Summary: A look at where the church is headed
The State of the Church
Let me set up what I just read to you. Here we have the
entire nation of Israel sitting just outside of what they
have been promised. For about a month Moses spends
telling them what is in the book of Deut. In a nutshell
this is what he is saying to them. We have been in the
desert now for 40 years and this what God has done for
us during that time; Moses reiterates all of the miracles
and victories, all of the incredible things that God has
done for them. Then he begins to renew with the
Israelites the covenants and laws that God had given to
them. In other words he says this is what happened and
this is what God wanted from us. What he is attempting
to do is get them to remember that God had something
for them, something better, something greater,
something just ahead. All of those things in the past
were good, but you have to understand we were
wandering because of some of our decisions and
actions. You see I believe that Moses was preparing
them for what God had in store for them. Moses was
giiving them a state of the nation address.
How many of you have ever watched our president give
a state of the union address. In it he tells us what has
happened in the past year, the good the bad, and then he
lays out what he thinks that the future holds in store for
This is what I think of when I read what Moses was
doing here. He was telling them of their past and
renewing their vows to God. But then he was pointing
across the river, and saying, but this is where we belong.
Not right here, but over there.
This morning if I can I want to talk to you and give a
state of the church address. I am not going to show you
some revelation of the scripture, or what the voice of
God has spoken. This morning I want to talk from my
heart. What has happened in our church and where we
are in God’s sight.
Aubrey Malphurs in the book “Vision for ministry”
writes: Ministry without vision is like a surgeon without
a scalpel, a cowboy who has lost his horse, a carpenter
who has broken his hammer. To attempt a ministry
without a clear, well-articulated vision is to invite
Vision helps us to hear from God in a fresh way, it
encourages us, provides clarity and direction, makes our
time count, and creates momentum.
It is for these very reasons that we are right now in
process to ascertain what we believe is God’s vision for
our church. Since just before the new year, six of the
members of this fellowship have been seeking God for a
fresh revelation and direction. In just two more this
commitee will finish a vision statement for our church,
that is for right now and our community.
These are exciting times.........
For the first time since We came to pastor this church, a
church board has been established and will meet for the
first time this month. Most of you know that this is
exciting to me, for I now have a group of men who I
can call on to pray for me and serve this fellowship and
be it’s leadership to guide where we are going as a
church. I believe that this is one of the greatest strides
that we have made over the past year. I say this because
I believe that a church board is essential to the things
that God has in store for us.
Probable the greatest miracle God has performed in this
church has been the financial breakthrough that has
happened in the past year. We are in the best shape that
we have ever been in, according to the records and history of the church. In two years the church income has climbed from 18,000 to 50,000. This past year our
mission giving increased by 100% from 2000 to 4300.
God honors a church that believes in missions.
Last year was the year of renovation for our church
building. Our church building saw new carpet and tile,
central air conditioning, sewer hookup, an expansion of
the parking lot, landscaping, and a new sign. But I
believe that God has even more in store before the end
of the year.
Last year we implemented Sunday school for the first
time since we have been here. And of course that was
just recently moved to Wednesday night to help
accomodate the overflow that we are having on Wed.
plus the inneffectiveness it was having on Sunday before