Imagine a new sanctuary full of newly baptized believers that you have never before met. Imagine the church tripling in size and reaching deeper into our community with the Apostolic message. Imagine our ministries expanding, changing lives and the communities in which we live. This is the vision God has given us and now is the time to see it fulfilled.
The Book of Acts church possessed a pioneer spirit that propelled them forward. “Go Ye!” was their hearts’ cry. We, too, feel that same spirit driving us forward with a burden to reach our communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Like them, we must hear the cry of unsaved souls and answer the call. Every generation must reach their generation. It is our responsibility... it is our duty... it must become our passion!
For 20 years, Solid Rock Church has been a light to the community of Ann Arbor. Many have
sacrificed to lay the foundation of this work. Now the Lord is asking us to open our eyes of faith and imagine another step forward in this journey. God is calling us to expand the ministries of our church by building a new sanctuary with the potential to triple the number of souls we can reach for Christ. Erecting a 500-seat sanctuary and expanding our parking lot is the first step of IMAGINE. We will then repurpose our present building to become an expansive student center for youth and children. Our ultimate vision is to expand the reach of our ministries to reach 1000 souls.
While the vision is clear, we must awaken our resolve and rise to the challenge before us. It is our time to sacrifice for the cause of Christ. We must take up our cross and walk forward to fulfill the vision God has given us. Our children and grandchildren will reap the rewards of our sacrifice and be inspired by our willingness to shoulder this burden.
I believe it is for such a time as this that we have come to the kingdom. We must step out of the boat and fasten our eyes upon Jesus. We must hear the words of the prophet and those that have built before us:
“Take heed now; for the Lord hath chosen thee to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do it.”
(1 Chronicles 28:10)
Rev. Brian Jones
Pray and ask the Lord what He would have you give over the next 36 months. Prepare your heart to respond to God's call to action.
Obey the voice of God and make a commitment to give the specific amount the Lord gives you peace in your heart to give.
Trust God to do something miraculous in your life. Let it be something that could only be credited to His Hand. Trust Him to supply and provide. God is waiting for us to believe that He can perform that which we have committed to Him.
Our modern 500 seat sanctuary & Spacious altar area...
Our oversized platform for 50 choir members, worship team & musicians...
Our centrally located baptistery & private changing rooms...
Our 3,000 sq. ft. greeting center with fellowship areas, bookstore & ministry services...
Our contemporary infant & toddler facilities with nursing mother's room...
Our age-specific children's classrooms & outdoor playground...
Our existing sanctuary repurposed for Link ministry serving 100 students & 3,500 sq. ft. event center...
Our enlarged prayer room...
Our administrative offices & volunteer ministry workrooms...
Our additional 100 parking spaces...
...for the purpose of expanding our ministries to reach 1,000 souls
Prayer Focus Words
This involves abstaining from all food, solid or liquid, but not from water. Jesus fasted in the wilderness when he was tempted by Satan. Luke 4:2, "...and in those days he did eat nothing."
This is a restriction of diet but not total abstention. The normal fast was the custom but the partial fast is seen in the restricted diet of vegetables and water of Daniel and his friends (Daniel 1:8-14) and in John the Baptists' diet of locusts and wild honey (Mark 1:6).
This fast is going without food and water. It usually appears as a desperate measure to meet a dire emergency. Esther called a three day fast of this type when she learned of the execution awaiting her and her people (Esther 4:16). The absolute fast is the EXCEPTION and should never be engaged unless one has a very clear command from God, and then for not more than three days.
IS FASTING A COMMANDMENT ?
No, but Jesus assumed that fasting would be a part of a person's devotional life. In the Sermon on the Mount He states, "when you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do," (Matthew 6:16). Jesus did not say "If you fast," neither did He say "you must fast." He made the assumption that people would fast, and what was needed was instruction on how to do it properly.
THE PURPOSE OF FASTING
To intensify prayer efforts: Fasting simplifies our lives so that we are more able to focus on God. In fasting, we turn from a normal schedule and give ourselves to God in a consecrated way. It should draw us closer to God where we will experience a deeper relationship with Him.
To pursue holiness: Paul says, "Train yourself to be godly." (I Timothy 4:7 NLT). Fasting is one way to do that. It teaches us submission. It opens the spirit to the Lord because it quiets the flesh that is so often screaming for attention. Whatever is flesh-denying can also be character-forming.
To help us keep balance in our life: How easily we begin to allow nonessentials to take precedence in our lives. How quickly we crave things we do not need until we are enslaved by them (I Cor. 6:12). Fasting is not removing ourselves from the world but disciplining ourselves in the world; discipline brings freedom.
HOW TO HAVE A
Purify your motives. The purpose of a spiritual fast is to focus upon and worship God. We fast because we desire godliness and because we want God' s power to be seen in the church and in the world.
Begin gradually, perhaps with a partial fast. Many people find that beginning with a 24 hour fast from lunch to lunch (missing two meals) works well. Consume fresh fruit juices during this time. Replace your meal with your devotional readings and prayer. The most important thing to monitor is the inner attitude of worship.
Outwardly you will be performing the regular duties of your day, but inwardly you will be in ministry to the Lord through prayer, adoration, and song. The more you pray, the more you will feel sustained by God.
Progress to a 24 hour normal fast as the Lord gives you the grace to extend the time. Use only water and a healthy amount of it.
Fasting can have a powerful impact on your spiritual life. Consider a regular discipline of fasting one day a week for six months. Regular or weekly fasting had a profound effect in the lives of early church leaders.
The 37th Psalm instructs us to trust in the Lord, delight in the Lord, commit your way to the Lord, and rest or be still before Him. However, with the pace of life we all endure and the schedules we face daily, a thriving relationship with Jesus Christ and those precious moments with our families in devotions cannot always be nurtured. Cultivating and maintaining the rich and intimate daily devotion we deeply desire requires discipline.
That’s where we can help with this devotional booklet!
Over the next few weeks, I ask that you mark out a sacred time and that you spend quality time before the Lord in reading, prayer and meditation each day. This is foundational to nurturing a healthy spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ.
Imagine what could happen if we all, with wholehearted dedication, stripped away distractions so that we could devote meaningful time to intimate connections with Jesus Christ. I wonder what could and would happen if we reprioritized? The possibilities are beyond our wildest imaginations! Unity plus prayer is a potent blend of apostolic ingredients that could cause us, together, to go to a whole new level in God.
“...if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” Matthew 18:19
“Call to me and I will answer you, and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3
If you already have a time of daily devotion, I ask that you incorporate this tool. This devotional is designed to ignite and strengthen spiritual and family relationships in a way that will lead to increased sensitivity to the voice of God, a revival in church growth, and greater financial generosity. By going through this devotional journey as a church, we are aligning our hearts with the heartbeat of God to see our vision become a reality.
If you do not currently have a dedicated devotional time as an individual or family, I encourage you to use this opportunity to add greater depth to your relationship with Jesus Christ. Solid Rock Church is committed to a marvelous, God-given vision to build and reach thousands of souls in our community, and we are acutely aware of our dependence on God - our source for all our resources.
It is my hope and confidence that we will all commit to spend time in prayer and hear God’s voice as it relates to how much He will have us sacrificially give in our IMAGINE stewardship campaign. Our obedience to God and His vision for Solid Rock Church will be abundantly rewarded.
May you and your family experience a richer fellowship with each other and with our Lord Jesus!