Redeeming Life Family,
God is on the move and it's exciting! We are truly blessed.
I'm extremely pleased to announce that God has shown us a launch date and we are very close to finalizing a lease for space at the Northwest Recreation Center (1300 W. 300 N.) Our first official Sunday morning gathering will be at 11am on May 3rd. We'll have some prayer services in that space at the same time throughout April so be on the look out for more information.
The space will accommodate 60 people and should we outgrow that space, they have a gymnasium we can use. Please continue to be relentless about evangelism, to include praying for people by name, finding opportunities to share the gospel, and keeping a spirit of invitation (inviting them to church, your House Fellowship, over for dinner, our Easter Sunrise Service, or something else).
Here are some additional announcements:
All Hands on Deck!—As we launch into our new service time in our new space in our target community, we will need everybody serving. It's our prayer that we have many lost people and new Christians joining us, and it's up to us to lead them on a healthy journey that moves them closer to Jesus. If you're serving, thank you! If you're not serving, it's time to start asking God how you can serve. Not only will your service be good for our church, it will be a good way for you to grow closer to God.
Sunrise Service—April 5th, 7:30am at Riverside Park. Start praying. We need team leaders to lead outreach teams hanging door hangers. We'll have teams out hanging door hanger every night of the week for two week on on Saturdays. Risen Life will hopefully provide some people to help us but we need some organized, excited, leaders to head up teams. Please talk with Brett or I about this opportunity if you are interested in leading a team.
We also need a prayer team to pray for people and lead them to Christ at the event. I will preach a strong gospel message with a gospel-centered invitation. At the conclusion, we will have people standing by, ready to pray with people. I will conduct some training and you'll work in teams so you are ready for just such a task. If you are interested in joining this team, please let me know.
Pray, Pray, Pray—We have a lot going on thanks to the grace and mercy of God. Please continue to pray for all these moving parts. Set an alarm if you have to, but try to talk with God every day about the announcements above. Ask him for his guidance, resources, and power. Just talk some time to talk and listen. Ask him to bless our church. Ask him to open doors for you to share the gospel, for peoples hearts to be open, and for you to have the courage to open your mouth. Ask him how you can serve. Commune with him. Pray.
In addition, we're starting to put devotional matter on the back of our bulletin. If you missed this week's or forgot to pick up a bulletin, here's the devotional:
An excerpt from:
By Charles Spurgeon
“If ye abide in Me, and My Words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” —John 15:7
Note well that we must hear Jesus speak if we expect Him to hear us speak. If we have no ear for Christ, He will have no ear for us. In proportion as we hear we shall be heard.
Moreover, what is heard must remain, must live in us, and must abide in our character as a force and a power. We must receive the truths which Jesus taught, the precepts which He issued, and the movements of His Spirit within us; or we shall have no power at the Mercy Seat.
Suppose our LORD’s words to be received and to abide in us, what a boundless field of privilege is opened up to us! We are to have our will in prayer, because we have already surrendered our will to the LORD’s command. Thus are Elijahs trained to handle the keys of heaven and lock or loose the clouds. One such man is worth a thousand common Christians. Do we humbly desire to be intercessors for the church and the world, and like Luther to be able to have what we will of the LORD? Then we must bow our ear to the voice of the Well-beloved, treasure up His words, and carefully obey them. He has need to “hearken diligently” who would pray effectually.