2010 is the beginning of our 18th year here at Spring Creek!
That means we have seen a lot of life, a lot of changes, a lot of struggles, a lot of victories in our time here. Considering each of these years, as I look forward I think this year coming up may be the most difficult of our ministry. I also think it may be the most rewarding.
It’s going to be a challenging year because we’ll send our firstborn off to college in the fall, that’s hard for any family. But in ministry it will be difficult because we are looking at opportunities that none of us has experienced before and that seem to be well beyond our capabilities and will require stretching for me and for you. There will be challenges in beginning another campus that we cannot envision and for which we will be hard pressed to negotiate. There are challenges to growing our Sunday School to 200 in attendance. There are challenges in raising up new leaders for new ministries. Add to these the things we cannot anticipate or predict and 2010 is going to be require lots of trust in the Lord and strength from the Lord. I don’t know about you, but I know for me there is a great challenge in living in complete trust and reliance. I’d rather know all the in’s and out’s, be familiar with the work before me and feel entirely competent to complete it.
At the same time, the opportunity to be completely reliant on the Lord means there are faith rewards beyond our imagination. His desire is to have us in the place of trust, where our only hope is Him. I’m reminded of the very passage I preached from this past Sunday. We have everything set before us and the Lord has promised us everything we need to excel in every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8). So lets get to it. This is gonna be a great year!!!