This past Sunday Preston, Joshua and John were ordained. It was a great end to our sermon series on Church Membership, Our Family. For those that missed we wanted to get you some of the highlights from this past Sunday.
Ordination is the process by which individuals are consecrated and set apart for full time ministry. It is a man made process because it is not explicitly mandated in scripture, but we do find several instances it in the New Testament. One example is found in 1 Timothy, a letter from Paul to one of his disciples and spiritual sons.
1 Timothy 4:14 // Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.
The Father's Blessing
During John's sermon he mentioned that we are wired with a desire for our father's blessing. We all cry out for our father's love! And how much more should we cry out for our Heavenly Father's blessing. And that is what Sunday was ultimately about. As we enter into this new seasons with members, we really wanted to seek God and ask His blessing on our young church.
Throughout scripture you see several instances of men crying out to God for His blessing over their work (Moses, David, Solomon) and even Jesus received the Father's blessing prior to doing ministry.
Not only were we asking for the blessing of God our Father, we also asked the blessing of our Spiritual Fathers and Brothers. We see that God's solution to the problem of sin and separation was to send His Son (John 3:16). God's heart for family is found in Malachi 4:6 - that fathers would turn to their children and children to their fathers.
Throughout the process of planting Normandy we've been incredibly blessed to go with the blessing of our spiritual fathers and of course our church family. Unfortunately not all of them were able to be there, but we wanted to thank these men and their families for making the effort to come and pray over our church. It was such and honor to have them and a great display of unity in these Dallas churches. Praise God!
As the men below prayed over us during the ordination, we asked the church to join in and worship God, calling on Him to display His glory and give us His continual blessing.
Board of Advisors
Joshua Flynt // Executive Pastor // Antioch Norman
Kyle Kaigler // Family Ministries Pastor // Watermark Church
Stan Bower // Metro Director // CBMC St. Louis
Spiritual Fathers & Brothers: