“Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch” (Luke 5:4)
With these words Jesus called Peter to a response of obedience and faith, and in doing so proved to him what great things can be achieved out of such a response.
These are also the words, I believe, to inspire and challenge us as a church as we prayerfully contemplate the strategy and vision presented last Sunday. That vision is to continue building on the wonderful foundations brought about by God through the faithfulness and hard work of those who have gone before us here at North Pine Baptist. It involves a strategy for growth as we endeavour with all our strength to be faithful to our purpose of being a community of believers who worship God and proclaim the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in order that people might come to know Him personally, follow Him obediently, and serve Him faithfully.
Our mission is, with God’s help, to BE disciples who MAKE disciples! We want more people to hear about the good news of salvation that is found only through faith in Jesus Christ. As a consequence we recognize the need to create space for this to happen. This will involve taking a motion to the Members meeting in November seeking approval from the church members to adopt the proposal outlined at the Vision Day last Sunday. This will entail a greater emphasis on reaching the lost in our community through more intentional efforts. We have developed some significant bridges into the community over the past number of years through our various ministries.
It is time to take further courageous and bold steps in order to confront people with the truth of Christ and challenge them to make a decision to follow Him wholeheartedly.
Along with this, we need to create more physical space to cater for growth, especially with regards to our youth and children’s ministries as well as for our Sunday mornings together.
At our Vision Day last Sunday the Church leadership outlined the proposal to put before the church a goal of building a new auditorium in the next 5 years. However, realizing that this is a very costly undertaking, we believe that a 3 stage process to reach this goal is needed. This 3 stage strategy will include moving to 2 services on a Sunday morning; changing the format of our Sunday nights; purchasing new chairs for the current auditorium making it more able to be used as a multi-purpose facility; as well as addressing a number of issues related to these changes.
We have seen how God has wonderfully provided for us in the past. Today we are the beneficiaries of those faithful men and women who have gone before us in the work here at NPBC. Through their trust in God and being willing to take bold steps of faith, we find ourselves, by God’s grace, able to have amazing facilities and be debt free!
The challenge for us is to continue to follow in their footsteps in seeing the work here continue to thrive as we depend upon a great God.
Jesus invites us to ‘launch out into the deep water and let down our nets for a catch’. Our response needs to be the same as Peter’s – obedience and trust. As we respond in this way I am confident that God WILL amaze us as He brings more and more people into His kingdom.