Last Sunday was Challenge Sunday, and Pastor Ed indeed challenged us.
He began by mentioning people in the congregation and the important jobs they hold.
What you do matters. And how you do it matters.
From Colossians 3:23-24 and Ephesians 5:15-17, we see that your boss is Jesus Christ.
We are each one of us in ministry. Our job is our cover.
We are doing ministry every day. And what we do matters.
What we do together also matters.
The church is how God has chosen to present himself.
We are thinking about our building effort in this context. It will be a tremendous resource and expand our capacity to open the door to God's love.
We express God individually and together.
At this point, a survey was passed out with many ideas for ways Gateway can reach out to the community when we have a facility. They are too many ideas for a few people, but together? We're trying to get a picture of what we can do. We were asked to circle up to three things that we would be interested in participating in and maybe even leading.
The "Don't Miss This" line: Let's go do it!
Let's go do what God has laid on your heart.
You can tell a person's commitment level by their complaints about church.
Those outside the church say, "They really need to do better at..."
A step further in, we say, "We really need to do better at..." "Gateway needs to..."
You are the body of Christ. I need to do such and so.
I need to get busy.
I need to invest.
I need to be all in.
Colossians 4:5 -- Make the most of every opportunity.
As suburban Americans, we are frenetically busy. We are isolated. We're afraid. We're far from God.
This is the context in which we live; these are our neighbors.
We have a unique opportunity.
What we do matters.