Sunday, August 19, 2007

New Church is Chartered...

HCBC Round Rock North was officially chartered last night. We had 97 people sign the charter document and had a wonderful service at the YMCA in Round Rock. Our team did a great job of completely reworking the YMCA gym so it really looked like a worship center - it was truly amazing. God has been so great to us in giving us a great team and a great sending-church in Hill Country Bible Church Pflugerville. It was really amazing to be commissioned this morning at Pflugerville. It was really a G0d-moment as Danny was finishing up a series on giving with a message on sacrificial giving the same Sunday that PF was sacrificially giving away so many people to plant a new church in Round Rock. You can listen to this Sunday's message here.

Thanks for all your prayers over the last year - God has definitely answered our prayers in more ways than we can imagine. We have our first pilot service next Sunday, and we'll be off and running. We are continuing to pray about our launch Sunday on 9.9.07 - we are anticipating great things. If you're not on my prayer-email distribution list, here's the latest prayer update that I sent....

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With less than a month to go until our first public service, we especially covet your intercession on our behalf. We have continued to see God move in remarkable ways over the last six months as He has led us to the YMCA, brought us amazing elders and ministry leaders, built a great staff team, and given us a missional core that is so serious about reaching the Round Rock community with the gospel. The work around here is continuing at a frenzied pace, but we are regularly stopping to confess that this is Jesus' church and that our confidence is in Him and not in our plans.

We have continued to be confronted with our own limitations as we desire to accomplish something huge for God. We desperately need your prayer cover these last few weeks of our launch season, so I'm sending on to you several specifics needs that you can be praying for our leadership and our team. Thanks again for partnering with us in such an important way to impact the people of Round Rock, TX.

Charter Service
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This Saturday marks a very significant moment in the life of our church-plant. This Saturday evening, the core team of HCBC Round Rock North meets to become charter members of our new church. We will have a powerful worship service as we celebrate all that God has done in getting us to this day and we will make our commitments to playing our part in the life of the new church. Here's some specific things you can pray for related to our charter service...
First, pray that God would be honored in this service and that the focus would be on Him and what He has done, not on any person or group of people. Pray that the service is a real time of celebration and rejoicing in God's goodness and provision for our team. Please pray that people are moved to make great commitments with their time, their talents, and their money because they are captivated by God and want to be used by Him in powerful ways.

Second, please pray that the Charter Service is a spiritually meaningful moment for each family who participates so that they can look back and remember all that God has done to bring them to this church plant. Pray that God would move in the hearts of our core families and prepare them for the intense season of ministry ahead. Pray for continued protection for our elders, staff, and ministry leaders as they face spiritual attacks in the days and weeks ahead.

External Focus
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Another area that we request prayer for is our efforts to connect with people in our community who are disconnected from Christ and help them connect with Christ and His Church. We are asking God to send us many, many people who are new to the faith during our first few months, so please join us in praying for our team to connect graciously and intentionally with their family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors over the next several months. Please pray that God would help all of our core members passionately pursue the disconnected people God sends their way.

Also, please start praying for our launch service (our first public service) on September 9th. Pray that God would help us as we seek to communicate the truth of the eternal gospel in a culturally-relevant way. Please pray that those who come in our doors during the first few months of the church would feel loved and accepted where they are, and that they would meet Jesus Christ and never be the same. Please pray for our team as we seek to engage people in our target area with the gospel.

Humility
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Finally, I would request that you lift up all of our leadership team and our spiritual health. Please pray that our team would stay close to the Father as we enter a season of intense ministry. Pray that our hearts would stay sensitive to the Holy Spirit and that we would be a team that prays hard and trust in God for big things! We want to be a team that walks by faith and not by sight, so please pray for big faith in the days ahead.

Maybe most importantly, pray that we would stay very humble before the Lord, recognizing that He is the One who is at work in our midst. As we see Him do great and mighty things in our new church, please commit to pray for our team's humility and continued trust in God. If we become proud in anything we are doing, we are sure that the Lord will not bless, so please pray for sincere humility in our work.

We are so close to seeing this new church started - thanks so much for your prayers. You have been a true blessing to us as you have spent time before the Lord for our ministry and our efforts to reach the RR-N area. I will begin sharing some of the amazing life-changing stories we have seen very soon. More to come...

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

We really enjoyed getting to share in the charter service and the commissioning service. It was a very special time for all! Looking forward to Sept. 9th.
Love, Mom