Praise God that the earth will be saturated with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the seas.
Praise God that He is our strength, our song, and our salvation!
Praise God for putting a new song in our mouths. He is worthy of our Praise!
Praise God that His love is better than life!
Praise God for being an incredible Creator who made us in His image!
Praise God for His name is exalted and His majesty is above earth and heaven!
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!
WEEK TWO: Confession/Repentance
Ask God to search you and know you. Do you need to confess any thoughts, feelings, attitudes, or actions that have displeased Him?
2 Chronicles 7:14
Humble yourself, pray, seek God’s face, and turn from any wicked way God has revealed to be true about your life.
Are you words of your mouth and the deep longings of your heart pleasing to God?
Pray acknowledging that your struggle is not a physical one but a spiritual one.
Pray putting on the individual pieces of spiritual armor God has provided for us.
Confess anything that is hindering your relationship with God. Repent of any known sin. Persevere as you follow Jesus.
1 John 1:9
As you have confessed your sin, know that God not only forgives you but He cleanses you from all unrighteousness. Thank Him for this great news!
WEEK THREE: Thanksgiving
Begin your time with the Lord today by thanking Him for the blessings He has given you. Thank Him for answering specific prayers you have prayed.
Give thanks even in the bad circumstances of your life. God is there. He cares. And He can bring good things out of bad circumstances.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Pray giving thanks to God with your whole heart. Share this thanksgiving with another believer. Let them rejoice in the good God has done for you.
Pray giving thanks to God for His inexpressible gift – Jesus!
2 Corinthians 9:15
Pray giving thanks to the Lord for His goodness and His steadfast love that will last forever.
1 Chronicles 16:34
Pray giving thanks to God for showing us His favor. Thank Him for the joy we have in Him.
Pray thanking God for the victory over death and sin that we have through Jesus.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57
WEEK FOUR: Supplication
Ask God to fill you with His Spirit. Tell God that you want Him to have complete control of your life. Seek to be led by the Spirit, not by your flesh.
Pray asking God to raise up workers in His harvest. Ask Him to call people to be pastors, missionaries, nursery, children’s ministry, and student ministry workers.
Pray committing yourself to be part of the church’s great work of making disciples who will follow Jesus, be baptized, and be taught to obey King Jesus. Commit to becoming a disciple maker who will make other disciple makers.
Offer your body as a living sacrifice to God. Surrender to Him and His plan for your day. Pray to be transformed by the renewing of your mind through scripture. Commit to doing God’s will.
Stay closely connected to Jesus through prayer and reading His word. Pray boldly for God to answer big prayers that would bring Him glory. Pray that your obedience would bear much fruit.
Pray for God to put people on your mind that you need to tell about Jesus. Ask Him if you should go on any of our church mission trips this year or in the years to come.
Pray asking God to do things only He can do! When people see them, they will know it is God who answers prayer! Consider setting your alarm for 3:20 pm each day from now until Celebration Sunday, May 31, as a reminder to pray to see things only God can do.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the mission of Redeemer Community Church?
We believe the church is to be engaged in God’s mission both locally and globally. God has commissioned us to go across the globe and across the street to share His good news. Missions, then, is not an event we tack onto our lives. It is our life. So as the church we seek to live on mission in everyday life – living lives of godliness that reflect and adorn the very God and Savior we worship, right in front of the world around us.
Why do we need a facility/building? Why can’t we wait? What’s the urgency?
Over the past decade, we have attempted to maximize every square inch of Fuquay-Varina Middle School (FVMS) at a cost-effective rate. This has included the addition of a second service to accommodate more people, the utilization of multiple classrooms and storage spaces throughout to meet our growing needs. The fact of the matter is that we have little flexibility with regards to meeting space and allowances to host ministry events during the weekday. Finally, we are taking into account the Wake County’s current deliberation about the future use of FVMS and it’s pending relocation, which may have implications on our continued worship services at FVMS in the future. Therefore, we need to take deliberate steps in establishing a more permanent stable presence in Fuquay-Varina and building our own facility will accomplish that goal.
How much will the building cost and how do we intend to pay for this?
Our approach aims to be practical yet creative while taking on as little long-term debt as possible. That high-level overview is provided below.
Sources of Funds
Estimated borrowing capacity is approximately $2M.
Total fundraising goal is $1.23M (note, this does not include the operating funds).
Uses of Funds
Projected Building Costs is approximately $2.75M - $3.3M.
Estimated existing debt to be refinanced is under $200
Will we have debt?
