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A Call to Persevere As We Move Forward

Hebrews 10: 19-25
Delivered by Reverend Rick Kesterson, 10/23/16

There is something that I have not done since I have been here, and that is to clearly cast a vision for RBC. Our current sermon series, "Living Above Our Circumstances," has one goal - to get us to stop looking at our circumstances and to look to God. Because when we look at our circumstances we can always find some reason not to be involved in God's work. Whether you are a single parent, been there, work two jobs, been there, too poor, been there, told to young, been there, or your too old, getting there, these are circumstances when allowed dictate our involvement in God's plan. Something we never seem to talk about - and that is at some point in time there is an expectation of retirement from secular work. But it is never expected within the church to retire from God's work.

There are many who have accomplished great things in their "retirement years." To name a few: Immanuel Kant, Verdi, Michelangelo, Ronald Reagan. Caleb is one of my biblical heroes. When he was 80 years old he told Joshua that he felt like 40 and was fit for battle. It is my desire to be fit for battle when T hit triple digits. We need to turn our eyes upon the Lord this great high priest having full assurance of faith. Verse 23 states, "For he who promised is faithful." God has never broken a promise - so we can not only say but believe, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil 4:13.

No longer can we look at some things and say this is all we can do. For example - "our finances" - or our building. No longer can we run the finances as a business. Yes! We need to be smart, and wise, but also acting in faith that our Father owns all the cattle on a 1,000 hills. Let's ask Him to sell some cattle.

Our building is old- needs work, it is small. Several times in our history we hit 75 people in attendance and then fell down. Let's not let this scare us but allow it to spear us on to fill this building and then take one half and start another church.

I have some hopes for the coming year:

  • AWANA "Truth Seekers" need at least 4 people to halp.
  • VBS - ask Campfield Memorial to come back this time we need to teach and they support, same as block party
  • Music/worship - more involvement, kids/adult, skits and drama.
  • Nursing home ministry
  • Outreach - farmer's market, refugee ministry
  • Thinking outside the box-finding ways to build relationships and lead people to Christ.
  • Mission involvement - In our immediate area, across the association and in our convention: respond to churches needing help; Operation Christmas boxes, disaster relief efforts in flooded areas, participating in Campfield's community outreach.
  • My hope is that by January 1, 2018 every one of us has gone on a mission trip. A mission trip that you may have already taken does not count.
  • We should stretch our resources and not give up on ministries that have not yielded what we hoped like our library.
  • We need to renew our commitment to prayer, get back to the 6:00 PM Sunday evening prayer time as well as personal prayer.

No one thing will grow a church - our resources/people are limited, but if we are wise in following the Lord's leadership, we will grow. An example of the Lord opening doors for us if we remain faithful is ministry to refugees. Doors were closed last year when we looked into this possibility. Now they are swinging open and we should, perhaps, look for someone to help us in this area.

This is just the beginning for us as a body of believers. And as we follow the Lord we will as Verse 23 states, "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess." In other words- we will persevere in all things. Spurring one another toward love and good deeds. These will be encouraged and celebrated. Verse 25b says that the day approaching - I have no idea when the Lord will return - but he is coming again - and we will be found faithful until he does. And whatever the outcome our God will be glorified. "To God Be the Glory."

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144 Elm Street Montpelier, VT 05602 (802) 223-6538
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