September 7, 2021

The time has come. I am excited to embark upon this next significant outreach opportunity we have before us. ALPHA! It is not too late to be part of this great adventure. Thank you to all those who have signed up to be a part in some way.

To those who are unable to be here on Monday evenings, I am excited to see so many on the prayer team. We will be committed to share regular prayer requests so you know how to pray specifically. Your contribution is one of the most significant parts of the ministry. This whole project only works when God leads and directs. We know God’s leading and impact through your prayers.

For those who are coming as leaders of every type, from setup to hospitality to table leaders and helpers, every part of this is significant. It is as we work together to build God’s kingdom through intentional relationships that we will glorify God. Each element of our ALPHA night helps accomplish this goal.

And those of you who are coming to participate and/or have invited guests, you are in for something special. It is not too late. Be praying for people who God has laid on your heart to invite. I understand that it is sometimes hard to invite someone to be part of a ministry you have not experienced yourself but I encourage you to trust the leadership that has evaluated this and put it together, to create a place that you can be proud to embrace.

One of the questions I have asked myself through my years in ministry is whether I would invite my friends and family to participate in something. I believe that you can have confidence in ALPHA to not let you down. And as our leaders get more training and experience it will continue to improve.

Remember that during the care group time this Sunday, we will be having leadership training. This will be in the Sanctuary and last about an hour. It is for everyone at all levels of service. For those who have signed up to be Table Leaders or Table Helpers, we will have specific additional training after the care group time. We will provide for a working lunch as we do this additional training. If you have a spouse that is not part of this team, they are welcome to stay and enjoy lunch and sit in on the training if they desire or otherwise occupy their time. We will be no more than an hour for this additional training. If you would like to see what it means to be a Table Leader or Helper, you are invited to stay as well. It may provide you with insight as to whether you are called to hold this role during this ALPHA Course or in the future as our next class will begin in January. My only request is that you let me know if you will be here for the Host and Helper training so I can plan for the lunch appropriately.

Please continue to pray for this ministry and for those who God is drawing to attend. Pray for the leaders to have loving and friendly hearts. Pray for the hospitality people to work well with their assignments and to make this a special time and place for our groups. Pray for the Tech Team as they work out the details so the presentations are effective and not hindered by the works of the devil. And pray for our church body for as is the case when we reach out to the community around us, we can expect attacks of the devil.

And now it is time! Let’s begin Monday evening. Let’s see God work in our midst. Let’s touch lives. Amen!

-Pastor Gary

Wow! What a service we had yesterday. The Holy Spirit sure invested in guiding us throughout the morning. He is always with us, especially when we gather for worship. But sometimes the manifestation of His presence is overwhelming. That was the case yesterday.

 

It is such a joy to serve the Lord in a church that so many people are well connected with the Lord. I am not just speaking about salvation but also about growth in our relationship with Him. This leads to committed service to Him and the people around us as well.

 

I know that yesterday as we worked through 1 John 1:5-10, I was speaking to many who have already understood and adopted that teaching into their own lives. I am aware that so many in this congregation have vital and growing spiritual walks with the Lord. But I know from my own experience that it is easy to allow what we know to be true to become intellectual alone with little practice of the truth.

 

I believe that God in His infinite wisdom brought us all a reminder of truth yesterday. I believe that many, including myself, needed to understand just how important our intimacy with Christ truly is both to us and to Him. And He showed us that even the simplest of sin in our life that is not dealt with puts us on a path away from Him.

 

I count it a joy to walk this path with all of you this week. I started my day praying the very things I encouraged you to pray. I then prayed that each of us would recognize the significance of this commitment. I prayed that we would all experience a fuller and more complete walk with the Lord this week. I prayed that each of you would have an ever-deepening desire for intimacy with the Lord. I believe that He will answer these prayers.

 

Do something special this week. Remember the challenge to memorize 1 John 1:9. Also, be encouraged to spend that 10 minutes. But do one more thing. As you see what God is doing through this in your life, write it down. Celebrate how God is specifically working in your life by immortalizing it in the written word. Then share it with others. Encourage one another by sharing what God is doing in your life. Even share it with those who don’t know Christ. It may be just what they need to move a step closer to receiving the Lord.

 

I know that God is working. I want to hear the specifics about how he is working on your life.

 

May God richly bless you today and throughout this week.