|Letter From the Pastor|
Pastor Vondie Cook shares a letter about this year's capital campaign.
It is truly amazing what God is doing at Cross Point. It seems I say this same thing each year, however each year it is true. For the past few years we have seen God do some amazing things in our midst. We have seen God send people who have needed to experience the power of God in their lives. We have seen new believers grow in their walk with God. We have seen new ministries grow and existing ones accomplish more than ever before because of the dedication and commitment to allowing God to do what He desires to do in this body of believers.
As a new capital campaign is before us, we need to remember why we are where we are. We are in this place because of a desire to be in the center of God’s will. We are here because we, as the church, said we would trust God to take us places we had never been before. We are here because we said we sensed God calling us to rise to a new level of commitment and dedication. We are here because of our faith in our God. And this is an absolutely wonderful place to be. Knowing that God is at work among us. Knowing that God has brought us here. Knowing that God is guiding us as we move forward. There is no greater place in the Kingdom of God than a place like this.
We also are people who know we are involved in a marathon. The moving of God’s church is not a sprint. It truly is a lengthy endeavor. When we look back throughout history at God’s hand moving, we find that God used different generations to spread the Gospel. In Europe there are massive cathedrals that are a testimony to multiple generations of believers. When a group of people desired to build a place where people could hear the Word of God. Often one generation would build the foundation. The next generation would build the walls. The next generation would build the roof. The next generation would finish various portions of the facility. This allowed multiple groups of people to be involved in what God was doing.
At Cross Point we are no different. God is using those of us who are active and willing to give sacrificially in order to provide a place for multiple generations to hear, understand and share the message of Jesus Christ and him crucified. Without multiple people and families agreeing to pledge to the building fund, without multiple ministries agreeing to pledge to the building fund what has been built, improved and maintained would not have happened. Thank you so much for giving to the Lord in the past and for seeking God at this time as well.
A word of caution is in order. As the congregation gets larger, there is the tendency to believe someone else will pick up what is needed. This is a common sociological phenomenon. However, this type of commitment will not accomplish the mission. Without people being moved by the Holy Spirit of God to stretch beyond our comfort zone, we limit what God can do in our hearts, ministries and church. We are a team in this endeavor, and each team member is vitally important to accomplishing the task.
As we journey through this next Capital Campaign, I would ask you take time to prayerfully seek God’s leading in your pledge and giving over the next year to the Building Fund. This requires taking personal responsibility for what God can trust you to give to the Kingdom. When you and I are willing to do this, God will do His part. He has truly shown us He is faithful.
I am so blessed to pastor what I consider to be the greatest congregation on earth. Cross Point is a place of hope and healing. This is accomplished because we have partnered with God, dedicated our lives and this facility for the long haul. “Building Generations” is what we are endeavoring to do by following our God in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.
May God bless YOU as you seek His face and guidance.
Living to Build Generations,