A few families gathering weekly in host-homes throughout the community are 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.
"Behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:10-11).
What a great time of year ... the eager expectation of Thanksgiving and Christmas!
Well, in our Friday Restore Group, we have been both reaching up ... and reaching out. We have been making much of Jesus, and his beautiful Good News. We have also been encouraging each other to love God and love our neighbors. We fill our minds and hearts with the daily http://www.Know.Gd Bible readings. Finally, we have been praying for our families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and fellow students. Please pray for Linda and Ann as they recover from brain surgery. Pray for Garrett's healing from his motorcycle crash. Also, pray for God to raise up more hosts and leaders in our Gospel family. Pray for a renewed passion to reach the unchurched and our skeptical friends.
I will leave you with the encouraging,wise words of English Puritan William Gurnall: [At Christmas] ... God does descend His throne, exchange His majestic robes of glory for man's frail flesh; He leaves His palace to live for a time in His creature's humble cottage, and there not only familiarly converses with him, but which is stranger, ministers to him; yea, which is more than all these, He surrenders Himself up to endure all manner of indignities, from His sorry creature's hand. And when this coarse entertainment is done, back He posts to heaven, not to complain to His Father, how He has been abused here below, and raise heaven's power against those who had so ill-treated Him, but to make ready heaven's palace for the reception of those who had thus abused Him, and now will accept of His grace. (The Christian in Complete Armor - 1665).
Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to you and yours this holiday season!
"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.