WOW! It is hard to believe that it has been two years since God planted The Cross in Deerfield Beach through a handful of crazy Christians. 24 months of watching God make good on His promise to build His church (Matthew 16:18) through a handful of families who believed God was calling them into church planting.
To be sure, it is one thing to be in ministry. It is another thing altogether to be in church planting. It takes a crazy kind of Christian to leave the familiar and known to follow God’s cloud into the unfamiliar and unknown and that is what God surrounded our family with…crazy Christians who were willing to follow wherever God would lead us. Space does not allow me to acknowledge everyone (but you know who you are and how much you are appreciated), but here are the core families who began meeting in our home:
Elmer, Devers, Wall, Bialy, Critch, Carbon, Miller, Vega
I will never forget our first official “church” gathering in the home of Joe and Carolyn Miller during Founders Weekend in Deerfield Beach in February 2012. That Saturday evening has become known as The Cross Launch, and it was an incredible time of fellowship for a large group of family and friends of The Cross, as we talked about the vision God had given to us and gathered together out on their pool deck for a time of corporate prayer.
To say that God has done incredible things would be an understatement of gargantuan proportions. We started our first worship service Saturday March 3, 2012 in the “rocking chair theatre” (Christian Love Fellowship Church) on Federal Highway. After 6 weeks there, God opened the door on Saturday evenings at the New Horizons Church, and the rest as they say is history. Their small congregation was engrafted into The Cross as we added a Sunday morning worship service in October 2012 and the entire church campus was donated to us. A year later we added a second Sunday service and we stand in absolute awe of what the Almighty has been doing.
Most weeks we see God bringing people to faith in Christ as people come down to the front of the church after the services to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. We are seeing lives changed by the truths of the Gospel and a culture created that describes The Cross as a hospital instead of a health club. From that small group of crazy and committed Christians two years ago we are now seeing God bring 250 – 300 people weekly to share in The Cross experience.
What lies in front of us in the days ahead we cannot know for sure. What we do know is God is making good on His promise to build His church at The Cross one heart at a time…one family at a time. As we increase in number we decrease in name. We are simply The Cross Family called by God to declare and demonstrate the transforming power of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. As we begin our third year together…side-by-side and back-to-back…we will faithfully follow our Commander-in-Chief the Lord Jesus Christ into the mission fields in Deerfield Beach and to the ends of the earth until the whole world hears.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!