FROM THE DESK OF THE ARCHBISHOP AND APOSTOLIC HEAD
His Grace Sir Godfrey Gregg
1 Timothy 2:1-4
Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Today I want to lay a charge to the church, this Mystical Order of Spiritual Baptist Inc and Starlight of Israel asking you to support your Patriarch and Bishop saas he enters another year in his journey.
You have called Dr Darrindel Hoyte-Johnson to be your Patriarch/Leader of The Mystical Order of Spiritual Baptist Inc. and Starlight of Israel (Read Ephesians 4:11) He is not a coward who will run at the first sign of trouble. (Read John 10:12-13) Nor is he a doormat for you to wipe your feet on when you disagree with him. Neither is he the main course or “pot-roast” for Sunday lunch after church. He has been called by God and recognized by you, the congregation, to be your Shepherd. Make it a wonderful journey of joy and not sorrow in his being your Leader. (Read Hebrews 13:17) After all, he has a high calling from God to lead you and to love you; and an even greater accountability for his service here to our Saviour in the Day he stands before Christ.
So, then, what are your responsibilities? What should you do in making it a joyful time here for the Patriarch and his family? I believe you have a three fold purpose in supporting your Patriarch.
First, the most important task you have as a church body is to PRAY daily, both individually and collectively, for Sir Darrindel, his family and your support staff. Satan is having a field day destroying the lives and ministry of ministers and their families. Your Patriarch and Bishop is under constant attack. The attacks are relentless and at times, quite unexpected. They will come from some “professed” believers as well as unbelievers. His integrity and credibility are magnified under a microscope in a community which, for the most part, does not recognize or know Jesus Christ. There are those who rejoice every time a follower of Jesus Christ, especially a minister, falls ethically or morally. Your Patriarch and his family live in a glass house. They covet your prayers. They need your prayers.
I challenge you to pray for Sir Darrindel on a daily basis asking God to give him wisdom and to protect him as he faithfully serve our Saviour.
Second, you must be PATIENT with Sir Darrindel. He has stepped into a flawed church era. We are all flawed people. (Read Romans 3:23) The church is made up of sick and defective people who seek the Great Physician. I promise you that he will faithfully preach God’s Word and love you as God’s shepherd. It will take time for him to learn all of your names, and where you came from and even grew up. It will take time for you to appreciate his leadership, his humor and his faithfulness to God. Put yourself in his place as he tries to memorize your of names…especially, at this time of his life!
I challenge you to pray for Sir Darrindel and be patient as he leads lost and broken people to our risen Saviour.
And finally, you must PARTICIPATE alongside your Patriarch. He and the support staff cannot do it alone. You did not call him to do your job. You did not call him to do your ministry. You called him to pray for you, to equip you and to lead you in carrying out the Great Commission given to all believers. Your faithful participation does two things. First, it reveals your support of the Patriarch and Bishop, the Executive Council and the direction God is leading this church. Second, it’s both an affirmation and encouragement to your Patriarch that you recognize that God has called him to be your Leader.
Now, I know Sir Darrindel. I know he will continue to seek God’s direction for The Mystical Order of Spiritual Baptist Inc. and Starlight of Israel. I know he will continue to be faithful in his responsibilities. It may not be what is best for you or him but it will be what is best for the Kingdom of God; and it will glorify God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. It will be God Who, through Sir Darrindel, will inspire and instill a new vision for The Mystical Order of Spiritual Baptist Inc and Starlight of Israel to follow. As he leads this church toward even greater days than its past glory, be an active participant in following Christ. You were not created to be spectators but contestants in running the race to obtain the prize, which is an imperishable crown. (Read 1 Corinthians 9:24-25)
So, a challenge is set before you! Are you ready to act upon this challenge? Let me ask the members of The Mystical Order of Spiritual Baptist Inc and our Starlight of Israel to stand and make this commitment today before the Lord. Do you promise to pray for, be patient and participate with our Patriarch by following his example for the glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
Our heavenly father we approach Thy Throne again and ask that you will pour out your blessings first on your congregation and in turn they will join forces to ask you Lord to anoint your servant Sir Darrindel our Patriarch and Bishop to continue in the Leadership of your church. Bless your servant and your children as we continue this march of life. In Jesus Almighty Name. Amen