Pastor Bill, “When I was considering coming to Plymouth Congregational church, I thought, “this church reminds me so much of every other church in rural America.” Since becoming your pastor I have discovered that I was woefully wrong.
We’re not like every other church in America. We have a unique calling, a unique position, a unique outlook, and courage to Trust God. Trust God. Trust God.
To hear some of you talk we have the least gifted, the least talented, the most problems, the highest mountains and the least resources to accomplish anything.
this is God’s plan for this church to accomplish growth in 2012.
Also I have discovered that this was a woefully wrong concept of Plymouth. The reality is that it doesn’t matter how many resources the church has; we could have all of the man-made resources that one could imagine, but apart from the Power of the Holy Spirit, such a church will do nothing of significance for the glory of God.
In fact, I believe the opposite is true. We could have the least gifted people, the least talented people, the fewest leaders, and the least money, and this church under the Power of the Holy Spirit could shake the nations for His glory. The reality is that our church through the Power of the Holy Spirit can accomplish more during the next month in the Power of God’s Spirit than we can in the next hundred years apart from His provision. His Power is so superior to ours.
Why do we not desperately seek it?”
Consider Matthew 6:9-13 – Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Ordinary Christians, Extraordinary God
Pastor Bill, “Consider the implications for Christianity in America if God is simply waiting to show his power in a people who turned their backs on a philosophy of life that exalts their supposed ability to do anything they want and who instead confess their desperate need for Him? What if God in all His Grace is radically committed to showing Himself strong on behalf of a people who express their need for Him so their lives might make much of Him?
This is the story of George Mueller. Pastor of a church in Bristol England, for more than 60 years, but he was best known for the orphanage ministry he began. During his life he cared for more than 10,000 orphans. Remarkably, and intentionally, he never asked for money or other resources to provide for these orphans. Instead he simply prayed and trusted God to provide.
When I read Miller’s biography, I was shocked to learn why he started the orphanage. His primary purpose was not to care for orphans. Instead, he wrote in his journal:
If I, a poor man, simply by prayer and faith, obtained without asking any individual, the means for establishing and carrying out an orphan house, there would be something which, with the Lord’s blessing, might be instrumental in strengthening the faith of our children of God, besides being a testimony to the CONSCIENCES of the unconverted, of the reality of the things of God.
This, then, was the primary reason for establishing the orphan house… The first and primary object of the work was and still lives that God might be magnified by the fact, that the orphans under my care are provided with all they need, only by prayer and faith without anyone being asked by me or my fellow laborers were by it may be seen, that God is faithful still and hears prayers still.
Muller decided that he wanted to live in such a way that it would be evident to all who looked at his life – – Christian and non-Christian alike – – that God is indeed faithful to provide for His people. He risked his life trusting in the greatness of God, and in the end his life made much of the glory of God.”
For more information please see the Wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_M%C3%BCller
Pastor concludes, “God delights in using ordinary Christians who come to the end of themselves and choose to trust in His extraordinary provision. He stands ready to allocate His power to all who are radically dependent on Him and radically devoted to making much of Him.”
But what happens to us when we believe God has turned his back by allowing pain, suffering, death, loss, and hopelessness to crawl into our lives like the Black Plague? Who will we be to God, for God, in these times? Will we still believe in His superior power or will we walk away calling Him names?