‘You will not find in all of history any church that has flourished after it became negligent of the outside world’ CH Spurgeon
I was talking with a friend today sharing some of the story of Church at the Grove and I was so excited talking about what God has done in five years of life-transforming ministry. I get excited when I reflect on the past, rest in the present and envision the future of Church at the Grove! My friend commented about how many churches struggle maintaining their focus on reaching people outside the church over the long haul. It is a difficult task to maintain an outward focus but it is the very heart of God to make His name known to all people.
I came across the Spurgeon quote in the first line above and my heart ached at the thought that CATGrove would ever be negligent of the out outside world.
My prayer is that we would continue to flourish in the years to come by focusing on The Great Commission. Let’s resolve to maintain our focus on the outside world and God’s love to for those that are yet to be reached.
Luke 15:7 (ESV)
7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
Let’s stay focused!
This Week in The Grove:
5 year anniversary!
On September 11 we will celebrate an incredible 5 years as Church at the Grove! (Insert applause & cheers) These 5 years have been significant in seeing many people turn to follow Jesus & seeing lives transformed as we have impacted our local community and even touched lives around the world. September 11 will be a big day and we want everyone who calls Church at the Grove home to be there and to bring your family and friends to join you!
Two Services on September 11
We have continued to see our CATGrove family grow and as a result, we need to create more space for new people. On September 11 we will launch with 2 Sunday morning gatherings at 9:30 & 11am. This is to create another opportunity for you to invite your family and friends that you have been praying for and investing in!
Community Groups begin September 11
Our new Community Group semester will begin Sunday September 11! I am convinced that one of the important elements to our growth this past year (God gets the credit, of course) was our Community Groups this past year. We had more groups and more people connected to groups than ever before! Please choose a group over this next month and get connected to other people in the church!
Church at the Grove Social Circle
This coming January we will launch a 2nd location gathering in Social Circle. God has called us since before we ever launched our 1st gathering to be aggressive in ADVANCING the gospel through planting new churches and new locations of CATGrove! I am asking everyone to please pray about being a part of this launch team that will help get this new gathering started. It will be one of the most exciting things you have ever been a part of. Consider making this your campus, consider giving one year or six months to help get Social Circle started. We can’t do without people like you.