I sent a very important communication piece yesterday to our church members. I shared in more detail about our church’s finance. I do not go into as much detail here in the newsletter because this newsletter goes out all over the world via the Internet, as this is posted on our church’s website. But suffice it to say, the information I shared in the update is outstanding news! God is blessing our church as we pursue Him to be the church He is calling us to be, a church that is described in Ephesians 5:27, “and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.”
Allow me to restate our purpose and vision. By God’s grace and empowerment we will be a radiant church that worships Jesus passionately, grows deeply through studying God’s Word, and takes the gospel to our city and the nations of the world. We are upward, inward, and outward all at the same time! Some of the key ways we accomplish this vision is through these key words—pray, care, share, and celebrate. Every day so many in our church are living out our vision as they are on mission with God. In fact, I am watching with great joy, as our church family is radiating the love of God to the family of Stanley Cook. We were all saddened to hear that he passed away on Wednesday evening. I had just visited him in the hospital that same day only a few hours before. He shared with me his testimony, and we prayed together and when I left the room he seemed to be doing well. Then we got the news that he had died. I wish all of our church family could watch what happened next. GHBC began reaching out to the family and what a privilege to see our people in action! We will miss Stan and our hearts go out to his family.
Sunday will be a big day for our church. During our baby dedication we will dedicate two sets of twins. How cool is that! I am preaching a message from Genesis 42-43 entitled “The Dilemmas of Dad,” in which I address this incredibly important topic of fatherhood, as we study the life of Joseph’s father, Jacob. Immediately after the service we will have our new member class for all who are interested in joining our church, or for anyone who may be interested in learning more about our church. God continues to draw people to our church and we are most grateful for how the Holy Spirit is working in and through us.
I hope to see you Sunday as we worship God, study His Word, and be inspired to take the Gospel all over the world.
Psalm 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.”