A.W. Tozer has famously said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” Yesterday (as has been the case so many other times in my life), I was confronted with how small my view of God actually is. For months I have been thinking it would be a miracle if we had 500 people show up on launch Sunday at the Clifton Rd Campus.
Here’s the truth: over and over again I feel like we, as a church, have set goals that were, in our own minds, God-sized. And over again God has far exceeded our “lofty” goals. The question is, how should we respond to such things? I’m glad you asked! Our response should be twofold:
First, We Should Thank God for All That He Has Done
Here are some things that we can thank God for:
1. We were praying for 500 people to start attending at the Clifton Rd. Campus. On Sunday we had 800 people on site. Praise God for that!
2. We were praying that we would have 150 people connected to volunteer teams at the new campus. As of this weekend, there are almost 200 people on volunteer teams at Clifton Rd. Let’s praise God for that!
3. We were praying that first-time guests would walk through the doors of the campus and be able to sit under the preaching of the gospel. We had 25 first-time guests Sunday. Let’s praise God for that!
These are exciting numbers because these numbers represent people, and people are the mission! These three sets of numbers are just a small picture of all that God has done. There is much more we could celebrate, and I so look forward to celebrating baptisms this coming Sunday at both of our campuses.
But . . .
We should do more than just thank God for all he has done. Now more than ever,
We should beg God to do even more among us.
If we step back for just a moment, we can see clearly that his mission is so much broader than Launch Sunday at the Clifton Rd. Campus. Here’s the reality: there are over 1.5 million people in the Piedmont Triad. The City of Greensboro alone has a population of around 280,000. If you just count the student body of the colleges around the Clifton Rd campus, there are over 30,000 students. These numbers should drive us to our knees in prayer. We have barely scratched the surface of all that God wants to do here in the Triad! Would you join Mercy Hill in praying that God would do even more among us in the days to come?
-Randy Titus (Campus Pastor/Community Groups Director)
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