by Jerry Branch

The State of DBC
Gerald Branch
Philippians 3:13-14
January 27, 2008

Keywords: Vision; win; move forward; press on; relationships; growth
Consider 2 Kings 7 the four lepers say, "Why just sit here until we die?" vs. 3 (HCSB)
Philippians 3:13-14 "Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)
13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
I want to finish up my series on our church vision this morning,
and in part, I'd like for us to not forget from where we came,
But primarily, I want us to keep fresh in our minds
the plan God has given us,
and then to put into our minds the fact that we must be looking forward.
Starting with...Where have we been.
Our church has a rich history, and each stone or each brick
was part of the path that led us to where we are today.
There was a chart that some of you are familiar with
which helped remind you of this.
Our church started back in 1966 in the Harvey home,
and was led by one of what was called, Home Mission Board missionaries. The following year, several of you, Ron and Melba, who are still very active,
along with others who have move away over the years,
or have gone home to be with the Lord,
started meeting in the old Eastern Star building.
Just as many of the church planters do today, the church got to experience
the labor and the joy of setting up each week,
and then tearing down on Sundays.
And God soon opened the door for the church to rent a building,
which had been the old Free Will Methodist building
there by Wendy's for one dollar a month.
People were being saved, people without a church family had found one,
and the church grew.
Ministries were started, and Dallas Baptist Church also became active
in missions as she sponsored several new church works in the ...

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