“And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land; then you shall know that I, the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, says the Lord.”
I heard a pastor once use this passage of scripture (found in verses 1-14) to talk about the dead bones in the church and how God can resurrect even the deadest of churches. I thought at the time that he was being awfully critical of churches in general and that church in particular. But I do think he may have had a point.
I hear folks being discouraged about the attendance at church and the aging of our church. I hear folks talking about the future of our church with depression in their voices.
Friends, I believe that God can resurrect this church again! It may not look like the church of fifty or even thirty years ago, but it will be God’s church.
We have some exciting things being planned for the next few months. And while we’ve never done it that way before, I think we may see some wonderful things happening.
Now, it’s going to take some work on our parts. It’s going to mean inviting neighbors and friends to come share with us in worship and for special programs. It may mean being enthusiastic even when we’re not sure it’s going to work.
But with God’s help, I think it can happen. After all, the word comes to us that God can put the Spirit within us and make us live. We just have to be willing to receive it and go forward!