The opening date for our “one service” weekend has been postponed. We are probably looking at a date closer to October 11th which will be our 13th year anniversary as a church.
It is said that we can see the state of our heart by looking at our calendar and our checkbook. The problem is that most Christians don’t use their time and money to further the kingdom of God. Jesus’ parable in Luke 16 illustrates that the people of God must use their resources now to invest in eternal relationships and to store up for themselves an unfading inheritance. Our job as believers is not to simply say a prayer, attend a service, and wait for heaven. We are to engage in the mission of the Holy Spirit in the world: tell people about Jesus and help them grow in Him.
"This isn’t just about a new building or a new set of programs. It’s about reorganizing our lives to reflect the thing we value most: Jesus."
As Christians, we tend to prioritize many things in life and make room for things we value. We carve out time and resources to engage in things we see as important. Sadly, our tendency is to make room in our lives for things that are fickle and fleeting: from football to Pintrest. Romans 8:5-6 says: “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.” Here at VGF we strive to set our hearts and minds on the things that are above, where Christ is (Colossians 3:1). Part of this process of setting our hearts on Christ is allowing our belief inform our behavior. If we believe that knowing Christ is transforming and that being near Him is immensely valuable then we should make more room for both Him and His mission in our calendar and budget. Following Jesus encompasses all of life, including our finances. Making room for God isn’t about doing something for Him because He isn’t capable. It’s about creating space in our lives and hearts for Him to do something great in our hearts and in the lives of our community. This isn’t just about a new building or a new set of programs. It’s about reorganizing our lives to reflect the thing we value most: Jesus. All of our lives are dedicated to God and His mission; so we need to be intentional about how we use the gifts that God has given to us to further His mission.
One way that we prioritize the kingdom in our lives is to use our money wisely. Our building project is so much more than just bricks, mortar and steel to house more bodies; it’s an opportunity to reach more people in the community for Christ. It allows for us to minister to the children in the community and lay a foundation for the rest of their lives. It allows us to share the gospel and solid Biblical teaching with more people on the weekends. It allows us to gather during the week for Bible studies, discipleship classes and fellowship. Again, making room for God isn’t about doing something for Him because He isn’t capable. It’s about creating space in our lives and hearts for Him to do something great in our hearts and in the lives of our community. This building campaign is so much more than more space to park our cars and our rear-ends. We are building to make an impact in our community in a variety of ways.
"Making room for God isn’t about doing something for Him because He isn’t capable."
We ask that you would prayerfully consider joining with us in our Gospel-mission. A donation of any amount goes a long way in helping us in our goal. The most important thing that we ask is that you give prayerfully. We don’t want to guilt anyone into giving begrudgingly or out of compulsion but rather out of the gratitude of our hearts (2 Corinthians 9:7). We pray that you would prayerfully think about what things you make room for in your life and ask if they further the gospel of Jesus.
If you desire to support this mission, you can give online using Pushpay. Just click the link below and select "Building Fund" under the drop down titled "Giving Type". Thank you for your commitment to our local gathering of the saints and to Jesus Christ. We are immensely grateful.