I must say, I am very proud to be part of this Church. Not just because you have welcomed me so lovingly… which you have. Not just because you are a wonderful group of friendly people…which you are. Not because you put Christ Jesus at the center of your ministries…which you do. What really makes me proud to be a part of this Family is that you are unwilling to simply sit and let all the previously mentioned things be all you are. You are moving forward so that the love we have in Christ Jesus may be known by more than just us.
One of the verses that has really stuck with me during this Capital Campaign is Acts 2:39, “For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” Our ministry in our church is not just for us. It is for all people.
You see, I believe that it is easy for any group of people to be comfortable. To say, we are the best at fellowship. Or, we are the best at welcoming people. Or, we have the best Church building. It is easy to put our identity in any of that. Yet we as an organization have not been and should not be like that. We are not defined by our ministries; we are defined by what Jesus has done for us. The promise that we receive in our baptism (you are a forgiven child of God) is still with us today.
With our knowledge of God’s love and forgiveness as our defining mark, let’s keep moving forward as a church...
Let’s keep doing all our important tasks.
Let’s keep serving people in our community.
Let’s keep sharing our faith.
Let’s keep taking care of our facilities.
Let’s keep having great fellowship.
Let’s keep being welcoming.
Let’s keep doing all the things we do.
Let’s also keep pushing to do more.
Let’s keep striving together to follow Christ as a church.
Let’s strive to bring more people in our doors.
Let’s do this together.
Let’s be more than comfortable.