I Will Build My Church!
Jesus promised his followers, “I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it” (Matthew 16:18b). At Northgate Church, we’re witnessing his promise firsthand. It’s hard to believe how a 17 month old church can be making such an impact in our community. To be honest, I don’t get it. It’s nothing we’re doing, believe me. Jesus is just building HIS church, plain and simple. It’s for his fame, not ours. And the gates of hell are not prevailing! Here’s just a sampling of what God is doing in this 17 month old church this season:
- This week nearly 800 people walked through our doors at Northgate. Compare that number with our very first month’s average attendance of 458 in August of last year and you get a 70% growth rate in just 17 months. That’s staggering! Thank you, God!
- Since the start of Northgate, 70 people have made first time commitments to Christ! 90% of those commitments have happened since June, and over half since November, 2011. What a joy! Our staff and board are praying for 60 more commitments by Christmas Day.
- Our financial giving is looking good too. In November, we asked for financial commitments for our 2012 general fund and our people responded BIG TIME. I’m proud to say that Northgaters committed 35% more dollars for 2012 than they did for 2011. That’s a huge increase for our general budget! Miraculous! Thank you.
- Our building plans are speedily under progress. God seems to be opening new doors and opportunities, doing the impossible. We hope to make an important announcement sometime in the near future. Keep praying!
Wow! Wow! Wow! It’s SO much fun being a part of God’s kingdom and watching Jesus build his church. I can’t wait to see what he has in store for the next 17 months! Ups and downs, for sure. . . but Jesus will build HIS church. Hang on tight! It’ll be a wild ride!
And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved (Acts 2:47b).