“one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. ” (Philippians 3:13-14)
Worship Life Calvary Chapel was started in response to the leading of the Holy Spirit that was confirmed in extraordinary ways. Our passion has been to develop a community that desires to know God through His Word, love God through our Worship and reveal God through our Witness. As I look back over the year I can honestly say that we are well on our way to making this a reality by the grace of God and by the power of His Spirit. We are a church that is built on the uncompromising teaching of God’s Word. We are passionate worshippers and growing in our expression of worship. We are becoming unashamed witnesses of God’s grace and love in our lives. All I can say is Praise The Lord for all that He has done.
As much as I love what God has done, I’m even more excited about what God is doing and will do in the months and years ahead. We’re off to a good start, now let’s get ready for the next leg of the race. There is so much to pray for, lives to lead to Christ, so much to accomplish and each and every one of you are vital to the mission of seeing San Clemente transformed by the gospel. As we look to the future I want to encourage you to get into God’s Word on a daily basis. I want to encourage you to purchase worship music and fill your cars, homes and work environments with songs of praise. I want to encourage you to incorporate prayer into your life on a moment by moment basis. I love the quote by Smith Wigglesworth who said, “I can’t pray for more than 5 minutes at a time but I can’t go for more than 5 minutes without praying.” I want to encourage you to fall in love with Jesus and discover His grace in your life. His unmerited, undeserved favor. Finally, I want to encourage you to come to Bible Study on a regular basis. Now there are many in Orange County that go to five or six Bible Studies and so they think they’re in the Word all the time. But there is something different that happens when you commit to a local church and you’re not only hearing the Word, but you’re also placing yourself in relationship with other believers who will get to know you and be a source of encouragement to you.
For those of you who have been part of our teaching ministry on Sunday’s and Wednesday’s you’ll understand that I’m not asking you to step into some legalistic trap of religious works, but I’m asking you to position yourself in a place where you can receive a greater revelation of His love and grace for you. How do we do that? By listening to Him speak to us through His Word, through Worship and through others as they reveal Jesus to us through their lives. My continued prayer for you is that as you become more aware of God’s love in your life, that you will become more passionate in sharing your faith with others.
Roxie and I are praying for you…
P.S. THIS SUNDAY MARKS ONE YEAR OF MINISTRY… Our 1 year celebration is February 13, 2011. We have special music with recording artist Chris Lizotte (MY FAVORITE WORSHIP LEADER) and a special word of encouragement from Pastor John Milhouse from Calvary Chapel Moreno Valley. We also have some surprises that we will be sharing throughout the morning. Look forward to celebrating with you.