We Are Here for Him

“The time promised by God has come at last!’ He announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!” – Jesus

Thank you for praying for and supporting God’s work at Pebble Creek. Many people some who aren’t even members – pray for this ministry and give sacrificially because they believe what we are doing matters to God.

Debbie and I are thrilled to have a part in such an important work. While we have been honored to serve in churches of all sizes and places with multi-staff and no staff, NONE have been more important to God’s plan than Pebble Creek!

65% of churches in America are plateaued or declining.1 Our area is church-rich, yet within five miles of Pebble Creek Church 60% of the people cannot say with confidence they have “a personal relationship with one living God, who is Lord and Savior.”2

Will our children and grandchildren know what it is to have a relationship with the One True God? Will there be a healthy, disciple-making church for them where they may worship, grow and serve?

Love God, Love People, Make Disciples

Christ did not call people to form social clubs with steeples, religious institutions with man-made rules, or holy huddles. Christ called people to follow Him. Those who answer His call and follow Him become like Him and help others follow Him. His great command and commission can be summed up in six words: Love God. Love people. Make disciples. Pretty simple, right?

Unfortunately, the last thing some churches are is simple. After years of well-intended programs and man-made plans, some churches are too tangled up in themselves to freely move with the Spirit of God. As a result, they measure success by the size and happiness of the crowd. This is not how God measures success.

By their standard of success, the lives of God’s people, prophets, and preachers throughout Scripture were anything but successful. Even God’s Son would be considered a failure. He had thousands turn from Him. When He died there were only a handful of followers. And He had been “found guilty” of blasphemy by the religious people of His day. Hardly what today’s churches would call a “successful” pastor!

For far too long, churches have used business models, sales pitches, and guilt trips in an attempt to be “successful.” The overall current state of churches in America is an indictment on our failure to follow Jesus and make disciples.

Jesus didn’t say, “I will build My crowd.”

A disciple of Christ is a follower of Christ. It is easier to lead people to make decisions than to lead them to be disciples. The fact of the matter is the Master’s way of making disciples has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and not tried. God helping us, Pebble Creek Church will be different. Christ didn’t say, “I will build My crowd.”

He said, “I will build my church.”

Pebble Creek Church is a “fresh start” church forming for the purpose of being a place of grace. Our vision is a healthy, maturing, and multiplying church equipping the next generation to follow Christ.

Leaving a legacy

If you have questions about following Christ or if you share our vision and would like to partner with us in leaving a legacy for the glory of God simply connect with us.

Gratefully,

 

 

 

Galatians 2:20

 

1 Thom Rainer. “Dispelling the 80 Percent Myth of Declining Churches,” June 28, 2017, accessed August 6, 2018, https://thomrainer.com/2017/06/dispelling-80-percent-myth-declining-churches/.
2 Missioninsite, based on the 2017 Quadrennium survey.

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