Jonathan Hayashi is the Senior Pastor of Northern Hills Baptist Church. Pastor Hayashi is a 2020 graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a doctoral degree in biblical counseling and a 2014 graduate of Moody Theological Seminary with a master's degree in congregational leadership.
He also serves as a trustee of Southwest Baptist University, and as a commissioner for the Missouri Commission of Human Rights. Additionally, Jonathan is a contributor for the bi-weekly journal “Pathway” (Missouri Baptist Convention) and “For The Church” (Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary).
He is the author of “Ordinary Radicals: A Return to Christ-Centered Discipleship” and “Making Lemonade: Turning Past Failures into Gospel Opportunities”.
Jonathan lives out his life and ministry with Colossians 3:23-24, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive th inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
Thanksgiving to God is fundamental to a believer’s life for it is the only means of communicating with God which is inclusive of praise, prayer, and proclamation of God’s sacrificial death on the cross.
Just recently, I was told by one of our core leaders in the church that I couldn’t be vulnerable and share about my past as it would get people worried that their leader didn’t “have his life together”.
The last year or so has perhaps been the most disruptive and draining time for any church leader. This perhaps is not only for pastors or church leaders but was the most difficult year to survive navigating through making very difficult decisions.
The shepherd leaders’ job is as John Calvin said it well, “The pastor ought to have two voices: one, for gathering the sheep; and another, for warding off and driving away wolves and thieves. The Scripture supplies him with the means of doing both.”
Since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, we have needed the rescuing hand of God to deliver us from evil and sin. God’s love for us was ultimately displayed when he sent Jesus Christ to die for us on the cross, only to rise from the dead so that we may be saved.
Over the past decade or so, I have been in the second chair and now in the first chair and can see from both perspectives. Without the proper three C’s, teams can be frustrated, apathetic, or even chaotic at times.
As I look back at my bible college days and seminary years, “Context, context, context!” is crucial! Context is not just King, but is the Queen, Jack, and Spade and all! A text without a context is with a pretext.
“Silent Night” even came to the attention of the king and queen, and the Strasser children were asked to give a royal performance, assuring the carol’s fame.