Turn Opposition into Opportunity

Opposition is an opportunity to prove and improve our faith. Opposition is a barbell of faith (James 1:2-4). It builds spiritual muscle if we use it appropriately. We are going to struggle in life, but when we do we need to turn to our Savior (John 16:33). Moses faced opposition, he had a Red Sea, but he turned opposition into opportunity. He discovered that it was an opportunity for God to turn a dead end into deliverance.

The question facing us is how do we turn opposition into opportunity? It starts by reaffirming 5 things we know about our Heavenly Father.

#1: He Will Always Be With Me (Exodus 13:17-22)

  • Many scriptures point us to this truth, such as: Josh 1:5; Matt 28:20; and Ps. 23:4.
  • Evidenced by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, God’s empowering presence was with them every step of the way.
  • It is true for us as well.
    • The Spirit of Jesus lives in us to guide and empower.
    • The Spirit of Jesus speaks to us through Scripture.
    • The Spirit of Jesus works through His Body, the Church.
  • We need to rely on and trust in the Holy Spirit more than we do. Call on Him. Lean on Him.
  • The Holy Spirit of the Living God is Christ in you. He is with you when you feel abandoned, uncertain, unloved, wounded, and hopeless.

#2: He Will Quiet My Fears (Exodus 14:1-14)

  • There is stormy weather ahead (vs. 1-3). But our God Almighty is God over the sea and storms.
  • He will show himself strong (v. 4) by intervening in our circumstances.
  • God is always in control, unsurprised and unfazed (v. 5-9). God knew what was coming.  No surprise.
  • Fear is a natural starting point for all of us (v. 10-12). And it can move to anger and even resignation. But God wants to move us from fear to faith.
  • We need to do what Moses told Israel to do (v. 13-14).
    • Don’t be afraid (Josh 1:9; Ps. 46:1-2), stand firm (Eph 6:14), watch God work (Deut 3:22; Is 40:31), and be still (Ps. 46:10).

#3: He Can Do All Things (Exodus 14:15-18)

  • Where is your resolve when storms hit? Is your first move to fret and worry?  Or is your first move to turn to God? Have you developed a deep resolve to trust God?
  • God wants us to trust in Him. He wants us to grow in faith and to realize that He has our back.
  • Remember: Our God is greater than we know (Is 40:25; Phil 4:13; Rom 1:20; Ps. 19:1; Rev 4:11).

#4: He Will Take Care of Me (Exodus 14:19-28)

  • God loves you and will take care of you (1 Peter 5:7).
  • He has a plan for you (Jer 29:11).

#5: He Knows What’s Best (Exodus 14:29-31)

  • My faith tells me that God’s ways are always best. Sometimes he takes us through, around, under, or over our obstacles. He knows what’s best.
  • God is all wise and trustworthy. He has our best interest at heart.
  • His ways and timing are not our ways and timing. But He is always right and always trustworthy.
  • God may not always part our Red Sea as we think it needs to be done. We all want the “big miracle.” One and done. God has other plans sometimes.
  • Why storms? It is not always easy to answer this question but here is what we learn from Scripture.
    • Answer #1 – I don’t know (Job 42:1-6).
    • Answer #2 – He is Sovereign (Is 55:8,9).
    • Answer #3 – We love in a fallen world (Gen 3).
    • Answer #4 – There is a purpose (2 Cor 1:4, 9, 11).
    • Answer #5 – God will turn it into good (Rom 8:28).

As we seek to turn opposition into opportunity, reaffirm these five things about your Heavenly Father:  God will always be with you. He will quiet your fears. He can do all things. He will take care of you. He knows what’s best.

 

Remember the Power of Passover

Remembering is important. It is not good to forget your wedding anniversary, an important birthday, promises you’ve made to other people, etc. In Exodus 12, we read about Israel’s first celebration of Passover.  It is a tremendous lesson on the theology of remembering. The Passover celebrated and remembered the supernatural deliverance of the Israelites from the hands of the Egyptians.  Salvation from the 10th Plague and the eventual parting of the Red Sea enabled Israel to make it to the Promised Land.  Every year Jews around the world stop and remember the greatest act of delivering power in their entire history.  As Christians, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper regularly to remember the greatest act of salvation when Jesus died on the Cross and rose from the grave.  It is inspiring to study the meaning of Passover and Communion and remember the salvation of the Lord.

