A Beginning

Dear Sovereign Redeemer and other friends,

Our text for Sunday’s sermon recorded the completion of two miles of wall in a miraculous fifty-two days (Nehemiah 6:15). Even their enemies had to concede: “That was God.” (6:16b).

One of the applications was in the form of a question:

“What might God be pleased to do through our church if we are careful to be faithful over a long period of time?”

The most obvious target of this thought experiment is the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). Even though we are a small church, why shouldn’t we dream out loud of being used by God to send gospel ambassadors to the ends of the earth? Why shouldn’t we dream out loud of planting other sound churches, near and far?

So to that end, today I opened a “Missions and Church Planting” account. It only has a few thousand dollars in it, which isn’t nearly enough to do what we are dreaming of, but IT IS A BEGINNING. It is a stake in the ground which will focus our prayers, our actions, and our giving. It will bother us if we find it languishing. It forces us to ask wonderful, uncomfortable questions, like, “Who will go?” “Where should we send them?” “How can we help them succeed?”

May Sunday, March 8, 2015 go down in the history of Sovereign Redeemer as the day that a great work of God began, Soli Deo Gloria (for the glory of God alone).