What a great day this is! Celebrating 149 years of God’s faithfulness and blessing to our church. I’ve only been here 8 months, but I have a strong sense that we all are very privileged to be part of what God is doing here.
It’s very appropriate that we celebrate and rejoice over what God has done, and give thanks for the people he has raised up over the last 149 years. In many ways we stand on their shoulders. They have faithfully witnessed here in the CBD, taught and learned and lived out God’s word and pointed people to Jesus.
For generations people have come to know Christ, grown in Christ and proclaimed Christ through the ministry of Swanston St Church of Christ, and now CrossCulture. God has used this place to send hundreds of people throughout the world to take the Good News to people who haven’t heard. We have a good and godly heritage. Let’s celebrate and party!
But let’s also think about how God wants us to build on what we have. The need for people to know Christ, grow in him and proclaim him is still as urgent as it was in 1865. There are many more around us than there were then, and most of them know very little of who Jesus is and what He has done for us. The facilities and resources we have at our disposal are even better than they were then, and we have many more people to carry on this great work.
Let’s pray that God will help us as we seek to focus our efforts on working together to build up the body: in bringing people to trust in Jesus and in helping one another to grow to ‘the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ’ (Ephesians 4:13)