Before I share a bit of testimony, I would like to say a word of thanks again to all of you at TBC for the amazing welcome my family and I have received from you all. From the help moving in, setting up, reception, cards, stocking of our pantry and so much more, we have truly been so blessed by our new church family!
One other word of thanks I would like to give is to your pastor search committee. They put in so many hours of hard work and prayer for a very long time. There is no question that they earnestly sought God for His plan for TBC and conducted themselves professionally, courteously, and lovingly. They truly gave their best and have been and will continue to be an encouragement to me and a blessing to their church.
As I shared on my first Wednesday night here, the task of building a church can be a daunting one. In Matthew 16:18, Jesus says, “I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Though we all have been given a part to play and are working to fulfill the Great Commission, it is ultimately Jesus who builds the church.
A few months ago, after meeting with you search committee I had a bit of a sleepless night. When God begins to do a work, there is no question Satan tries to foil those plans. We had come to the realization that God was leading my family and TBC together but then the enemy’s words began to creep in. “You’ll never be good enough.” “What if you fail?” “You’ll eventually make them not like you and you will not be able to build up this church!” Thankfully, God had already planned for this attack.
I had been reading through the Psalms during my time of searching for our next place of service and the next scheduled reading was Psalm 127. Here is what verses 1&2 say, “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.”
I closed my Bible and began to pray and try to keep my teary eyes from catching the attention of the two or three stragglers checking in at midnight at the Gettysburg Courtyard by Marriott. There really was no question that God was calling us here before Satan’s attack but when he does attack, God is always there with an answer to it.
We will have some difficult times ahead as a church family. We will also have some great victories. But through it all we must remember that the task of building up the body of Christ here at TBC is in the hands of the one who had nails put through His hands to save it. We do however get to work with Him because we are His tools. So let’s get hammering!
In His Service,