I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me. - Jesus.
This past Sunday we explored that central truth spoken by Christ. We realized how this is both an exclusive claim and also an inclusive claim. It says that while Christ is the way and the truth and the life - there is no way to the Father except by Him, and He is the only way to heaven. There is no other way to reach heaven than a relationship with Him. It’s exclusive in that way. But in terms of inclusiveness, it says that all who believe in Him will spend forever with God. It means it doesn’t matter who you are, your family status, your religious background, but what matters is your faith in Jesus Christ. It matters that we walk by faith and have the Spirit working in our lives in the here and now.
This Sunday we are continuing our “Hope” series focusing on heaven and the hope we have there. Heaven is a reality and while Jesus brought heaven to earth, there is the future hope of heaven where things are perfect beyond our ability to measure. Jesus promised to go there to prepare a place for us, and in Revelation 21 we get a glimpse of this reality. Jesus is a promise keeper, and everything He said He would do, He does.
I need to make an announcement connected to a leadership decision. The elders have unanimously approved a six month plan that will allow me to further recover and heal. I will remain as senior minister, but Bradley Williams will step in as the interim lead minister. This has been a very difficult health year for me and I need time to focus on recovery and healing. Bradley will be leading the staff day to day and leading out in the preaching elements of the church. The elders and staff are all on board with this. We will share this announcement in all services this Sunday. In addition, Bradley, the elders, and I will be available for an informal Q&A following the fourth service Sunday morning.
While we don’t know what the next six months hold, we know God has this church in His hands. I’m excited about the healing and recovery in front of me. I’m more excited about the church’s future and growth that will continue under Bradley’s leadership. Keep the church in prayer as these next steps are taken.