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.
What a great week! It is Easter! We are celebrating our assurance and hope of resurrection. We have seen some new friends joining us at South Church. Pray that God will help us to strengthen, equip, and send them to share and advance the good news about salvation in Jesus Christ. Pray for our GUYS BBQ and Friday Restore group. Help us to proclaim, embody, and bear witness to the resurrected life. Peter puts it so beautifully, saying,
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls" (I Peter 1:3-9).
God has given us everything we need for daily grace, abiding peace, and eternal hope through His risen son, Jesus Christ. Do you know him? Do you trust him?
"Urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us."
Through God's sustaining grace, our Guys BBQ meets weekly at the Melton's and Bingham's. We have been faithfully challenging the brothers to: 1) reject passivity, 2) accept responsibility, 3) lead courageously, and 4) expect God's greater reward. At each gathering, Blake and Matt teach from our daily Know.Gd Bible reading. God continues to bring new friends to the group. Our hope is that we could raise up an army of compassion, courageous gospel men to impact their wives, families, children, neighbors, co-workers, bosses, fellow students, and friends for the kingdom of Christ.
Pray that our men will get equipped, mobilized, and motivated to take the gospel out to Kerrville. Pray that we would pray, invite, and witness to the good news about Jesus. We need you to pray for us. Will you pray?
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.