This week we begin construction on our church renovations / building project. It is in times like these that I feel like the two women who went to the tomb of Jesus and found it empty. When the angel spoke of His resurrection, “they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word” (Matt. 28:8). Perhaps that is what I am feeling, a combination of “fear and great joy!” Fear comes from the mystery of it all, the unknown factors of the journey, and the many details that still need to be covered by the grace of God. Great Joy comes from knowing that God is in control, He is going to do the impossible right in front of our eyes, and I have the privilege of being a part of God’s great plan for FBC Jonesboro.
For those who have been here for many years, I know there are a lot of very special memories that have been created within these walls. Some of you were saved in this room, some were baptized here, married here, sang their first solo here, and celebrated the life of a loved one here. For 23 years our worship center has been the site of many special occasions. But above all, it has truly been a “worship” center; a place where people have come to meet with Almighty God. And I believe it has served FBC very well over the years.
But after 23 years of service … I guess the worship center has waited long enough for a good over-haul. As we replace the worn out parts, upgrade old systems, and equip it for years of ministry still out before us, I pray that many more significant memories would be made. The renovated facility will not only be beautiful, but we will be able to effectively and creatively minister to people for generations to come. Be sure to watch the animated video of the renovations on the church website: www.fbcjonesboro.com or at our Reaching Generations Blog.
God has given us some wonderful men and women to oversee the building efforts, and they need the support of the congregation. Most of all, they need our prayers, so lift them before the Lord regularly. Continue to pray for the financing to come in, as all of us have the opportunity to be a part of what God is doing. And find ways to encourage and build up the body as we have several months of “inconvenience and transition.” The temporary services in the Recreation Outreach Center should be a lot of fun, so jump in and get involved as the need arises.