We are off and running in a New Year! Today our 45th President of the United States will be inaugurated and record crowds are expected in our nation’s capital. I am praying for our new president, Donald Trump. And I am praying for our nation as we have so many divisions and difficulties facing us. May God send revival and times of refreshing from His presence among us (Acts 3:19).
The Lord is moving and blessing our church and I am grateful. We are off to a good start with so many ministries, biblical studies, and plans for a great year. We have begun our new study in the book of Nehemiah, and I am grateful to God for His presence and blessings upon us as we study His Word together as a congregation. On Sunday, we will look at Nehemiah 1:5-11 with a message entitled “Prepare to Lead.” Read over this prayer of Nehemiah before you come to church on Sunday. It will bless and challenge you.
Much of my time is being spent on two major initiatives coming up in the fall. After much communication, discussion, and a very helpful town hall meeting last year, we will officially vote to change the name of our church to Radiant Church Austin. On February 12, I will call us to a special called business meeting so we can officially vote on the name change. The goal is to make the change in the fall. However, before that happens there is a ton of work that needs to be done, and we as a staff are committed to working diligently on this name change. The other item I am working on and looking forward to is our first church plant which will also happen, as the Lord wills, this fall. Very exciting days for our church, indeed.
A word that keeps coming to my mind for our church is “sticky.” Sticky churches are those that attract new members who connect and stick with their new church family. I have learned over many years of serving the local church that people stick and stay in a church when they have deep relationships and are serving in some capacity. How sticky are you at our church? I am grateful to God for new people that He continues to send our way, but I am also grateful for you as a member of our church. My prayer is that God would bless you and give you an even deeper love for our radiant church.
We finished 2016 incredibly well. Thanks be to God! Let me remind you, however, that 2017 is a new year and we are already sorely behind in our giving to expenses. There is so much we want to accomplish through missions and ministry in 2017, but, as you know, it is impossible without your presence and financial support. Please be good stewards of all that God has blessed you with and, in turn, continue to be a blessing to your church family and others.
Have a great weekend.