A Year to Build On

2013Working on the sermon I preached this morning was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on what God has done among us this past year.  We sometimes reference the 80/20 rule, but I am convinced that our percentages of involvement are much higher.  (The 80/20 rule states that 80% do 20% percent of the work and 20% do 80% of the work.)  When you take a big picture view of our church, as I attempted to do this morning, we see there is a great deal of meaningful work that is being done involving literally hundreds of people.

My hope for the sermon was twofold:

  1. I wanted to encourage those who have played an active role in the life of our church in 2013.  Jesus told us that even a cup of cold water given in his name brings reward.  I am thankful for the great amount of good that has been done among us in Jesus’ name.
  2. I wanted to encourage our newest members (and others) to recognize the many ways they could join in the work.  Building on the good that has been done in 2013 will require that everyone recognize the gifts the Lord has given them and use those gifts for the good of the whole body.

It is God’s work we are doing.  Each member is important and each one has a function which benefits the whole body.  As scripture tells us,  “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27).  May God bless us as we build on what He has done using the gifts He has provided.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.


One Response to “A Year to Build On”

  1. avatar Steve Green says:

    Terrie and I hope to be part of this building in 2014. Fitting in as new comers has been little pieces at a time so far. We pray for better focus in the future. We already know many sweet sweet folks who have helped us in this process and that certainly makes it much easier and comforting . Thanks

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