On Sunday, June 6, I was inducted as the Pastor of St. Andrew’s Kirk in Nassau, Bahamas. This past Sunday, June 13, was my first Sunday in the pulpit as the pastor here. If June 6 was a day of celebration, then June 13 was a day of dreaming. I invited the congregation here to dream with me about what we could become as a congregation.
Our passage was Ephesians chapter 3. Here we are reminded that the Christian Church is part and parcel of God’s grand, cosmic, eternal plan to renovate, heal, and redeem this troubled world of ours. We are reminded that while Christ is present by His Spirit, He is currently absent in His resurrection body. As such, God’s design is for the Church to be the conduit through which Christ continues to function in a physical environment.
This implications of this for God’s people are massive. If we believe that Christ can make a difference in this world, then we are compelled to believe that we can make a difference in this world. But, here’s the key: The Church cannot function on behalf of Christ unless it is connected to Christ.
The call upon the Church then is not simply to try hard. The call is not simply to “do the right thing”. The call is to be entirely animated by another. The call is to be willing conduits for the power of Christ.
What then might we expect? I love how the apostle Paul closes the chapter:
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20, 21)
If Paul had said that God is able to do all that we ask or imagine, we would want to highlight this verse. But he does not say this—he says God is able to do “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine”!
To put it another way, God is not limited by our modest expectations. He is not handicapped by my puny imagination.
Believing this, I want to dream big about what God might do in Nassau through the conduit of St. Andrew’s Kirk.
Last Sunday was a special day for me as I began my preaching ministry here. I got the distinct sense that I was not alone in my dreaming. As I looked out into the congregation, I could sense others dreaming as well. It was then my privilege to declare to the people here that we worship a God who can deliver beyond our wildest dreams.
What a joy! What an opportunity we have. I want to encourage you to dream big about what God can accomplish through willing conduits. I want you to dream big about what God might accomplish today, this week, this year—through you.
You can listen to the message “Beyond Your Wildest Dreams” by clicking below.