Today is a landmark day. I just returned from the attorney's office where we closed on the purchase of our new church home in Painted Post and so it's official...Grace Community Church owns a building!
Now the work begins: tearing down walls, ripping out this, fixing up that, all the work it will take to renovate this building that has been vacant for 6 years into a warm and friendly worship center. It will be fun to watch the building and property come to life as it recieves some much-needed tender loving care.
And then the real work begins. As I walked through the vacant building I couldn't help but pray that God would use this property and our congregation to reach many people in this community with the love of Christ. And that the Lord would extend our reach in the mission field beyond our shores. And that Jesus' name would be lifted up among the poor and the needy, the orphan, the widow, the broken, the lost. May we become a church that people who don't like church find themselves attracted to. And more importantly, that they would find their hearts being strangely drawn to the Savior.
But today it's still sinking in. It really is a landmark day that, I believe, will have a tremendous effect on the trajectory and future of Grace Community Church. And it is all by the good hand of our heavenly Father. How good to know that the same faithful hand that has led us thus far holds our future as well. Use this congregation and this building, O Lord, to glorify Your Son Jesus and bear much fruit!