Let's be encouraged!
In a world, with little to no encouragement, I wanted to write this post to encourage us to be faithful to Jesus. The aim of my encouragement is to see what God has done in our sweet church since January. The Bible is filled with statements about encouraging one another and just general encouragements.
"For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope" (Ro 15:4).
"For I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts," (Col 4:8).
"We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone," (1 Th 5:14).
Here is a few thoughts of encouragement:
1) Positive growth at GBC: over the past few weeks we have seen an uptick in our attendance and a real interest in GBC by recent visitors. This growth started back in January and has continued to this current day. Jesus in Matt 16:18 said, "I will build my church" this is a truth we all have believed and held on to no matter what circumstances we've faced. Let's keep trusting and working for the glory of God.
2) Long term investment: it will be 8 years this year that will mark the total number of years for Grace Bible Church. We've weathered storms and endured ministry lows and highs. We have trained men in this church, by God's grace, some have stayed and some have moved on, but the investment has been worth it. We've worked through bylaws, doctrinal statements, established a mission statement and we have reworked them multiple times, as God has refined us theologically. What a church God has forged over the years.
3) Financially stable: to see God provide for GBC over the past 2 years is really a testimony of God's faithfulness. We are not where we desire, but we are in God's place. The Psalmist says, "I will sing of the loving kindness of the LORD forever; To all generations, I will make known Your faithfulness with my mouth" (Ps.89:1). This is how I know we all feel when we look at what God has done, and what God is doing and where God is taking us as a church.
Have a great day!