Over the past eight years one of the great joys I have had is seeing what God continues to do in and through the activities at Fourth Street Church of God. I’ve witnessed our building transform from a location where we meet for church into a center our community calls home. Hardly a day goes by that there is not at least one auxiliary activity that takes place on our campus where lives are being touched by the love of Jesus. As we continue pursuing our purpose of “Directing people toward a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ,” God is transforming us into an everyday activity hub for our community.
I would like to personally thank our Board of Trustees for the fantastic job they have done in keeping our campus functioning. God has continually shown Himself faithful by meeting the needs of our campus as they have arisen. As your pastor, I believe that God has placed on my heart a mission to reach deeper into our community. In order to be successful, the quality of our facilities must match the quality of our people. That’s why on March 3rd, as a body we will Rise Up and Build as God has commanded.
When Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem and faced the challenges of rebuilding the city, he said, “The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build.” (Neh 2:20) As we face the challenge of keeping our facilities safe and healthy; functional and attractive, we will trust our God to prosper us, and we will rise up in our knowledge that God is for us always. We will build because He who began a good work in us will be faithful to complete it.
Our primary concern is always for the safety of the people who visit our campus. We believe that in order to draw people into a personal relationship with Jesus we must first be worthy of the trust our community places in us. If we are to develop believers into fully devoted followers of Jesus, we must offer the continual resources needed for the journey. Finally, if we are to demonstrate the power of God’s love to those he places before us we must first honor God through the passionate stewardship of that which He has given us.
We do not accept this challenge lightly. I understand deeply that all good works are accompanied by sacrifice. Everyone has a role to play and each one of us is needed in this journey. I humbly ask that you would accept the challenge placed on all of us to rise up and build.
Peace and Blessing,