April: A Time of Preparation

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ speaks of new life. It is not just a historical event to be celebrated each year, but an event that points us forward to a future that reflects that power of life in what we do. Some things that live in our hearts have gotten staid and stodgy in the perception of the world and no longer reflects relevancy to those around us. Therefore, we must live in the newness of the Spirit, bringing the Gospel to those who have not heard in ways that will help them hear. To do so, we are embarking on a new worship service to be held on Wednesday nights starting May 4. To kick if off, we are having an outdoor concert on Saturday, April 30. These events will provide opportunity to share with people our faith on a one-to-one basis. This is a way Christian faith can be shared effectively. It is also what some are most fearful of. To be less fearful, we shall prepare to share. To those interested, I will lead a study using the book of Acts to see how the early church spread the Gospel. Taking instruction from Acts we will seek to implement their examples to our practice. We will start this Wednesday, April 6 at 7:35 (or after hand bells). I ask that you read through Acts before the first class starts. There will only be four of these classes before the concert, so each class will be pointed for the purpose at hand. Hopefully, each one will better understand his or her own experience in Christ so as to be more comfortable to share your story with others and lead them to Christ.

The Resurrection calls us to a new day for a new way to share the Gospel. In doing so, we broaden our ministries in the community in which we seek to make disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world. -- Ben