2009 has been a fascinating year at Eastridge Community Church. I’ve seen God do so much (for a bit of information about what He’s done, see this earlier post of mine). In the midst of what is certainly the worst economy of my lifetime, He has taken care of us. For the first time, we’re able to track and keep up with guests and those who make decisions. We’ve seen our people reach out to the community in unprecedented ways. And I believe it’s just the beginning.
Last week, we launched a campaign called Life’s Healing Choices. We’ve done quite a bit to promote the campaign: signs all over Newton County, thousands of invitation cards; Colleen Jackson even wrote a terrific article in today’s local paper. But even our best efforts were hampered by the budget.
What happened as a result? On Sunday, 22 first-time guests came to Eastridge. Nine people accepted Christ. Nearly 200 people who were willing to admit that they have a need that only God can fill. Seventy small groups full of people sharing with each other about the hope that only comes from Jesus Christ. (My group met tonight for the first time; it was cool to spend time and share with old friends, new friends, and family.)
God deserves all the credit for what is taking place at Eastridge. None of this is about us; it’s all for His glory. And He’s doing such great things because our people…not just the pastors, staff, and elders, but the bulk of our people…are surrendered to him. God is going to move when His people stay in His Word and in prayer and live lives of surrender to Him, because only in surrender can we step out of our way and allow Him to do His work unhindered.
I’m grateful to the people of Eastridge Community Church for being willing to live in surrender to the One who gets things done.