Pastor Frank Cox on 'a purposeful life'
by Emily Grooms
CLEVELAND, Ga. (TMCNews) – Dr. Frank Cox, senior pastor of North Metro First Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, Ga., and a Truett-McConnell College alumnus, encouraged students to live a life of purpose.
"God has a wonderful plan for your life," Cox said, during TMC's April 4 chapel service.
Emphasizing that every Christian has God's call upon their lives, Cox read John 10.9-10 and shared how Satan tries to destroy the believers' purpose: "Don't let things like self-esteem be used as an agent of Satan in your life," he said. "The Holy Spirit is going to use you to do great things."
God majors in using the nobodies, Cox noted. "It's the base, ordinary of this world, that the supernatural God will do something extraordinary with."
"If you make yourself available to Him, He will do significant things with your life," Cox said, speaking of God's interest in availability over talent.
Reemphasizing the importance of being open to God's plan, Cox stated, "It's not the great and mighty that God uses but it's those who are ordinary; the ones who open their life and allow God to use them in a tremendous way."
"What do you want God to do in your life?" he asked.
In order to live a life of purpose, Cox explained there must be assurance of salvation. "In Galatians, the Apostle Paul writes that the key to his life is he's been crucified with Christ. It's not a relationship with the church he's bragging about," Cox said, "but rather that he has been to the cross and crucified with Jesus."
Cox noted the reason some never serve is because they either don't know Jesus, or they've gotten over what He's done.
"What is something recent God's done in your life," he asked. "Don't ever get over your salvation. Don't ever get over what Jesus Christ has done for you."
To live a life of purpose, Cox said there must be an act of surrender. "So many people come to Jesus, claim Him as their savior, but never surrender."
Cox stated that those who die to themselves are the ones who will be used by God the most: "What we need in the Christian life today is not better living, but better dying."
Seeking the mind of God is also needed to live a life of purpose, Cox noted.
Cox shared how a college friend invited him to his dorm room one night to pray. They both got on their knees, and with his face on the floor, Cox watched as his friend cried, "God, speak to me. I will not leave until I hear from you."
"How hungry for God are you?" Cox asked. If you want to be used by God, and you desire to live a life of purpose, then "seek his mind."
The last criterion for living a purposeful life is to articulate your story. "Tell others about Jesus," he said.
Cox noted the impact the current generation has made on the Southern Baptist Convention: "We've listened to you guys and realized that we have to get the Gospel to the nations."
While acknowledging the importance of sharing the Gospel worldwide, Cox said that 23 percent of Southern Baptist Churches failed to baptize a single person last year. "The Gospel must be told here," he said.
"We're good about getting the Gospel to the nations, but what about your community? It's hypocritical for you to spend thousands of dollars to go over there and share the Gospel when you won't even do it here," he said. "The Gospel must be told here and it must be told now."
Cox encouraged students to find purpose in Christ. "When a man comes to the end of his life, he wants to know that he had purpose. What's yours?"
Emily Grooms is a Truett-McConnell senior English major and a freelance writer for the college.