Most of you have heard by now that the elders have determined to plant Christ Church Downtown as a new church in the coming months. This is both exciting and daunting. And so I want to give two brief exhortations related to this.
First, we want to think about this the way God wants us to. Our hearts can be slippery and deceitful things. You may be tempted to pride, to begin comparing in an unhealthy way our people, our service, our worship, our community to the main service or Trinity or some other church in town or even another one far away. Or you may be tempted to fear or anxiety. What if this goes badly? What if we mess it up? What if it isn’t a good launch? Grab hold of your heart and do what you just said you have done. Lift up it up to the Lord. And hold it there. We are just people, but we serve a great God. We have nothing in ourselves, but we have everything in Christ.
Second, you might wonder: What does this mean for us? What will our goals be? What is our mission? And of course, we will discuss this more in the coming months. But the central things will not be changing. The central thing we do is worship the Triune God. This is the call to worship every Lord’s Day, and it is the rallying cry of the Church Universal. What are we here for? To worship the Triune God. Why do work every day? For the Triune God. Why do we repent of our sins and forgive one another quickly? Because the Father sent the Son to die for our sins and rise from the dead, and the Spirit of the Father and the Son has been sent into our hearts and now we are new creatures.
There will be a number of new and exciting things coming up for CCD: information meetings, Heads of Household meetings, Bible studies, and so on. But keep these two things at the center: Keep your hearts lifted up to the Lord and keep worshiping the Triune God.