This effort, this campaign is dedicated to maximizing our God-given ministry, mission, and vision. It’s about the impact Fellowship is able to have on our community and the people in our community.
We chose A Legacy of Worship because this church has a long history of seeking to worship God in the way that He has asked us to and this project is all about maximizing and growing that legacy.
Legacy ties us to something that has already been happening and going on, something in the past something given to us by those who started this church long before us, but legacy also moves us forward, what are we leaving behind for those that come after us, what will the next few generations say about our generation of worshippers?
Leaving a legacy of worship and disciple-making is important because it is what God has called us to do. We are not only supposed to worship God in spirit and truth ourselves but we are also supposed to lead others to do the same. We are not only to be disciples and followers of Christ ourselves, but we are also supposed to lead others to do the same.
In Matthew 28, in the great commission, Jesus instructed us to make disciples, and He said ‘teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you’.
Leaving a legacy of worship and disciple-making behind us, ‘teaches others to observe all that He has commanded us’.
I was first introduced to Fellowship Church as a teenager through the Davis family (John, Sharron and Darci) and I was immediately impacted by the ministry that was taking place here. I was later re-introduced to the ministry of Fellowship through the Thomas family (Evan, Carol, Skip and Andy).
When I first went into full time ministry in 2004, it did not take long before the Lord made it clear to me and my family that our ministry was to take place in the area I grew up in, and more specifically, the church He had led me to so long ago.
Coming to Fellowship as a pastor in 2006 was a coming home for me, as I think about that now, I can see how the legacy of ministry at Fellowship that started for me when I was a teenager, was simply continuing now that the Lord had brought me back Here as a pastor.
God was simply continuing the work that He had started, He began this good work of Fellowship long ago, and now He was continuing it and He plans for it to continue long after our generation is gone, so we need to continue to do our part for the next generation of believers that will call Fellowship home.
In the old testament, God asked Israel countless times to remember the mighty works that He had done. He told them that they had forgotten what He had done, and that in order to have faith, they would need to remember. That is legacy.
God was reminding Israel of His legacy of faithfulness to them. Even Jesus used a legacy approach, as He taught behavior to His disciples and then asked them to remember it and carry it on long after He was gone. We see this even with baptism and communion and with the way Jesus was in His relationships with other people.
I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
12 I will ponder all your work,
and meditate on your mighty deeds.
13 Your way, O God, is holy.
What god is great like our God?
14 You are the God who works wonders;
you have made known your might among the peoples.