Perhaps the most essential and visible asset that God has entrusted to us is the beautiful building where we meet to worship, train and encourage one another and the Community. It is the center-piece of our ministry.
The mortgage is an issue for us because every dollar we spend on the mortgage is a dollar not available to be applied to ministry that brings people to Jesus Christ. In other words, it’s our Missions and Ministry or it’s our Mortgage. This is not a choice we want to make.
For the last eight months I have been preparing us to move on up a little higher toward the high call of Jesus Christ. We should understand by now that by the aide of the Holy Spiritwe can do all things through Christ and so we should be anxious for nothing. It’s now time to run. We have learned that with right thinking, we can keep it moving if we pay attention to what is important. Our preaching and teaching has pointed us to putting our full trust in God who is greater than anything we may face. And if we want something we’ve never had, then we have to do something we’ve never done. Since 1862 we have been standing of the promises of God. It’s now time to suck it up and let’s go.
In the coming weeks we will proceed to introduce to you a Stewardship Campaign simply called “UNLEASHED”. The plan is to repurpose our resources in order to realize our potential. The spiritual foundation and focus for this Campaign is Hebrews 12:1-3. The Campaign will be identified with the color purple because purple is the color of sacrifice. The Campaign will extend for 3 years.
We must now set our hearts to fulfill our true and only calling – bridging people to Christ – with greater passion, urgency than ever before. In these tough economic times, our debt is keeping us from doing fully what God has called us to do. We have two choices: Pay the bank with interest and delay our Christian mandate or remove our debt expeditiously and unleash GHBC ministry with greater effectiveness. I believe God is calling us right now to unleash and leverage our resources so that we do not miss the opportunity to proclaim the Gospel to a generation within our prayerful and financial reach.
It’s time to UNLEASH the Church!