— by Byron Peters, Pastor
On April 8, 2018, members of Christ Community Church gathered and voted overwhelmingly to purchase 2.83 acres of land on Erwin Road in Chapel Hill. Looking back on the hundreds of man-hours expended over the last decade in the land-search task, I see all sorts of amazing lessons God has taught us. And then, in his perfect timing, he gives us land we can afford right in the heart of Chapel Hill! Truly amazing.
The next 18–24 months will be filled with work by our professional team (Bo Harrison and Phil Post). Then, if all goes well, we will own a chunk of land upon which to establish a base from which generations of Christians can glorify God by connecting the riches of Christ to the realities of life.
So now what? Perhaps you’ll find this passage, tucked away in
2 Thessalonians 1:11–12, helpful as I have:
With this is mind (their belief in Jesus because of Paul’s testimony), we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1. Let’s keep praying and working.
Paul’s prayer is fascinating in the way it weaves God’s gracious power and initiative together with our “good purposes,” dreams, and acts of faith and love. God calls, empowers, and fulfills. We pray, purpose, trust and work it out. “Father, do this in us!”
2. Let’s grow in our worship, nurture, and evangelism.
One practical application of this passage is that we can excel still more in living Spirit-filled lives. “Every good purpose” includes holy lives turned heavenward in worship, helpful lives turned outward in service to our church and community, and heralding lives as bold and kind evangelists. “Enable us to keep our eye on the ball, Lord—being about the things you call us to!”
3. Let’s give all the glory to God.
Our willing submission to God flows directly from the grace of God given in the Lord Jesus Christ himself. Our lives in Christ are all of grace, from first to last. United to Christ, we have all we need for life and godliness. “To God be the glory!”
So what’s next for you? How does this prayer of Paul’s refocus you as the dream of a more permanent home in Chapel Hill takes a significant step forward?