Today was a powerful day at Aletheia, and for that I'm grateful. Grateful to God, our awesome pastors, staff, and leaders. The last few weeks I've stepped back just a touch, since we just had a baby. Graciously and helpfully, my team has stepped up to the plate to enable me to take some time off with my growing family. So, I showed up today much later than usual, and unsurprisingly, my team did an outstanding job. In light of this, a few thoughts occur...
- It's not about me. Of course, I knew that before today, but walking into the church that God called me to plant and lead and watching it hum along quite nicely without me I knew it.
- Jesus loves those far from him more than I do. Today, people were born again at Aletheia. I didn't do that. Of course, I never do that. But I'm usually involved at some stage. Not today, and it was beautiful.
- Worship is beautiful when we want it. If there's anything beautiful that rises from tragic weeks like this one, it's that we are all a bit more aware of our need for God. Today, hearts were hungry for Jesus. When we come hungry, God never disappoints.
- We can do this. With Jesus we can do everything that he's called us to do. We cannot do it alone. But empowered by the Holy Spirit, committed to the gospel of Jesus, I'm more convinced than ever that we really can bring the truth, grace, and changing power of the Gospel, for the glory of God and the good of all people.
Watch out Boston. God is alive and well among his people, and as surely as the sun lights the day he is coming to our great city.