Family and Mission…two critical elements of our DNA as a church. At White Rock we live out the belief that church IS family. Scripture calls us “children of God” and instructs us to pray to our “Father in Heaven.” These aren’t empty terms. They are words that define our reality. We are part of God’s family through our faith in Jesus Christ. And as part of God’s family, we are on mission. Families have missions. Some are on mission to achieve greatness on the ball fields or in the classrooms for their children. Some families are on mission to accumulate wealth and material possessions. God’s family is on mission to bring others into loving and restoring relationship with their Heavenly Father. That’s the heartbeat of God. To find the orphan, the fatherless, the brokenhearted, the lost. But not JUST to find or identify them, but to bring them home. To wrap His arms around them and give them a place in the family.
Healthy families grow. Sometimes unconventionally: adoption, stepping in and raising a grandchild, absorbing a lonely elderly person. Love doesn’t have limits. Love reaches out and brings in. Love envelops everything it touches and communicates value and belonging. We love because He first loved us. And as a church family, we belong and we have status and a place we call home. BUT, we don’t just sit in self-centered comfort. We live out our Father’s values. We love and reach and bring in. We add to our family, to His family. We have a limitless capacity to love others. Don’t be mislead by the enemy’s whispers of lies or doubt. We can love without limits because the love of Christ dwells in us. We limit ourselves. He says love even your enemies. We say we can’t. He says, “You have no idea the reservoir of love that you are tapped into.”
So, as a church we stand at a bit of a tipping point. If you’re reading this blog and haven’t had a chance to catch the sermon audio from May 6, 2018 I encourage you to pause here and take a quick listen. Or, see it on facebook live if you’re able. I’ll wait…
I’m good…still waiting…
Okay, so you’ve got the picture. We have five cars illegally parked in the ditch (the police have issued us a warning that they will be handing out tickets if vehicles are found on the roadside). We have jam packed rows of people in the worship center. We have a GREAT problem. Our family is growing. God is drawing and reaching and people are coming to worship, to grow, to be a part of this awesome family of His. It’s fantastic…but we’ve got to do something. We’re running out of room. We’ve drug our feet as long as we can, and we’ve looked at all our options over and over and over. And it’s time. We all see it. It’s time to adjust our Sunday worship routine to add a second worship service to accommodate all this growth.
One church. Two worship gatherings.
It’s not too complicated: 9am and 11am with an adult Sunday school class slipped into the middle. Is it perfect? Nah, we’ll surely have to tweak a few things here and there. Is it polished and refined? Wait, have you ever been to White Rock? Is it what the Holy Spirit is clearly leading us to do? Without a doubt. It won’t necessarily be easy, but the Lord has confirmed and reconfirmed over and over again during the last several weeks that this is the direction He is leading. Now all we have to do is prayerfully get in step with His leading and try to keep up!
There will be some challenges and some adjustments along the way…in fact I think that might even be the working definition of the word “grow.” Growth is not always easy or comfortable. But, following the Lord is never the wrong decision. He never, ever, ever fails us. We can trust Him. He knows what He’s doing.
And so, I invite you along on this crazy adventure. We begin this new chapter June 3rd. And I encourage you to pray; seek the Lord. Come when you are supposed to. Plug in and serve where you are supposed to. I’m like you, I probably have more questions than answers. That’s why I’m sticking really close to the One who knows the answers. He’s leading and it’s going to be quite a ride! I’m excited that you’re part of this big, crazy family. Let’s go chase after Him and see where this thing leads us!