Looking Back with Much Thanksgiving; Looking Forward with Much Hope

This January, we begin a new year together as a church. But, before we get ahead of ourselves, it’s important to look back and give thanks. We have much to be thankful for as a church as we consider God’s grace to us in 2018.

In 2018…

  • By God’s grace, we sent off 30 members to plant the Ethiopian-Eritrean Evangelical Fellowship Church under the leadership of pastor Dagne Balche.
  • The Lord allowed us to serve other churches:
    • In the Austin-Metro area:
      • Simeon Trust workshop (March)
      • First Annual Theology Conference – guest: Dr. Stephen Wellum, SBTS (April)
      • 9Marks Weekender (June)
      • Kinney Avenue Baptist Church | we sent Josh Hayward to serve as their new senior pastor (October)
  • Wornall Road Baptist Church, Kansas City, KS | we sent Colby Wilkins to serve as an associate pastor (November)
  • The Lord allowed us to pay $1.5 million toward our debt.
    • We now have a debt of only $1 million remaining.
    • Our monthly loan payment went from just over $16,000 to just over $6,000.
  • The Lord spared us from a potentially catastrophic fire on Friday, December 14.
  • The Lord allowed us to receive 11 more new members than 2017, so in 2018, we received a total of 54 new members.
  • These are just a few major highlights and milestones. I am sure we could add hundreds of other blessings the Lord has lavished upon us by his grace.
  Be sure to take some time during your time of personal devotions to give thanks to our gracious Father and praise his name for all these blessings he has granted us in Christ. But I also invite you to begin thinking about 2019 and join us as we pray together for God’s future grace toward us in Christ.   In 2019, we look forward to the Lord’s grace with much hope and joy!
  • Our Theme: Stability and Growth
    • We look forward to staff stability and growth (over the last six months, we have sent out three staff members and added three more. We will add one more pastoral assistant in July – Keston Smith).
  • We look forward to membership stability and growth (since 2011, we have sent out just over 100 members with churches we’ve planted).
  • We look forward to financial stability and growth (since 2011, we have sent out about $200,000 of budget income with churches we’ve planted).
  • We will continue to serve other churches through…
    • DNow Weekend for high school and junior high school students (January)
    • 9Marks Weekender (February)
    • High Pointe internships (February – June)
    • Theology conference with Dr. Thomas Schreiner | The Five Solas of the Reformation (March)
    • Simeon Trust Workshop (November)
  • Some of our ongoing requests for 2019:
    • Evangelism – we will continue to emphasize “Who’s Your One?” evangelistic effort.
      • Pray for Courage – that the Lord would encourage us to be bold and courageous in having conversations with our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, colleagues, peers
  • Pray for Conversions – that the Lord would allow us to see fruit from our evangelism.
  • Discipleship – we will continue to emphasize discipleship relationships.
    • Pray for one another – use the church directory.
    • Pray that all of us would grow to know the Lord and help one another look more like Jesus.
    • Pray for our Life Groups – the logical place to begin connecting at High Pointe as a member.
  • Pray for our Life Classes – that we would encourage one another to apply the gospel to life.
  • Pray for our High Pointe Institute – that we would equip one another to lead and minister at High Pointe.
  • Finances – we continue to pray that the Lord would relieve us of the debt and stabilize our giving.
  I cannot wait to see how the Lord answers our prayers in 2019. “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).