Yesterday was another great Sunday at C3! We had a record breaking crowd and it was certainly a joy to speak to you Sunday. It felt like everyone was really engaged. Awesome!
On that note, I want to thank you for your response to the Elders announcement about our finances being tight here at the beginning the year. Your response has put us back on a healthy track at doing ministry here at C3!
God is good!
Also, I am really looking forward to this Sunday and the kickoff of our Glow Project! It is going to be a lot of fun. This week you will learn how you, YOU, can make a difference that’s bigger than your world. You will be inspired, challenged, and encouraged to be a light in this world.
In our last Elders meeting we talked about our church family being described as a “go and be” church. What is that? A “go and be” church is described by these attributes:
- Serves people
- It teaches every Christian has been gifted to serve others.
- Believes ministry takes place outside the church walls and in the community.
- Worship happens 24/7, not just on Sunday morning.
- Emphasizes serving as an integral part of spiritual growth, not an add-on.
- Everyone shows and tells the Gospel.
We don’t want to be a church that grows attached to buildings, programs, and professional ministry. Our church doesn’t exist for the benefit of the customer base, but for the benefit of the community. Ultimately, we exist to call all people to a repentant faith in Jesus Christ.
In the 1700s and 1800s church leaders were devoted to both evangelism and social involvement. Leaders such as the Wesley’s, Charles Finney, William Wilberforce, and others serve as exceptional examples of leaders who reached people for Christ through compassion. But when the 1900s began the church changed course in something church historians call the “Great Reversal.” Churches retreated from the public square and began to focus on evangelism, serving the people in their church, and defending the faith against theological errancy.
The result, churches today have retreated so far from showing compassion in the public square they no longer have the relational credibility to influence those outside the faith. Part of the GLOW! Project’s goal is for our church family to take that step into our communities and neighborhoods, to start our own great reversal from retreat into advance, to make a difference, to shine like stars, to light up the night! See you Sunday!