E.M. Bounds said of the church, “We are constantly on a stretch, if not a strain, to devise new methods, new plans, new organizations to advance the church and secure enlargement and efficiency for the gospel… The church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men [and women]… What the church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Spirit can use – [people] of prayer, mighty in prayer.”
In other words, the church is called to be both relational and relevant; relational, warm and caring towards God and each other; and relevant in living out the gospel of love, grace, forgiveness and transforming power. In a sense, this is what “body life” is all about. God’s people returning to God’s plan for His church.
As a young and new lead pastor at SPBC I realize that I do not have the wisdom or skill set to grow a church. I am inadequate in many ways. Yet, God is not. That is why I want (and for our church) to continue to grow in learning to pray, calling on God to condescend and lead us in each step we take for Him. Prayer is God’s means to accomplish His work and we cannot do any greater work than prayer. Indeed, our only hope is in God.
After the Christmas season, we will begin a new series on “Body Life” and what that means for us as a church. I pray you will be a part of our journey together.
 Power Through Prayer, pp.11-12.