July 2017 Dear Friends, Here is a little bit of history for you: On July 4, 1863, during the War Between the States, Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia was defeated after a charge of 15,000 Confederate soldiers failed to break the Union lines held under George Meade at Gettysburg, The three-day battle, […]
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Rockville, Maryland 20855
Dr. Frederick W. Carroll, Pastor
This is my last official letter to you as Pastor of Central Baptist Church. After 20 years of being pastor of this wonderful group of people and over 50 years of ministry to others, it is time to “go off into the sunset.”
Each year I search God’s Word for a verse to encourage and motivate me spiritually in the new year. Many weeks ago the Lord’s Spirit led me to I Chronicles 28:20. I wondered why King David said to his son Solomon – “be strong and of good courage, and do it: (i.e. Build the temple) fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee. (He has been with me all the 55 years I have been saved) He will not fail thee, (never has the Lord failed me), not forsake thee (see Deuteronomy 4:31; Joshua 1:5; I Samuel 12:22 – what encouraging verses to me), until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord (my years as pastor of Central).
My work as your pastor is now finished. A person who has not been in the ministry as a shepherd/leader/pastor of a church cannot understand Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 11:28, where he says: Besides those things that are without (the physical trials he went through), that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches (in my case, Central Baptist and concern for all its people [concern for others weighs heavily on a good pastor] and their care). That burden takes a toll on you physically and spiritually. So the time has come for Mrs. Carroll and me to relinquish this pastorate.
We will be praying for the Pulpit Committee as they search for God’s man to become your next pastor. Thank you for the privilege of 20 years of ministry and fellowship with you.
My final benediction for you is the one found at the conclusion of the book of Jude. It has always been of great encouragement to me and I hope it will be to you also.
Jude 24 & 25: Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God and Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.
In Christian love and prayers,
Pastor Frederick W. Carroll