God is working in our lives and in our church.
This Sunday, in all three services, you’ll get an update as to how our ministry did in 2015 regarding our budget and finances, people giving their lives to the Lord, missions impact, and some of the highlights of ministry. Additionally, you’ll get a picture of where we are heading in 2016. We’ll have our annual informational meeting at 12:30 p.m.
As a ministry, I constantly get asked questions that sound similar to this:
“What do you think is causing the growth at Forum?”
Because I believe God at His Word, it’s an easy answer for me: God.
The scriptures say, “…God made it grow.” (1 Cor. 3:7)
No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. Jn. 15:4,5
As a church, we love, adore, and worship God. Forum focuses on God. We preach Christ. We teach His Scriptures. We worship God. We pray to God.
So while you will hear, see, and read numbers, metrics, and things of that nature this Sunday (all of which are “really good/great”) those things are not the focus of this ministry nor do I want you as a congregation to get enamored by those types of things.
While I say, “Thank you” first to God for what He is doing, next to an incredible staff and elders and deacons and every one of you who serve in so many ways in this ministry, I also challenge all of us to keep our eyes on God and His work.
When we seek Him first, when we keep our eyes on Him, when we walk faithfully as His witnesses and stewards, His kingdom agenda unfolds and the kingdom advances.
And here’s how our Lord would define “winning”:
• the world being served through the church
• Christ being lifted up
• His Word being preached and taught
• people being led into a personal relationship with Jesus
And here’s the bottom line truth: we are “winning” but we’re not “winning.” God is winning as He works in and through us. All praise and glory to Him forever in the church.
We’re 100% talking about this very thing in all three services this Sunday morning as we will look at Mark 11: 12-34.