Padre's Ponderings, August 25, 2016

August 29, 2016 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

Posted in: Encouragement | Tags: Padre's Ponderings

My recent sermon "God's Agenda, Not Ours" is an effort to capture the agenda I believe the Lord has placed before us as we begin our next decade in partnership for His glory. A few excerpts from this seminal document are reprinted below as an invitation to listen intently to its entirety, perhaps even more than once. Click here for the link to the web sermon.

"My brothers and sisters, I believe The Church of the Cross is now at a critical juncture in its history. During our first twenty years together, many people have worked hard and given sacrificially of their time, talent and treasure: first, to restore our Historic Campus and its surrounding grounds to their present state of beauty; and second, after purchasing land on the Buckwalter Parkway in 1998, to build the Cross Schools Campus and establish a worshipping community upon it in 2005. And why did we do all of this? Very simply, so that we could better reach more and more people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ."

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"Our facilities have doors encouraging people to enter, to engage in meaningful fellowship as a step toward entering into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. And by God's grace, as we've built more doors, more people have entered and opened their hearts to the Lord; and that's due in no small part to your willingness to open your hearts to welcome them - thank you!"

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"But now more doors are needed on the Cross Schools Campus and land needs to acquired in Jasper County for even more doors in the future. Doors . . . people enter and leave by them and understanding that is critical to grasping our vision. Our facilities are simply means to an end; they are not the end. You see, ultimately, we are not trying to grow The Church of the Cross . . . we are trying to change people's lives for eternity by introducing them to Jesus."

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"By building more doors, we make it possible for more people to enter, to be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit, and to leave to be God's agents of change in this fallen world. Our goal is not to put shackles on those who enter - it's to give them wings. Our ministries are not about us - they're about Him and them! And for that selfless calling, we say, 'Thanks be to God!'"

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