John 17:22 NLT
I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one.
When people come together for a common cause, the outcome is deeper reaching impact. The #back2school outreach has proven that statement true for several years, and this year proved it once again.
Churches from several different denominations and areas are coming together once again to share the love of God with students and their families. People will accept Jesus. Many families will be blessed and receive items that will help their children be ready for a successful school year.
This is a beautiful picture of God wants His church to be. I am not talking about a particular church in a specific location. I believe that the church, all people who have accepted Jesus, is the expression and life of Jesus making a difference in the world today.
We have chosen to put down our labels for a common goal, and as a team we are going to be successful. God receives the glory in big ways. I cannot tell you how exciting this is for me, and I believe it honors God from every one of our particular churches.
Ephesians 4:16 NLT
He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
Church of God. Pentecostal Holiness. Baptist. Southern Baptist. Assembly of God. Independent Baptist. Church of the Brethren. Non denominational. Methodist. Presbyterian. Apostolic. Christian Disciples of Christ. Catholic. Biker churches. Traditional churches. Non traditional churches. English special churches. Spanish speaking churches. White churches. Black churches. Racially mixed churches. Big churches. Little churches. City churches. Country churches. Some people who aren’t involved in church. And the list goes on.
The power of one… Each of the hundreds of volunteers chose to work together, and that makes a statement to our community that is sounds loud and clear. The church is for hurting people. We aren’t always against things. We are for people. We are willing to put down our differences and our struggles so that we can work together, as one.
This challenges me that we must do this more and more. We can challenge our friends to come together for a great cause and make a difference in our community and in the world. We must act in unison pointing people to God.
By serving together great things happened. By working as one we help more students than we can helped alone. There is more to come. Will you join in?
The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work.
NOTE: much of this post was first shared in August of 2015. At present we are planning the back2school outreach that will take place in August, and there are several new partners and churches involved. Please commit to pray for this outreach, and would you join in through giving? If so contact me through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you ahead of time for what you will do!