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: living on mission, sharing life together, growing in Truth.
Knowing Jesus Christ changes us. The more we walk in God's Spirit, the more transformation takes place in our lives. God wants us to produce the lasting fruit of the spirit: "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control" (Galatians 5:22). In his classic book, Repentance, Scottish thinker, John Colquhoun, writes,
To be united in a conjugal relation to Christ, the head and husband of his church, and to be delivered in justification from the law as a covenant of works, are necessary to your bringing forth fruit unto God, or your serving him in newness of spirit. O consider, then, that it will be impossible for you, either to exercise true repentance, or to bring forth any of its fruits, unless, in order to do so, you are a believer in Jesus Christ, united to him by faith, justified by his righteousness imputed to you, and dead to the law as a covenant. All these are necessary to the least exercise of evangelical repentance and to the production of any of its fruits. Come to Christ, then, for grace and strength to exercise true repentance. Believe on him in order to repent sincerely. The more you cordially trust in him for the grace of repentance, the more you will repent of all your sins; and the more you sincerely repent of them, the more of the fruits of repentance you will produce.
Would you pray for our church family? Pray that we will reach, teach, mature, disciple, and send out more healthy missionaries for Jesus. Pray that God will move us from spiritual consumers to repentant, faithful, bold witnesses for his glorious gospel. Pray for more men, women, boys, and girls who desire to walk in step with Jesus. Pray that we would join God as he redeems this fallen world one life at a time.
"When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed" (Acts 14:21-23).
The early church provides a good example for us here. The disciples proclaim the gospel. They train up new disciples. They follow-up with the new disciples to strengthen their souls. They encourage them to continue in the faith, in the midst of tribulations. They appoint new leaders. They pray, fast, and commit themselves afresh to the Lord. What timeless gospel rhythms for us to get in step with. So, how are we doing? Are we sharing the good news, making disciples, encouraging others, equipping new leaders, and praying for more commitment to Jesus? Please pray for Regina Bingham's family, Tom Sheppard's wife, family, and job, and John Michon's continued recovery. Thanks for your ministry for Jesus and His eternal kingdom!