|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Be smart, be strategic”
Our Bible verse for today: Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.” Proverbs 3:27 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Do good on purpose”
We’re going to spend most of next week considering how our churches can be smart and strategic. We’ll discuss the concept of “simple church”. We’ll also think about what it means for a small church to be a “strategically” small church. We will talk about marshalling our resources and focusing our efforts in ways that are most effective and efficient. And we will consider some models of ministry which have proven effective at drawing a large percentage of the members into active service within the church.
But for today, I want us to consider being smart and strategic by taking intentional action to make the gatherings of our churches a time of nurture and spiritual renewal for everyone. In these difficult days in which we live, the meeting of the church family needs to be a refuge from the storms of life. Church should be a sanctuary, a shelter from the storm. It should be a place of nurture and renewal. We all need this. But in order for it to be that way, we have to be intentional about making it that way. I can assure you that Satan will take that away from us if we let him.
One way in which each of us can make sure the gathering of our church is indeed a time of nurture and renewal for all of us, is to follow the advice Solomon gives in Proverbs 3:27 (above) by doing good on purpose. Look for opportunities to bless and encourage your brothers and sisters. Go out of your way to do something nice for someone. You could spend some time today (Saturday) praying and asking the Lord to bring to your mind a person or two who needs some special attention tomorrow (Sunday). You might even want to bring that person (s) a small gift – like a couple of donuts, or a flower, or a card, or … well, you get the point.
I will address this issue in the sermon tomorrow at Oak Hill Baptist Church. We would love for you to join us in person for Sunday school at 9:00 and for the worship service at 10:00. The service will also be livestreamed on the Oak Hill Baptist Church Facebook page, and the recorded version will be available afterwards on our website (oakhillbaptist.net).
I encourage you to intentionally do something good, something nice, for someone in your church family this Sunday. Our participation in the gathering of our church is a crucial part of our week. Let’s all go out of our way to make it extra special by doing something good on purpose.
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