Have you ever been surprised by God? Have you ever been knocked-off-your-feet shocked by God? This is how I felt on Sunday afternoon, March 31st.
I. God’s Blessings
This past Easter we had another record breaking day at Southern Hills! An amazing team effort from the staff and our dedicated lay leaders was obviously blessed by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit!
3 Service Times: 8:00am, 9:45am & 11:30am!
905 Individuals: Record Breaking Attendance
12 Salvations: Confirmed by filling out Decision Card
II. Our Surprise
For a person of faith, the moving of God should never be a surprise! We should be expecting great things from God. However, I was honestly shocked at the amount of people that came and were saved. Our church is only 8 years old, and I am just a young, inexperienced pastor who often opens his mouth before thinking. To see this kind of blessing is truly amazing. I should not be surprised when I look at the dream team God has assembled with Fred & Kelly leading our Children’s Ministry and administrative duties, Jason & Kimberly leading our Worship and Steve and Becky leading our Teens. I shouldn’t be surprised when I remember the intricate assimilation system that Melanie and Cindy, our secretaries, religiously follow. I shouldn’t be surprised when I think of my deacons, lay shepherds, small group leaders, teachers and entire ministry team who sacrificially chose to serve on Easter, but also came out the day before for an Evangelism Outreach where we distributed thousands of invitations. One of our newest leaders, Chad, went out with his wife and handed out over 100, then dropped his family off at home and went out 2 more times! This kind of dedication is amazing but is not what made our Easter a success (II Corinthians 10:3-4). The truth is… this was a work of God! Zechariah 4:6 Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
III. The Future
The Sunday after Easter is always low in attendance. Those who are unable to come every week often choose Resurrection Sunday to come. However, we saw great retention in the weeks following. The Sunday after Easter we had 600 in attendance, and the Sunday after that we saw 630 in attendance. This is incredible when you understand that we were averaging 525 for the four months previous. We are looking forward to breaking more growth barriers as we attempt, through the Spirit’s power, to reach Las Vegas with the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
IV. Not Alone
One of the greatest encouragements to me over the past few weeks, was hearing from many of my pastor friends across the country. I came to find out that we were not alone in God’s outpouring of blessing. Almost every pastor I spoke with reported record crowds, many salvations, and sustained growth! I believe the LORD is currently moving in our midst, and I am excited to see what the future holds. Personally, I believe we are on the cusp. We are seeing the very beginning signs of a great revival in our land as never before. It’s an awesome time to be a follower of Christ!
What about you? Did you see God move in your life and church this past Easter? Do you see the future as optimistically as I do? How have you seen God working lately? If you have not, why do you think that is?