“Believe God is always the God you know Him to be when you are nearest to Him. Then think how unnecessary and disrespectful worry is! Let the attitude of your life be a continual willingness to “go out” in dependence upon God, and your life will have a sacred and inexpressible charm about it that is very satisfying to Jesus. You must learn to “go out” through your convictions, creeds, or experiences until you come to the point in your faith where there is nothing between yourself and God” -Oswald Chambers My Utmost for His Highest
The author of Hebrews in chapter 11 goes on and on with story after story of faith in action. The author speaks of the faith of Abel…the faith of Enoch…the faith of Noah…spends a considerable amount of time on the faith of Abraham…and many more. The author is encouraging the reader to hold on to faith. Abraham did not know where he was going…he was just going where God led him.
You and I, we want to know where we are going, how to get there step by step, how long it will take, what we will do when we get there and how we will be received. We have our trusty compass to help us make the right moves. There is little need for reliance on God when we have so many human made devices to guide our steps. And don’t get me wrong…I am the most dependent on my Google maps, just ask my wife. When I am outside of cell service and my map doesn’t work I am utterly and completely screwed.
God will do what God will do to get his children into obedience and reliance on him. He will even allow our compass to be broken, just so reliance and faith in him will be sure or failure will be quickly upon us.
In this world of church planting that I have found myself in, I have incredible people around me, holding me accountable, and guiding me along the way as we guide our unmatched church plant team to help lead the way.
Our church has timetables, goals, strategic planning, even a project management coach who is an expert in his field for the city of San Antonio. People ask me all the time, “How is the church plant coming along?” I answer, “They say we are right on track for our September launch…but only God knows his perfect plan and timing.” There is a sort of blessed assurance that, while we have plans and goals, this church plant will only flourish if God be our compass, master planner, and our reason.
I have all the faith and confidence that this church plant will launch and be a tangible blessing to our community for the glory of Christ. That is why…because it is for Christ’s glory. For Christ to be made known and visible in the lives of our neighborhood and city. Our team’s unified goal is not to be a community of thousands who are inactive and apathetic to the needs of our community. Our goal is to be a tangible presence of the love and justice that Christ’s gospel brings, and offer it to everyone.
When you read Hebrews 11 you will see verse by verse “By faith…By faith…By faith…”. Even the author said, “What more shall I say?…” (v.32). The author goes on by reminding us of the pain and torment many of the women and men of God before us went through for the faith.
The enemy does not want this church or any Christ-centered church to flourish. We will face hardship. We will face disappointments. But by faith we will see many souls come to Christ. We will see many saints equipped for the advancement of the Gospel in their workplaces, sports teams, neighborhoods, social groups… and the world!
I praise the Lord for an incredible Christmas party our team hosted. This was our first community event as Alamo Hills Church and there were so many new faces!
We look forward to what is to come!
-Continued fundraising to reach our goal of $100,000 by September 2018
-God to open the doors for the perfect rented space starting in April
-Our launch team to continue growing in dedicated and diverse folks
-Our launch team to continue their devoted service, that we all stay unified, and for innovative ideas on how to make Jesus visible in our communities.
-For God to be glorified and lifted up in all that we think and do…