In connecting the Passover to Holy Communion, there are 4 important things to remember.

#1: Remember Their Passover is Our Communion

 A. The Passover celebrated Israel’s salvation

  • Announced by God through Moses and Aaron (12:1-3).
  • Instituted by Moses in every Hebrew family (12:21-23).
  • Celebrated annually in memory of God’s great act of salvation (Exodus) from the plagues and the Egyptians (12:24-28).

B. The Lord’s Supper celebrates our salvation

  • Announced by God through John the Baptist (John 1:29)
  • Instituted by Christ with His disciples (Luke 22:7-15, 17-20).
  • Celebrated regularly until He comes, remembering our salvation in Christ (1 Cor. 11:26; Luke 22:19; 1 Cor. 5:7,8).

#2: Remember the Pattern for Communion

  A. We are to observe Communion remembering Him.

  • As we come to the Lord’s Table, we look back in remembrance at all He did for us on the Cross. He wants us to remember that He was broken on the Cross so that we don’t have to remain broken but can walk in forgiveness.

B. We are to observe Communion regularly.

  • We need to be confronted with the crucified Christ regularly. We need to obey His command to observe communion regularly. We need to examine our heart and our relationship with Christ regularly.

#3: Remember the Purpose of Communion

  A. To declare His sacrificial death (1 Cor. 11:26).

  • It’s a memorial/symbol of the great sacrifice of Jesus. His death has purchased eternal life for us.
  • Jesus is the Christ of Communion and we adore Him as our Redeemer, Deliverer, Savior, Healer, Prince of Peace, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

B. To declare the provisions of His sacrificial death (John 6:33,35)

  • As we take the bread and receive it, remember His power and provision. Through His body broken for me, His life is made available to me. He is the bread of life.
  • As we take the cup, remember the power of the blood of Jesus is for my forgiveness. Receive God’s full provision of forgiveness.

C. To look forward with anticipation to His 2nd Coming.

  • The “until He comes” phrase in I Cor 11:26 reminds us that we must live in the shadow of his 2nd Coming.  He is coming again for all who believe.

#4: Remember the Power of Communion

  A. Jesus Christ is the conquering King.  Revelations 12:11 and 19:6.

B. As we take Communion our focus is on Jesus and what He has done for us. Through Jesus, people can be healed, saved, delivered, and brought into right relationship with others. There is power in the blood and broken body of Christ.

Never forget.  Always remember.  Let’s celebrate the King!!

Hold Fast to God’s Promises

Have you driven in thick fog recently?  I have.  And boy is it hard to see.  It requires you to slow down, focus hard, and trust what you know.  We need to do the same thing when life gets foggy—when challenging predicaments arise and it is hard to see clearly.  How do we beat FOG?  Focus on God.  We need to trust what we know.  When life gets confusing and hard to understand, we need to focus steadfastly on God and His promises.

Here are four ways to hold fast to God’s promises:

#1: Never Give Up On God (Ex 11:1)

  • Many people give up on God for various reasons.  We live in tough times where needs are great.  At times, it feels like we have reached a dead end.
  • Moses could have given up on God, but he chose instead to never give up, even after the 9 plagues.
  • Why did Moses stay the course?  He understood the promise that Where God Guides He Provides (read Heb. 11:24-29).  God is at work in the needs of our lives.  Never give up on Him.  He will never give up on you.
  • A key verse to look at is Phil 4:19.

#2: Keep Moving Forward Knowing God Can Be Trusted (Ex 11:2-8)

  • Moses persevered and continued moving forward after seemingly 9 failed attempts to convince Pharaoh to let the Israelites go.  He kept moving forward in the FOG – Focusing on God.  At this point, he had no idea that God would part the Red Sea and bring the Israelites out of Egypt.  But he knew God could be trusted.
  • Where in life do you need to keep moving forward and trusting God?
  • Where do you need to Focus on God and see the FOG lift?  Trust what you know.  Trust in God and His Word.
  • The promise we can hold on to is that God Will Lead and Meet My Need.
    Read Psalm 23:1-6 and be encouraged.

