I am always up for a party. Especially a birthday party. I have excitedly helped celebrate birthdays for one year olds and for sweet-sixteen’s. I remember my own 21st alone in Cincinnati. I have celebrated 30, 40, 50 and recently 60. Birthdays are a big deal.
This year we are celebrating the birth of the Wesleyan Church in Birmingham, AL. What a wonderful 100 years it has been! A century! God has been good to the faith family and she has grown. Lives have been transformed because the Wesleyan Church and her people were faithful to tell the good news. God has used many people to help bring this faith family to this point, but perhaps no one has had the impact of a faithful Evangelist and Pastor, H. Robb French, who planted multiple churches throughout Alabama and in particular the church that ultimately became Brookview Wesleyan Church. God rewarded Rev. French’s faithfulness and that of many others in a wonderful way and we celebrate today what God has done.
We also celebrate a bright and wonderful future. I want us to picture for a moment what tomorrow will look like. See the faces of those who have yet to hear about God’s amazing grace. See the shining faces of children who are sitting and listening to the story of Jesus. See the faces of a couple whose marriage has been helped through rough times because of prayer support from this faith family. See the faces of the future. They are there and they are coming. Will we be ready to find fresh new ways to tell them the story of the ages?
Brookview Wesleyan Church has been strategically placed by God to be a place of healing and hope. Let’ celebrate our heritage and God’s faithfulness, but let’s don’t forget to trust God for our future.
Happy Future Church!