We celebrated God's faithfulness over what has been almost 4 years of restarted progress. Looking back at December 2007 from the church's beginnings to where God has taken us is almost mind boggling. In almost 4 years of ministry and labor, we have had our "Bob the Builder" hats on for sure. New roof systems, complete remodeling projects, a new building, a new land acquisition, painting, painting, and more painting are just some of the things the church has worked at. It's not been an easy road, but it has been a tremendous journey that is just in its beginning stages. Nothing would be possible without the favor and blessings of the Lord without a doubt. The prayers and support of good, God-fearing, Bible believing, truth seeking, faith speaking people haven't been so bad either . . . .
The truth is though, we still have a long way to go. It has taken almost 4 years to get to a point where we finally have the facilities to not only accommodate growth with a few twists and turns, but also attract and entice individuals to come and feel welcome on our property. We have updated, modernized, refurbished, and secured much, and as such, a great deal of focus has had to be paid to "building buildings and structures." The good news is with only 2 projects left (parking lot and social hall remodeling) that chapter will be closing and a new chapter beginning. That new chapter will shift focus from repairing and maintaining what we have to working and projecting to build people, families, and yes more buildings (SANCTUARY). The most important focus has always been and will continue to be souls.
Having said all that, there was a measure of disappointment for me this past Sunday. As I grew up, Homecoming was always a time to see people you've not seen in awhile and for people to come back home into the family. My disappointment came from not really seeing any of that. Over the almost 4 years that the church has been moving forward, we've had countless numbers of families come in and worship with us for a few months and some even years that unfortunately moved on for different reasons. Some moved on to other churches. Some haven't moved on anywhere. I can't help but wonder what would Free Point be like as a force in this community for truth, power, and salvation if just half of those who used to be here came back into the fellowship. If you're reading this and you're a former attendee . . . let's solve that. I'm willing if you are. God's too good. Life's too short. Too many people are going to hell. We're better together than apart.
Now I'll be the first to say, Free Point Church isn't perfect. The church has its flaws for sure like every church or organization. Unfortunately, we've not always done everything right. We have made mistakes. We've had to learn the hard way. We've had to make some really tough decisions that probably didn't make a lot of sense at the time and maybe still don't to some. But through it all, we've tried to be as honest, straight forward, and sincere as possible.
Free Point isn't perfect because it's led by a very, very, extremely imperfect pastor. I'm still trying to figure out why God has blessed me to pastor such a great church, with amazing people, in a town I love. This is my first, and hopefully only, pastorate. While I'm not new to ministry, being a pastor was something I was neither educated for or prepared for. It's more than preaching. It's more than counseling. It's more than any label I used to put on it. At times, I feel confident that I'm learning, growing, and doing what God has said. Many other times I feel like a complete failure, trying to understand what just happened and why. My strengths have helped me and my weaknesses have undoubtedly hurt me. But I've tried to learn and I've tried to grow.
All in all, in almost 4 years we've seen God move. I'll continue to cherish the memories and the moments as we go forward, and forward we will go. Next Homecoming, hopefully we will see old friends and more new friends. Hopefully we won't have to wait that long. One things' for sure, God's hand has been and is on this church. We have a God-sized vision for our community and beyond. Below is our video from Homecoming. I hope you enjoy it and celebrate with us all the many things God has done and blessed the church with.