#3: Believe that God Always Wins (Ex 11:9-10)

  • God always wins, even when it seems like He will not.  Consider the story of the Cross, the parting of the Red Sea, Daniel and the lion’s den, David vs. Goliath, and many more.
  • We need to turn on our FOG lights and B (be brave) E (endure) L (look up) I (invoke) E (expect) V (victory) E (express thanksgiving) that God will always win.
  • Remember that What God Wills He Fulfills (God’s will was that the Israelites would be set free).
  • Read 2 Cor. 12:9,10.

#4: Offer Praise in the Middle of Your Problems (Ex 12:1-28)

  • It’s what the Israelites did.  They showed supreme gratitude to the Lord…even before their deliverance, while they were still in chains.
  • The principle is that praise amidst persecution raises my faith.  Praise is a prelude to vision.  Praise produces hope.  Praise precedes power.  Praise prompts God’s power.
  • Hold onto the promise that God Will Raise Those Who Praise.  The Bible is full of scriptural encouragement to praise Him.  Here are a few: Acts 16:25-26, Ex 15:2, 2 Sam 22:4, Ps 40:3.

During challenging times, we need to focus on God (FOG) and hold fast to His promises.  If we do, the fog of life will lift and we will see clearly again.

God Wants You to Enjoy His Mercy

There are many lessons we can learn from the story of Moses, Pharaoh, and the 10 plagues in Exodus 7-11. One of the key lessons is that it is wiser to live on the side of God’s mercy than it is to live on the side of His judgment. Just ask Pharaoh. It is clear from this story that it is far wiser to follow the example of Moses, who demonstrated faith and obedience, than to follow the example of Pharaoh, who showed extreme pride and arrogance.

There are 3 commitments I must make if I want to live my life experiencing the mercy of God.

Step #1: I Don’t Ignore God’s Word (Exodus 7:1-13)

  • By chapter 7 of Exodus, Moses had learned one lesson very well: When God speaks… listen and obey. To do so is to experience mercy. Moses could see the results of ignoring and disobeying the Word of God in the life of Pharaoh. He was warned ten times by God, but he ignored all of them because of his pride.
  • Are you living on the side of mercy? Am I? It is a question we need to ask ourselves.
    • Are you playing God (like Pharaoh) or praying to God (like Moses)?
    • Are you humbly following and obeying God’s Word or ignoring it?
    • Do you believe God’s Word and Ways are best and mercy to you?
    • Take a look at: Phil 2:10, 1 Peter 5:5b-6.

Step #2: I Don’t Trivialize God’s Judgment (Exodus 7:14-11:8)

  • Don’t lose sight of the fact that God’s judgment is as real as His mercy. To play games with disobedience is foolish. Pharaoh trivialized God’s judgment by presuming he was god. He chose to sit on the throne of his own heart.
  • While none of us are perfect, obviously, the point here is not perfection but a life trajectory of ongoing obedience.
  • Disobedience caused Pharaoh trouble; it will ruin us, too.
  • A Fearless Faith says that we live humbly before the Lord (Matt 5:3, Prov. 1:7), respecting His judgment, living daily in thanksgiving for His mercy.

Step #3: I Don’t Frustrate God’s Purposes (Exodus 11:9-10)

  • Pharaoh lived to frustrate God’s purposes. He stood in rebellion to God’s will. In the end, he was the one who suffered, not God’s purposes.
  • We often frustrate God’s purposes when we don’t love as we should, don’t live as we should, and don’t serve as we should. Frustrating the purposes of God is often motivated by selfishness and self-promotion.
  • Are you frustrating God’s purpose for your life like Pharaoh or are you fulfilling it like Moses?

In order to live on the side of God’s mercy we need to obey God’s Word, respect His judgment, and fulfill His purpose for our life. We need to humble ourselves and live like Moses, not serve self like Pharaoh.

