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Since I’ve been in church all of my life, I’ve had LOTS of opportunities to give above and beyond my regular tithe (10%) giving to special causes and campaigns in the church. So from my personal experience, I want to give you a few ideas that might really help you as you consider how much to give to the Unstoppable Initiative this Sunday. You may give:
It’s no secret! We need to give 1 million dollars to open up our Newport News Campus debt-free. The last four weeks, we’ve been on an exciting journey toward giving…that journey culminates THIS SUNDAY! I hope you’re ready! However, 1 million dollars is not the goal. I hope I’ve made this clear. The “win” this Sunday isn’t found in the amount of money we give. “Success” isn’t defined by a particular dollar amount. If we give 1 million, we’ll celebrate and move forward with full steam ahead. If we give less than 1 million, we’ll look at scaling back the size of the campus or at other funding options. If we give more than 1 million, the sky is the limit!
My hope and prayer about Sunday isn’t focused on the money, it’s focused on the process. PLEASE do not miss this opportunity. The “win” is found in the process. “Success” is defined by you seeking God. I want every person who calls WEC home to use this opportunity to seek God like never before. Find a quiet place. Get alone with God. Pour out your heart and soul to Him in prayer. Tell Him your fears. Ask Him to lead you. And then follow Him in obedience on Sunday. If that happens, everybody wins!
I’m praying for you CHURCH! #unstoppable
Can you feel the momentum?
Do you sense the movement of God?
Are you tuned into the mission?
Exponential Growth…LOVE WEEK….Baptisms….a third campus! God is doing something extraordinary in our midst. Don’t miss. Join the movement!
We say it all the time, “baptism is an outward sign of an inward change.” We say, “it’s the first step of obedience for Christ Followers.” We believe that baptism is a command from Jesus; it’s a way to follow His example; and it’s an important step in your spiritual growth. All of those things are true for the person being baptized and in large part that’s why I love the symbolism, meaning, and importance that baptism plays in a person’s life.
But I love baptism for another reason! I love what baptism means and does in the life of a church. This Sunday we’re baptizing in all of our services on both of our campuses. Every time a person gets baptized at Waters Edge it’s a powerful reminder of our mission. It’s an affirmation of our hard work, sacrifice, and dedication. It’s an expression of God’s work in our midst. It’s the fuel that keeps the fire hot in the lives of hundreds of volunteers and hundreds of givers. When a person gets baptized, we can all know that we’ve had a small part in the process of their life-chnage!
If you haven’t been baptized, perhaps this Sunday is your day. I guarantee you, it will be meaningful and propel you in your relationship with Jesus. Register online at watersedgechurch.net.
If you have been baptized, allow the baptism experience of others to motivate, inspire, and challenge you…and let’s celebrate baptism like never before this Sunday!
This week we will show the love of Jesus in an unprecedented form and fashion to the entire Peninsula in more than 61 different service projects, aiding more than 2 dozen community organizations, totaling more than 4,700 hours of community service all in 1 week! It’s LOVE WEEK! It’s not too late to get involved and participate. Simply go to watersedgechurch.net, find an opportunity that interests you, and register for it! We are unstoppable. Join the movement!
I believe that “everybody needs a group!” In fact, it’s one of the values that we hold the highest around Waters Edge Church. However, the reason everybody needs a group might not be the reason you would suspect. Some people need a group because they need friendship, accountability, support, and encouragement. You’ll definitely get that in a group. There’s a different reason that some people need a group though…
Perhaps you need a group to be reminded that it’s not all about you?!
Every time I teach on our groups at Waters Edge, I always give the disclaimer: “Groups aren’t perfect because they are made up of imperfect people.” Every group has someone in it that’s a little needy, a little whiny, a little odd, and a whole lot annoying! (if you’re not sure who that person is in your group, it might be you!) Believe it or not, being in a group with imperfect people helps perfect people like you and me to grow spiritually. When you spend time with people who are not like you, who challenge you, who have different backgrounds and different questions and answers, you grow spiritually! Maybe you need a group simply because you’ve surrounded yourself with easy, lovable, similar people. Everybody needs a group!
(by the way, while I was absent from my group last night it was apparently decided that I might be the needy one in our group!)