God Sightings

Several years ago, God began to stir the hearts of the people at Hill Country Bible Church Southwest to join Jesus in the ministry He was doing in the lives of the people of our community.  The Holy Spirit worked in our church to strengthen our desire bless our city with the grace, truth, and love of Jesus.  This work of God in our Church became especially evident when, with our lease coming to an end in November 2010, the Elders and Staff began praying that God would move our church to the place where we could be the most effective in joining Him in His mission to bless our city.

As we prayed for God’s guidance for our future church home, a team of people was formed to explore possible locations ranging from office space to local schools.  As we prayed our way through this process, God grew in us the desire to meet in a school because of the way that neighborhood schools are places that reflect and shape the heart of the community they serve.  As we pursued different school options, both private and public, one school, Boone Elementary stood out surprisingly as a unique opportunity that God had put before us.

As we sought to discern God’s direction as to the best way to join Him in serving Boone the Elders committed to a time of prayer and fasting as they sought God’s will and direction.  The Staff, Elders, and their wives met together to discuss and pray about the possibilities for future church home and timing God had for us. Some concerns were raised, and yet everyone was unanimous in belief that moving our Sunday worship services to Boone Elementary would be the best way for us to join God in blessing our city with the grace, truth, and love of Jesus.

Almost immediately after that decision was made, God began to raise up people to serve in the new opportunities that He had made available to us.  People came forward with a desire to serve our church; with transition planning, with liaison work, with logistics, with set-up and tear down, with financial gifts for the school, and many more.  God also began to show us very practical and tangible ways that we could bless the faculty, teachers, and students in ways that ranged from helping with landscaping and mowing to paying PTA dues.

Through this entire process God had made his direction and His presence evident and I want to record as much as we can of what we have seen God do.  I wnat all of us to be able to be encouraged by what Od has been doing in our midst. What I would like you to do is to add comments to this post recording any of the ways you have see God at work in and through His leading us to Boone so we can rejoice together in God’s goodness to us.

2 Responses to “God Sightings”

  • Gayle N.:

    Hi Pastor Phil,
    I am amazed at how smooth the transistion has seemed. I understand that there are logistics and challenges I may not be aware of, but from my point of view, everything seems to be going well. I was delighted at the Thanksgiving meal(the first time I saw the school) how large the worship facilities are. I didn’t feel cramped at all. It is quit a change from the low cieling in the other building. And there was no exaggeration about the cleanliness of the building (the ceiling was clean!). I was very impressed for sure.
    The way God has used this transistion in my life is for an oppertunity to trust him. He has reminded me that if I wait on him a bit, that I can see a glimpse of his glory. He has allowed me to participate in ways that have made me feel like a part of this church body without overwhelming me. Thanks for letting me be a part of what God is doing here!

  • Raechel P.:

    I am amazed that I already feel at home in Boone. I thought there would be a period of “settling in” before I felt like I wasn’t a stranger in someone else’s home. After Thanksgiving and two Sunday services, I know that the move to Boone has been a blessing from God. The move has made our church family stronger and closer than I have witnessed in the past year! I pray that God continues to lead us in the correct direction and that we chose to follow Him so that we can truly spread God’s blessing to the city we all love so much.

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