“February 12, 2059, Forty Years Later”

On December 9, layperson Mike Trujillo preaches on Romans 15:30-33.

30 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in earnest prayer to God on my behalf, 31 that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my ministry to Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 so that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company. 33 The God of peace be with all of you. Amen.

This is the third message from a short series of talks about Oak Hill UMC. Our church is celebrating our 40th anniversary, and previously we reviewed our history and the current state of the church.

As each story is being told, we also remember the Apostle Paul and the model he used to plant churches. We now look to our future and remember Paul once again.

Paul is writing to his friends in Rome and wishes he can visit the city, but he knows that he is needed elsewhere. A church was already planted in Rome, and Paul wants to work in places where people are unchurched. When you are building, you are focused on growth.

For our future, we too need to focus on growth. We need to consider the example set by Paul. He puts his energy into building something new and connecting people into a relationship with Christ.

What will the next 40 years look like at Oak Hill UMC? We have to reach outside of the established church to seek and bring the unchurched into a relationship with Christ.

We examine the challenges that we face in our church, the neighborhoods around us, our growing city, and in our changing society. Are we ready to build?