A Letter of Thanks

thankyougodOn March 3, 2012 we launched Cross Community Church, our church plant in Deerfield Beach. Twelve months later we are overwhelmed by what God has been pleased to do. I write this today simply to utter a heartfelt “THANK-YOU” to so many of you for your faithfulness throughout this past year.
What started as a simple Saturday evening gathering in a rented building (a converted movie theater) has grown into two services (one Saturday evening and one Sunday morning) in an existing church/fellowship facility that God was pleased to give us. When Jesus said He would build His church (Matthew 16:18), He meant what He said! He is building us up at The Cross in every way. And we have Him—and you—to thank for it.
Your prayers . . . your participation . . . your service . . . your “shouting from the rooftops” to everyone you know about what God is doing at The Cross has blessed us beyond what the words in this message could ever convey to you. You are both vital and valuable and a source of great encouragement to my beloved Kim and me.
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:3-6)
Your partnership in the Gospel from the first day of our launch until now has been used by God to reach lost souls, feed hungry sheep, and minister to a hurting city. What God has in store for us I do not know. I do know this: whatever God’s sovereign will for The Cross will be, I am thankful and blessed to have you doing it with us!
Please keep praying that God will continue increasing at The Cross while I continue decreasing. This is His way of expanding the cause of His kingdom. This ministry must never be about a man . . . or even about the preaching of a man. The ministry of Cross Community Church must always be about introducing men, women, and children to Jesus Christ; it is He alone who is the way, the truth, and the life. My prayer is that God will grow me into a pastor known for simply one thing: POINTING OTHERS TO THE PRINCE OF PEACE!
Again, from my heart: thank you for what you have done and are doing to co-labor with us to lift up the name of Christ. Along the way may you be continually blessed by the Best and poured out for the rest!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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