There is joy in the house of the Lord

We had another wonderful Sunday at ABC.  It was encouraging to watch several of our young families step up on stage so they could step out in their faith through our parent child dedication.  There is no greater commitment that a parent can make other than to raise their child in a Christ-centered home.  I’m so proud of these families for inviting Jesus to come and light up their home, and I’m proud of you, church family, for your steadfast commitment to invest in them.  It is pivotal that we continue to do anything and everything we can to shine God’s light into the next generation of Austin, Texas.  Thank you for your consistent prayers, your volunteer efforts with our kids, your encouragement to our parents, and your continued faithfulness in giving so we can continue to provide ministries that make an eternal impact on the home.

This weekend will feature an exciting golf-themed Sunday called “The Masters at ABC.”  As you might have gathered, we’re playing off the upcoming Masters tournament in Augusta by having our very own golf fun right here at ABC.  This Sunday will feature a nine-hole putt putt course in the Great Hall, a driving range and closest to the pin challenge on the field, and an amazing donut wall in “the clubhouse” at the café.  We encourage you to wear your golf clothes as we are having a best-dressed competition, and I hope you’re planning to invite your golf buddies and neighbors who you know love the game.

This Sunday will certainly be a fun and memorable morning in the life of our church, and I think it’s important for us to have fun together.  After all, if anyone in the world should be smiling and filled with hope, it should be the body of Christ.  As Peter reminds us, we have been “born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (1 Peter 1:3).  Jesus Christ has united us with a hope that is unwavering, and He has filled us with the joy of His eternal presence in our lives (Psalm 16:11).  That joy should be evident to those who are around us, and that joy should lead us to enter His house each week with high expectations.  I’ve always loved David’s sentiments when he said,  “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’” (Psalm 122:1).  To put it in modern day terms, David was ecstatic when someone invited him to church!  Why would be he be so thrilled?  I believe it’s because he knew there was joy in the house of the Lord.

I do believe there is joy in this house every Sunday.  I hope you sense the same thing, and I hope that joy leads you to come to church every weekend with high expectations.  Yes, this particular weekend will offer some special attractions that we will enjoy together.  But every weekend provides the same opportunity for us to be renewed through the joy of worship and through the joy of spending time with His people.   I believe many who are outside of our church walls are looking for that kind of joy, so I encourage you to think outwardly this week.  There will be a lot of joy in this house this Sunday so don’t miss the opportunity to share it with others. 

I hope you enjoy this beautiful weather outside, and I look forward to worshipping (and golfing) with you this Sunday. 

Onward and upward,

Jonathan Spencer

Last Sunday’s Sermon: Hebrews 12:1-2

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