I pray this email find each of you trusting in God regardless of what the world throws at you! I’m so excited about all that we are seeing God do at NLC! The growth we have seen this summer is truly humbling and only increases our expectation for this fall! The months of June and July are typically the hardest months for church attendance, BUT NLC once again you proved a move of God isn’t held back by past statistics! In June, and so far in July, we have seen 167 first time families fill out a connect card and exactly 50 people receive the free gift of salvation found ONLY in Jesus Christ! THAT’S AWESOME!!!! Our community is growing, our groups are growing, our giving is increasing and we are the healthiest church we’ve ever been! Like a 6 year old child we still have a long ways to go as we work towards being the church we know God has called us to be, but I’m encouraged to see that we are growing in health and influence! IF YOU VOLUNTEER AT NLC...THANK YOU! I know we expect a lot out of our volunteers, but how else does a church that has doubled in attendance continue to grow if those who know Jesus and love His church don’t serve? When you are involved in a movement, there is more expected of you than when you are sitting at a church that is stagnant! When you have dozens of salvations a month, someone has to serve them and I’m SO THANKFUL THAT YOU HAVE GROWN IN YOUR FAITH TO THE POINT WHERE YOU ARE GIVING BACK! The writer of Hebrews said this in the 5th chapter 12th verse, You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God's word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food.
It always amuses me when some people say “NLC has grown to thousands in 6 years because they aren't deep”. I think we are pretty deep, we preach Jesus, see lives changed and are seeing 300 people serve within the church at all locations each weekend! I guess we would be more “deep” if we stayed stagnant at 200 people and saw very few salvations and taught weekly on things that puff up knowledge but don't change hearts. I’m sorry, but if being deep means you never see people who are disenchanted with the church, I don’t want to be deep. If being deep means you don’t see dozens of people receive the gift of salvation each week, I don’t want to be “deep”. If being deep means that we have to grow slow, I don’t want to be “deep”. If being deep means that we are known by the Christian world but not the community we live in, I don’t want to be “deep”. If being deep means we have to do what everyone has always done which ISN’T working, I don’t want to be “deep”. If being deep is standing up for what you are against instead of what you are for, I don’t want to be "deep".
If being deep means, you preach the Bible, salvations happen every week, growth happens faster than you can personally contain, thousands of guest attend every year, hundreds of volunteers serve on the weekend, and communities know you exist because of your love and generosity, I WANT TO BE DEEP!
NLC YOU ARE DEEP - DEEP IN YOUR LOVE FOR THOSE THAT DON’T KNOW JESUS. I’m not sure there’s anything more deep than that and for that I’M HONORED TO BE CALLED YOUR PASTOR! YOU ARE THE MOST SELFLESS CHURCH I’VE EVER SEEN!
Rescued By His Grace,
PS. This weekend's “At The Movies” message is my favorite of all three! PLEASE be there and PLEASE bring someone! Their life will never be the same! Also, I’ll be speaking at our Night of Worship on Sunday night at 5pm and I’d love it if you were there! And, if you can make the auction Friday night that would be awesome too!
Live Weird For HIM,