12 February 2009

What does our church growth mean?

Our little church is about to do the unthinkable and meet in two services (gasp!). I realize this is insignificant for some but it's big for us.  "Splitting-up" is unthinkable to this little band who treasures their community.  We pride ourselves on being simple and not professional.   Still, as a pastor, I'm thrilled because this change has all the markers of God and great potential for His glory.
God has given us a wonderful church; a glorious collection of changed lives united and devoted to one another. Jesus is proclaimed as the Way, the Truth and the Life with increasing clarity and, for reasons known only to God, our simple little church is growing. During all this exciting change, it is important to pause and consider what all this does not mean.

What All This Does Not Mean
1) We have everything figured out. God makes things grow (1 Corinthians 3:7) and unless He builds we all labor in vain (Psalm 127:1-2). Every good gift and perfect gift is from our Father above (James 1:17) and apart from Him we can do nothing (John 15:5).

2) We have nothing figured out. God has been clarifying our mission and message around the person and work of Jesus (Colossians 1:13-15) and, to the degree He has, our church has been a beacon real hope in a sea of uncertainty (1 Peter 2:4-6, 9-10).

3) We have arrived and it is life, growth and smooth sailing from now on. Solomon, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, tells us that there are seasons throughout life (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). Seasons of harvest and seasons of sowing; seasons of plenty and seasons of want. We can expect hard times, easy times, good times and bad times ahead.

4) We have to take on a new identity. Our identity will be no greater and no less than children of God (Galatians 3:28), whether we combine to 100, 1000 or 10,000.

Soli Deo Gloria


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