God is ever making the church new. The Holy Spirit is always exceeding our expectations and imagination. Regardless of what we dream and envision for ourselves and our ministry, God's vision is always bigger and the blessings always more than we can imagine. Therefore, expecting great things becomes a part of the pace and hope of ministry.
It is my pleasure to continue making the argument for church growth and a more aggressive approach to evangelism. Incidentally, for the next four weeks I will be preaching a series of sermons on evangelism. We see our mission as laboring with all our heart, mind, strength in the church that has Christ as its foundation, and is made up of the prophets and the Apostles, and like-minded people as ourselves. We struggle like others with the challenges of life; prayerfully we are fine tuning, tweaking and pruning to become more like Christ; and we take seriously our mission: telling the good news of Jesus, being the good news, and doing the good news.
Respond to a request made in a previous message! With respect to evangelism, let’s set apart some time on a daily basis to: 1) pray for unchurched people in our community; 2) pray for the unchurched members of our family; 3) pray that God will use us to befriend an unchurched co-worker and/or neighbor and lead that person to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ; and 4) pray that new people/families will begin to attend our church and eventually trust Jesus as Lord of their lives.
During the next two weeks you will be hearing about outreach ministries to youth, young people, and special members of our population. What kind of small groups would you like to have at our church? I am thinking about youth ministry groups, music groups, Covenant Discipleship groups, friendship groups, and recovery or therapeutic groups. You will also be asked very soon to sign up for workshops, like spiritual gifts, loss and grief, love and intimacy, wellness, and financial security. Together, let us demonstrate our love, devotion, and commitment to making our church all that it may become for Christ’s sake.
Thank you for your stewardship, your love, and especially your support; but more importantly, thank you for your faithfulness. May God continue to bless you and your family according to His words:
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Come and share your master’s happiness!