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Summary: A challenge to the church before launching a building program requiring laymen to help.

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Meeting the Challenge at Grace Baptist Church

Chuck Sligh

April 29, 2007

TEXT: Turn to Isaiah 26

INTRODUCTION

--In October 2003, some people began to meet with Susan and me for a Bible study on Wednesday nights with the intention of eventually becoming a church.

--In May of 2004, we began meeting in the Stadthalle for Sunday meetings and in private homes for the Wednesday Bible study.

--Then on July 18, 2004, Grace Baptist Church was organized officially as a Baptist church.

Since that time, we have had some wonderful victories as well as many difficult challenges, and some sad defeats.

--We have seen folks come to know Christ as Savior.

--We have baptized people down at the Gmund lakes.

--We have seen folks rededicate their lives to the Lord and resolve to live for Him.

--We have witnessed folks repent of sins and make changes in their lives.

--We have rejoiced as the Hazelets were called into full-time ministry in our church.

--We have seen money raised for missions.

--We have watched our children grow and learn God’s Word and seen several of them come to believing faith in Jesus Christ.

--Then we saw God do the impossible – raise over the last three years around $90,000 both within our church and from Stateside churches; obtain a loan from a U.S. donor for $50,000; and obtain a German loan for the balance to buy this beautiful building.

--We saw our people come together as never before to paint this building and prepare it for our first service.

God has been good to us. God has been faithful—as He always is. God has be Jehovah-Jireh—the God who supplies. I praise Him for all He has done so far.

But you know what: I believe that Grace Baptist Church is on the threshold of the greatest things for our church yet. I just feel it. I really do.

I believe you are going to see many people come to believe in Jesus Christ; many backslidden Christians getting right with God, and many new people joining the church. Now I want Grace Baptist Church to be ready as God starts revving things up. I want us to get in on what God’s up to! We have a many great challenges ahead of us. To meet that challenge we will need four things…

I. WE NEED CONFIDENCE

Someone has said that an OPTIMIST is one who finds an opportunity in every difficulty and a PESSIMIST is one who sees a difficulty in every opportunity. Well, I’m an optimist. To me, the glass is never half empty; it’s always half full. I have great confidence in what God is going to do among us.

To meet the challenge at Grace Baptist Church, we need confidence in three things:

1. First, we need confidence in GOD – Isaiah 26:4 – “Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.” (EXPAND)

2. Second, we need confidence in OURSELVES UNDER CHRIST’S CONTROL AND POWER

Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

It was Emerson who said, “They conquer who believe they can. He has not learned the lesson of life who does not each day surmount a fear.” (EXPAND)


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