I cannot tell you how incredible Sunday was as we celebrated as a community what God has done in and through us over the past two years. Two years. It’s so hard to believe that we’ve been a church community for two years already. Time has flown by. And yet at the same time, It feels like it’s been so much longer than two years. Why? Because of how unbelievably tight our community has become.

Here are a few of the things that come to mind as I think back over these past two years:

1). I know that I’ve said it before but I have to say it again: this is the most amazing community of believers that I have ever been around. Every week I watch as you take ownership of the ministry that Jesus has called us to. To see everyone doing their part to make Purpose Claremont what it is leaves me so thankful and fills me with such gratitude.

2). When I look at our church community, I can’t help but see a church that we would find during the days of the book of Acts. Acts 2:42-47 has been the passage in Scripture that I have strived to emulate when leading a ministry, starting all the way back when I was a youth pastor. But here’s the thing: as I read through that passage in Acts, I see it becoming and being a reality for Purpose Claremont.

3). The best is yet to come. I am so thankful and excited about our first two years as a community. But I have to be honest: yesterday was something special for me. For some reason, I just sensed that this was only the beginning: like we had turned a corner as a community and are moving closer and closer to kingdom-style effectiveness for Jesus. I truly believe that as incredible as Jesus has been, doing all that he has done in and through us, he is not finished. In fact, he’s just started, and the best of Jesus is yet to come.

So I just wanted to take a quick minute to say thank you. Thank you for being amazing. Thank you for loving me and my family. Thank you for being so humble and service-minded. Thank you for wanting more of Jesus. Thank you for being an abiding church who longs for more and more of Jesus, loving him and others. Thank you for living with intentionality. Thank you for making your zip code your mission field. Thank you for being my family. Thank you. And thank you in advance for all that you will do with Jesus this year as we all move forward together into God’s plans for us.

I love you more than you could ever know,

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