Reflections on GNAA
July 31, 2013 | Published in Children
Our Good News Across America outreach was a wonderful week. I want to thank all of those who were involved. We were able to reach many children and families in our community with the message of the gospel, some of whom have never really heard it before. Here are some reflections that I have had from last week:
1) I am incredibly grateful for this church body
Our church really showed up for this outreach. So many came and helped, others told me they were praying and those who weren’t able to come all week showed up at the rally to help and meet the people of our community. I am so grateful for how our church came together to make this event happen
2) The number you reach matters, but the individuals you reach matter much more.
As Bonnie, the director of our GNAA stated, it is easy to get caught up in the numbers at these kinds of outreaches; i.e. how many kids showed up, how many made professions of faith, how many families came to our rally, how many unchurched kids did we reach with the gospel etc. This is not unimportant. If your heart is in the right place, It is a good desire to want to reach as many children as you can with an outreach ministry. I agree with the statement that if you reach one child then its worth it all, but if reaching one child is really that significant, and it is, than how much better would it be to reach 100? However at the same time there is something more important than those numbers, and that is the individuals we reach. Our largest club, by a long shot, was club #2. The other two clubs where pretty small, and our first club was the smallest. But it was in that club where one boy not only made a profession of faith, but also expressed a lot of interest in spiritual things. It was obvious that God was really working in this young man’s heart. Yes, numbers matter, but the individuals we reach matter more.
3) We live in a very diverse, multi-colored community
I will continue to beat this drum. Every time we do an outreach I am always impressed by how incredibly diverse our community is. Unfortunately our congregation doesn’t quite reflect that same diversity. It think its evidence, among other tell-tale signs that our church is struggling to reach the community it is in. That is not a criticism as much as it is a challenge. I would like for us all to do whatever it takes to be a light house in this community so that our church begins to look like the very people we have been called to reach. There are a lot of things that could be said here, but I think the key ingredient to reaching our community effectively is getting outside of our doors and showing the love of Christ to them. The selfless love of Christ is a powerful thing. We started to take some intentional steps decidedly in that direction last week.
4) The power of prayer
There was a lot of prayer poured into this event, and God really worked. What could God do if we really fully depended on Him, and really became a church known as a praying people? May God be glorified in us when we are fully dependent on Him. Want to join us in prayer? Join us in a home group, starting back up in September, or in one of our two dedicated prayer times. Wed. @ 5:30pm and Fri. @ 7am.
5). There are a lot of people out there who need to hear the gospel
Some of the families we were reaching were without a basic understanding of the gospel. These are families right in our back yard. I simply can’t even go to a local grocery store in our community anymore without thinking about all of the families in the grocery store with me who do not yet know the good news of God’s grace and salvation. This spurs me on even more to want to reach them. What can we as a church do next to reach the lost that live right in our back yard? This week is our community carwash. Are you able and planning on coming? Also we plan on starting an after school Good News Club coming up in September. Be praying as we get more information on this outreach as to how you might be involved.
More pictures from the event here.
Does Parenting Wear You Out?
July 16, 2013 | Published in Children
Here is a convicting Parenting thought:
As Parents, you and I are called to represent the very nature of God to our children!
Click here to read a great article on parenting from Paul Tripp.
Here are a couple of quotes, but be sure to read the whole article! Hang in there – we are in this parenting thing together!
“You don’t discipline your child because they’ve messed up your day and you have the right to meet out your anger against him. No, you discipline your child because you want that child to begin to embrace the depth of their sin, and therefore, the depth of their need, and therefore, hunger for the Lord Jesus Christ.”
“You’ll want to throw in the towel. It’s not easy to say no to a self-sovereign child. In many ways, the easiest life as a parent comes when you give your child whatever they want. It’s going to be very tempting to make your day easier by making your child happier by withdrawing your authority.”
Less than 2 weeks until Good News Across America!
July 10, 2013 | Published in Children
3 Ways that you can get involved!
2. Attend Children’s Worker Training – Open to those helping with 5-Day Clubs and all children’s workers.
3. Help pass out flyers to get the word out!