Live on the Side of God’s Mercy

In Ex 7:14-12:30, we read the story of the 10 Plagues in Egypt.  It is a contest, really, between Almighty God and the gods of Egypt.  Pharaoh, in his stubbornness, defied the power of the God of Moses and essentially belittles the Lord.  God proved not only to Pharaoh, but to all of Egypt (and to all of Israel), that He not only was greater than Pharaoh, but greater than all Egyptian gods as well.

Scholars state that the number 10 refers to fullness.  Just like the 10 Commandments represent the full statement of God’s moral code, so the 10 Plagues form a full company of judgments against a regime seeking to thwart the will of God.  There were many gods in Egypt (different authors suggest varying numbers and even use various spellings).  What’s especially interesting is how each of the plagues showcased God’s power at the expense of an Egyptian god.  The chart below gives a cursory portrayal of the contest.

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In the end, God’s purposes were not thwarted.  In the end, Pharaoh did not listen to God and instead fought against the Lord and faced judgment (see Ex 12:29, 30).  How incredible it could have been for Pharaoh had he listened to God and chosen God’s mercy over judgment.

This incredible story reminds me of many truths, but I want to list three here.

1. I must not ignore God’s Word.
2. I must not trivialize God’s judgment.
3. I must not frustrate His purposes.

Ignoring God, minimizing the consequences of disobedience, and frustrating His purposes puts me on the side of His judgment, like Pharaoh.  I want to live on the side of His mercy by being passionate about living out His Word, revering His Name, and living my life to advance His purposes.  How about you?

Change your Mindset

 

We all experience down times.  Times when life is underwhelming, difficult, discouraging, and troubling.  And it is often in those times we can face seasons of doubt.

  • We are working on our marriage but it doesn’t seem to be getting better.
  • We try to dig out from our financial hole only to receive an unexpected bill that sets us back further.
  • We go to the doctor and hear bad news. We go back to the doctor and hear something worse.
  • Our kids are struggling, our family is having a hard time, our plans get dashed, and our hope wanes.

And we can feel down and out.  We can feel down with doubt.  What does the Bible say about doubt?  James 1:6 (ESV)—But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 

There is so much in life that can create fear and doubt.  But God wants us to exercise faith in Him and win our bout with doubt.  One of the key ways to win over doubt is to change our mindset.  And we do this by thinking on God’s Word and more specifically, thinking the very thoughts of God.  We need to see life as God sees it.  He is for us, He loves us, He wants to grow our faith.  Do you need to change your mindset and align your thoughts with the thoughts of God?

 

God’s promises to you:

  1. I will never leave you nor forsake you.

Heb. 13:5—“…Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

  1. I will meet all your needs…

Phil 4:19—“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

  1. I will give you strength.

Phil 4:13—“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

  1. I will lead you through.

Is 41:10—“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

  1. I will take you to heaven

John 14:3—“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

  1. I will comfort you.

Ps 23:4—“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

  1. I will always love you.

Jer. 31:3—“…I have loved you with an everlasting love…”

 

Our thinking vs. God’s thinking:

  • We say, it’s impossible.  God says, all things are possible.

Luke 18:27–Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

  • We say, I’m too tired.  God says, I will give you rest.

Matt 11:28-30–“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

  • We say, nobody really loves me.  God says, I love you.

John 3:16–For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

John 13:34–A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

  • We say, I can’t go on.  God says, My grace is sufficient.

2 Cor. 12:9– But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Ps. 91:15–He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.

  • We say, I can’t figure out some things.  God says, I will direct your steps.

Prov. 3:5, 6– Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

  • We say, I can’t do it.  God says, you can do all things through Christ.

Phil 4:13– I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

  • We say, I am not able.  God says, I am able.

2 Cor. 9:8– And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

  • We say, it is not worth it.  God says, it will be worth it.

Rom. 8:28–And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

  • We say, I can’t forgive myself.  God says, I forgive you.

I John 1:9–If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness

  • We say, I can’t manage.  God says, I will supply all your needs.

Phil 4:19– And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

  • We say, I’m afraid.  God says, I have not given you a spirit of fear.

2 Tim 1:7–For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

  • We say, I’m always worried and frustrated.  God says, cast all your cares on Me.

I Peter 5:7–Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

  • We say, I don’t have enough faith.  God says, I’ve given everyone a measure of faith.

