As I’ve pondered the new year I have prayed about what God has for us as a church and what our next steps need to be. During this time I have seen a lot of church leaders posting on twitter, blogs and other media outlets the things that they believe God is going to do in their respective churches in the next 12 months. I can honestly say I am excited for them and pray that God would do exceedingly and abundantly more than they could ever think or even imagine! However, I do have to admit that reading the expectations of other leaders made me a little frustrated with what seemed to be my own inadequacies in knowing what God is going to do at Connection and in Statesboro in 2012! Then I saw this pic posted by Sean Fox on Twitter: These are all of the series graphics from 2011. I thought about all of the blood, sweat, tears, prayer, thought, study, discussions, questions, doubts, excitement, transitions…you get the point…that so many people poured into the last year of ministry at Connection. I thought about all that God did through imperfect human beings who were willing to sell out to a cause and a vision! I thought about the lives that were changed for God’s Kingdom and His glory! Then I thought about how, at the beginning of 2011, we could have NEVER foresaw all of those things happening! I would be telling a big fat lie if I said that when we started the series “On Your Mark” last January I knew we would baptize 54 people on one Sunday during the GATA series! I didn’t even know we would do a GATA series and I certainly don’t know at this point the series we will be doing in August!
What I did know last January, and what I know right now, is that God is good, faithful, and sovereign and because of who He is we can trust Him and His plan! That goes for the church but it also goes for YOUR life! (That gets me so excited I almost gave myself an amen in Dunkin Doughnuts…)
So…what I know for us in 2012 is that we are going to continue to be faithful to what God has called us to do and God will continue to be faithful to all that He has promised to do! We are going to continue to connect unbelievers to God and believers to each other…continue to go after the lost…continue to preach the hope that is in Christ…continue to love the unlovable…continue to meet physical needs in the community to shine the light of the gospel…continue to be the hope of the world that God created His local churches to be! All of this is through the working of His mighty Spirit in each of us that makes us collectively an UNSTOPPABLE FORCE!!
I CAN NOT wait to see all that God does. I have to reel my mind back in when I think about looking at all of the 2012 series graphics in January 2013 and remembering God’s faithfulness and power that He showed us! (That is if Jesus doesn’t come back on 12/12/12! ) It’s going to be an amazing journey as we Invest…Invite…Serve…and Encourage others to take their next steps and we take our next steps together!
Love you guys! See you Sunday!! (By the way…you DO NOT want to miss this Sunday it is PACKED with awesome worship and a message from Joshua 3!)