From February to April, Greg and I prayed and talked privately about all that God was stirring in us concerning this awesome call to plant a church. You have to know that at this point in the journey, although we knew we had heard from God, we were wrestling with the news. Depending on the day of the week, we were scared, doubtful, hesitant, thrilled, or ready. Some of our doubts centered around the fact that we feel so small to be called to something so BIG! We were like Moses in Exodus 3 as he lamented, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” We were asking, “Who are WE that we would be called to THIS important task of planting a church?”
We don’t have Bible college degrees. We weren’t raised in Christian homes. We can’t lead worship or play any instruments (every church planter we know seems to be musically inclined)! And besides, Hillsong has Australia covered, right? Every disqualifying factor we could come up with plagued us.
Once again, when we bring our concerns and petitions to the Lord, He is so faithful to respond. On April 6, at the ARC church planters conference in Baton Rouge, Greg was encouraged about his specific perspective, personality, and purpose in Australia. Ironically, our very own Pastor Joe was preaching when the revelation came!
In Luke chapter 1, Luke uses the phrase, “It seemed good to me” as he talks about giving his specific account of Jesus and the gospel. Luke was a physician, not a Bible school graduate)! He brought a different angle and perspective than Matthew, Mark, and John to what they witnessed. Have you ever wondered why there are four gospels? Why did God want four accounts of the same time and events surrounding Jesus’ life? EVERY testimony is important and unique. EVERY story of Jesus touching a life matters and should be told, including yours and mine.
Greg has an amazing life transforming testimony of what God has done in his life. He moved to America as a 19 year old Atheist who had never seen a Bible. He felt he had no need for God, that he was quite capable of managing himself; he believed anyone who put his trust in a God he couldn’t see must be weak in himself. At age 26, Greg stepped out in faith and was radically changed forever as he accepted Christ as his Savior. He has never been the same and the quick work God has done to raise him up and use him to influence and change lives is amazing to witness. His passion for the local church and his willingness to obey God in every area of his life is awesome!
Greg and I, just like you, have a story that needs to be told. There are 22 million people in Australia. Millions of them do not have a personal relationship or revelation of Christ. It seems good to us to bring our account of the gospel to Australia. We believe it will be used to impact thousands of lives as we plant a church.
God’s response to Moses as he questioned his call was, “I will certainly be with you.” God is certainly with us. Nothing is too big for God!