Hope for a New Day!
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
In this well-known text from Jeremiah, the people of Israel are comforted by God Himself. Israel was in captivity in Babylon. The people of God were longing for the day when they could return home. God revealed to them that they must remain in Babylon for another 70 years! This was disturbing news, to say the least.
However, He followed up this pronouncement with a word of hope. He had not forgotten His people. He had a plan for them – in spite of their challenging circumstances.
These words of hope have served as encouragement to generations of God’s people ever since. Even though our circumstances may be very different than those of the original hearers, a principle has been clearly communicated across time: True hope is found in God and His promises!
We believe God is calling us forward to a new day in ministry. Our new Budget reflects our response to this new day. Developments in our Worship Ministry and Spiritual Formation Ministry are signaling the launching of a new era in ministry. We are beginning to offer a more holistic ministry for families. We have established true Classic and Contemporary Worship Ministries that can better serve the needs of our church in this new day.
Our new facilities represent new tools in our ministry toolbelt. Our staff is energized to live into this new day. We are excited to shepherd in new ministries that will only strengthen our ability to care for more people and reach more deeply into our community with the Gospel.
God has a bright future planned for us here at FBCA. We have an incredible legacy. However, our best days are ahead of us. We are trusting God to show Himself as a God of provision. We are trusting our people to invest themselves in a vision to reach Arlington for Christ – and to share His love with the world.
We will be focusing our energies on reaching people for Christ:
The Engaged – those who already know Christ but are looking for a new place to serve and worship.
The Unengaged – those in our community who do not yet know Christ. They come from all manner of backgrounds and perspectives.
We truly believe it is time for . . . Hope for a New Day!