Sunday, November 4, 2007

The Biggest Question!?

I don’t know if it’s the biggest question or not, but it’s a pretty big question, especially as I think about our future and what God is up to. Four months ago, I resigned from a very comfortable position in a fairly large and successful church with basically no idea of what God wanted me to do except “get out of the boat and come to Him.” Since that time I’ve visited more than a dozen different churches; large, small and everything in between. I’ve preached at a home church, attended a church planting conference, met dozens of people for breakfast, lunch or coffee, made a number of hospital and home visits, done some career coaching and premarital counseling, and even conducted a funeral.

I’ve also had the opportunity to attend all Matt’s soccer games (except one), and to travel to Tennessee, West Virginia and various parts of Ohio with my wife. We also started a Home Group Bible study in which we’ve made new friends and gotten better acquainted with old ones. But in the end, there is still one question that looms large in my mind, “Did God call me ‘out of the boat’ to plant a church?”

Two months ago when I attended the church planting conference I prayed that God would give me an answer to that question. What He gave me instead was a word from Isaiah 6:8 in which Isaiah, after seeing God “seated on the throne, high and lifted up”, said, “Here am I. Send me.” What I took from this verse is that God wants our availability more than our ability.

What I want more than anything is to be available for whatever God has for me, including church planting. So, after attending the conference, I asked our home group to pray about it. We also began looking for a larger place to meet so our group could grow. We looked around and found the Dublin Recreation Center. It was available Saturday, December 8th the exact day we wanted for our Christmas Celebration. The Christmas Celebration will be a time of worship and fellowship for our Home Group and others who may be interested in joining us on the journey. Our plan, God willing, is to have weekend celebrations as well as home group commnities after the new year.

In the end the biggest question may not be, is God calling me to plant a church, but am I available. So in the words of Isaiah, “Here am I. Send me.” That’s my biggest question and my answer. What about you? What are the big questions in your life?

4 comments:

jaybrams said...
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jaybrams said...

Very timely post in my life, dennis... Thanks... Aaron always raves about you, and I can see why...

James said...

Denny...Greetings from the Valley of the Sun! Could it be that the Lord is calling you to plant a church in North Phoenix, AZ? I'm sure of it! OK....maybe not. I wish. I too struggle with the Big Question (what does He have planned for me?)and have since He called me into the desert. We (Nancy and I)felt his call here and we have grown so much...but what's next? What ever it is...I pray I have the courage to say "here I am..send me". We miss you and look forward to seeing you again sometime soon.

clayburkle said...

Sounds like fun. I've always believed that sheep know the voice of their shepherd. I think God has given you that type of shepherds voice. What does Erwin McManus says... Go until God says no!