This week I spent a couple of days with ten Austin pastors as we prayed and planned on how best to reach our city with the good news of Jesus Christ. I enjoyed the fellowship and the time of vision-casting and evaluating. God is working in the city of Austin and while there is much darkness, like there is in every city, the light of the gospel is shining brightly. I am so glad that our church is committed to being a radiant blast of hope in a dark world. I exhort you, church family, to continue to worship our great God daily in the way you live your life, to study the Word of God and grow deep in your relationship with Jesus, and through the power of the Holy Spirit to share the gospel with others. Yes, we are upward in worship, inward in discipleship, and outward in evangelism and missions.
This Sunday as we near the end of our sermon series on Joseph: A Portrait of Grace and Forgiveness, we will study Genesis 45:16-46:30; the title of my message is “A Regal Reunion.” It is a very powerful and riveting story of how Joseph, his brothers, and their father, Jacob, are reunited as a family. Pray for me, please, as I preach this message. Ask God to move in power and pray that lives will be blessed, convicted and changed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
We will begin our time of worship on Sunday with prayer at the altar. We will have prayer cards for you to pick up which will have requests for you to pray for our students and their schools as many start back to school next week. Thank you, Sharon Irwin, for the backpack tags for our students letting them know how we are praying for them and their schools. What a grand idea! Please enter the worship center a couple of minutes early so we can begin with a special call to prayer.
There are so many good things happening in and through our church. Thank you for your prayers, service, commitment to Christ, and the sacrificial giving of your tithes and offerings. We are so close to meeting our Building Vision goal of $1.2 million for Phase 1. Phase 2 will start soon and will include such things as upgrades and repairs to our HVAC system and the bathrooms in Building A. We will be sharing the plan for Phase 2 in more detail as we move ahead with our 5-in-5 Building Vision campaign.
Finally, I would like to leave a word of challenge and blessing for the men in our church. God gave me this and I want to share it with you as I shared on my Facebook page. I hope it blesses and encourages all our men.
I am a man of God, saved by Jesus Christ, filled with the Holy Spirit.
I love the Word of God, read and study it.
I love my wife and family.
I love my church.
Lord, help me to live up to the man I am.
1 Peter 5:7