A Message from the Pastor:
BECOMING A FLOURISHING CHURCH
Some would look at Coila and say we’re a flourishing church. We have a growing congregation with a few new families joining us for worship on Sundays. We have a clear mission statement and a vision for growth. We have dedicated elders and leaders who are committed to overseeing our programs and development.
All of that is good and necessary. However, we can be easily lulled into a false sense of security that these things we have done equate to spiritual growth. Paul, as he writes occasional letters to the area churches, reminds them that it is God who causes us to grow. To the Church at Corinth, he writes “So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow” (1 Cor. 3:7). Likewise to the Church at Colossae he reminds them as a body to remain connected to “the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow” (Col. 2:19). Growth is the byproduct of being with God and having the Holy Spirit alive and active in our private and corporate church life.
While many area churches continue to decline and close their doors, the elders and I are committed to helping Coila grow. But this is not accomplished by programs and meetings and new members and mission statements. It is function of the one true God who has the power to cause us to grow. Rev. 22 illustrates this truth as the inhabitants of the New Jerusalem experience a never-ending day. It’s not due, however, to a nearby sun. There is no sun. So how do things grow in this new city? “The Lord God will give them light” (Rev. 22:5). The light of God alone is enough to sustain life.
I encourage you to spend time with God. Quality and quantity. Worship God in private and corporately with us on Sundays. Get to know Him through his Word and through the leading of the Holy Spirit. If you commit to knowing God, walking and talking with him in humble obedience, he will cause you to grow, and collectively we will grow as a church.