Of course, the people are awesome and loving.
The community is multicultural in almost every way possible.
God is doing good things among us and through us. People are being transformed by God's grace.
We are reaching out to our local community and to the global community through Bangladesh.
We are creative, innovative, resilient, and faithful.
I could go on and on and on. Instead, I'll just share the my historical reflection from Sunday. (I love you guys. Thank you for letting us be part of your church, your lives, and your hearts!)
Transition in Context
Today, I want to do a quick review of the history of our church. I guess 90% of us here today have only known this church with me as the lead pastor, but our history extends far beyond me.
Everyone, please stand up. I want to thank you for being here today to worship and to celebrate God’s grace in the midst of this transition. God needs all of you. Whether you are a new attender or an old member, I hope you will engage what God is doing here with your whole heart. Volunteer, serve, show hospitality to each other and to new people. God is changing the world through this loving community here. Many people through the years have said this is the best church they have ever experienced, and they are right. You guys are awesome! Give God your heart here, and you and our world will never be the same.
OK, now, if you have started attending our church within the past three years, please sit down. For those of you standing, you have seen some amazing things happen in our church over the past few years.
- We’ve had baptisms of new and recommitting Christians once or twice a year. In 2011 we had our first baptism service outside on the KNU campus, with 9 people from 4 different countries.
- After a season of spiritual dryness, we started doing 24/7 Prayer in 2010, and God has used that to pump spiritual life into our church every semester.
- In 2009, we established our partnership with the Village of Hope in Bangladesh, and since 2010, we’ve sent a total of six teams to care for our widows and orphans there. Last year we began sponsoring the kids, and this has become an integral part of the life and mission of our church. God is using our church here to draw KNU and other Korean churches into partnership with Bangladesh.