Unfinis–?

Round here we talk just like lions
But we sacrifice like lambs*

Five years ago today, Christ Covenant Church in Mesquite was born out the ashes of a difficult season by the Spirit of Christ. There were lots of things to take care of, so we kicked off our new life and ministry with a series on Titus called Unfinished Business.

The first sermon listed the features of our common faith and laid the foundation for things to come. Misquoting Calvin, this is how I ended that message:

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This work, this ministry, I, and my fellow pastors and deacons, and our wives, and children, and each and every one of you, and your children — this work, we are striving hard to perform together. Even if we do not yet see all the progress we hope for and desire, still we are working heartily and serving faithfully, according to our small ability.

I am confident the Lord is pleased with us, and our labor in the Lord is not in vain. But, like you, I am aware that our critics think we are on a fool’s errand.

And they are partly right.

But even if we are on a fool’s errand, we should keep in mind that “we are fools for Christ and idiots for nobody”.

We have a lot of unfinished business to take care of. With the help of God our Savior, we will straighten out what is crooked, work out the kinks, fill up what is lacking, and polish off the remains of the day.

Grace and peace to you from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

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Over the past five years, with God’s help, we have finished up some of that unfinished business. We have connected with other Reformed and Presbyterian congregations. We have elected and ordained elders. We have eaten healthy teaching. We have ordered our families around God’s grace. And much more.

There’s still lots to do. Truth-be-known, our labors of love in the Lord will never be f-nished in our lifetime. They will carry on for the good of one generation to the next. Then, at the end of all things, for the glory of God, they will be finished. Until then, let’s do all the good we can, with the life we have, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect.

To the next five years — and beyond!

*Lyric from Round Here on August and Everything After by Counting Crows (1993)