The Church = People

These are exciting days to be a part of what God is doing at ACC. We are continuing to experience steady growth as a church, and are seeing more and more people reached and lives changed by the power of Christ. As we grow, we are definitely feeling the limitations of our current building space in the auditorium, lobby, and children’s wing!
As you have probably heard by now, we are moving along in our plans to do a building project. Our Building Vision Team has been meeting and thinking through what our facility needs are, and how we can meet those needs through this project. Our Stewardship Campaign Team has also been meeting to determine how we are to go about funding the project. As we get the ball rolling on all of this, I can’t help thinking about the big picture of the church. The church is not a building – it is people! I love how 1 Peter 2:4-5 draws on the analogy of a building and relates it to people:
“As you come to Him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
Each one of us is a living stone that makes up the church God is building. When I was a kid in Sunday school, my teachers taught us this little rhyme that they illustrated with their hands: “Here is the church, here is the steeple; open the doors and see all the people.”

As we move forward in our building project, let us remember that the church is first and foremost made up of people whom God has rescued and redeemed, and that our church building is simply a tool God will use to reach more people. There will be many more details to come about our building project. Until then, I hope you’ll join me in prayerfully supporting our leadership teams as they make decisions about the future of 916 East Hintz Road!