This week I thought about a conversation I remember having with someone back when our church met in the old blue building behind Burger King. It was actually during the ribbon cutting for our newly renovated sanctuary. We had filled in the swimming pool in the back room, poured concrete over the top of it and the Jacuzzi (Kinda wish we could’ve kept that thing!), knocked down several walls, rewired the building, built a new stage, installed sound equipment…the list could go on and on! I was standing there looking over everything when the person I was speaking with said, “This is incredible! It’s amazing to see what God has done!” I will never forget my reply… “I know this really is incredible! I really can’t believe it!”
It was right then that I felt God gently rebuke me for my comment! It was if He spoke to my heart and said, “You can’t believe it? Who do you think I am? What do you really believe I am capable of?” I immediately thought of Ephesians 3:20-21 which says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” I was reminded of how big God really is! That even what I imagine (and I have a good imagination) isn’t as big as his capabilities! The fact is that we can’t out dream God’s power and ability!
I was reminded of this conversation and verse after our baptisms this past Sunday. If you missed it you should be tarred and feathered! It was truly one of my favorite Sundays ever! We were able to baptize 33 people! “To Him be glory in the church and Christ Jesus!” I looked back over the last 8 months and found that we have baptized 117 people during that short span! I am tempted to write “that is unbelievable” but I don’t want to get rebuked again!
I’m telling you this for two reasons (If you think I am boasting it’s because I am! I am boasting in what the Lord is doing in our presence!)…the first is that we need to celebrate what God has done and is doing! The second is that we should be PUMPED about what God desires to do in the future! I truly believe what we have seen is just the tip of the iceberg! THE BEST IS YET TO COME! I want you all to know that I am more excited about what I believe God is going to do in and through us than I have EVER been!
LISTEN CONNECTION…DON’T BACK DOWN AND DON’T QUIT! WE HAVE INCREDIBLE KINGDOM WORK TO DO! THERE ARE SOULS TO BE SAVED, LIVES TO BE HEALED AND MADE WHOLE, AND MARRIAGES AND FAMILIES TO BE RECONCILED! THERE ARE LITERALLY THOUSANDS THAT NEED TO BE CONNECTED TO GOD THROUGH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS! THERE ARE THOUSANDS THAT NEED TO BE CONNECTED TO EACH OTHER THROUGH THE CHURCH! LET’S GET AFTER THEM AGGRESIVELY! (GATA!!)
I love you guys! I love this church! I love what Jesus is doing in our presence!
Heart and Soul!