In A Nutshell | February 26, 2021

Is Our Long-Awaited Youth Movement Finally Here?

Three cheers for Erica Boyer! She has been a real champion in sharing her faith
and her love for Oak Chapel with others. She has been inviting many of her peers to
experience our church and perhaps become actively involved with our ministry.

This past Sunday, she brought four of her friends, and they really seemed to
enjoy their visit. They were engaged during the service and excited when they visited
our new youth room. One of the young men even said, “This is my new church.”

We have been hoping and praying for this moment for some time, so I think it is
important for us to capitalize on the opportunity. Let us warmly welcome these young
people and those who follow into our church. Let us invite them to become involved and
develop a real sense of purpose. They are already asking about church projects and
mission opportunities, so I am hopeful that we can integrate them quickly into the life of
the church. I hope you will join me in this venture, as we attempt to grow in the coming
months. If you know of anyone in this age group that might be interested in joining our
group, please let us know. All are welcome!

So much of Scripture talks about patience, prayer, and perseverance, and I
believe we are seeing the fruits of those virtues right now. If we are faithful and
obedient, God will answer our prayer in His time, and I believe that His time has come.
We are ready to grow and expand our base so that we can become a multigenerational

Imagine the possibilities as young people bring new excitement and enthusiasm
to our mission. Imagine the potential of young families connecting and establishing a
rock-solid foundation for the future. All of this is possible through the God we serve and
the covenant we create with him.

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has
been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all
that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

We don’t have to travel to all nations; we can have an impact right here in Wayne
County. Let us welcome others and teach them to observe all that Jesus commanded,
so that they, too, might become disciples and share in the promise of salvation.

Imagine for a moment what it will be like 15-20 years from now when our church
is flourishing and possibly even expanding. Such thoughts are enchanting and
exhilarating — and it’s all possible through our divine partnership with God.

I salute all of you as faithful servants and invite you to join with me as we prepare
and plan for a future of prosperity. It all starts with a dream.

Until we meet again, Be Blessed! – Pastor John

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