We are continuing a series we started last week. As a community that understands it is not here for itself but exists for the sake of those who are not yet part of God’s Family, we agree with C.S. Lewis when he said, “The Church is the only organization that exists for the benefit of its non-members.” John Wimber would say over and over, the “meat is in the street”; and as Robby Dawkins likes to point out, “if you want to see God’s power in here, in the church, you have to take it out there.” It’s a God economy type of thing, if your looking for mercy and forgiveness for yourself, give it way; if you’re in need of money give (tithe), if you’re in need of healing and encouragement, give it away by praying for those also in need. In this series we’re discovering that God has given us certain abilities, spiritual gifts to accomplish His work here on *earth to display His coming Kingdom. We call them. Tools of the Trade. Today we’ll look at three abilities God gives us by His Grace and recognize. God Persuades powerfully thru us.
Today we take on the new topic of Spiritual Gifts. In total there are nine topices and we will be talking about 3 a week. This week we will be talking about Words of Wisdom, Words of Knowledge and Prophesy.
These being the first Sundays of the New Year I couldn’t help but consider our community together; what that means for we as a church body and we as individual members in it. In the Northeast we know about seasons and that there are appropriate activities for each of them. That’s true of literal calendar seasons, that’s true of an individual’s life, and even organizations or communities like ours. I am one who has always believed that we can take advantage of certain calendar year holidays and events to focus or refocus attention on areas *that need it. That’s why our series title. A time for everything.
This being the first Sunday of the New Year I can't help but want us to consider our being in community together:what that means for we as a church body and we as indiviual members in it.Today we see that it is also a time to renew commitments.
This being the first Sunday in the New Year I can’t help but want us to consider our being in community together; what that means for we as a church body and we as individual members in it. The very fact that we’ve had our first “pseudo-snow” this past Tuesday speaks in real terms of a change in seasons, particularly for we in the Northeast, we know seasonally there is 1a.a time for everything. That’s true of literal calendar seasons, that’s true of an individual’s life, and even organizations or communities like our own. I am one who has always believed that it is right to take advantage and commemorate and celebrate certain calendar year holidays *and events. New Year’s lends itself to putting aside a time to reflect and look forward.