This past Sunday I presented the fascinating stats of Albemarle County. According to the 2010 US Census, it is in the bottom 5% of American counties in terms of faith adherence. This stat both saddens and excites me. I am saddened by the idea that so many in our community live apart from the good news of living life with Christ. They are separate from the eternal life-giving truths that are a part of being a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ.
Yet, I am excited about the opportunity before us. I firmly believe light shines brighter the darker its surroundings are. People are hungry for truth, and the less truth they can find in culture, the easier it is to see the brightness of Jesus.
I once again challenge you to pray daily during our countdown to launch:
For our community – who desperately need Jesus
For our church – that we can boldly and expertly answer the call to be another light for Christ in our world.