Embracing the Journey of Faith: A Testament of Courage and Divine Grace Explored

Embracing the Journey of Faith: A Testament of Courage and Divine Grace Explored
Crossings Community Church, 1016 FM 1463 Katy TX 77494 (Photo by Kenzie DelaTorre)

Let’s explore a familiar passage from Ephesians. Chapter 3 offers profound insights on the 'mystery' that consumed Paul's life. He beautifully writes about the deep mystery of Christ's love and reconciliation, accessible to all.

Paul emphasizes that race, tribe, gender, or wealth hold no significance. He is dedicated to stewarding this message through the church. After reflecting on the beauties of God’s gathered church, he urges us to understand the immense love and blessings we receive from our Savior.

Then, we encounter the powerful words, 'Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever amen.'

Paul is referring to God as the One who can accomplish great things. He suggests that God achieves these things through His power within us. Through His Spirit, God strengthens us with His glorious riches. His Spirit empowers us, enabling Him to work in us beyond our imagination or requests. The purpose of these extraordinary works is to bring glory to Christ through His church for all generations.

God, through His Spirit, can do amazing things in our lives for His glory through His church. Do you believe this truth? How has it transformed your prayer life and the way you live?

At Crossings, we have been pursuing the 'far more abundantly' for some time. In 2019, God provided us with a beautiful ministry home. We faced challenges in permits, renovations, and construction but celebrated our Grand Opening in March 2020. However, the COVID-19 pandemic halted our momentum.

Despite adapting to digital opportunities, financial resources dwindled, and we had to adjust our plans. Healing and rebuilding have been difficult, but He has been faithful.

Today, we stand at a crossroads. To sustain our ministry home and be good stewards of God's resources, we must achieve two objectives. First, our financial giving must cover our ministry expenses. Second, we need God's provision beyond those expenses to transition from tenant to ownership.

The God described by Paul in Ephesians 3 is the One we serve, and He hears our prayers. How might He want to use you during this season of 'far more abundantly'?

Matt Powell is the Lead Pastor at Crossings Community Church in Katy, TX.