If you are a Christian chances are you know where to turn for questions like the above. Most likely you are part of a church and have a personal relationship with God, our Heavenly Father. At the same time you probably have friends or family members that ask the same questions over and over yet do not know where to turn. And you wish they do, you wish they attend a church with you.
Thanks to your support and contributions Capital River of Life Christian Church has been a church home to many for the past 10+ years. We are so grateful to you. We exist to not only provide Christians a place to worship, but to also provide the unchurched an environment to explore life and God. And we have done just that, over half of our congregation have come to faith with Jesus Christ and have gotten baptized here.
It’s hard for me not to think about the building project these days. There are decisions to be made every day. But every time when I am presented with a building challenge I am also grateful for the opportunity; grateful that God trusts us enough to let us build it. You probably don’t know that we almost didn’t have the opportunity. There was a time that the owner of the building almost didn’t want to sell the building to us. But we persevered, and God somehow resurrected the project and off we went. We then thought we were going to be done by now, but we kept being delayed because of the complexity of the building permit. Yet God was still in control, including the best timing to finish this project for our move in July
The whole building process made me think about Easter. When Jesus died on the cross everyone thought what once seemed like a great promise was now over. Yet God had other plans, He can turn around even the worst situation seemed to men. 2000 years ago when Jesus died on the cross he died to pay the price of our sins. But he rose from the dead 3 days later. He claimed victory over death and over sin, so whoever trusts in Him will have that victory as well. That’s the Easter story, that’s our story, that’s the story that serves as the foundation of our faith
So today if you are going through circumstances that seem difficult to you, that it seems like there is no hope, remember that there is always hope in Jesus. God can turn around your situation just like he turned around our building project, because He already accomplished the biggest one – the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
We started our 40 day journey through the New Testament several weeks ago and we are now down to the very last week. Are you excited that we are almost done? For those of you that haven’t keep up I don’t want you to feel like a failure. I just want to encourage you to pick up your Bible and read. Start now, just start from James and read on. Reading the Bible doesn’t come natural to anyone, it takes discipline, a lot of discipline. But discipline is good for us because discipline means delay gratification. What gratification comes from reading the Bible you might ask? The satisfaction to know that you have accomplished a goal! Not only that, continuous reading of God’s Word would build your foundation in any of your decision making. So to know that you are making the right decision, you will need God’s Word to guide you.
Today our London mission team will give their testimonies. I know most of us didn’t go, but we are still part of the story. Remember I said that they were the “going team” and we were the “sending team?” Today is the opportunity for us to harvest together what God has done through them in London. As you listen I would like to give you a challenge though, would you ask yourself, can I be part of the “going team” in the future? I want to encourage you to at least participate in short term missions once, because when you do, you will realize why you didn’t participate sooner.
We can’t all go on a mission trip, but we certainly can bring the good news of Jesus Christ to those around us. Would you continue to ask God to give you that opportunity to serve and to share?