On September 22, 2019, Metro Baptist Church and its affiliated nonprofit, Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries, embarked on a capital campaign. The purpose of this campaign is to lay the foundation for a larger fundraising effort for the purpose of “opening our doors wider.” This theme refers to our desire to serve more by enlarging our hospitality. We want our space to be accessible, safer, more sustainable, and larger. Nicer restrooms would also be a way to provide hospitality to the thousands of people who come through our buildings every year. Our goal is to commit roughly 1/10 of the needed capital of 12 million dollars over 3 to 5 years. Because of the study conducted last spring we believe this is feasible. After this initial commitment we will be raising more funds by a national effort to reach foundations and donors who love what we do as Metro Baptist Church and Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries.
Not all that long ago – in the early 80s – as Metro began to pray about owning its own building the small church had 6,000 dollars in a fund. Now we own two buildings in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen and have a beautiful legacy of ministry here since 1984. This large step is just another in our journey of faith, hope, and love. Take a moment and watch our video and learn how to pray for us. Sign up for one of our “Campaign Salons” to learn more. Please consider a gift. It is hard to exaggerate the importance of this effort to the future growth of Metro and the work that happens in our building through RMM.
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The idea is that Jesus was going to build the temple in 3 days, but he wasn’t speaking about the physical temple the Jews were talking about.
Now read 1 John 5:14-15. “And this is the boldness we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the request made of him.”
The overall idea here is that God hears our prayers, “if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us”and “if we know he hears us, we’ve obtained the request we made.” So, our faith itself is the answer to our prayer. The temple officials thought Jesus was talking about the temple, the building, but Jesus was talking about a completely different temple, the temple of his body, so God answers prayers in ways that we don’t expect.
Will this Capital Campaign play out exactly as we hope? Who knows? God answers prayers in unexpected ways. But our prayers WILL be answered. They’ve already been answered. Our faith itself is the answer.