Good morning and welcome to Faith Chapel Overland Park. We are on our way from Faith Chapel Louisburg. Every Sunday morning for the past 11 years we have been there before we come here. As you might remember we preached both campuses for close to 6 years. When we hired our campus senior pastor there we still came down to see the people we love each and every week and I don’t see that changing. The reason is: we love the people of Louisburg! We are connected to them, they are a part of our body, they are Faith Chapel. When you pray for a group of people and their community it gets in your heart and they stay there.
Would it surprise you to know that I am weekly contacted by someone in California whom I used to pastor? Why? Because God connected us through consistent, vulnerable ministry together. My 25 plus years here has and will connect me with you forever. 25 years is twice the time I have spent at any other church. So we got that going for us…which is nice! What does all that mean?
Life works better when you’re connected
Because we were created for connection, it makes sense that life works better in relationships. We know this intuitively, but the Bible makes it clear. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 "Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken."
I love you guys, (think of the movies Hoosiers and coach Norman Dale)