Church leaders strive to achieve transparency and integrity. There's a lot going on at First Baptist Riverside right now with plans to change the church's name, make improvements to our property in the next few months, and changes resulting from a strategic planning (StratOps) that is challenging us to proclaim the good news to a new generation. I'm sure this has left some of you a little confused, wondering what the future will look like.
This Sunday, I've titled my sermon "Let's Talk." I'll talk to you about what you can expect to experience at First Baptist Riverside (DBA - doing business as) "Church on the Hill," in the months ahead. I'll explain the choices we face and the consequences of those choices. I'll also lead a panel discussion with our StratOps team leaders as they describe some of our future plans. If you care about First Baptist (THE HILL), you will want to be here at our worship services at 9:00 a.m. (traditional) or 10:45 a.m. (contemporary).
One of the Scripture texts I'll use Sunday is Psalm 71:17-18. The psalmist writes, "I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign Lord; I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone. Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your mighty acts to all who are to come." The Christian faith is always one generation away form extinction. If we fail to proclaim the good news of Jesus to the next generation, the Christian faith will become a relic of the past.
First Baptist Riverside has been serving God in Riverside for 144 years because we've always made it a priority to proclaim God's mighty acts to the next generation. Now we're faced with the next challenge. Will we declare God's power to the millennials and Generation Z (the generation after the millennials)? If we don't, our church will cease to exist in the not too distant future. It's our choice. This Sunday find out what the options are and choose to be part of the solution God has set before us.