The hands & feet of the Body of Christ at South Church. The horizontal mission of the Church must be rooted in vertical love & knowledge of the Lord. As Jesus said, "Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks." Restore families seek to live out what is learned through Proclaim & Sustain.
Followers of Jesus, linked in arms, facing outward: growing in Truth, living on mission, sharing life together.
Friends, please pray for our Friday night Restore Group, our ladies' outreach, and our Guys BBQ outreach. Pray that God will equip His saints, raise up new leaders, and mobilize all of us for gospel mission.
Lately, at South Church, we have been learning about Jesus' teaching about his second coming and judgment. The Bible speaks often of God's judgment on sin and unbelief. Ultimately, God's final judgment will be fair (Rom. 2:11), universal (Rom. 2:6), and thorough (Rom. 2:16). Unbelievers will be cast out of God’s presence (I Thess. 5:3; Phil. 1:28). However, through justification by grace through faith, judgment is robbed of terror for Christian believers, whose sins have been judged on the cross (Rom. 3:21-26; 8:1). As Christians, our debt of sins has been paid in full by the blood sacrifice of Christ. So, the judgment of believers simply consists of God rewarding individual Christians for their good works (Rom. 14:10; II Cor. 5:10).
After the final judgment, God reverses the damage done to creation by human sin, as the OT prophets predicted (Isa. 11:6-9; 65:17-25). The scene is cosmic in scope: earth and sky flee to be replaced by a “new heaven and new earth,” which will be marked by incredible beauty, wonderful abundance, and the unmatched joy of living in God’s presence forever (Rev. 21-22:6). In light of the coming judgment, all people should examine their present lifestyles and decisions with utter seriousness.
So, have we given adequate consideration to our future? Have we thanked God for forgiving our sins, giving us the righteousness of Christ, and promising us a future of abiding joy and eternal life? If not, let's thank Him today.
"Aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one" ( I Thessalonians 4:11-12). By God's grace, our Tuesday night GUYS BBQ continues to meet weekly. We are encouraging one other to lead our families, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to Jesus Christ and His glorious grace. Through answered prayer, Blake Bingham is now helping with the Bible teaching and equipping. We continue to challenge one another to love and good deeds with the Know.Gd daily Bible readings. In addition, God's Spirit convicts us or our sin, leads us to repentance, and drives us deeper in our faith and devotion to Jesus. Please pray for God to raise up more men to lead, mentor, and train others in the good news of the gospel. Pray that God will empower our men to lives of worship, sacrifice, service, and gospel mission ... for God's glory alone.
Sister Strength is growing! We are glad to see so many new faces! We have begun studying the book of Ephesians this Fall. Each week, we share a light snack and dig into God's living Word together. Of course, we all enjoy sharing what God puts in our hearts. It is always a lively discussion. Most importantly, we conclude our time together in prayer. Come join us some time! We are praying this prayer for you from Ephesians 1:15-20:
For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places.