From Christmas presents to advent wreaths, beautiful musicals to incredible sermons, church-wide meals to small gatherings of friends, this past month has been full of the expectation and celebration of the coming of the King! It has been an incredible season to experience here at FBC, and as I write this I know that the best is yet to come. I am looking forward with eager expectation to the Christmas Eve service and the opportunity to proclaim with each of you that the Messiah has finally arrived. What incredible news, the foundation of all our joy!
As we wrap up the holiday season I find myself eagerly looking forward to the months to come. We have been here only a short time, but already we are beginning to see the fruits of our labor as students are beginning to plug in to the ministry here. Over the next 6 weeks we are going to be joining the church in emphasizing the importance of community and the value of small groups through our 40 days of Community church wide focus. We will be talking with our students about what it means to be a part of the community of Christ called the church, and how important sharing our lives together is for our faith.
If you haven’t signed up for a small group yet, I would encourage you to do so! The youth will be meeting Wednesday nights at our normal time, and it would be invaluable if they could have conversations with some of our adults and parents around what they are learning in this emphasis! Community is a foundational concept in what the church is called to be. David Platt has said in the past that the church of God needs only two things: the word of God and the people of God. Community is all about the second of these two.
We will also be starting to make some announcements about big plans for the spring and summer! We are preparing already for a community-wide Disciple Now that will take place in March, in May we will have the chance to celebrate our new High School Grads, and this summer we are looking forward to an incredible experience of missions and growth as we attend camp with Lifeway’s Mission Fuge summer camps!
But these things, along with many other exciting announcements and events to come, are just the skeleton around which this ministry is built. At its heart we will continue to seek ways to grow through the intentional planting and watering of the seed of God’s word in the soil of our lives, and through allowing that seed to bear fruit in the ways we live and minister in this world. It’s with that controlling image, the seed of God’s word planted in the carefully tilled soil of or hearts, that we will continue to build on what is happening here at FBC.
As we look to the future, we continue to rely on your help and prayers. We are all laborers in the fields. We are all called to help in the harvest. In the year 2016, perhaps the question that should be resonating in your heart and mind should be “where can I be tilling the ground for the growth of God’s kingdom?” We will be asking the same question.
As always, Soli Deo Gloria, to God alone be the glory!
Soli Deo Gloria!