A High Calling

On Sunday, Pastor Brett Gilchrist spoke on the discipleship practice of evangelism. Drawing from I Corinthians 15:1-8, Acts 1:6-9, and II Corinthians 5:20, he reminded us that God can use fearful people to point others to Jesus. Yes, we might not know how to share the gospel, or we might not want to share it. But the Holy Spirit empowers us for this high calling, often bringing people into our lives to guide us in telling our stories and communicating the gospel message. We look forward to talking more about evangelism and how to tell our stories of faith when we gather for Bible study on Thursday. In addition to our teaching from I Thessalonians 4:13-5:11, we will have a special workshop on creating a life timeline to identify how Jesus has changed and refined us over the years. We hope you'll join us at either the morning or evening study on Thursday.

Proximity and Humility Needed

During his sermon on Sunday, Jerell Carper walked us through the story of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10:25-37, noting that compassion requires both proximity and humility. He defined compassion as "heartfelt, proactive care for someone in need." If you haven't listened yet, follow the link in today's post, which also includes an interview with Craig MacDonald.

Must-Haves in community

For today's Q&A, Jamie Harms sat down with Pastor Brett Gilchrist. Below are the questions she asked him and a summary of his answers. Brett preached Sunday from Colossians 3:1-17. During the message, he highlighted eight characteristics from verses 12-17 that disciples must put on to function within the church community — compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, bearing with one another, forgiveness, and love. If you haven't listened yet, the link is included in this post. Just before the message, we had the privilege of hearing Romans 12:3-8 read in French by a dear brother, beautifully foreshadowing the diversity we will enjoy in the future as believers from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, worship the Lamb of God together (Revelation 7:9).