Welcome back to our Elder Blog, and a chance for us to regularly express those things on our hearts to you, for the good and growth of God’s work in our midst. It’s our version of “getting a cup of coffee” together. We want to do everything we can to communicate how we are thinking about these days of change for our church family so that you can be praying intelligently with us for God’s will to be done!
For the 2018-2019 Ministry Year, these are the following “themes” we as elders will be writing our blogs around. We hope our words, while simple and short, will be an encouragement to you in our spiritual growth together as a Body!
1. Worship is a Corporate Activity
Of course everything we do is to be worship, no division of the secular and sacred, but perhaps it would be helpful in our individualistic age to communicate truth related to “being together” in those things God has called us to as the Church. We can get so isolated (and alone), thinking “that’s mine to carry” when perhaps more can be done to involve others (the Body) in that aspect of life and ministry.
2. The Need to Appropriate Truth
Sorry, I couldn’t think of a different word for appropriate, but this is what we are hoping our “Family Life” hour will be on Sunday mornings. Taking the truth declared (preaching), and working it out together (life) … or appropriating truth. This is an essential part of growing as a disciple (not the only thing in discipleship). Being able to take information (head), and apply it thoughtfully to life (heart, will). We hope to be a help in unfolding and detailing that process of taking great theological data and getting it transferred into the transformation of our lives.
3. Stories of Grace
We want you to get to know us more and more as we share stories of our own, or some of yours (Please share them with us!). We regularly need to see clear examples of God working through weak people. His grace is sufficient, so we say ‘my pleasure’ to weakness, and His power rests on, and works through, us. WOW … let’s never stop glorying in that together and celebrating it happening!
4. What We are Building
We are building a building, but not focused on building a building but building … what? People, Worship, Fellowship, Unity, Vision, Families, etc. We will use this “blog theme” to talk about what matters to us as leaders of the local church that we want to see built into us all with the days God gives us.
May these be rich rich days of growth for the mission of the Gospel at Leroy Chapel!
- Pastor Mark