Mary Ellen Slefinger popped her head into my office yesterday as she was passing and said, “Look out! God’s up to something.” She’s exactly right. With our heads still swirling from John Casey’s transition from Blanchard as our senior pastor, and now with the announcement of James Grout’s incredible promotion to become the National Youth Director for the Christian & Missionary Alliance–God’s definitely up to something.
So, the Church of Jesus Christ at Blanchard Alliance, how will we respond? Let’s pray expectantly.
That’s what Skye encouraged us to do on Sunday during the Caseys’ farewell service. Regarding our “tomorrows”, he challenged us to do two things: to pray and to trust your leaders.
In regard to prayer, I’m instructed by the three ways Paul prays for the church in Ephesus in Ephesians chapter 1:15-20 (read it for yourself..).
- that God would bless the Church with the Spirit of wisdom that we might know Jesus better.
- that the Spirit would open the eyes of our heart to know the riches of the hope which Jesus calls us to.
- that we would know Christ’s incomparably great power, demonstrated dramatically in his resurrection from the dead and his ascension to be established as supreme ruler and authority over all created things.
In times of apparent uncertainty like these, when surprises come which rock our confidence about tomorrow, let’s pray like Paul teaches us to and trust the leaders that God foreknew would be in this position long before the creation of the world. As one of those leaders, I’m trusting my incomparably great Leader to shepherd the Church He loves into a time of expectant renewal unlike Blanchard has ever known in its existence. Together, let’s prayerfully expect great things!
I conclude with another great word from Paul in Philippians 4:6-7:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present our requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will renew your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”
People of Blanchard Alliance Church, Mary Ellen’s right. God’s up to something! Pray…full of God’s Spirit…with great hope and power.