But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely Jesus because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. (Hebrews 2:9 NASB)
"Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going." Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?" Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." (John 14:1-6 NASB)
This was my first official sermon and it was preached on Sunday, January 4, 2009, at Fellowship Baptist Church in Willow Spring, NC under the mentorship of Dr. R. Jay Waggoner. I have changed and grown a lot since that night but I will always remember it with great joy and gratitude. Pastor Jay put a lot of faith in me in letting me get up there that night and he has stuck by my side ever since.
While everything is by the grace of God and for God's glory, I owe a great deal of gratitude to Pastor Jay for not only showing me what a real Pastor looks like but also for helping to equip me to become one. I look forward to what the future holds and I hope one day to have the opportunity to pour into a young preachers life as he has done in my life.