We’ve had some significant moments in the life of our young church. September 13, 2009 was one; the day we launched. October 10, 2010 was another; the day St. Mark’s Church transferred their property to us. July 24, 2011 – the day we had our first baptisms. And now, January 27, 2013 gets added to the list. The day we moved to a plurality of Elders by calling Binu as a Pastor of Seven Mile Road Church. Thankful for God’s abundant, undeserved, grace to us over these years.
I loved the day. The place was packed. Binu had a crew of family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers who eagerly came to share the day with him. Every seat was taken. Communion took forever. Kids were running everywhere. People stayed behind and crammed into our hall to share a meal. It was beautiful chaos.
I preached for 39 minutes. Fine for a normal Sunday. But, given that we had all our kids with us, the sermon was about 19 minutes too long. Lesson learned. I hope.
Having said that, 2 Timothy 2:1-13 is gold for a Christian. In 39 minutes, I didn’t come close to saying all that could be said. We ought to do what Paul says in verse 7 and think over what he says in that passage trusting that the Lord will give us understanding.
I’m humbled and amazed every time people alter their lives with Seven Mile Road in mind. Humbled and amazed is how I felt when Jon and Shelley bought a home in Center City. Their families are in Ohio and Dallas. They have no business being in Philly – except that they love Seven Mile Road. That’s the way I felt when Joe and Lisa moved their family from Boston (with no job, home, or health insurance at the time) because they felt so strongly that God was calling them to be a part of Seven Mile Road. That’s the way I felt when Nate and Sarah said they were willing to move into the parsonage in order to love and serve the neighborhood around our building. There are other examples for sure, but that’s again the way I felt when Binu quit his job of eight years in order to give his life to the people and mission of Seven Mile Road. To me, it’s evidence that this was never the idea of a person or a group of people. This was God’s idea. And He’s calling people to His church for the advance of His mission for the sake of His glory.
Beyond words grateful for what God did this past Sunday and beyond words excited for what He will do in the days to come.
Ajay lives in Philadelphia with his wife Shainu and their kids Hannah and Micah. He is responsible for preaching and vision as a pastor at Seven Mile Road. He loves God, family, food, and football - in that order.