A LETTER FROM PASTOR REEDER
Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I am grateful for the Lord’s providence in allowing me to speak to you through this website and I am also excited about what the Lord is doing in your life. At Briarwood our desire is to be a gospel driven and Christ centered church with an unalterable commitment to fulfilling our Lord’s Great Commission as He allows us to be engaged in “making disciples of all the nations.” But, our very first passion is that men and women might know the glory, majesty and grace of the Lord Jesus through a personal relationship with Him as Lord and Savior.
Consistently, Christ would issue a commanding invitation – “Come, follow me.” His Good News message was that all who come and follow Him will be saved by His grace, will grow in His grace and have the enormous privilege of living for the glory of His grace. To all who come to Christ He will never leave you nor forsake you. He will save you from your sins because He has paid for each and every one of them on the cross and when we falter He will persistently, powerfully, patiently and personally renew us, forgive us, and grow us day by day.
One of the ways God’s grace comes to His people so that they can grow is through the ministry of prayer and the Word. These are the two pillars upon which Briarwood has and continues to build her ministry for Christ our Lord. Secondly is to implement those “means” that He has ordained in His Word and promised to use in the lives of His people so that as we are saved by grace we can also be transformed by His grace. Therefore, please know that our desire is to humbly yet boldly preach His Word from our pulpit, in our congregational community Sunday School classes and in our small group discipleship ministry. We want to teach and facilitate intercessory prayer throughout the entire membership of our congregation while promoting intimate fellowship as we enjoy the benefits and blessings of loving one another as Christ has loved us. Our desire is that Briarwood would be an instrument in the Hands of God to develop spiritually and vital healthy Christians, families and followers of Christ.
To do this, we have put in place a spiritual fitness plan of Christ centered disciple making that is desired to produce W.E.L.L. Christians.
- W. Worship: our ministry of upreach to God
- E. Evangelism: our ministry of outreach to the world
- L. Love: our ministry inreach to one another
- L. Learning: our ministry of downreach to ourselves
Pray for us to be faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ to glorify the father and be surrender to the power of the Holy Spirit. Please join us whenever you can. We love to have visitors! Will you please let us know if we can assist you in making a personal commitment to Christ as Lord and Savior, to trust Him and follow Him? Also, please let us know if we can assist you in any way as you “grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ.”
For Christ, the Gospel and His Church,
Dr. Harry L. Reeder III