For some years, God had placed in the heart of his people a desire to start a church that would engage this area of Harford County. Before I or many of us ever knew anything about this local church, God was working to bring it into existence for the sake of His glory. As we begin the year 2020, it occurs to me that there is much to be hopeful for.
God has brought us through so much and has provided each step of the way. In the coming year, this should be a source of strength and resolve as we face the challenges the new year will bring and enjoy the fruits of our labor for the gospel. These challenges will often seem large, but in reality will be small in relationship to the greatness of our God. These fruits will often seem small, but in reality will be invaluable in their eternal significance.
There are some things that it is fitting we commit to as we enter the year together. First among these is that we be committed as a people of prayer. Due to the business of mobile church, we have been negligent in focused corporate prayer on Sunday mornings. That is my fault, and I ask your forgiveness. The idea of blocking out a time and place before the service has not proved practical. However, we can be a people of prayer together. Will you commit to praying not only on Sunday mornings, but daily between 7:00 – 8:00 am throughout the week for Engage? Will you commit to taking 5-10 min each morning to pray for each other, and that God will continue to provide the finances, people, and passion we need to make a difference in our community?
Secondly, will you commit to be more engaged in the life and ministry of the church than you were last year? Will you consider serving in the nursery? Helping with the tech team? Being a part of set up? Helping with outreach opportunities? Investing in your own growth and discipleship through workshops, outreach efforts, and inviting people to join us? Will you commit to sharing gospel story intentionally with your friends, neighbors, family, and coworkers?
Thirdly, will you commit to be a member of the church? In the coming weeks, we will have a Sunday to bring in new members. In the fall, we had a series that described what membership in the local church is and what our responsibilities are to the church. Will you go back and watch those messages? Will you commit to pray and ask God if you should join in this covenant commitment to Engage? Copies of the membership covenant and the bylaws will be available at the information table for you to review, and I am always available to discuss questions you may have.
If we are faithful in these areas, God will certainly bless our efforts and lives will be changed, beginning with our own. I am so thankful to have you all as my church family. I am looking forward to great things in 2020. Sola Deo Gloria!