“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were
unschooled and ordinary men, they were astonished and they took
note that these men had been with Jesus.”
Dear Church Family,
We don’t GO to church, we ARE the church. God calls us to a shared mission to give voice to the gospel, and He has strategically placed us in neighborhoods, schools, workplaces and relationships throughout our community where it needs to be heard. Evangelism is not a work to be relegated to ministry “professionals,” it is the appropriate, grateful response of each heart that has come to belief:
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. 2 Corinthians 5:18-20
In the wake of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, John and Peter were out in their community fearlessly proclaiming the gospel at great personal risk. They were imprisoned and called before the religious leaders of the day to give an account for their activities. Basically their ministry credentials were being questioned, yet they boldly replied that their power and authority was “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.”
These men were ordinary men, fishermen by trade, yet the Sanhedrin had to take note of three remarkable distinctions: 1) they were brave, 2) they were ‘unschooled’ men and
3) they had been with Jesus. Do you ever feel ill-equipped as a minister of the gospel, as Christ’s ambassador? Fear not, our extraordinary God has a long track record of shining through the lives of ordinary people. SPEND TIME WITH HIM. There is no substitute for time spent on your knees and in the Word. The same Holy Spirit who filled and empowered the early disciples also fills and empowers you. He is not necessarily looking for the most gifted orators, or adept theologians. When He called you, He invited you to join your story to His; to bear witness to Him in all your current contexts. And He will give you the courage to do it.
Many of you were so incredibly thoughtful during the month of October to hit pause and take a moment to say thank you to our staff for our ministry among you. As we head into the Thanksgiving season, I would like to say thank you to each of you for YOUR ministry throughout our community. May God bless you for your willingness to join in spiritually provocative conversations and point people to Jesus, for your willingness to share how He rescued you and is changing you. You inspire me.
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:3-6
Love and blessings,