On Sunday we had a great celebration, that our church has been here 60 years. We have been blessed with 6 decades of change and influence in our community and partnering with change in people’s lives.
And so we celebrated, we threw a party, we had a BBQ and bouncy castles. But more than that I also shared on Sunday where I believe we are headed for the next 60 years. And what I believe is this: that the future that is coming is greater than anything we have seen before. That we will be saying, “Who could have seen that coming?”
Because while I know lots of people like to talk about the end of the world, the difficulties of the church, and how the future is dark – that isn’t how Paul talks. Instead, Paul believes, like I do, that there is always good and grace on the horizon. So on Sunday we opened up this passage of Scripture from Ephesians 3 which says, “By his mighty power at work within us, God is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or even to hope.”
God wants to do more in our lives that we have ever hoped, dreamed, or even imagined. The words there translated “infinitely more” means literally vastly more than more. God has vastly more than more in store for you.
And this is something I have believed about this church from day one and still believe it is true.
When I came here to be the lead pastor, we had to preach for a “call”. Which basically is a terrifying process where you preach and then everyone votes on you afterwards. Just a small bit of pressure…but it obviously went well.
But this was the verse I preached then. That I believed regardless of whatever happened in the vote, that God had good things in store. And I still believe that. That while lots of people like to pronounce doom and gloom; God is pronouncing life, love, a better future than could ever be imagined. This is your future, and this is mine.
So on Sunday we simply closed with having people state it aloud. To actually say, “God has infinitely more in store for me than I could ever hope or imagine”. Because there are lots of other voices that are saying different things, but I think we need to listen to the Spirit’s voice. The Spirit that says, I have infinitely more in store for you than you could ever hope or imagine. And that…that is good news.
Big Idea: God’s got more in store for you, me, and this church.
- If you don’t appreciate the markers you reach, you often stop reaching them.
- “Who could have seen that coming?”
- The future that is coming is good.
- God’s love is so beyond us that we cannot grasp it, but we can experience it.
- Because when you trust in the future he has for you – you find it.
- Listen and trust in the future God has for you.
- Your dreams are too small for God, God’s got bigger in store for you.
- Are you willing to let God loose in your life?
- Your future isn’t dependent on you but on what God has in store for you.
- “God has infinitely more in store for me than I could ever hope or imagine”
Adult Discussion Questions:
What stuck out to you from the sermon? What was challenging to you? When you look into the future do you see hope or difficulty? Do you believe that God might have infinitely more in store for you? Are you willing to let him loose in your life? What might that look like to trust in his voice? What next step might you take? Who can you ask for support as you continue to follow him?
Challenge for the Week: Trust in God’s voice
2 thoughts on “Anniversary Sunday: 60 Years to Celebrate and More in Our Future”
Wow great message notes, we missed it alas,
We were roughing it in Algonquin Park😜
Your words and Paul’s definitely are a gentle
Reminder of His unfailing love for each one
Of us! Indeed great things are in store! Thank you.
Thanks for the encouragement – but I’m sure Algonquin was amazing!! We love it up there. Hope you had a great weekend 🙂