God has already gone before us and is waiting with a plan of blessing as we ramp up our efforts to “Go Be the Church.” I have been seeking God’s direction in 2022 for our church. It is all about prayer! Considering where we have come from, our present uncertainties for today and into tomorrow, God has a clear plan for us to focus-in on our ministry remaining strong on continuing to BE BLESSED so we can BE A BLESSING.
This past fall, two pastors, Dave and Jon Ferguson, launched a new effort that I feel God is inviting us to join in 2022. It is called: “B.L.E.S.S. – 5 Everyday Ways to Love Your Neighbor and Change the World” (especially our community)! Are you open and ready to be a B.L.E.S.S.ing every day? When you and I have been transformed by God’s love, you can’t help but want others to experience the same grace and freedom. But, how do you share it without scaring them away or offending them? For most Christians, “evangelism” is an intimidating word that suggests handing out tracts to strangers or doing some awkward thing. But, what if there was a more organic, more authentic way to share in life with others – living out a faith that reflects in all we do as a part of our daily living with our friends, neighbors and co-workers?
Dave and Jon have authored a new book about this “B.L.E.S.S.”ing. It is founded in 5 simple, straight-forward practices that will allow any believer to do just that. And by consistently living them out, we can affect not just individual lives but affect our entire network of friends and family, our “neighborhood” and
community – one person at a time.
In January, we will begin by moving into a time of learning – learning to make our life better so we can impact in a positive way – making the lives of others better – doing just what Jesus invites us and calls us to do as a Christian. The B.L.E.S.S. practices were created as a simple tool to help you bring the love of God to you and through you to others. You and I will discover that a life of praying, listening, sharing a meal, serving and telling stories is the richest life possible. The everyday rhythm of these 5 practices will not only change others and change you and me, but also begin to change people around us and our community!
So, I invite you to order your books: “B.L.E.S.S. – 5 Everyday Ways to Love Your Neighbor and Change the World” by Dave and Jon Ferguson (Salem Books – ISBNL 978-1-68451-008-7)
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I also invite you to order the Question Based Bible Study Guide: “BLESS – 5 Everyday Ways to Love YourNeighbor and Change the World – Good Questions Have Groups Talking” by Josh Hunt (ISBN: 979-8-70860-498-9) This will be our Small Group Bible lesson that we will also begin later in January.
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Begin to PRAY about our church, each member and the pastor, our neighborhood and our community. Jesus said for us in the “Great Commandments” to “Love God and love our neighbor (neighbor meaning anyone with a need – not just those who live next door to us). I am excited to have you join together with God leading as we begin 2022 to Go Be the Church!