As a pastor and someone who loves the local church, I am tempted to think much depends on my leadership, vision, or activity. So I’ve put into my prayer journal this correction from Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “It is a great comfort which Jesus gives to his church. You confess, preach, bear witness to me, and I alone will build where it pleases me. Do not meddle in what is not your providence. Do what is given to you, and do it well, and you will have done enough.”
At Church of the Savior, let us continue as we have done for 14+ years -- confessing, preaching, and bearing witness to Jesus Christ. We can rest in the comfort that Jesus, and Jesus alone, will build his church. He loves to do that.