by Steve Jones

We Built It for You
Steve Jones
Luke 15

Introduction: It was Palm Sunday and, because of a sore throat, five-year-old Johnny stayed home from church with a sitter. When the family returned home they were carrying several palm branches. The boy asked what they were for. "People held them over Jesus head as he walked by." "Wouldn't you know it," the boy fumed, "the one Sunday I don't go, He shows up!"

Well, it's Palm Sunday and we believe that Jesus is here, as he is every Sunday, and we're awfully pleased that you could make it as well. To the members of our church I want to say thank you for having the faith and vision to take a risk and trust God for something big. No matter what else happens in your lifetime, know that you have helped to accomplish something significant for the Kingdom of God.

To those of you who may be first time guests today, we have something to say to you. Maybe you came as the result of a door-knob hanger, a newspaper advertisement, a personal invitation from a friend, the chance to get a free hamburger, or just out of idle curiosity, but however you came to be here on our first Sunday in this new facility, we want to say "WE BUILT IT FOR YOU". And we're very serious about that.

This congregation already had a nice building in a nice location. There was adequate seating, classrooms and parking for the people who were already members...but there was not enough room, for you. So the congregation began a long and arduous journey that included putting a contract on this land, selling the old church-building and property, meeting in rented facilities, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in a capital funds campaign and completing this building project. All of that was to make room for you. If you look around, you can see that one thing we now have is room.

I want to spend the next few minutes this morning answering the question "Why did we build it for you?" When we already had a nice church home, why would ...

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