One Year, One Chapter

It was not until my sophomore year of college that I really began to enjoy reading. This began with a rebuke from a guy that discipled me at the time. He told me that if I didn’t start reading, I was going to be an idiot. Stubborn people like myself need straight-forward communication sometimes. I began reading and guess what, I actually enjoyed it! I noticed that good authors captivate you within the first chapter. It grips your attention so that you can’t put it down. You can’t wait to see what happens next. As we celebrated one year of Declaration Church this past weekend, I was reminded of what a great first chapter that this has been. The Lord has beautifully authored our first year together. He has captivated us with his continuous favor. He has been gracious to provide for us in so many ways. It began with the incredible graciousness of LifeChurch. It is rare to see a Kingdom minded church like them that would allow another church to use their space and resources every week. The Lord did not stop there, He continued to meet needs and provide for us. He sent us a team! We were able to hire Travis and Marissa full time in the summer. Then we were able to hire Johnny and Rudy this past Fall and Spring, respectively. We firmly believe in doing church as a team and the Lord brought us a team! One of my greatest joys of this past year is to see how the Lord has brought us men, real men to be a part of the church and to lead the church. Declaration Church is a place that men want to be a part of, and that is the grace of God.

The Lord gripped our attention with the number of people that flooded our worship services and community groups. It’s evident that people are hungry for the grace of the Gospel. We were able to baptize over 20 people, and over 150 people became covenant members with our Body this year. All of this support enabled us to give away over twenty thousand dollars in our first year to church plants and mission partners!

And there’s so much more! Remember, this is the first chapter! What will God have in store for us as we continue in our story within His grand story? Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians come to mind, “What eye has seen, nor ear has heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him” (2.9). May we see waves of people come to know and share this Gospel of Grace right here in Bryan-College Station and to the ends of the earth. May we be a part of planting hundreds or even thousands of churches and sending out many to declare and demonstrate the Gospel. Let’s dream big, for it is the King of Glory authoring this story, there is nothing He cannot do.

Blake Chilton