In his blog, "MindFull of the Truth," Wayne Hardy, pastor of the Bible Baptist Church of Stillwater, OK, gives a great challenge to Christians and churches about their faith after God's call.
This challenge comes from the life of Noah. He knew God's plan for the first 40 days of the flood period but had nothing but faith to take him through the next 335 days. He writes:
This message touches so clearly on what we are doing here in Greenpoint. We have started a new church. Outreach, signs, cards, website, one on one conversations with people in the community and relationship building have all been clear ways of spreading the word about the church. We still use the phrase, "a new church in Greenpoint" because compared to the 50-150 year old churches in Greenpoint we are just getting started. The next phase of our church plant is a bit less clear. We know that a church grows as born again, baptized believers come together to serve Christ as a local body, but who those people will be and when they will be reached isn't exactly clear. Also, we don't plan to meet in an old factory building forever so our future location is also a bit unknown. Pastor Hardy has a good challenge for us:
As we move forward as a church, let us remember that all the faith that it took to begin North Brooklyn Baptist Church is just a drop in the bucket of what faith will be needed for it to become all that Christ wants this church to be.