Sunday, was one of those days. Can I be honest? As a leader of a church, some Sundays are better than others...wouldn't you agree? Considering all that happens at a weekly gathering: volunteers showing up, attendance (high or low), music selection, teaching points and overall feel of the service. These things, if we are not careful, can make us "feel" a certain way about our church.
Last Sunday, two significant things happened in the life of New Community.
The first thing was we kicked off a series called: Who do you think you are...learning that if you know who you are, you will know what to do. It was an intense teaching.
The second thing that happened was: Our financial management team communicated to our church that things were tight and we need New Community to step up financially if we were going to continue to do ministry on this campus. It was an intense 10 minutes of disclosure and transparency.
This past Sunday was one of those days...
Prior to the service, two things were communicated to me over and over again by the people that make up New Community.
First, one after the other, people reassured me that they will be intentional givers and that we will get through this season. How cool is that?
Second, numerous people let me know that they were having a difficult time from job loss to health issues, or to the end of long marriages and everything in between. As hard as it is to hear these things, the message for the day was able to speak truth in to their life...hupernikao! (check out the podcast if you missed) It was an honor to be able to present the truth of the scriptures that met immediate needs for those in the room...God is good.
After preaching as hard as I could, we grabbed some lunch with my dad, I got to take a nap, got to watch some golf with my boys on the couch and got to wrap up the day with dinner with some friends who love our family unconditionally...it was a sweet, sweet day.
The GLORY goes to God. Jesus is alive in our community. He is meeting our every need. I am thankful to be a part of a church that lets Jesus be enough.
Thank you new community for being an amazing place.
See you all on Sunday as we continue to ask the question: WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?