My name is Pastor William Blair. I would like to share my church background with you. In 1976, I became a licensed and ordained pastor of a Southern Baptist Church in Arizona. I pastored there until 1979 when I was called to pastor a church in Michigan where I am still pastoring until this day. I did apply for and received a nonprofit license in 1987. At that time we became what is normally called a " Bible Church". I have never been sure exactly what that implies as there are so many "Bible Churches" with different beliefs and doctrines. During all the years of my pastoring I have faithfully studied the word of God, but it brought little change in my everyday life and way of living. I had felt unfulfilled in my walk with the Lord. I had been faithful to my calling and gifts that I knew came from God. I tried to live up to what I thought was His standard for my life. I studied faithfully, meditated often, and prayed believing that He heard me and would answer.
After years of trying to please Him and always feeling like I failed, I became just another believer waiting at the Cross for Him to come and take me home. I always told my congregation that I related very much to Apostle Paul in Romans 7, "a most miserable man".
Thank God I finally understood the last part of the chapter where the Apostle Paul asks the question, " Whom shall deliver me from this body of death." And praise God He gave us the answer, "I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord."
My very life changed when a man at a men's breakfast gave me a book called, "Things That Differ". It was like a great light clicked on in my mind as I began to read! I then saw that I had been trying to take two puzzles and put them together as one puzzle, the Old Testament and the New Testament.
As I began to rightly divide the Word, as Apostle Paul instructed Timothy to do (2 Timothy 2:15)
the two puzzles began to fall into their rightful place, it was like seeing clearly the Word of God for the very first time. The Word became so exciting to me and still is, it's wonderful! I then began to see that truly Paul was our Apostle and we should take his epistles as written directly to us personally. I found the mystery that Apostle Paul spoke of as "being hidden in God before the ages" easy to be understood. The mystery is Christ in us and us in Christ, the new creation in Christ Jesus called the Body of Christ, the Church.
I found the power of His resurrection lives in us, that Holy Spirit power enables us to walk in our newness of life as we are called to do.
Oh, there is so much more that I want to share with you if you would desire. Just let me hear from you. I promise the answers to any questions you may have will be answered scripturally out of the letters of Paul our Apostle or we will admit when we don't have the answers yet as we are still learning. So give us Grace as we will you.
Pastor William Blair