SUNDAY, APRIL 16
Author: Rev. Scott Tucker, Pastor for Grand Adults
FROM THE BIBLE
By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:10-11
Not long after Rich unveiled the Renewing the Promise campaign, I received a text from a church member. She wanted to tell me that in the 70s and 80s, her husband had owned a construction company in Savannah that specialized in laying foundations. Peachtree had hired the company to put in the pilings for a building project that the church had done at that time, most likely the addition of the transepts to the Sanctuary. At the time, this family had no plans to leave Savannah and ever settle in Atlanta, much less to leave their home church and join Peachtree, “the church that became the foundation for us.”
We are preparing to renew what was built upon the foundation laid more than thirty years ago (in a physical sense), yet even more, we are preparing to renew what was built upon the foundation laid by Jesus Christ two thousand years ago. It’s easy for us to look at this work we are about to undertake and see it simply as a fundraising campaign and a building project. We are building on the foundation Christ laid for us at a church that has become the foundation for so many of us.
The work of this campaign is one that will allow us to build on the foundation that only Christ could have laid. The renovations to our physical space will allow us to be able to gather in worship in ways that will help us to experience God’s presence better, to be able to gather in communities to grow in our journey of faith together, and to be able to look towards these and other experiences, not simply for today but for many years to come. We are building on Jesus’ foundation that calls us to have a personal relationship with Him.
While we seek to build on Jesus’ foundation, we do so only by relying on Him. Our goals are lofty, as is only appropriate when we are undertaking an effort for Christ, but we do so knowing that it is under God’s guidance and in response to the blessings that He has bestowed upon us.
Lord Jesus, you are the foundation of not only our church but of the Church. We desire to follow you in faith, building on the good work that you have begun, knowing that you will lead us to the completion of this mighty effort by your hand. In Jesus’ name, we pray; amen.