Rom 12:3– For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

  • We say, I’m not smart enough.  God says, I will give you wisdom.

I Cor. 1:30–It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

  • We say, I feel all alone.  God says, I will never leave you nor forsake you.

Heb. 13:5—“…Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

 

It’s time to change our mindset and align our thoughts with the thoughts of God.  He loves you!  He is for you!  And He wants to build your faith!

Stop The Excuses

 

We are all good at making excuses.  Tom Casano, in a Huffington Post article, wrote about, The 10 Most Common Excuses For Not Reaching Your Goals.  His list included:

 

1. Money.

2. I don’t have the time.

3. Overwhelmed.

4. Not the right time to start.

5. Fear.

6. I’m Too Old/Young.

7. It’s just who I am.

8. It’s too hard.

9. What will others think?

10. What if I fail?

 

Common excuses and ones that maybe we have all used on occasion.  And yet, there are people everywhere who have said no to excuses and stepped up and stepped out to make things happen.

 

  • They haven’t used “money” as an excuse.  They have realized the importance of sacrifice and setting new financial priorities.
  • They haven’t used “time” as an excuse.  They have realized they need to waste less time and say no to some things so they can say yes to others.
  • They haven’t used feeling “overwhelmed” as an excuse.  They have learned to focus on steps and process and what it means to eat an elephant one bite at a time.
  • They haven’t used “it’s not the right time to start” as an excuse.  Because there is seldom a right time and they have realized that the only time to start is right now.
  • They haven’t used “fear” as an excuse.  Because there will always be fear but they have found the courage to move past it.
  • They haven’t used “I’m too old or too young” as an excuse.  They have used their age to their advantage.  Youthful exuberance and years of life experience can both be used to one’s advantage.
  • They haven’t used “it’s just who I am” as an excuse.  They have not given up on themselves but changed their mindset and made the choice to grow.
  • They haven’t used “it’s too hard” as an excuse.  They have realized if it were easy everyone would be doing it.  Hard work sets us apart.
  • They haven’t used “what will others think” as an excuse.  They won’t let negativity hinder them and realize there will always be critics.
  • They haven’t used “what if I fail” as an excuse.  Instead, they say “what if I succeed.”
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As Christ followers, we can also come up with a bevy of excuses.  We are good at it.  Remember, there are no reasons for not obeying the Lord, just excuses.   What is God asking you to do?  Where is He asking you to obey?  How is He asking you to step out in faith and attempt great things?  In Exodus 3-4, Moses had a long list of “excuses” as to why He should not be the one to go to Pharaoh and lead the Israelites out of Egypt.  In the end, He obeyed.  And God used him in a mighty way.  God wants to use you and me, too.  His Word to Moses is good for you and me today: “I will be with you.” (Ex 3:12).  It’s time to act!

Encounter God

Encounter God

Spiritual disciplines are taught in Scripture and have been practiced by Christians for 2,000 years.  They help us focus our faith and focus on God.  Spiritual disciplines are habits of engagement in the sense that they help bend us away from the carnal and engage us in spiritual thinking and behavior.

 

In Exodus 3, Moses encountered God in a burning bush.  It interrupted Moses’ routine (vs. 1-3), he stopped to listen (vs. 4-5), he took a moment to evaluate his life (vs 6), and he received God’s mission and stepped out in obedience (vs. 7-10ff).  God may not appear to us in a burning bush today, but He does want to intersect our lives just the same.  For many of us, encountering God happens as we study Scripture, pray, gather for worship with others, celebrate the Lord’s Supper, and practice spiritual disciplines.

 

Study the list of spiritual disciplines below and begin practicing a few that you have not engaged in for a while.  Encounter God and ask Him to inspire you and build your faith.  Ask Him to help you grow in your relationship with Christ.

 

(There are 3 tremendous books on spiritual disciplines that I’d like to recommend to you – Richard Foster, Celebration of Discipline; Dallas Willard, Celebration of the Disciplines, John Ortberg, The Life You’ve Always Wanted.)

 

  1. Solitude (Time spent alone with God.)

Solitude frees us from the hustle and bustle of life and forces us to slow down and refocus on God and His will for our lives.

