I'll be honest, I prayed for growth hoping for and expecting numerical growth. There were a couple guys that seemed interested and wanted to come out. One person even came out two weeks. But week in and week out the same 4 guys were there to study the Word of God.
But looking back at that, that was exactly how God answered. The same 4 guys, every week. In a year where we didn't have a pastor. Where the church committment had dropped drastically. Where people were struggling with EE projects, MCAT studies, and the like. Week in and week out it was the same 4 guys.
The Word was preached, and the Lord gave the increase. Not one that I had exactly expected. But that growth that we can only see as the sovereign act of God. People were awakened to thirst for the Word, to want to come to small group. It wasn't a "oh my friends are coming I should go too" (though that was part of it), but it was the "Hey, I want to learn about God, when's small group?"
So praise the Lord. Next year the two seniors will be returning as co-terminal students (no that doesn't mean they've got cancer or something), one as a small group leader, the grad student will be in S. Korea with the army, and I... well, I'll be here blogging as usual =). The freshmen men joined us halfway through spring quarter, doubling our size but maintaining that thirst. We've all stepped a little bit further, reached a little bit higher, and have grasped that little bit more that reminds us: "The righteous will live by faith."
1Praise the LORD!
Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!
2Who can utter the mighty deeds of the LORD,
or declare all his praise?