There's no way you can manufacture this.
We've dreamed of and prayed for it, but this past Sunday we found out the Lord did it. You see, we've longed for Calvary to be a multi-cultural church, reaching out to and enjoying the company of people from many diverse cultures and backgrounds. We've felt like it's been happening, but it's hard to quantify something like that.
You should have been in the Green Room after church last Sunday.
It was our monthly "Meet + Greet" for anyone relatively new to Calvary. Our pastors and elders were gathered, ready to make new acquaintances. However, they were taken aback by the beautiful picture that greeted them both hours.
It was like God confirmed the blessing of diversity right then and there. Among the record-breaking number of people who participated, we met the most wonderful:
One of these couples who were visiting for the very first time that morning said to us, "We looked around your service today and realized that THIS is truly a multi-cultural church. That's what we've been looking for."
And that's not the end of the story.
Beyond the thrilling mixture of people and cultures represented, we also met some newcomers who were searching specifically for a church that was solid in Bible teaching and doctrine. More than one family asked us about our doctrine statement so they could be assured that Calvary is true to the Word of God.
Another couple told us they drive almost an hour every Sunday to come to Calvary because of the Bible teaching.
It was like a little piece of heaven.
Matthew 16:18 quotes Jesus saying, "...I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." We know the One who builds the church, and it's not us! Jesus has opened the floodgates of blessings on Calvary as He builds HIS church. We can tell it's happening because it's starting to reflect more and more what Heaven will look like someday.
Thank you for continuing to pray for Calvary and our surrounding communities.
This week don't forget to invite someone, too! It may make a difference in eternity. We can truly say, "ALL are welcome."