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Summary: This message was given at a banquet to thank the people who had participated in the campaign drive.

Leadership Banquet

1/10/2004

TOBY

In every church, God places a secret to its success. Much of the secret to the success of Glenville New Life Community PCUSA and New Life Fellowship is found gathered in this room. Our secret is the willingness of God’s people church to submit 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.

RICK

The testimonies you have given tonight are just the tip of the iceberg of what you have been willing to do, to bring a vision into reality. Those sacrifices would not have taken place without us realizing that it was because Jesus first made a sacrifice on our behalf. As the Scriptures state, we love Him because He first loved us. Without Jesus, none of us would have done what we did to make it this far along on the journey.

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 or New Life Fellowship 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 one of these churches.

TOBY

We appreciate that our churches are churches 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 from the start of the New Life Campaign has been to lift up the name of Jesus Christ and become witnesses for Him in service to the community and to the church. We know that if we have Jesus we have everything, if we don’t have Jesus, we have nothing.

RICK

We as pastors appreciate and are thankful for the call of God on your lives. It has been amazing at what some of you have done and some of you have given these past three years. Together we have been sharing a dream and a vision to see something come out of nothing. 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.

We appreciate the openness to the move of the Spirit in the lives of many of you as individuals. At our churches, we recognize that not every opportunity to serve God is going to be something great, but it will be something needed. We as pastors need your willingness to be servants for the Lord. We don’t do the ushering, the counting, the nursery, the singing, but you do.


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