What is going on?!

Last Sunday we set our attendance record with 94. Our previous was 78 (launch day).

This week we tied our Community Group record again and started our 7th group.

We have had people sign a card indicating they wanted to join the church the last 3 weeks.

What's going on? Welcome to a growth season!

There are a lot of ebbs and flows that come with ministry but what should we do now when we are in a little growth season? How should we process it? I believe it's important to have a healthy and biblical understanding of what is happening because as I've heard many times by a godly leader in my life "momentum is hard to get and easy to lose." The next 3 weeks I will write on this a little so we have a good grasp of what's happening and how to process it and celebrate.

How should we process GROWTH?

1) God brings the growth; not our efforts.

5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. (1 Cor 3:5-7)

We have worked hard this fall.

We have tried new things.

But 100 % of the glory for any church growth goes to GOD. He brings the growth. We serve faithfully and pray earnestly like Paul and Apollos but God is the One who draws, changes, and saves! So God brings the growth. Also know this; God opposes the proud.

But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6)

So how do we process growth? We bring all the glory to our King! We thank Him for using us and allowing us to have the privilege of serving Him in our city.

100 % glory to God. 0 % glory to us.

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So what should we do this weekend?

1) Invite like crazy!

This weekend would be a great time to get your lost, prodigal, or church-less friend to worship. Growth seasons aren't the time to take a deep breathe; they are the time to water and plant like crazy! I'm inviting, texting, emaliing, and facebooking like a mad man this weekend.

2) Pray like crazy!

My Prayer List for the weekend: (5 things)

a) THANKING God for what He has done recently!

b) Asking God to draw MORE people this weekend.

c) Asking God to save someone THIS WEEKEND!

d) Asking God that many who are church-less would find a church home this weekend all over the city including with us.

e) Asking God that He would speak to us loudly through worship this weekend and we would continue to be effective missionaries to our city.

 

Lastly, I can't wait to worship and serve with YOU this weekend.

Your friend,

brian