Archive for January, 2008
Champion Forest Attendance and Growth
Strategic Planning Committee Recommendations
Champion Forest Baptist Church needs to address parking, education space, and ministry support & administration space. We can do that by equalizing capacity to meet our current worship capacity of 7,480 people. (4,400 seats x 2 services x 85% capacity).
The Strategic Planning Team recommends the Building Team explore options to meet those needs and report back to the church with schedule, cost and recommendation
|Upgrade Existing Buildings||$3,970,000|
|Adult Education Building||$5,167,000|
|Future Parking Expansion Allowance||$1,330,000|
The Building Committee recommends that Champion Forest Baptist Church approve the construction of these new facilities at an approximate cost of $40 million, allowing us to continue Godâ€™s work in ministry and mission to Northwest Houston and beyond.
How Will We Pay for It?
- Current surplus cash reserve of approximately $9 million
- P&I reserve in annual budget of roughly $6 million (realized over 3 year construction phase)
- 2008 Capital Campaign Pledges
- Commercial Loan
A Conservative Approach
- Maintain $1 million contingency cash reserve
- Limit debt to a maximum 10 year pay-off
|Capital Campaign Pledges||$10m||$15m||$20|
|Year to Pay-Off||9.7||6.7||4.0|
- Capital Campaign pledges are over and above normal annual operating budget giving
- 100% of campaign pledges are received over pledged period
- Excess monthly cash applied towards prepayment of debt
- Lender commitment letters in hand
- Points of reference – Worship Center (2000)
Campaign – $11m
Peak Debt – $22m
Pay-off – ~7.5yrs
Today, let us come full circle… concluding with the choice to obey the Father in all He commands. Would you allow Him to have all of you today by denying yourself and following Christ?
Read the Scriptures and spend time praising God…
“My mouth will tell of Your righteousness, of Your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure. I will come and proclaim Your mighty acts. O Sovereign LORD; I will proclaim Your righteousness, Yours alone.” – Psalm 71:2
Read the Scriptures and allow God to search your heart, being willing to repent…
“I confess my iniquity, I am troubled by my sin. O LORD, do not forsake me, be not far from me, O my God.” – Psalm 38:18,21
Spend time thanking God for what He is doing…
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as LORD…continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” – Colossians 2:6-7
- Ask God to remove any stubbornness that has set itself up against Him in our lives.
“Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.” – Psalm 32:9
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10:5
- Pray that we would love God with all of our hearts and thus keep His commands.
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’” – Mark 12:30
“‘If you love me, you will obey what I command.’” – John 14:15
“This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome…” – 1 John 5:3
- Pray that we will walk in obedience submitting to the will of the Father.
“Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.” – Job 22:21
- Pray that we would seek to find out what pleases the Father and then walk in step with the Holy Spirit in us.
“…and find out what pleases the Lord.” – Ephesians 5:10
“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” – Galatians 5:25
- Pray we will be willing and intentional about throwing off those things that hinder us and the sin that entangles us, so that we may run the race that God has marked out for us with great endurance.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:1-2
Additional Scripture References
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.’” – Matthew 16:24
“It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.” – Deuteronomy 13:4
“But Samuel replied: ‘Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.’” – 1 Samuel 15:22
“Jesus replied, ‘If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.’” – John 14:23
“Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.” – Romans 1:5
“That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.” – 2 Timothy 1:12
As believers in Christ, it should be our desire to follow Him in all our ways. As we pray today, let us seek to know His ways, to look expectantly for what He is doing around us and to join Him
Read the following Scripture and spend time praising God…
“As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless…” – 2 Samuel 22:31
Read the Scripture and spend time allowing God to search your heart…
“Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” – Psalm 19: 12-14
Spend time thanking God for what He is doing in your life and the life of His Church…
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” – Psalm 100:4-5
- Pray that we would acknowledge Him in all our ways and serve Him with wholehearted devotion.
“‘And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.’” – 1 Chronicles 28:9
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
- Ask God to give us wisdom and understanding that we could see Him at work and join Him.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” – James 1:5
“For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” – Proverbs 2:6
“He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” – Luke 10:2
- Pray that we would be prepared to share our testimony and to faithfully proclaim the gospel whenever we have opportunity.
“Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” – Ephesians 6:19-20
“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” – Colossians 4:5-6
“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” – 1 Peter 3:15
- Ask God to give us greater depth of insight.
“…and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding…” – Proverbs 2:3
“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christâ€”to the glory and praise of God.” – Philippians 1:9-11
Additional Scripture References
“…but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2
“‘If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.’” – Exodus 33:13
“The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous.
They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.
By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.” – Psalm 19:7-11
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” – Psalm 32:8
“‘I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’” – Isaiah 46:10
“Look at the nations and watch–and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.” – Habakkuk 1:5
“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” – Ephesians 4:16
We cannot overlook the truth that our sin separates us from God. Throughout God’s word, He talks of the continual need to repent, the turning away from our sin and following after Him. Today as we focus on repentance, would you be willing to turn away from everything that is not pleasing to the Father? And follow Him.
Read the following Scripture and spend time praising God…
“The LORD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.” – Exodus 15:2
Read the Scripture and ask God to show you areas of your life where you need to repent and be fully surrendered to Him…
“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” – 2 Corinthians 7:10
Spend time thanking God for redeeming you and setting you free…
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with His pleasure and willâ€¦” – Ephesians 1:7
- Pray that we would be willing to turn from our sin and walk in the presence of God continually.“…If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14)
- Pray that God wold reveal those areas in our lives that are cooling our affections and passion for Jesus and cause us to repent.“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” – Proverbs 14:12“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” – 1 John 2:15
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will isâ€”his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hopeâ€”the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” – Titus 2:11-14
- Pray that we have a spirit of repentance in our homes, and in our church, in our community.“Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.” – Psalm 115:1“‘Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?’ declares the LORD. ‘This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.’” – Isaiah 66:2b
“You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” – James 4:2-3
“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” – Galatians 6:14
“For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin–” – Romans 6:6
- Ask God to revive us and bring us back to our first love, restoring the joy of our salvation.“Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you! For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you. Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.” – Isaiah 64:1-4“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” – Psalm 85:6
“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.” – Revelation 2:4
Additional Scripture References
“Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you are proved right when you speak
and justified when you judge.
Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Surely you desire truth in the inner parts [a] ;
you teach [b] me wisdom in the inmost place.
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins
and blot out all my iniquity.
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will turn back to you.
Save me from bloodguilt, O God,
the God who saves me,
and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.
O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
The sacrifices of God are [c] a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart,
O God, you will not despise.
In your good pleasure make Zion prosper;
build up the walls of Jerusalem.
Then there will be righteous sacrifices,
whole burnt offerings to delight you;
then bulls will be offered on your altar.”
“Therefore, O house of Israel, I will judge you, each one according to his ways, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live!” – Ezekiel 18:30-32
“Now the tax collectors and ’sinners’ were all gathering around to hear him. 2But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, ‘This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.’
Then Jesus told them this parable: ‘Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, “Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.” I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.’” – Luke 15:1-7
“‘Now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Christ would suffer. Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you-even Jesus.’” – Acts 3:17-20