A lot of people say a lot of nice things about our church. I love that don’t you? It’s so common to hear disparaging things said about churches in general these days… “Too unfriendly!” “Too cold!” “Starchy!” “Way too traditional!” “Way too contemporary!” “Too large!” “Too small!” “Preacher preaches too long!” “”Preacher is too dry!” “No one spoke to me!” “Too smothering!” You know the list goes on and on, and today the criticism can even become more disheartening sometimes… the church is out of touch, irrelevant, not relatable. We hear these negatives so often that it’s nice to hear something positive now and then. I’ve been hearing a lot of nice things said about our church lately, and it’s understandable. God has truly blessed our church a lot recently, and it’s really not about us at all. It’s all about Him. If there is anything good about FBC Buda it is only because we are making much of Him. Praise be to God! It’s all about Him really, but He is certainly blessing our church. As James says in James 1:17closeJames 1:17 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (ESV) closeJames 1:17closeJames 1:17 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (ESV) 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (ESV) , “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” Every good gift we have been given as a church comes from Him too. We are going through a lot of changes right now, and that can be scary, but God is so good and so blesses… and He will continue to bless as we serve and worship and exalt His name. He is in charge and has a plan and will take care of all of our needs. Remember that God cares about even the smallest trivial details of our lives.
We have been so blessed in the past few years with building expansions and remodels, with new ministry starting and new families being added to our number, with a growing and expanding music and choir program, with a growing and expanding children’s and youth ministry, and much much more. His blessings overflow! And people are saying a lot of nice things about our church lately, but can I tell you something a visitor to our church said on Easter Sunday… something that I think may sound really simple to you, but to me it was one of the greatest compliments we could receive… that any church could receive really. She said to me, “We’ll be back! This is an alive church!” I love that! Don’t you? “This is an alive church!” She is right! This is an alive place. We are an alive people… alive in Christ, filled with Him and His love, and busy living out our faith together.
You see it really isn’t about styles of worship, or traditional verses contemporary, or progressive, or the size of our building or the newness of our building. It’s not about church growth formulas, or the latest trends in preaching, or the newest fads in church politics. It’s about Jesus being alive in us and that flowing out of us to the lives of those around us. When someone notices that we are alive in Christ that is the greatest compliment we can be given. Let’s keep on living for Jesus each day, and letting Him exhibit His life giving power and salvation through us. Let others see Jesus in you! I love you, Bro. Buddy