On a very special Sunday, Pastor Miles McPherson reminded the Rock Church that "To whom much is given, much is required." The enthusiastic congregation responded with praise, prayer and commitment.
But Pastor Miles wasn't speaking to a congregation gathered at Liberty Station. The day was February 27, 2000, and 3,364 people were packed into Montezuma Hall on the campus of San Diego State University.
Fast-forward 10 years. Who would have imagined in 10 years the group would grow into a church of 13,000, worship in a 216,000-square-foot church building, and serve the community with 90-plus ministries?
Pastor Miles invites the Rock family to answer three questions as they consider what God wants them to do in the next 10 years. More info >>
On Sunday, February 28, 2010, Pastor Miles, his staff, and the Rock Church family gathered to praise God for His blessings, and acknowledge what He has done. And we looked forward to what might happen if we commit the next 10 years to Him.
Watch the Rock Church 10th Anniversary Sunday Message: Click here.
"To whom much is given, much is required," Pastor Miles reminded the Rock family in front of a massive time line projected on the screen behind him. "This is not about me, or anybody else. It's about Jesus -- say JESUS -- and what He has done."
Then Pastor Miles challenged the congregation to remember Ephesians 3:20. (Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us...) "What if you did something big for the next 10 years? Ask, what does God want to do in your life beyond what you can imagine? Fill in this blank, in 10 years, God can _____. Dream big!"
Ten years is a long time, he said, but it goes by fast!
That was evident as the church recalled its first decade. The tenth-anniversary worship service included a video of the first years of the Rock Church. We remembered the church starting at SDSU, moving 33 times, worshipping at the Ruffin Road facilities. We watched Building 94 at the old Naval Training Center be transformed, rebar by rebar, cement block by cement block, until opening day, August 26, 2007.
Pastor Miles recalled some of the high points of the Rock's first decade. (See bottom of page for more.)
Jesus told His disciples that if we believe in Him, we will do even greater works than He did. Yet, His children always limit Him, Pastor Miles said. "We don't really live as if we believe His promises." Miles challenged us to each take a moment to consider the next 10 years. What is God telling us to do? Become a mentor? Go on a missions trip? Become a missionary? Start a business?
Miles asked everyone in the Rock family to record their answers to these questions.
The answers whether written down or taped or videotaped -- will be included in a Rock Church 10th Anniversary Time Capsule. The time capsule will be sealed and preserved in a ceremony later this year and opened in 2020. Click here to find out more.
Pastor Miles didn't just remember what God had done in, for, and through the Rock Church during the last 10 years. If the Rock grows in the next 10 years at the same rate of 400%, here's what it would look like.
With that vision in mind, the Rock is asking its family to "Step back and ask God to show you what He wants you to do," Pastor Miles said.
"Let this be a point in your life when you evaluate who you are.... Don't let the devil get you into a rut of the status quo. Amen?"
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