  1. Silence (Listening, practicing God’s presence.)

Silence frees us from the voices and noises of life and allows us to quiet our spirits and hear God’s voice.

  1. Fasting (Abstaining from food & focusing on God.)

Fasting frees us from the mastery of food and reminds us that our sustenance comes from God alone.

  1. Frugality (Living a simple, non-materialistic life.)

Frugality frees us from materialism and from being mastered by pleasure.

  1. Chastity (Abstaining from sexual thoughts & relations.)

Chastity frees us from lust and being mastered by our bodies.

  1. Secrecy (Disallowing our good acts from being known.)

Secrecy frees us from impure motives and being mastered by our egos.

  1. Sacrifice (Forfeiting personal security & needs.)

Sacrifice frees us from self-reliance and teaches us to depend on God.

  1. Study (Bible study, memory & meditation.)

Studying God’s Word focuses my life on knowing God’s Will, distinguishing God’s wisdom from the world’s delusion, and on learning to live a life of godliness.

  1. Worship (Personally ascribing worth to God.)

Worship focuses my life on living to proclaim His wonder and majesty.

  1. Prayer (Conversing, communicating with God.)

Prayer focuses my life on communicating, co-laboring, and living in communion with God.

  1. Service (Ministering to others & for God’s Kingdom.)

Service focuses my life on living each day to bless others without expectation of anything in return.

  1. Celebrate (Holy delight in God & His goodness.)

Celebration focuses my life on rejoicing in the great things God has done and refusing to live a life of despair or hopelessness.

  1. Fellowship (Worship & service with other disciples.)

Fellowship focuses my life on being a faithful member of the Body of Christ.

  1. Confession (Transparently confiding in trusted disciples.)

Confession focuses my life on righteous living and strengthens me as I reach out to mature Christians for encouragement, accountability, and prayer support.

  1. Submission (Receiving counsel from mature disciples.)

Submission focuses my life on becoming like Christ and grows me in humility as I willingly receive godly counsel from mature Christians.

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All For One and One For All

You remember this line from the nineteenth-century French author Alexander Dumas, The Three Musketeers.   I’m a big fan.  Love the book, movies, characters, love for country and all things right.

 

“All for One and One for All” has another connotation for me, as well.  As Christ followers, we are all united around and committed to the One, Jesus Christ.  And the One, Jesus, is completely devoted to all.  So much so that He literally gave His live for us all.

 

Marysville campusI’m thinking about this as I have the privilege to travel around our state and share with many pastors this week and next week.  I’m writing this blog in Yakima today where I’ll share in a couple of hours.  On Thursday I’ll be in Spokane and next Monday and Tuesday I’ll be in Chehalis and Snoqualmie Ridge.  I’m teaching these days on how to “Turn Our Churches ‘Inside Out.’”  As I share with fellow pastors, the message is clear:  We are “all for the One and He is for us all!!”  And our collective desire is to serve Him in our sphere of influence and help as many people as we can come to know that Jesus is for THEM!!

 

At BCA, we took another step in helping more people come to hear about Jesus.  Our new Marysville Campus launched with 240 people last weekend.  That is a huge WIN and the beginning of something special.  The new campus becomes another lighthouse where we can point more people to the saving power of Jesus Christ and introduce many more to His great love.  It becomes another fishing pond, of sorts, where we can “fish for men” as Jesus tells us to do.

 

As you move through this week, be mindful of the One who is for you.  And do all you can to help the One be made known to all.

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Take the Next Step: 12 Fall Growth Initiatives

Each fall we like to roll out some of the ministry expansion objectives that we are working on. Of course, there are many ministries and outreaches already on our normal ongoing calendar, but in the piece below you will see several new goals and initiatives that our leadership team is praying about, promoting, and believing God for. We are excited about what God has done and is doing! But there is so much more to accomplish for His glory. I believe the best is yet to come. It’s time to TAKE THE NEXT STEP! Please pray about how you can be a part in expanding the reach and growth of BCA as together we honor Christ.

Let’s do this!!

Pastor Rob

Download our Fall Growth Initiatives Guide