Rev Alvin Helms
Dr. Ray Ortlund Sr. the 10th CCCC Conference President occasionally shared an interesting comment made by one of the lay leaders at Lake Avenue Congregational Church. When things were really tough for the church, this lay leader would say: “Pastor, now we get to see what only God can do in a situation like this.” We are living in difficult days and need this perspective to remain hopeful and not discouraged by the problems facing us today.
Like most of you I have been praying for the church I serve and for the churches of our Conference that we would not just survive these challenging times but thrive as we see new opportunities for gospel fruitfulness all around us. The solution to thriving in difficult times is having the right perspective. The writer of Hebrews helps us to see our way through difficult days by having the right perspective about our struggles. The challenge is to take our eyes off our problems and “fix our eyes on Jesus.” Take a moment and read Hebrews 12:1-3, and you will be encouraged to make a habit of seeing your way through problems instead of focusing too much on your problems.
Covid-19 and the recent racial and political unrest in our nation presents both great challenges and new opportunities for the church and for each one of us. We believe that God is sovereign which means that He has planned for each of us to be alive at just this point in history to serve God’s purposes. If we are to shine and not just whine our way through these difficult days; we will need to pay closer attention to our perspective. As we “fix our eyes on Jesus”, He will direct our steps to be people who are engaged in making a difference in our generation.
Finally, it is a great honor to be asked to serve as the next CCCC Conference President. The current team of Conference leaders and staff are united in believing that God has blessed us at such a time as this to move forward into God’s preferred future for our Conference. Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days. Thanks to each one of you for all that you do for our CCCC family.
Because of His grace, Alvin Helms