How can we survive? When will we get a building? Where will the building be? Will I like the building? How will we afford the building?
The above are common questions for people in a church like ours. Our congregation began in 1865. Two years later our building was built. In 2011, after having a building for 134 years, we walked away from our building. We walked away from our building because we had to choose between being faithful to Jesus without a building or being unfaithful to Jesus with a building. We humbly chose faithfulness to Jesus.
We did not walk away from our building because we were opposed to owning a building. We did not walk away from our building because we believed churches today would be better off if they did not own a building. We did not walk away from our building believing that God owes us another building to own. We did not walk away from our building because we had another building to buy. We walked away from our building because we desired to be faithful to Jesus Christ and His word written. We needed to walk so that we could continue the mission to help ordinary people be confident, joyful disciples of Jesus Christ. We needed to walk so that we could move, by God’s grace, towards the vision of building a prayerful, Bible-teaching evangelical church in the heart of the city with a heart for the city (and the world!).
So what are good question for us to ask? What are some good questions to pray? How about the following: What do You want us to learn at this time? What do You want us to do? What do You want me to learn? What do you want me to do? What new ventures of faith do you want us to undertake? What property should we seek to do what You want us to do?
So, dear friend, please pray that God will pour out His Holy Spirit upon us so that we will fulfill the mission and vision He has bestowed on us. Please pray that we will know the divine assignments God has given us and that we will seek Him and trust Him and obey Him as by His grace we fulfill the assignments He has given to us to bring Him glory.
To God alone the glory,