I had the rare opportunity to sit by my wife in church a few weeks ago. As I reflected on what I was experiencing, I thought to myself, “I love my church!”
It started on Saturday. We offered the “Phase” parenting conference with two of the premier speakers in America on parenting—Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy. What a fantastic event to support parents!
I had the privilege of volunteering by watching kids that evening. It was fun. It was well organized by our staff. One little boy (about 3rd grade) walked up to me in The Hub, stared at me, then asked, “What’s your last name?” I replied, “Day.” He looked at me a few seconds longer, then said, “I’ve seen you on that stage over there” (pointing to the auditorium). Then he turned and walked away. I’m still laughing about that!
Back to sitting in church with my wife. I looked down my row. I know the stories of several people who were sitting in that row. The young man in his 20s sitting just down from me started coming to church about two years ago. He had become disillusioned with church and had not been attending anywhere before he came to The Ridge. He was baptized earlier this year and is meeting with someone one-on-one now to study the Bible.
Down from him I saw a lady who came for the first time when our new building opened. She had not gone to church her entire adult life. Two years ago she made a decision to invite Christ into her life and was baptized. Next to her was the friend she had invited. This friend has recently started coming regularly to The Ridge. Again, she hadn’t been going to church her entire adult life.
Further down the row sat three couples, all in their late 20s or early 30s. One of the wives was baptized at The Ridge a year ago. The husband of another couple was recently baptized at The Ridge. Between them sat a couple who is new to The Ridge.
I thought, “There are stories like this in the rows all over The Ridge this morning! Look what God is doing.”
And, by the way, as I sat through the service, I was so proud to be part of The Ridge. The music was fantastic and uplifting. The sermon was incredibly engaging and inspiring.
“I love my church!”
Whatever it takes,