Summary: This sermon was preached at a leadership banquet as a kickoff to building a new wing to our church.
In every church, God places a key component that’s critical to its success. The success of Glenville New Life Community PCUSA is found gathered in this room. Our key component is the willingness of the leadership of this church to submit itself first to Jesus Christ, and then to one another in that same spirit.
Where ever we go and people ask about our church, we always find a way to bring the conversation around to how the Lord has used you to make a difference in this part of the body of Christ.
When we think of the honor of serving at Glenville New Life Community Church, the words which come to mind is Give thanks with a grateful heart, give thanks to the Holy one, Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ His Son.
We are all what we are because of Jesus Christ, who has come into our lives and made a change. Each one of us here as a testimony of how our presence at Glenville New Life Community Church has in some way changed the course and direction of our lives. Some of us shudder to think where we might be today if the Lord had not met us at this church
We appreciate that this is a church where Jesus Christ is proclaimed as Lord and Jesus Christ is actively changing the lives of people.. We are unashamed in saying that Jesus is the only Way to God, He is the Truth, and He is the Life. Jesus is the one who makes us all equal at the foot of the cross. He didn’t die more for some of us and less for others. He said all of us were in need of His salvation. Our goal at Glenville goal is to lift up the name of Jesus Christ and become witnesses for Him , because if we have Jesus we have everything, if we don’t have Jesus, we have nothing.
We as pastors appreciate the call of God on your lives. Some of you were in Christ long before we arrived and others of you have come to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior since. This church could not be what it is today without the prior faithfulness of those of you who were here before we came and with the continual faithfulness of those who have since joined in.. God did not send us here to start a work in ministry, but rather to build up on a ministry which He had already put in place.
The other pastors before us did the digging, the planting, some did the weeding, and we did the watering, but it was God all along who was making the church grow. God had a plan for the church then, God has a plan for the church now, and God has a plan for the church in the future.
God didn’t call you just to come to the church. God called you because there was something He wanted to do in you. You didn’t get saved just to go to heaven. The word of God says, Eph 2:10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Say it with me. God has prepared a work for me to do for Him today.
In the past few weeks in Life-Sharing, you’ve seen how God grants leaders the privilege and responsibility of making sacrifices of themselves, before asking anyone else to do so. When we look at the eagerness on your part to bring the New Life Center into reality at a great cost to yourselves, we are humbled by the quality of believers we are privileged to have in this part of the kingdom of God. One member said right after her turn in the prayer vigil, "for a moment I found myself already sitting in the New Life Center. I could see it."