Tuesday, September 23, 2014

partnership works

Luke 19:10  NLT
For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.

This is the time of year when one of our partners in ministry, the SBCV, shares ministry in Virginia and how churches are making a difference.  We really are stronger when we serve together.

The SBCV is made up of hundreds of churches that believe Jesus is the reason we do everything.  Some of the churches have been around a long time and some are pretty new.  Some of the churches are just now getting started.  What excites me most is that we are partners because of Christ and with our varied talents are making an impact in our communities for Christ.

There are some great churches in the big cities such as Richmond, Virginia Beach and in the areas surrounding Washington, DC.  Many of those are doing ministry to the poor in their community similar to what we do and to the people we serve in our community.  Then there are churches in the most rural parts of Virginia.  They too are making an impact in their community.

Why does partnership work?  It works because we make a choice to “bloom where we are planted” or to “influence the people around us”.  We can do that in all kinds of ways.  Some people really like a more traditional church while others like less tradition.  All have their place and can do great things for God.

I challenge you and ask you to join me and others praying for God to work throughout Virginia and through the churches.  Prayer makes a difference. 

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.

Yesterday afternoon I got a call from my friend Aaron Evans.  He and his wife, Joy, have been working and planting a new church in Ruckersville, Virginia called Gateway Church.  Yesterday was their kickoff and first public worship service.  71 people attended and many of them were visitors.  I have been praying for and celebrating with Aaron for sometime.  I am proud of this young man and all God is doing in His life and ministry.

I may not live in Aaron’s community and don’t get to see him very much.  But I can partner with Aaron and Joy in prayer.  I can encourage them with every opportunity I am given.

How can you and your church partner with others for the good and growth of the kingdom of God?  Prayer works.  Money is needed.  Help in all kinds of forms is needed as well.

In fact many people from across our state have come to help The Community Fellowship as we prepare our new campus as the new home for our church.  At this point most of that partnership is from people who have skills in construction.

We need each other.  We are stronger together.  This week is called “Vision Virginia: week of prayer and offering for state missions”.  It is an honor to be part of the SBCV and work with some awesome people.

You see, in 2006 there were many from this organization that helped our church become a reality.  We are indebted to these people and this group of churches as we partner to win our state and beyond to Jesus!

Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.

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happy birthday, Julie

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