God has always had one way for his people. Forward. Forward out of Egypt. Forward through the Red Sea. Forward through the wilderness. Forward across the Jordan. In each of these scenarios, the Ark of the Covenant led the way, and the people followed. Forward. Jesus called his disciples, “Follow me!” He led. They followed. Forward. His last words to the church were to “Go and make disciples.” Going implies forward motion. Forward!
Our pastoral leadership team has adopted “Forward” as our word for 2023. But as we move into this final quarter of 2022, I believe we need to start using it now. We have seen God making a way, leading us forward. Let’s don’t lose any momentum!
Forward to The Next Generation
This past Sunday was a pretty awesome day for Huffman Baptist Church. For the first time in many years, we started a new Sunday morning small group. And this wasn’t just any small group. It’s a small group for parents of children and preschoolers. And we started with a bang! Eight adults. Two younger youth. Five Children. Six preschoolers. There’s an ancient Hebrew word for what happened Sunday: “Wow!”
Sunday was a great start, but it can not be the end. We must continue to move forward to reach the next generation. What can you do? I’m glad you asked:
- You can pray. Every morning, when you pray for Huffman Baptist Church at 7:00, pray for these young families.
- You can serve. Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:27-28). Sometimes you may be an answer to your own prayer. We have specific needs in the preschool and children’s ministry for workers during the Sunday School and Worship hours.
- You can give.
Forward in Financial Stewardship
After years of operating in survival mode, we have begun to Emerge from our Cocoon. And as I shared in last month’s post, emerging from our cocoon is not without cost. Moving forward is not without cost. In October of 2019 I challenged our membership to meet our quarterly giving goal for the 2019 ministry budget and to meet the annual goal for our missions and evangelism budget, which we call The Blessing. In January of 2020 I announced that we did not meet either of those goals. In fact, we exceeded them!
As we continue to move forward, I want to reissue that same challenge. Let’s finish 2022 stronger than ever so that we will be ready to experience God’s blessings in 2023. I believe with all of my heart that what we experienced this past Sunday was just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. God has great things in store for his people at 700 Huffman Road. He is not finished with us. Let’s finish strong so that we can meet our giving goals during this last quarter:
We need $180,455 to reach our fourth quarter giving goal for the ministry budget of $202,272
We need $41,507 to meet our annual goal for The Blessing of $68,700
Forward in Evangelism & Community Engagement
I hope you will join us for these evangelism and community engagement events coming up:
- Pray & Go – This Saturday, October 15, 9:00 at The Ministry Center
- Food Distribution – Tuesday, October 18, 11:00 at The Ministry Center
- Fall Festival – Sunday, October 30, 3:00 at The Ministry Center
- Election Outreach – Tuesday, November 8 (All Day) at The Ministry Center
Forward in Leadership
Don’t forget to submit your nominations to serve a one-year term on our Deacon Council. Online nominations can be found HERE. Nominations must be submitted by NOON on Wednesday, October 19th. Printed nominations forms are available at the Welcome Center.
Our Fall Family Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, October 23rd at 3:00 PM. We will hear reports and discuss the 2023 proposed Financial Plan for Ministries (Budget). The Deacon Council will meet at 1:00 in the Founder’s Room.