Following Jesus, fulfilling His mission

Thanks and Giving Celebration – memorial stones

Romans 10:9–15 (ESV) 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

Invitation to join us in vision and mission

Invitation into a new way of relating to your resources

Invitation to put your security in God

Invitation into something that is greater than we are individually

I’m not going to talk about $$ this week, although with all the mention of property and documentation that was made available since May and online, we still have some people not aware that we are in the midst of a building development that has been four years in the making and we’re at the sharp end of the stick.

Ie. we’ve done the vision casting, the consultation, bought up extra properties, completed planning, now we’re looking at the financing.

I said to Graham during the week, last Sunday was watershed day in life of this congregation – a turning point, a historical moment.

Raised about ¾ mill $$ last weekend – haven’t reached our final figure as people are still responding – but it is significant.

And in the middle of a pandemic, with all the things that have seemingly held us back from regaining a sense of momentum moving forwards, all the while resting in the providence of God.

I hope you were here for last Sunday where we gathered out the front and brought our gifts and offerings to God – some up front, some pledges over five years and some both and some property bequeathed.

Last month there was a gift of $20k from someone that doesn’t even come to VHBC but is a long time friend and visitor.

It wasn’t just for the breakfast last Sunday that is worth celebrating – (although how good was that) – it is what God has done and is doing through His people and for His Kingdom.

Don’t miss being part of what God is doing.

Romans 15:4 (NLT) Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. They give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises…