cost and what is in it for us?” I preach at the Federal Prison once a month, and, honestly, there is no advantage to our church in allowing me to do so. We don’t receive new members from such a ministry, tithes from such a ministry, or any kind of direct benefit from any of the prisoners (actually it would not be allowed). Plus, it costs the church financially. My time is taken away from the normal preparation for ministry to our members, and is spent in ministering to people who probably will never be a part of our congregation, and, one must add in the additional cost of the providing of books and Bibles for the inmates, also.

Yet, the church takes seriously Christ’s command to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you,” (Matthew 28:19-20) and this is one small way that RPC can participate in the building of His kingdom. Thank you, people of God, for your commitment to this ministry.

May the Lord bless Reformed Presbyterian Church, Beaumont, as it strives, in His grace, to “tell all men everywhere” of their need to repent and believe the Gospel.

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3 Comments

  1. Diane said,

    October 1, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    I’m glad to have pastors and elders who are willing to do this! Thank you and God bless your efforts.

  2. cliftonr said,

    October 1, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    Thank you, Diane. It is always a blessing to Deas, Ginger, and me to see what God is doing in the life of these men.

  3. Sandra A. said,

    October 2, 2010 at 8:00 AM

    You are ministering to the body of Christ, and potential members of the body, every time you pray and minister to those people. Jack and I thank you for your sacrifice and willingness to minister.


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