Summary: A military church overseas can lose up to half or three-quarters of their congregation in any given year. This sermon was a New Years challenge to our church to rebuild from a huge turnover we were expecting. Through...Evangelism, Encouragement, Edificati
A Year to Rebuild
December 30, 2012
TEXT: Please turn to Acts 14.
I preached a sermon titled “A Year to Build” in 2008 under totally different circumstances. The two brigades had finally settled into Grafenwoehr and Vilseck and after five years of endless change and transition, it finally looked like we would have a stable congregation. We had also just finished the reconstruction on our building and were meeting in this auditorium for the first time. Things looked rosy…and God has given us many wonderful experiences since then.
But now, in 2013, we face tumultuous times ahead:
• First, between February and April, we will lose the Praters, who are heavily involved in our teaching ministry in our Adult GrowGroups and the International Homegroup.
• Our teen leaders, the Neals, will be PCSing in February.
• In May, the Brechlers will be leaving, meaning we’ll lose Patty as our Nursery Director, Steve as our Sunday night children’s teacher and their home as a homegroup venue.
• In February through June, the rest of the 172nd Infantry Brigade will exit our community, causing us to lose about half of our children’s ministry teaching staff.
• Regular PCS moves OUT of the community will follow in the summer, leaving several holes in our ministry, including Tom Mowers, who is our sound and media technician.
• By August, all of the ladies in our worship team married to soldiers will have PCSed.
• Also this summer, Vilseck’s 2CR will deploy to Afghanistan, taking away our Children’s Ministries Director, Chris Morello.
Of course new battalions and other units will eventually be coming in after that; there will be normal PCS rotations back into the community; and some Vilseck families will be quartered in Grafenwoehr and Netzaberg.
So it’s not all gloom and doom for us…it’s just going to be a wild ride, to say the least.
What a GREAT time to be in Grace Baptist Church to help us rebuild from the ground up!
Grace Baptist has a short, but a great heritage since its inception in 2003.!
• It’s a church WHERE PEOPLE LOVE ONE ANOTHER!
• It’s a church WHERE PEOPLE CAN FIND CHRIST, AND LEARN HOW TO GROW IN FAITH AND COMMITMENT TO GOD.
• It’s a church THAT HAS SEEN GOD’S UNIQUE BLESSINGS ON IT!
This is a great foundation and this is a time to look ahead with great confidence, not wring our hands in fear and trembling.
As we launch into a new year, this is a time to look forward to the best! It’s a time to reach out and try to do BIG things for God. The great missionary William Carey used to say, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”
I believe this is the year to do it! It’s a time we shouldn’t be preoccupied with lesser things; when we shouldn’t be deterred by pleasure and a desire for comfort; when we should “keep our eye on the ball”;…it’s a time to rebuild for the future!