On Sunday, July 21st, we’re going to start a new series called “Cloud of Witnesses.” Hebrews 12:1 talks about us being surrounded by heroes of the faith. These heroes are people from the Bible who have gone before us and have provided us with incredible examples of faithfulness. The passages explains that they are an encouragement for us as we live our lives of faith. It goes on to say they are even cheering us on as we work out our salvation and grow in our walk with Christ.
Not only are we surrounded by those who have gone before us, but we are also surrounded every day by real people with real faith making a real difference in the world. It is good for us to be reminded that we are a part of something much bigger than ourselves. Just as we are encouraged by those who have gone before us, we are also encouraged by those we are standing shoulder to shoulder with.
This series will give us an opportunity to hear from friends who surround us now. We will hear from folks in our church family, and in August we will be hearing from some other local pastors. We will celebrate together how God is working both in our church family and in our city to build His Kingdom in San Marcos and around the world. We will be encouraged by real people with real stories of faith that are surrounding us. These stories of faith, friends and fellowship will lead us to a place of awe and reverence and will strengthen our worship. The end of Hebrews 12 says this: “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe…”
In August, we will be hearing from Tom Ray, John McComb, and Dan Matlock. Tom serves as one of the pastors of Hill Country Church in San Marcos. John McComb is the pastor of San Marcos Community Church. Dan Matlock is a church planter who is planting the new Eikon Church in San Marcos. These men are good friends of River Stone and Mission San Marcos. We are very grateful for them giving time to come and share with our church family to cheer us on in the work God has called us to do.