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December 10, 2018

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone,
and especially to those who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:10, ESV)

In the midst of all the “good” things we can and should do, there is this call in the New Testament to prioritize the “household of faith”; that is, the church. Church tends to get short-shrift in our society.  People see so many needs around the world and wonder: why should this one organization have any particular priority?

However, instead of taking our cues from a world that is blind to what God is doing (1 Cor. 2:14), we must learn to see the church as God sees it. Besides being the household of faith, it is the apple of his eye (Deut. 32:10), the Body of Christ himself (Rom. 12:4-5), the temple of the Lord (Eph. 2:21), the pillar of truth (1 Tim. 3:15) and the Bride, the wife of the Lamb (Rev. 21:9), just to name a few. Don’t we always take care of our own family first? Yet, if there was ever an organization that exists for the sake of its non-members, it is the church. The church is the best hope of this world because it is rooted in another world, and it is called, as Christ’s representative, to display his life of self-giving.

The church is unique in its purpose and in what it accomplishes. Who else is going to “disciple” people into spiritual maturity, not just in childhood and youth, but throughout your entire life? Who else is entrusted with the sacraments that define the church and set it off from the world? Who else has been entrusted with the spiritual authority of the keys of heaven (Matt. 16:19)? Our appreciation for the church, despite all its imperfections and blemishes, should deepen over time. I know mine has. I shudder to think what the world would be like without it. There is nothing else that would be able to fill the vacuum left by its absence. Just think of all the places our church touches: missionaries around the world, refugees, youth, the poor in our community; those struggling with grief, divorce, depression, and medical problems. None of us by ourselves could address all those things effectively, but together through Christ’s local church, we can. Christ can touch them through us, and greater resources allow us to have a greater reach.

This year, significant investments were made in the environments at The Point for Highway 45 (4th and 5th graders), Middle School and High School. We doubled our worship capacity through the expansion at The Point. Of course, that means doubling equipment, utilities, and props as well. We initially set up 200 seats in the new worship space, and yet last weekend we had 204 in attendance, so more chairs are on the way. The overall cost of the expansion was $520,372. Specific donations offset that cost by $132,876 leaving a net cost of $387,496. There has been a significant investment in fighting for our expansion at the Main Campus, too.

All of this means HVC needs your help in covering these outside-the-budget expenses. However, think of them as investments in lives, as a result of which there are now seats available at both worship locations so we can invite people and accommodate more guests. As God adds more people, the church’s “reach” expands accordingly. As you think about your year-end holiday giving, give in honor of the birth of Christ by remembering the household of Christ.

Grateful for your faithfulness,
Frank

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