by Matt Kay
Wow! I can’t believe that our time has come to a close so soon at St. Paul’s. It feels like it was just yesterday that we were making our announcement about our calling to Cru and the transition that will be taking place. Changes are happening all around us.
Saying goodbye can be hard during these seasons of our lives. I remember saying goodbye to a wonderful church family seven years ago when I was coming to Brick to be at St. Paul’s. While I knew that God had been moving and opening up new doors, I was sad to go and wished that I could somehow stay and go at the same time. Thankfully, our goodbyes in the Body of Christ are only for a short time — and then, the reunion!
This reunion is that future gathering of people from every tribe, tongue, and nation that has been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. That group of people that Abraham was told he could never count. That group of people that includes us who trust in Christ now and those who have also trusted Him in the past and in the future. That group that includes Moses, St. Paul, and our loved ones who have gone on in Christ. The celebration that happens when Christ returns and we all get back together is going to be incredible! In the words of Revelation 19.9 — “Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb!”
In the meantime, we move where God is calling each one of us, that more souls might come and respond to the invitation to trust in Christ and to follow Him to the coming Kingdom in all its fullness. We also continue to persevere in faith, trusting in Christ alone for all of our worth, security, and salvation so that we may not be deceived into giving up through fear of persecution, hard times that come upon us, the worries of this life, or the deceitfulness of wealth (see Matthew 13.20-23).
May you continue to persevere in the grace of God, and may you continue to invite others to receive His grace made available to them through the blood of Jesus. While Erin and I do plan to visit St. Paul’s from time to time in the future, we’re even more excited to eventually meet up at marriage supper of the Lamb! Until we meet again, and whenever that time will be, thank you for being such a loving, praying, and supportive community for our family and our ministry here at St. Paul’s. You have been such a blessing to us and your love for Christ and for us has been a joy to share in with you!
May the Grace & Peace of Jesus be with you all!
Matt, Erin, Caleb, & Chloe