From Generation to Generation

vision[1]This past Sunday, January 31 was our annual Congregational Meeting. I closed my pastors’ report with the following thoughts…

Two weeks ago we celebrated two milestones in the life of this congregation. We celebrated 40 years of God’s faithfulness as a church, 40 years as the people of God; Covenant Community Presbyterian. 40 years of ministry, that by God’s grace has touched thousands of lives. We also celebrated 15 years as two congregations coming together as one. We celebrated renewal; we celebrated new life. The Lord has been faithful over these 40 years by sustaining this covenant community, many times in spite of us. There have been challenges over the years, some more significant than others. Some that divided, some that were merely an annoyance. And yet, the Lord has been faithful.

The Lord has been faithful, is faithful, and will be faithful. He calls us to be faithful to him, and to one another. We have celebrated 40 years, now it is time for us to plan for the next 40 years. It’s time to build upon the foundation that has been laid.

Themes from the weekend that were shared, that showed how some things haven’t changed all that much were… close community, family, kids running you over, etc. It’s comforting to know that those are still evident here. But, I also heard from those who aren’t currently here… past members and pastors alike, “there’s something new happening here, and we like it!” The Lord is doing something new here at Covenant, something that hasn’t happened in the previous 40 years, something that by God’s grace will be a beacon of hope and light that the gospel is the answer in a lost and hurting world.

I hope that encourages you. I hope that you see that what the Lord has begun here (by begun, I mean this first 40 years) is something that we should excite us, and led us to pray in earnest that we might have the mind of Christ Jesus among ourselves for the next 40 years. I hope that you will pray with me, and labor with me that we would be the next faithful generation, who leaves a legacy like that which has been given to us. Not a legacy for us, but for the next generation. That we continue, by God’s grace, to build upon the foundation that has been laid.

In the “For The Life of The World” series that we did last Spring in Sunday school, we were reminded that it takes a generation (which in biblical terms is 40-70 years) for meaningful, lasting change to happen. May the Lord give us the strength and the vision to be faithful, perhaps preparing for something that we may never benefit from, but our kids, and their kids after them will. That those who are yet unborn might know the Lord Jesus, and tell their children – because of the ministry that we’ve been faithful to pursue.

Psa. 78:5        He established a testimony in Jacob

and appointed a law in Israel,

which he commanded our fathers

to teach to their children,

6          that the next generation might know them,

the children yet unborn,

and arise and tell them to their children,

7          so that they should set their hope in God

and not forget the works of God,

but keep his commandments