Today I’m celebrating something of a milestone, I have now written one thousand blog posts. As I’ve been thinking of this impending event, I’ve been reflecting on the ministry of Servants of Grace. First, most of our readers may not know this but Servants of Grace started August 2, 2000. I started this ministry out of a need I saw for biblical grounded resources that help the people of God grow in their knowledge and understanding of the Word of God. Over the years, that purpose has evolved to what it is now a “resource to the local church through the preaching of God’s Word, spiritual growth and training future leaders”. Furthermore, over the years the ministry has since grown and we’ve been blessed to add many people to contribute to the work of Servants of Grace.
In this post, I want to detail some ways that you can praise God with me as He works in and through Servants of Grace, as well as give some updates on what to expect in 2014. I share this not to boast but rather to celebrate what God has done and to give Him all the glory for the work He has done through those who contribute to the ministry of Servants of Grace. Let’s start first with some numbers.
As of this writing, we have 2,276 likes on our Facebook fan page, 1,598 people following Servants of Grace on Twitter, and 405 who have +1 on us on Google Plus. Also, as of this writing, we have twenty two contributors (including myself) who write on a variety of biblical, theological, and practical issues. Third, we are working on relaunching the podcast to feature audio/video content on global church issues in addition to talking about upcoming books, interviewing the contributors on Servants of Grace and much more. Finally, both the book reviews and apologetics sites last month set a record for most visits for this year. Lastly, each month we have over 100 plus nations come to our website to read our articles and listen and watch our audio and video content. All of this is reason to praise God and thank you our dear readers for reading our articles, reviews, and audio/video content on our various sites. With all of that said, I’d like to turn now to talk about what you can expect in 2014.
I’ve been praying a lot about what God might do in 2014 through Servants of Grace. As I pray, I regularly write down various thoughts and ideas and bounce them off trusted advisors and close friends of mine. One of the major projects my wife and I have been working on now for the past year has been the launch of the new website which I hope will be done sometime in 2014. The second big project we hope to launch in 2014 is Servants of Grace International. Many of you think of Servants of Grace as just a blog. We hope to change this perception as while we are a blog, we are also a ministry that works with Pastors in India, Nepal and Africa. More on this will be forthcoming as this project unfolds. The final thing to look out for in 2014 is the launch of ebooks. I’ve already started working on the first ebook with associate editor Mike Boling which will be on Apologetics and featured in the new bookstore on our new website.
What can you do to be involved in the work I’ve described? First, I’d ask you to pray. Many of the people who write on Servants of Grace are pastors serving faithfully in local churches. Most of the others aren’t pastors but are engaged in some form of ministry in their local churches. Pray for God to open the doors He wants to open and to give us clarity, discernment, and wisdom to walk through those doors when they open. Pray that we would boldly proclaim the Gospel in all of our articles and our audio and video content. We love the local church and want to see the body of Christ grow deep and wide in the Gospel so the Kingdom of God may be advanced, lost people may be saved, and disciples may be equipped and sent out on God’s mission in the world for His glory.
Finally, I want you to know personally how much I appreciate you as our readers. Without you this ministry would not exist. Some of you I’ve met personally but for most of you I will not have that privilege. I want you to know that even though I don’t know you and while you may only know me through social media and the work of Servants of Grace, I truly care about you and pray for you as you visit our various sites. I regularly pray not only for those who serve with Servants of Grace, but also make a significant time investment in those who are part of this ministry. I mention that to show you that I not only care about those who are involved in Servants of Grace, but also those who come to read and consume the content on our site. We count it a privilege to minister to you by God’s grace through the Gospel to the glory of God. So celebrate today with us and give all glory to God who alone is worthy to be praised. This is His work and He has called us to be faithful to Him, an end we are determined by God’s grace to accomplish that we may hear those long anticipated words, “Well done good and faithful servant”. May that be your prayer also as we labor together in the harvest fields of our great God and King, the Lord Jesus Christ.