Moving Forward

By Pastor Rob Bloss

 

The church parking lot is as full as I’ve seen it in nearly 9 months! It’s exciting to see so many people out participating in one of our greatest freedoms and responsibilities as citizens of the United States. I don’t know if the results will be known by time you read this, but I do know, and take great comfort in knowing, that whatever the outcome, the most important things for those of us who are in Christ will remain unchanged regardless of the person elected to fulfill the role of POTUS.

 

Some of you will be happy about the outcome of the election. Some of you will be sad. Some of you are worried about the future of our country. Some of you are excited. But all of us, as followers of Jesus Christ, are under God. And He lovingly reigns and sovereignly rules the whole world! We should never be more committed to a person or a party than we are to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. We are under God!

 

Sometimes, the uncertainty of what lies ahead prevents us from moving forward. Yet, ironically, none of us know what tomorrow will bring. During World War II, Corrie Ten Boom’s family harbored hundreds of Jews to protect them from the Nazi authorizes. Betrayed by a Dutch citizen, her entire family was imprisoned for their actions. Corrie survived imprisonment and went on to share her story with the world. She wrote, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”

 

In addition to fears and uncertainty holding us back, doubts can too. We must have faith in who God is and what He has and can do for us and through us. “Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable and receives the impossible,” said Corrie.

 

If we’re going to move forward, we are going to move forward in Him, with Him, and for Him.

 

In Philippians 3:12-14 Paul writes, “I press on…forgetting what lies behind and straining toward what lies ahead. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” 

 

Paul believed in moving ahead – not falling back.

 

I believe that, too, and I want that. I want to move forward. I want you to move forward in faith and obedience and hope. I want Covenant to move forward. To do that we have challenges to accept, enemies to defeat, dangers to avoid, and opportunities to take.

 

Pastors are resigning in record numbers. Challenges have never felt greater and support lower. People are isolated and divided on many issues. Churches are struggling to re-open, and most are realizing they will need to rebuild. Satan is on the prowl.

 

But God is on the throne! He is in control. He cares. And we, His church, the church He promises to build, are under His sovereign hand! He has not, and will not, leave us nor forsake us.

 

Let’s not be afraid to trust an unknown future to our God. Let’s press on, move forward, and not fall back! Let’s take hold of the opportunities to lift high the name of Jesus and share that He is the reason we live as people of hope – no matter what!

Speaking of moving forward...

we are excited to announce, after an extensive and thorough search process, that Joshua Bundy has accepted a call to serve as our new Adult Ministries Pastor! This is a role that I have assumed for the past couple of years. The position serves as a champion for groups at Covenant. Josh, in partnership with the rest of our Adult Min. Team, will ensure our Community and Care Groups and leaders are equipped, cared for, and resourced.

Josh, his wife, Jenna, and their son, Ari, currently live Bentonville, AR. He has served the entire 14 years of his ministry in the same church, including the past four as Lead Pastor. Josh will bring an authentic and relational presence, a commitment to transformational discipleship, and a proven track record of developing and shepherding leaders to this significant role at Covenant. Please pray for Josh and Jenna as they say good-bye to a church and friends they love and will miss. I would also ask you to pray for the details and transitions involved in making a move to a new home. Josh begins December 1!