Wave of Restoration
We desire for Dinuba Christian Church to forever be:
“Your Restoration Station”
Let this be the place where you, “Come To Jesus.” Be Restored!
Bring The Wave
Phase One: (The majority of this phase is already funded) Remodeled Youth Room, Fellowship Hall Panels and Décor, A/V System and Balcony Seating
Catch The Wave
Phase TWO: Fellowship Hall Roof, Breezeway Repairs, Paint Facility, New and Remodeled Restrooms
Ride The Wave
Phase THREE: Unite Three Buildings Into One, Welcoming Center Foyer, Lanai Doors To Fellowship Hall
New Fund Being Established: “A Wave of Restoration”
Ever get the feeling that something big is coming? Ever wonder if it is something good or bad? I believe the answer is always, “Yes! Something big is coming.” AND “Yes! It is good and bad!” Like the waves of the sea, there is ebb and flow in life, the wind blows the waves and the waves change things. While on the one hand scripture says we should not be like the waves of the sea, “blown and tossed by the wind”. Meaning, do not be double-minded. On the other hand, scripture also describes the Holy Spirit as wind. JOHN 3:8 “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit." The New Testament was translated from the Greek language. The Greek word for “wind” and the Greek word for “spirit” are the same word, “pneuma”, pneumatic tools for instance, “air tools”. Wind makes waves. From one point of view, sometimes waves are bad. A wave of bad luck, a wave of unemployment, or an actual wave, a tsunami that causes devastation. However, whether you surf or not, if you trust in the Lord, good things come in waves as well. Waves of blessing. Waves of prosperity. Waves of courage. Waves of victory. The Holy Spirit at Pentecost blew a wave that flowed throughout Judea to the ends of the earth. The apostles were that wave, they were carrying the Gospel. You are full of living water if Jesus lives in you, if the spirit blows, you yourself, become a wave. Waves bring shipwrecked souls to the shore. So, in a way, a wave can save. If we, as a body of believers, the church, are driven by the Holy Spirit, we should not be stagnant water. We should be moving, we should become One Big Gospel Wave. This would, and should be a good and building wave, true of any group belonging to Jesus. So, let’s be a good wave!
When it comes to our current situation, there is another wave competing against us. Complacency, is a wave, given enough time, it can erode away what once was very good. It washes away weak spiritual foundations, it burns out once faithful servants, and it takes its toll on a facility that needs maintenance. If this exists in any way shape or form, the winds of change need to blow in order to reverse the damage. I believe the winds of change need to blow a little. Do you? I believe we need to, “Bring The Wave of Restoration”. A wave offering that will usher in a time of God’s blessing.
I believe if we bring a wave offering to the Lord, He will bless it and bring a wave of His own! In the Old Testament, these offerings usually went to the temple for building, remodeling and beautification projects. Well, it so happens that our facility could use such a wave. After sharing this with the Stewardship Team, we are ready to move forward. We believe now is the time to begin to bring a wave of restoration. Here is the plan. . .
We need three phases to bring a strong enough wave to reach the shore, one phase has already begun, but it needs a little more focus and funding: “Wave of Restoration: Phase One”-- 1. Remodel Our Youth Room. 2. Finish our Fellowship Hall with acoustical panels (sound buffers to dampen echoes) and new décor. 3. Fully Upgrade our Sanctuary’s Audio Visual System, bring the sound and lighting booth to the main level, and therefore, remodel our balcony. As this phase is completed, off in the distance, the wave of restoration would begin to provide needed maintenance to the rest of our facility. “Wave of Restoration: Phase Two” -- 1. New Social Hall Roof. 2. Repair and remodel breezeway stucco and paint entire facility. 3. Fully upgrade all restrooms (especially women’s). And with the enthusiasm of the completion of these two phases, the wind will be at our backs, moving forward with the “Wave of Restoration: Phase Three” this would be a large project, but it would take us up to the next level of growth accommodation. It would be-- Uniting the three main buildings into one large building. Our current entry way would become open into a large foyer with a welcoming center. Lania doors would join the Fellowship Hall to this foyer, accommodating extra seating for special events. And the education/nursery wing would open into the new foyer as well. This is very beneficial, especially for new parents who don’t want to feel “one whole building away” from the children in the nursery. Completion of this phase, would truly, I believe, bring a wave of restoration.
Throughout scripture a wave offering was given above and beyond the normal and required tithes and offerings. This offering was also known as a “freewill” offering. God always conveys His requirements to us, but He also gives us freedom to offer what is not required. These offerings were not out of obligation or regulation as much as they were compelled by love for God and sheer generosity towards ministry. In the Old Testament it was to shower a blessing upon a person or project. It was also to set apart someone or something as holy, to be used by God for the furtherance of the kingdom.
There are many references to such gifts, here are a few:
NUMBERS 8:11 Aaron is to present the Levites before the LORD as a wave offering from the Israelites, so that they may be ready to do the work of the LORD. LK 12:32-34 "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” EX 29:24-26 Put all these in the hands of Aaron and his sons and wave them before the LORD as a wave offering. Then take them from their hands and burn them on the altar along with the burnt offering for a pleasing aroma to the LORD, an offering made to the LORD by fire. After you take the breast of the ram for Aaron's ordination, wave it before the LORD as a wave offering, and it will be your share. 2CO 8:20-21 We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift. For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men. EX 35:20-29 Then the whole Israelite community withdrew from Moses' presence, and everyone who was willing and whose heart moved him came and brought an offering to the LORD for the work on the Tent of Meeting, for all its service, and for the sacred garments. All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the LORD. . . All the Israelite men and women who were willing brought to the LORD freewill offerings for all the work the LORD through Moses had commanded them to do. 2CO 9:6-9 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: "He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever." LEV 23:19-20 Then sacrifice one male goat for a sin offering and two lambs, each a year old, for a fellowship offering. The priest is to wave the two lambs before the LORD as a wave offering, together with the bread of the first fruits. They are a sacred offering to the LORD for the priest.
I hope as you read this you believe as I do that this really needs to happen. With the new families that have recently joined I believe that is God’s way of saying, “Get ready! Here it comes!” I believe if we are faithful, and united, God will bless our efforts beyond our imagination. The timing of this is crucial. I do not believe waiting to make these improvements would be wise. However, I do very strongly believe, that making these changes will communicate to God, and the current members of this body, and the community around us, that we are ready for the waves of good fortune and ready to weather each storm. This fund will become an official line item starting in July, 2012. Feel free to freely give as the Lord leads. Thank you, and may God be pleased by us, soon.