Hey Church at the Grove! I love our church! I am so thankful for a body of people willing to lay their lives on the line to glorify God and take the gospel to the world. I am fired up about leading people to follow Jesus and Make Disciples. Yesterday I preached at our Social Circle location and it was awesome to be there with Nathan and our incredible team that is creating an environment for people to explore faith. We are consistently having new people show up and now there are families that are coming each week!
Here are a few thoughts for our church:
Let’s keep it all about Jesus!
We live in an increasingly pluralistic culture where it has become a bit taboo to speak the name of Jesus in an exclusive way. The gospel of Jesus is the ONLY hope we have for having a meaningful, significant and purposeful life! Let’s keep it ALL ABOUT Jesus! I don’t mean that we abandon the freedom for people to explore faith at their own pace. We should be accepting, loving and kind to people from all perspectives and backgrounds BUT it really is ALL ABOUT JESUS!
We entered this year with a intensive focus on prayer, especially for our campus launch in Social Circle. We must continue to depend on God! Let’s continue to passionately ask God to act on behalf of the mission He has called us to. Let’s pray that He works in lives to bring people to faith in Jesus. Let’s pray that God works in father’s hearts and works in families in a way that transforms lives! Let’s continue to pray that God gives us favor and credibility with our local community and ministry partnerships. Let’s continue to pray!
I read this recently from Mark Batterson on prayer:
“Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers. God isn’t offended by your biggest dreams or boldest prayers. He is offended by anything less. If your prayers aren’t impossible to you, they are insulting to God.” ”And until His sovereign will becomes your sanctified wish, your prayer life will be unplugged from its power supply.”
Ask not what your church can do for you, but what you can do for your church!
Let me be honest! It’s not about YOU! We have an incredible group of people that serve and make Church at the Grove a great church BUT we always need more people to simply jump in and find a place to serve. When people are looking for a church, the prevalent pray should be “God, where do you want my family to partner with you in your mission?” rather than, “God where do you want us to be to have our needs met?” JUMP IN somewhere and serve!
Encourage Each Other!
Yesterday’s message at both our campuses was about authentic relationships and our need for encouragement and accountability. Are you engaged in a small group of relationships that encourage you to grow spiritually? Are you connected in a Community Group? We will not grow spiritually as God desires until we are connected in meaningful relationships of encouragement. You cannot grow spiritually the way God intended simply sitting in rows on Sunday staring at the back of other people’s heads. As we say at The Grove, “Circles are better than rows!”
I have been amazed at how generous Church at the Grove has been especially over the past year or so. Our financial situation looked pretty dismal two years ago and because of faithful giving and generosity we actually exceeded our budget last year. I certainly am not in “panic mode” but we are behind our budget so far for 2012. Please continue your generous giving and if you haven’t stepped out in faith to give, don’t miss out on the blessing that God has in store when we give generously. You can give on Sundays or on-line at www.churchatthegrove.com
Be a missionary!
See yourself as a missionary to the people in the circles of relationships that you travel! Who are you praying for and investing in that is a neighbor, family member or co-worker? Please keep your eyes and ears open for opportunities for CATGrove to invest in our community and then take the initiative yourself to step in and make something happen! Don’t feel like you have to wait for the church to organize something. You are commissioned as a missionary! Go for it! You have permission!
Easter is coming!
Easter is April 8 and it is a great opportunity to invite someone to join you at CATGrove! You can read more about how to leverage Easter here!