We’re only 3 weeks into January 2012, and it’s already been the biggest month of change and steps of faith since the church began 2 1/2 years ago! In addition to canceling our Wednesday night services, adding an evangelism street team, and launching our biggest, most aggressive outreach to date, we added one more thing on Sunday… a third Sunday service!
Our reasoning was simple. I believe that in 2012, we will see more people make decisions for Jesus, get baptized, and be discipled than in our last 2 1/2 years combined. If we really believe that vision, we had better make some room for what God is going to do!
Our 9am Sunday service could have probably gone on for another couple months as is, but our 11am is continually completely maxed out. We not only have every chair set out that we can fit (see picture below), but on Sunday, we also had people in the prayer room and seated in the foyer to watch the message!
With the launch of our study through Revelation beginning in 4 weeks, The Uprising in 7 weeks, and Easter in 10, we had better make some room!
God used Hebrews 11:7 to speak to me as I prayed and sought the Lord about a lot of these new changes.
“By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household…” – Hebrews 11:7
Noah wasn’t aware of all the details, but he knew God was about to do something huge, so he prepared himself as he “moved with godly fear.”
For us, moving with Godly fear didn’t mean building an ark, it meant clearing some room. It’s a big step to add service #3 on Sunday mornings. That means everything that happens in 2 services has to now happen in 3. The cost of ministry increases and the amount of people we need involved increases. It’s not a problem. It’s an opportunity. An opportunity to do what we’re called to do as Christians and as a church: REACH MORE PEOPLE!
We’re excited to make the move and I heard nothing but excitement and positive feedback from those who heard the news on Sunday. Beginning Sunday, February 19, our new service times will be 8:30am, 10:15am, and 12 noon.
Here’s the video of me making the announcement on Sunday…