I am absolutely thrilled to see so many people taking their Next Steps of faith! As I mentioned Sunday we saw 117 people take their next steps of faith in January! This includes 15 salvations, 29 sign-ups to serve as Connectors, and 73 sign-ups for Connect Groups (That doesn’t include the baptism sign-ups for February 26th or those who took next steps this past week). That’s AWESOME and we need to CELEBRATE what God is doing! As we celebrate the Next Steps that have been taken I would like to make a few observations about the first month of 2012:
- We need to celebrate the numbers because numbers do matter. Every number represents a soul that is infinitely valuable to God and will spend eternity SOMEWHERE! Growing numerically just for the sake of growing numerically should never be our goal but it should be our goal to get those far from God connected to God! KEEP INVESTING…INVITING…SERVING…AND ENCOURAGING those who are far from God!
- I am really encouraged to see so many people signing up to serve and get into a Connect Group! The church should not be a mile wide and an inch deep! Seeing people taking steps toward discipleship through small groups and serving is a great indication that people are longing to grow in their faith. Small groups are where the greatest, most consistent life change happens and we want that for YOU! If you are not in a Connect Group we STRONGLY encourage you to take your Next Step and get in one!
- There is great power in unity around the purposes of God! We see this all throughout scripture. As we individually take our Next Steps, we collectively become an unstoppable force in pursuit of God and the advancement of His Kingdom! Jesus is going to build His church and NOTHING will stop Him!
- Keep praying! I ask you to pray that God will continue to draw us closer to Him and to give us courage to continue to step when He says step! Seeing lives touched by the power of God truly never gets old! I realize that we, on our own, can not cause ONE persons heart to be changed eternally…only God can do that! Let’s pray that God will awaken people to the power of His grace in Jesus!
I REALLY believe God is just getting started! Can’t wait to see what HE does next!