The congregational meeting at Cornerstone this last Sunday was a beautiful testimony of God’s grace in the life of our church. To have such a strong majority vote in approval of the leadership’s recommendation to purchase the chapel was a resounding confirmation of unity in direction. I thank you all for the patience you exhibited through the whole process.
There is a wide variety of wants and needs within any congregation, and we all realize that no single building can meet them all. This is why it’s necessary to submit our hearts to God’s leading and remain wedded to His vision for us, not our personal wants or desires.
For instance, some of you really love the chapel as a building, and it has always been your preference to remain right where we are. You were deeply saddened at the possibility that God may be pleased to move us to another location. For you to walk through this process with God’s heart, you had to be willing to lay aside your own preferences and give first and primary consideration to the vision of the church and the leading of God.
On the flip side, some of you are not particularly drawn to the chapel, and you were hopeful that God might see fit to move us to another location. But through this process, you had to face the very real possibility that God might lead us to stay here, which meant you also had to lay aside your preferences and give first and primary consideration to the vision of the church and the leading of God.
The more we learn to die to our own desires, and let God’s vision for His church set the agenda for all we do, the healthier we will be as a congregation—regardless of where God takes us. Much more than bricks and mortar, the true reward of a process like this is the spiritual fruit. Physical buildings come and go, but the building of faith in the Spirit lasts forever.
“Father, teach us to trust you for daily provision. And let us find our dwelling place in you, that we may always have a home no matter where we happen to be. Amen.”