203. That's how many souls came to MHC this past Sunday. A record for the new MHC which was launched in Sept of 2011. We have over 100 active members now. Lots of guests lately and many people are in the membership process! We do not have nor desire "inactive" members, which is an oxymoron anyway.
We are Actively seeking to glorify God BY enjoying Him forever! Where did I get this vision for life, for His Church, for every day? The Bible. (and also a pastor friend who showed this to me from the Bible...more from him later.) God created us for His glory (Isaiah 43:7). We are commanded to Delight in God (Psalm 37:4). Yes, at His right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11). So in ALL we do church, we are to glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31). As He increases, we decrease. (John 3:30). As He increases in our affections, sin decreases...the desire to sin is killed. And Hebrews 12:14 makes our striving against sin most critical...as God threatens Hell to those who pursue sin regularly. We walk by faith in the promises of God as we daily step heavenward.. The reward awaits. Hebrews 10 and 11. And then there is Romans 8 - perhaps the greatest chapter in the Bible. Why? By the truth it contains, and it is God-breathed. You can hear a summary below.
This Sunday you will hear how I arrived at this passion to glorify God in all of life. This view of reality wonderfully stunned me in 1997, and I have never recovered. It's how God led me to pastor MHC. It's why I remain here. I was introduced to some godly men who would later emerge as my heroes in the Christian faith once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3). Here is a clip from one of them. I pray that I will be as lovingly true and faithful when I am 68 years old. I met him when he was 51. I will be 51 in a month. Oh, to so desire God and hunger for His truth, His Word.
We are growing for God's glory AND our joy in Jesus Christ. We want to be a mile deep, not a mile wide and an inch deep. We want to disciple all the Lord brings our way. We are disciples and disciple-makers. This is our calling. This is our joy. So, come join us in our joyful pursuit of finding satisfaction in the promises of God, not the world around us. We are disciples. We are Christ-followers. Oh, and here's Pastor John, my "pastor", if you will.
Click on this link above. Read. Listen. Feast. Meditate. Pray. And then Live. For God's glory. And your joy in Christ. Today. And forever.
See you Sunday, Lord willing!