Great encouragement. Great encouragement! We must trust in God and the great power of Him to accomplish all what He wants and declares. And a warning to the unconverted: this power of God shall turn against those who will remain in sin.
Great assurance. Three consequences of justification: forgiveness, acceptance and assurance of heaven (glorification). We are accepted before God as Christ is accepted. We are accepted because of Him.
Great encouragement. Very great encouragement for us to cry unto the Lord in hard times, knowing that He will answer us because of who He is. From depth of failure and sin, of guilt, of suffering and weakness, of a burden, we must come to Him and cry to Him only.
Great Savior. By His resurrection, Christ demonstrated His pretense that He was the Son of God; demonstrated His absolute sovereignty over life and death; demonstrated the efficiency of His death on the cross; demonstrated that He can save from death, sin and hell.
Great encouragement. What a great encouragement - we are members of the Church of Christ. A divine possession, a divine promise, a divine power. Christ is always building His Church, never failed and never will.
A pastor's heart. A pastor's heart as exemplified in Paul. I appreciate especially the idea of accessibility, of being 24 hours from 24 at the disposition of the sheep. I saw many pastors who have not this principle, so it is a great thing to start a pastorate with this. Pastor Mercer, may God give you the strength to fulfill what you determined to do!