LF Podcast Episode 3: Interview with Pastor Tom Messer of Trinity Baptist in Jacksonville, FL

Who is Dr. Tom Messer?

In 1991, he was appointed Executive Vice President of Trinity Baptist College. On December 6, 1992, he became the pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, and president of Trinity Baptist College. Pastor Messer and his wife, Lisa, have four children: Drew, Christie, Michael, and Jacob. Dr. Messer enjoys spending time with his family, studying the Bible, reading books on the Christian life or church growth, eating barbecue or seafood and playing golf. He's also a fan of basketball, football and baseball.  

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In this episode I had the privilege of interviewing Pastor Tom Messer of Trinity Baptist Church and Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, FL.  Pastor Messer is an excellent preacher and this episode is filled with wisdom, guidance and inspiration!

In this episode Pastor Messer shares his salvation testimony, a story of overcoming, a story of mentoring, a story of success, an exciting project he is working on right now, and a future goal/dream that he wishes to achieve someday. 

You will be inspired to overcome your past and pursue a successful future!  Here are just a few of the questions and answers in this episode:

  • Recommended Resource: 

    • Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas
  • Fun fact:

    • Things he loves - Golf, Yankees Baseball, & Big Game Animals

  • Favorite Bible Verse & Why

    • 2 Corinthians 4:5 "For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake."  It's always meant a lot to me to realize that we oftentimes make things about us.  I think life and ministry is about Jesus first and others second.  If you can see yourself as a servant it doesn't mean you have a low view of yourself it just means that you have a high view of the Gospel and you have a healthy view of other people, the people that God has created.

  • What is the best practical life advice you have ever received?

    • If you make good choices you're likely to experience good results and if you make bad choices you're likely to experience bad results.  Success and failures in life is typically the sum of the choices you make.
  • Also, hear the answer to this question: 

    • Pretend with me for a moment that you just came across a person that was in need of some hope.  This person has trusted Christ as their personal Savior, but they now need some guidance on how to overcome their past mistakes, failures, and those who have failed them in their past.  They have come to you looking for some inspiration on overcoming their past and leading them to a successful future.  If you only had a few minutes to talk to them what would you say?

  • Lastly, a final value bomb was shared.

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