We affirm what the Bible teaches about debt, including not being enslaved to it and counting the cost of it. The form of debt we are planning for is best compared to a mortgage, whereby we will obtain a loan for a specific purpose. Acquiring debt during seasons of growth and expansion, like the one we’re in, is a tension we expect to continue and will need to manage for the next several years. We desire to accommodate a responsible, manageable level of debt, in order to leverage the incredible opportunity we have to reach more people while establishing a more permanent presence for the long-term. Of course, planned repayment is part of being responsible.
What unique features will the building have?
The new facility will include the following:
1. Multi-purpose space that would allow our faith family to worship and for guests and unbelievers to be invited to where they can hear the life-changing, God-exalting message of the gospel.
2. Education spaces where our children and youth will continue to receive sound bible teaching as we aim to aid parents as the church in making disciples for Christ. The space will allow us to train more pastors, students, and missionaries throughout the year. Additionally, it will provide the space to host other ministry events and programs that we have historically held at other churches due to a variety of limitations.
3. Office, storage and kitchen space will also be available which would has obvious benefits for the staff to meet during the week, for 1:1 pastoral counseling sessions, and various ministry events for which items need to be prepared or stored on-site.
Will there be more construction in the future?
Our goal with a building project would be to initially construct a facility that would allow us to worship and continue our core ministry programs or events. However, the facility would be built in such a way that would allow for future expansion when needed.
Did we get outside help regarding this effort?
Absolutely! We have partnered with an organization named Generis. For 30 years, Generis has partnered with almost 15,000 churches and ministries to help them think through and plan such large-scale efforts.
Are there additional ways, besides cash, that I can give to the “It’s Time” campaign?
Be creative as you explore ways you and your family can give. Don’t overlook stored assets that you own. Gifts of appreciated property (stocks, real estate, mutual funds, collectibles, etc) often make great gifts with significant tax advantages. Please consult with a professional advisor for advice regarding your particular circumstance.
Why will we intentionally talk about money, finances, and giving?
Any lasting work of God that honors Him requires joyful, strategic sacrifice on the part of God’s people. Therefore giving is a spiritual act of worship and a key discipline within the Christian life. On this very topic, throughout the scriptures we see how Jesus instructed the disciples and how Paul taught the churches. Therefore, as a church with the aim to be faithful to the scriptures. In pursuit of honoring God while seeing healthy Christ followers grow, we will continue to talk intentionally about that which is an essential part of the Christian life (i.e. how we view or handle our money, finances and giving).
How will this affect our church? Our community? Our world?
We will have a more consistent and permanent space to meet for various events or gatherings in order to study God’s word, to train ministry volunteers, to develop pastors and Bible teachers, and to care for the spiritual and physical needs of people in our community.
Were other options considered as alternatives to this building project in order to meet our needs and overcome our challenges?
One alternative considered was to continue renting FVMS but it is obvious to us that renting long-term would neither be wise, strategic or demonstrate good financial stewardship. We currently spend approximately $55,000 (avg.) annually in rent at FVMS. Furthermore, we have no protection against Wake County continuing to increase our rent every year nor do we have any guarantee from the county to continue meeting in the space in future. Over the past year, we have already experienced challenges to the storage of our ministry equipment and supplies at the property. This is in addition to the already heavy burden on those who set up for the worship service every week.
Can we afford this building?
Based upon the preliminary input from several different lenders who specialize in church loans and the input from Generis, we can afford this building through our continued generosity and disciplined stewardship of the funds the Lord provides.
How long will construction take and when will it happen?
Construction from start to finish could take anywhere from 12-18 months to complete. This high-level timeline estimate is mainly dependent on environmental factors such as weather and other broad interruptions to construction.
When will we move in to the new building?
Our goal as a church would be to move into our new facility by the summer of 2022. We recognize this goal is dependent on our ability to effectively raise funds as a church and that this goal is dependent on the construction firm execution of the plan. Ultimately, timing is in God’s hands.
Is there a master plan for the property?
What is the OneFund generosity initiative?
OneFund is a stewardship model that will help equip and unite Redeemer Community Church to accomplish the work Jesus Christ has called us to now and into the future. This work includes establishing a permanent facility but also leveraging local (e.g. South Wake Bible Institute), domestic (e.g. Pillar Network), and international (e.g. Balkans church-planting) partnerships to see long-term gospel for Jesus!
All offerings and tithes will go toward this OneFund. There will not be separate funds. Therefore, every weekend becomes an opportunity to celebrate and contribute to what God is doing in and through Redeemer as we give for our church, community and the world!
How much should I give?
That is a good question and is worth taking time for us to think through and see how the Bible answers this question. There is not a short and easy answer which is why we aim to devote time to the study of God’s word on Sunday mornings and in community groups to see what the Lord says. We encourage you to begin praying about this question and encourage you to be in attendance as we study together.