Thoughts from Our Pastor

God’s Dream for HHBC

 Last summer as our church fasted and prayed, a team of our leaders met to seek God’s dream for our church. You may remember what we felt God shared with us.

God’s Dream Through 2024

An overwhelming darkness has flooded southeastern Davidson County; this attitude considers God in general and churches in particular both irrelevant and unnecessary. People hungry for life can’t find it, so we will be a light of healing and hope in the power of God. We will shine Jesus’ love upon our neighbors through specific projects designed to meet their immediate spiritual or physical needs. As Jesus fed 15,000 men, women, and children with a few small fish and loaves of bread, we will trust God to empower us to offer “the bread of life” to those without God’s hope and help. Like a friendly campfire draws lost hikers to its warmth and promise of aid, we will work with God to see that in the next 7 years 300 of our neighbors will come to the bright love of Jesus shining in our lives and from this hill.

 God’s Dream for 2018

 God will lead us to double the number of members who live in Antioch.

 There Were Four Action Plans to Accomplish that Dream 

  1. Establish a team to interview community leaders to determine the main felt needs of residents in Antioch. 
  2. Involve members in posting and reposting HHBC events/news on social media – cf. the Social Media Team. 
  3. Letter/Prayer Outreach Campaign.
  4. Library Outreach Sundays (with permission, spend 4 Sunday afternoons in a row, at least twice a year, throwing Frisbees, handing out water, and making friends at the Antioch Library).

 In addition to these action plans, we continue to share Jesus’ love by meeting needs through Car Care and also through our upcoming Back to School Giveaway. Pray that God will bless our efforts to love our neighbors and that He will draw our neighbors into our church.

Ray

TO OUR WARRIORS IN THE SUNDAY SCHOOL, and the People They Teach:

 Elvis Presley was an idol of mine growing up. I loved his music, saw his movies, and followed his career. I have all of his gold records on my Iphone. He seemed to have had it all, money, fame, and an iconic place in Rock and Roll history. Do you know what he did not have? According to his ex-wife/widow in an interview last year, Elvis was a loner with no peers, no friends, and no one to share his life with. As I read these words, it dawned on me that he died just four years after his divorce from Priscilla. The King of Rock and Roll needed community, and died for its lack.

Sunday School is the perfect place to find community. In his excellent book, The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren suggested 5 requirements for building true community:

  1. Cultivating Community takes Honesty. An honest answer is a sign of true friendship, 24:26, TEV.
  2. Cultivating Community takes Humility. Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, I Peter 5:5c, NIV.
  3. Cultivating Community takes Courtesy. Excel in showing respect for each other, Romans 12:10b.
  4. Cultivating Community takes Confidentiality. There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing, Proverbs 12:18.
  5. Cultivating Community takes Frequency. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity, Acts 2:48, NLT.

Our dream statement: Sharing the love of Jesus by meeting the needs of neighbors. One way we do that is through the community found in Sunday School.