April 16, 2010
I praise the Lord for the privilege of serving Him in our Capitol, and thank you for your prayers on behalf of our elected officials and for the ministry to the Capitol. I am incredibly excited about the ministry in the Capitol that the Lord has provided, as there are more opportunities for evangelism and discipleship than I could have imagined. Early in March, I was blessed with a time of training and planning at the Shepherd’s Conference in California. I was especially encouraged by the support, love, sacrifice, and godliness of our president, board members, and the other state directors.
In mid-March, I spoke at a “Confronting Culture” Conference in Texas. I was able to share the biblical commands to respect our authorities and rulers (Rom 13:1-7; Tit 3:1). It is always edifying to be continually reminded that God ordains all authorities; therefore, they have a legitimate function in God’s economy. Our mandate is to see the hearts and lives of elected officials transformed with the Word of God. In the Bible, we see God’s great love for the world, especially for those who have been placed in authority. It is God’s salvific love that is the foundation for the ministry of Capitol Commission. For this reason, we serve as a ministry of the church seeking to proclaim the gospel message (cf. Acts 9:15; 1 Tim 2:1-4), and to help believers mature through the verse-by-verse teaching of Scripture.
The weekly Bible study that I am delivering during the General Assembly provides several biblical goals of my ministry service to the Capitol community. For instance, in Philippians 1, the Apostle Paul petitioned God on behalf of the church. He was thankful for their Christian life, fellowship in the gospel, and confidence in the sovereign work of God in their lives. Pray and rejoice for God’s people within the Capitol community! However, just as us, they face ongoing faith and life challenges. Paul then prayed that their love would abound “still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment” so that God’s people would approve the best things of life from the many good things in life, for the purpose of being “sincere and blameless until the day of Christ,” and to be fruitful in righteousness “to the glory and praise of God.” Our mandate in the Capitol is both simple and profound, which is to see the hearts and lives of elected officials transformed with the Word of God in obedience to the Great Commission.
Thank you for your prayers and support, which bear an eternal weight of glory.
Grace and Peace to You from Our Lord Jesus Christ
Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.