Brothers, Sisters, Family,
“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being may boast in the presence of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:26-29
Center Church, some have said we are small but mighty. The twist is, we are not mighty. Our God is mighty.
I want to praise the work God has done here for a bit. We are who we are by the grace of God! I’ve been thoroughly encouraged by who God has made us to be. I can see His order and His provision in every one of you. You are talented. The diversity of talents God has ordered for this church is amazing! We are a puzzle put together by the hand of God. He is fitting each one of us into the picture in our own special way. You have proved over and over again how amazing you are at service to this church and this community. Everyone does something and everything is getting done by someone. Many hands work in many areas here and it is a beautiful thing to behold. In personality and character we are diverse. We are funny, we are cheerful, we are serious, we are laughers, we are thinkers, we are both pressing and patient. We are challenged and deepened by our diversity in who we are. We learn to speak well around each other, to deal with our quirks and to enjoy how fantastically unique God has made each one of us. We are made for great things! I hope that is easily seen.
We are the best of church bodies I’ve seen in my 39 years in the church. Good bodies, healthy bodies get things done. Praise God! do we get things done around here! I think we all tend to be amazed and so are others. Good bodies, healthy bodies, they reach with strength, they walk with purpose and they grow as they are made to grow. We are reaching. Let’s reach our immediate community. Let’s keep walking and we’ll keep growing, not just together but in our family of believers.
“Little is much when God’s in it.” I have heard this said and sung. This is the manner of God. Big churches spend tens of thousands to bring in 10s and 100s.
Big churches have a multitude of programs to urge and try to get 10s, 50s involved. They call on their thousands to get 50 or 100 to serve. We will not be so. We work as we are. We are Gideons, we
are Davids, we are the 12 apostles who, in the strength and wisdom of God, defeat armies, take down giants, turn the world upside down. We are loaves and fishes in God’s hands. We will be, not a
boast in ourselves, but a praise to God at last. Do we believe this? When did God use the rich, the proud, the capable to accomplish the impossible? We will reach and serve for the kingdom of God and
for the His glory. All praise will belong to Him for accomplishing the otherwise impossible.
I’m blessed to know you Center Church. I’m blessed and honored to be given the opportunity to love you and be loved by you, serve alongside you. Thank you for being wonderful