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.
"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!
It shall come to pass in the latter days
that the mountain of the house of the LORD
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be lifted up above the hills;
and all the nations shall flow to it,
and many peoples shall come, and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth the law,a
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
and shall decide disputes for many peoples;
and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore (Isaiah 2:2-4).
When we gather together as a gospel family, it encourages our hearts and strengthens our wills. We need each other. We are better together, than we would be alone. In Acts 2 and 4, the early church met in the Temple and house to house, in small groups. As we grow bigger, we must grow smaller. We need to Proclaim (Sunday Worship), Restore (Small Groups), and Sustain (Accountability Groups). When we see the gospel family grow deeper and wider, it pleases God. When we see friends meet Jesus, it pleases God. When we walk in step with the Holy Spirit, it pleases God. Does our gospel family lift your spirit?
In the end, all of our efforts to build community remind us of our future hope. One day, in heaven, we will all gather together: from every tribe, tongue, and nation. One day, God will establish His eternal kingdom of peace, restoration, and rest. One day, the lion will lay down with the lamb. One day, we will be home with our heavenly Father and elder brother (Jesus Christ). So, what about you? Are you eagerly awaiting that future day of kingdom renewal? Does it encourage you to invest in God's people now?