“Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God-given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 3:7-9).
I grew up in a Christian home and as far back as I can remember I was active in the Church, sang in the choir, served as an usher, junior deacon, Sunday School student and teacher. I am thankful I grew-up during a time when attending church on Sunday was not enough you had to take-part once you were there.
On Sunday mornings, it was no secret where our family would be, we were in church somewhere. Living in rural West Alabama farm country every church did not have service every Sunday, so we enjoyed a multi-member ship status at two or three different local churches. Only severe illness could keep you away from Sunday School and Morning Service, my mother was quite insistent. She was fully persuaded it would make you a better person, I am fully persuaded she was right as usual.
Over the years I have been on an interesting journey through and into my Christian faith. I have been in the Church—active, out of the Church—not so active, and all over the Church—critical, but God is good and merciful. As mentioned earlier, I grew up in the Church and the Church has grown within me, I thank God neither one of us have outgrown the other.
My Christian roots run deep, but it is the branches that make a-tree-a-tree, and the Church Body of Jesus Christ is one big tree. The good news is that Jesus has no preference for one branch over the other, “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling. One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” As a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ, my calling is to proclaim the whole counsel of God found in Old Testament Scriptures and New Testament Gospel of Jesus Our Christ. I’m committed to proclaim the Word of God to as many branches, twigs and leaves of this big tree as will hear and receive it for the edifying of the body of Christ.
I am a father of three, and a grandfather of three, as well as, a brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, friend, associate and neighbor. Please don’t let me be a stranger. However, the title I cherish the most is “Man of God” I take it seriously and I have no regrets. I invite you to visit with us often and when you are tired of visiting come join us, there is room for another branch on this big tree. “And thou shall speak my words unto them. Whether they will hear, or whether they will forebear; for they are most rebellious” (Ezekiel 2:7).
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ The Third Cross Congregation of Jesus Our Christ
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