This Sunday, We Begin

THIS SUNDAY, WE BEGIN

Dear Church Family,

I can't wait for this Sunday. We're gathering to celebrate, and we're gathering to look with eyes of faith at the future.

God has given BCBC a rich history of Biblical faithfulness, of mission-mindedness, of a genuine family atmosphere that has impacted thousands of lives across the world - including yours and mine. There have been ups and downs along the way - moments of hope and moments of discouragement - but here, in this moment, I feel great excitement. And as I hear from others throughout our church body, I know a lot of you are feeling the same way.

We're not just excited because we have a solid staff team, a wonderfully-renewed sanctuary space, a dedicated team of volunteers, a unified elder board, or... well, I could go on and on with positive factors. You've seen them as well.  The main reason we're excited is because it is obvious that God is at work in our midst.  God has orchestrated things none of us would have thought to orchestrate - He's brought the team, the vision, the clarity, and the unity that can define BCBC going forward.

Each one of us has an important part to play in this unfolding story - through our participation, our prayers, our giving, our commitment, our willingness to change, our can-do positive attitudes, and even our personal sacrifices - we're going to see what God has in mind as we follow His Spirit's lead.

This Sunday, I have the honor of addressing the church regarding our future vision - the practical answer to the question: "Where to from here?" I'm just one voice, of course, and none of what I'll be announcing will be possible without you. If we're going to move forward effectively, we're going to move forward as a team. Paul put it this way: "[Jesus] makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love" (Ephesians 4:16).

For me, a sort of motto I've adopted in life comes from one of my favorite missionary heroes: William Carey. He said that we should: "Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God." To me, that's the address I want to live at, every day of my life. And I pray that as a church together, we'll approach our future expecting great things, and that we'll have the courage to roll up our sleeves and attempt great things as well.

There really aren't any limits on what a church family - fully surrendered to Christ - can accomplish. If there are limits, they are self-imposed, or self-inflicted. Jesus gives us the opportunity to pray and act boldly in His name, in "Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8).

And so we set forth, on this, the next leg of our journey together, dreaming big, praying fervently, aiming directly at our Great Commission, because Jesus is worth our very best.

Expecting great things this Sunday, and beyond,


Dan Jarvis
Teaching Pastor