This Sunday we will celebrate the fact that our God is able. He is able in every way. God is omnipotent, all-powerful, there is nothing he cannot do. So whatever our need, God is able to help us. Whatever we ask for in prayer, God is able to give it. When we remember how great God is, it inspires our faith. We can trust him to do what is seemingly impossible.
In our Scripture Text for Sunday in John 6, Jesus attracts a large crowd of 5,000 men, with women and children, potentially 15,000 people. The people have walked a long way to come to Jesus. They're in a remote place. Jesus will teach for hours. They'll get hungry. Jesus asks the disciples, "How are we going to feed all these people?" Philip says, "It would take more than half a year's wages to feed all these people." Andrew found a little boy who brought lunch, but what good will that do with so many hungry people. It's then that Jesus does one of his best-known miracles. He has the people sit down on the grass, blesses the boy's lunch, and distributes the food to the disciples who distribute it to the crowd. Everyone eats their fill and there are far more leftovers than what they started with.
This Sunday we will launch our "20/20 Vision for the Future" campaign. Our goal in the next four weeks is to examine our faith and prayerfully consider what God would have each of us do, and what we as a church should do. We may look at our goal of raising $600,000 dollars for improvements around our church campus and say, like Philip, "It's impossible!" Or we can say like Andrew, "What I can give is just a drop in the bucket compared to the need." But we better be careful not to leave God out of the equation. Our God is able to provide what we need if we give him what we have, in the same way Jesus provided for the crowd that day in Galilee.
I am convinced that if we believe in Jesus, he will give us what we need. All of us who participate in this campaign will end up feeling the same sense of joy and exhilaration the disciples experience when Jesus fed the crowd. The next four weeks will be about building our faith, trusting in the Lord, seeing what he is able to do, and having our faith expanded! With all my heart I believe the "20/20 Vision for the Future" campaign is not primarily about raising money, but growing our faith in a way that will bring revival and growth to everyone at First Baptist Riverside.
Come join with us this Sunday and have your faith expanded. We will have our traditional worship service at 9:00 a.m. and contemporary worship at 10:45 a.m. This Sunday you will receive a 20-Day Devotional Guide, that if you follow it, it'll change your life. So don't miss what God is going to do in our midst beginning this Sunday at First Baptist Riverside!