April: A Word from the Pastor

Glencullen workJesus promised, “I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it” (Matthew 16:18).

The church is the body of Christ; the members of the body are the believers in Christ; the head is Christ Himself.

The church at Hillcrest Chapel is in process of moving to a new location.

As we pursue this move, our eyes are fixed upon the Lord. We are committed to pursuing the Lord’s ministry, in His way, and in His place. And so, we look to Him to guide our steps.

Amy Carmichael (1867-1951) determined at an early age to look only to the Lord to provide for the ministry.

Her policy for financial support included three principles:

  1.  “the silver and the gold are mine” (Haggai 2:8)
  2.  “ask, and you will receive” (John 16:24)
  3.  “my God shall supply all your needs (Phil. 4:19)

Amy did not look to human resources to direct the Lord’s work. She looked to the Lord alone. She believed that the Lord, who was successfully building His church, would provide the means for the work to be accomplished.

The Lord is glorified when He fulfills His promises.

So, Amy looked completely to the Lord. Depending upon the Lord was nothing new in her day because others like George Müeller (1805- 1898) did the same.

The Lord’s work done in the Lord’s way will always be supported by the Lord!

Like others before us, we look to the Lord to provide for His ministry at Hillcrest Chapel. It is our challenge to depend solely on the Lord for His provision for our move. We also look for the hand of the Lord in the ongoing ministry of the Chapel. Lost sinners need to hear the gospel message. Christians need to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord. The work of the Lord is spiritual in nature.

Mortar and bricks can facilitate that ministry, but the Lord is saving the lost and sanctifying the saved.

This is the work of ministry. This is our challenge as we move to a new location. Please continue to pray for the Lord’s provision and protection as He leads the Chapel ministry in the coming days. We are living in times of spiritual darkness. There is a great need of revival in the church and awakening among the lost. Our great hope is always in the Lord. May He sustain and strengthen all His people as we pursue His ministry in the church and in the world today.

  • Gary W. Custis