On Sunday March 29, 2015, as part of my series through Genesis, I preached Genesis 26:1-33. In that passage we learned that Isaac wandered from town to town as a nomad for many years, and then God finally gave him land, “So he called the name Rehoboth, saying, ‘For now the LORD has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land” (Genesis 26:22). At about 40:46 in the sermon, I said,
I’m praying for Rehoboth for this church. Because do you know what Rehoboth means? It means “broad places” and “room.” I’m praying that the Lord gives us Rehoboth, that the Lord will give us our own land.
Since then our church has regularly been praying for Rehoboth. We desire to re-evangelize this part of Ontario, all the way up highway 6 to Tobermory, by starting a classical Christian school to make disciples of our children and by planting churches. To that end, we launched “Project Rehoboth” in 2017 to raise money. With financial prudence and God’s blessing, we have slowly accumulated cash, but at the present rate with the price of land in Waterloo Region we knew it would be a long time before we could afford to build. But now our Lord Jesus has now taken our five loaves and two fish, and He’s multiplied them. He has given us Rehoboth.
I will explain. This spring, the leaders from Northside Baptist Church on 1373 Lobsinger Line, Waterloo, just south of St. Jacobs, made contact with us. They learned of our testimony within the community and were encouraged by our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. They had fallen on difficult times and asked us to consider working with them. Today, Northside Baptist Church agreed to turn their assets over to us and encourage their congregation to become members of Trinity Bible Chapel.
At this time in this blog, it would be appropriate to pause, bow your head, close your eyes, and thank God for His kind provision and answer to prayer.
God is is kind, and His favour is upon us.
All the paperwork is now signed, and the deal will close at the end of August (DV). 1373 Lobsinger Line is a beautiful facility, with a chapel built just ten years ago that can seat upwards of 600 people. It is a good sized lot with some space. The office space, gymnasium, and classroom area need to be upgraded. We have appointed a team of deacons who have already begun making construction plans. We don’t know the price of the renovations yet, but please consider how you can give generously to this. Perhaps you have children who attended Trinity while at WLU, UW, or UofG, and you might consider giving to this project. Perhaps you read this blog from afar and have been blessed by our material. You might also consider investing in this project. Perhaps you attend Trinity or Northside, and you are excited about what is to come. Please give.
Starting in September, we can look forward to our friends from Northside joining us in worship. We pray that the fellowship we will share in our Lord Jesus Christ will be sweet. It is good to work in unity, and we are very thankful for these dear saints at Northside who have seen fit to work together with us in this way.
Our elders plan on hosting a congregational meeting over the summer so we can update the church with more details. We will open the floor for questions at that time. But please feel free to ask questions of us anytime.
I believe that the best is yet to come at Trinity Bible Chapel. God willing, we pray that we can open a classical Christian school. We pray that we can plant more churches. We pray that we will rebuild a Christian culture through the spread of Christ’s Gospel. God has answered our prayers in the past. Why wouldn’t He answer them again in the future?