Monday, July 11, 2011

Thanking God for His Great Work!!!

It has been such a blessing to watch God work in such an amazing way in our midst over the last several weeks. While it has been a busy summer, we have been so blessed to see not just activity, but service!

• Our Missions Team is setting up an outstanding Missions Conference in October

• We have a great number of people going on mission trips – which is incredible

• We had a fantastic number of volunteers for our VBS and a great turnout of kids – more than any we have had in the last several years! More importantly, we had a great number of those families report that they were unchurched - they are now prospects to reach with the Gospel!

• The large number of people we had on outreach last week was nothing short of outstanding!

This passion for missions and the lost is taking place everywhere from our children’s classes, where they have been studying great missionaries (many who suffered greatly for the sake of the gospel), to our Senior Adults who have started a Tuesday morning outreach ministry. Each Wednesday night our students are learning and praying for areas of the world where people are persecuted for their faith. We are even seeing missions in the form of adoptions taking place in our church - GLORY! All of this to say, these things naturally occur when the Gospel is gossiped! It happens when we become enthralled with the message of the glorious Gospel, not quick decision evangelism. Why? The goal is that name of Christ rightly being proclaimed rather than adding more “nickels and noses.”

May we live out the quote from Charles Spurgeon!

“Oh my brothers and sisters in Christ, if sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay, and not madly to destroy themselves. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.”

Thank our great Lord for the work He is doing in our midst!