Being in a place of dependence on God is a big part of Church Planting as well as Church ReStarting. Whether we realize it or not, it is a part of everyday life! But there are times in life when God brings that awareness of dependence home in a way that we really feel it. Here are some ways God is reminding us of our dependence on Him at Lake Worth:
1. We are in the process of trying to identify priorities for repairs and upgrades to our facility. As I write this I have had the A/C repair guys out 3 times for my office (I know my friends up north who still have snow on the ground are saying boohoo for you!). The facility has some years on it and things keep breaking down. Beyond basic repairs we need some serious upgrades to the facility as well. The needs go beyond what our finances will currently allow. So we trust Him to show us the way and to provide the finances.
2. I have asked you to pray for a gifted worship leader. To date we are still waiting. We have a great team of committed people who lead worship for us each week but a leader is an important next step for us. I know God has someone in store of us but I wish He would let us in on His plans. I have some very thin leads but nothing solid. In the meantime, we wait, pray and trust.
3. My real passion is to get to know unchurched people in this community. I am in my 4th month and I ask myself, "Why don't I know more people?" , "Why haven't I had more spiritual conversations with the unchurched people I do know?" I am going to the right places and initiating conversations with the right people in my path. It just takes time. I need to trust His timing and trust the movement of His Spirit in the process. While I keep leaning into the mission before me each day.
4. Though we had high hopes of merging with Comunidad Cristiana that does not seem to be coming to fruition. While God is providing other potential Hispanic leaders to join our team we are sorry that the relationship with Comunidad Cristiana seems to be on hold for the moment.
I thank God that He has put us in this place of dependence on Him. This place of dependence is where we learn to keep Him as our source. Having an awareness of our dependence on Him keeps us praying, and that is something our heavenly Father loves to see us do.
At our Maundy Thursday Service we gathered to remember Christ's suffering. We wrote our sins and our burdens on slips of paper and nailed them to the cross. It was a powerful reminder of Christ's suffering on our behalf. I won't bore you with my sins but as I ponder these areas of dependence on God I want to nail them to the cross of Christ and firmly grasp the promise of the resurrection.