Hey guys, Steve Deaton here.
My wife Jana and I along with our five children (Christopher, Eddison, Liam, Elora and Eli) attend church at Bradford United Methodist Church. Although I don’t lead worship on every weekend, I’ve been involved at some level with worship leading for the past five years or so. I also serve as one of the directors of Declare Worship Community.
Yesterday several of us spent some time at UD Arena with the Arena Director to get a feel for the venue and to discuss stage layout, logistics and things of that nature.
Not to go all dadsville on you but in the Bob the Builder show, at some point Bob asks the gang, “Can we fix it?” and the gang (along with our kids) responds in a resounding “Yes we can!” Except Lofty. Lofty’s a lot like me, the cautious one. His phrase is a lot like my phrase has been in regards to Declare Dayton. “Um, I think so.”
Yesterday was different. After walking through the arena, I felt like I jumped on the “Yes we can” bandwagon.
It was incredibly exciting to walk through the venue, envision the sound of 6000 voices singing praises to our glorious God and to catch a better glimpse of the work we believe God has for Declare Worship Community.
Is it going to be easy? No, there’s a lot of work to be done and details to hammer out. At the same time, how many times in Scripture do we read where the work ahead was beyond the ability of those God called to the task? Yet time and time again, we read of his faithfulness to his people when He called them to something greater than their natural ability. I’m excited to see how God works in the lives of individuals and in churches as we prepare for this event.
Is it going to be cheap? No, there’s some significant cost involved, yet I’m reminded of many examples in Scripture where we read of God’s continued faithfulness in matters of finances. Again, I’m excited to see God be faithful in this area as well.
In our lunch conversation, pre arena walk-through, we talked about Philippians 1:6, a verse that I’ve come to appreciate more as a husband and a father. The verse reads like this. “And I’m sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
While Declare Dayton is far from being the “completion” so to speak, I believe that it can be a beginning.
I believe that the gathering together of our churches for the purpose of worshiping God our Father, can be a beginning of a culture of worship in our local communities.
I believe that God is calling our local churches in the Miami Valley and globally to reach out to those in darkness and to bind up the broken hearted and perhaps as we come together at Declare Dayton as the local church united, we can be commissioned and encouraged to pursue the building of the kingdom of God here in the Miami Valley.
I believe God is calling us to revive and strengthen the things that perhaps we’ve let slip as we get lost in the busyness of life. Maybe it’s our marriage, our relationship with our children, our relationship with Christ or our relationship with our churches and our communities. My prayer is that Declare Dayton can be just that, a time of revival in ourselves and also in our communities.
I’d like to leave you with Ephesians 3:20-21, a couple of verses that I believe speak well to us as we move forward with Declare Dayton.
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.