As time goes by, we are called to envision what we foresee as the future. While none of us can predict with pin- point accuracy what that future will look like, we can get a reasonable idea of what is coming. Today is the time to prepare for tomorrow. The decisions we make today will most certainly affect the decisions we are called on to make at some future date. Having a vision is having the ability to see what could be.
The Bible says, “where there is no vision the people will perish.” (Proverbs 29:18) If that is true, then we must be open to the Holy Spirit to guide us as to where we are and where we are going. In order for us to have the vision that God wants for us, we must be in fellowship and complete agreement withGod about who we are, where we are going, and how we will get there. We must be so close to God that we allow Him to think in and through us.
What does God want our church to look like? What does He desire for our worship, preaching and teaching times? What does He want for our Connection Sunday School groups and discipleship? What does He want for our families; parents, children and students? What does He want for our fellowship and time together? When God looks at us, what does He see? What does He want to see?
As we begin a new year at South Elm, we are hoping to move in a direction of reaching lost people with the Gospel, teaching them the truths of God’s Word, and ministering to the needs of those among us and around us. October is a time of refresh- ing. We are going to start with a new website and the ability to present who we are and who God has called us to be. We are going to have a Lay-Led revival led by our own people. We are going to have a concert with the Webb Family. We will have an outreach ministry to the community through Trunk or Treat. We will be sending missions teams to Romania, and New York. The greatest challenge is to live every day in such a way that we attract people to the ministry and work of the Gospel.
What do I see when I think of South Elm? I see a place where we can find and experience the love, grace, mercy and for- giveness of Jesus Christ. I see a place where we can grow in Christ, together as family. I see a place where people can find hope and change. I see a place where Jesus is Lord.