I have no choice but to give big thanks to God as I look back on the last year. In December 2011 there were 18 people in our living room praying about starting a church. This past Sunday there were more than 70 meeting in a historic building in the heart of Oak Park. I’ve been able to meet so many people for the first time and I’ve enjoyed watching how they quickly transformed from stranger to church family member. It’s very cool!
Looking ahead to 2013 is exciting as well. We’re doing some outreach into the community in order to make sure people know we’re here. We’re also trying to establish healthy relationships with non-Christians in order to effectively show them Jesus. That is, after all, the whole point of starting this church. There are many people who don’t know Jesus. Sometimes it’s because they’ve never had someone talk to them about Him. Other times, the people have been burned by Christians and so they have also rejected their Lord. We’re keeping focused on the “grace and truth” of Jesus and looking forward with eager expectation to what God is going to do.
PS: My 2013 resolution is going to be to blog more. Ignore the fact that it was also my 2012 resolution.