“That is why I have come …” to proclaim and teach about the kingdom of God. While Jesus is called “Rabbi” more than any other title in the Gospels, we see that his teaching methods vary. Jesus wasn’t just about the sermon and lecture. There was a practical and tangible component along the way of serving and healing. This was visible evidence of his merciful character. Of course, there was also consistent prayer and times of renewal.
The great commission was given to the disciples-and to us- “…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” He also gave us the methodology by his example: proclaim, teach, serve, heal and pray.
Last Sunday many of us enjoyed a wonderful time of prayer on Summit’s new site.
We prayed that our people will have the courage to Go Beyond in financially supporting the development of our first permanent campus, and we prayed for all those we will reach from that location. We were encouraged to take a small jar of dirt from the site, as a reminder to keep this kingdom effort in prayer. (We’ll have some additional jars available for you on Sunday.)
Pastor Nate recorded our Go Beyond campaign video on the new site several weeks ago. If you have not had the opportunity to see it, I encourage you to watch it today!
You also may be receiving some US Mail from us this week and next. We’re sending out end of 2016 giving statements (thank you for your generosity!) as well as a letter from Pastor Nate with some additional Go Beyond giving information.
As I reflect on all of the information we are providing and all of the campaign activities going on, I am particularly delighted that everyone is so enthusiastic about this great kingdom effort! Our worship attendance has been high this year, we’re greeting many new guests and returning guests, and our children and students are having a blast with their Go Beyond efforts. I’m looking forward to our great Super Sunday Celebration on February 5th, and our Spring Growth Group season!
With all that our Lord has set before us it’s easy to be distracted by the activity. Pause. Pray.
Saving Jesus, be with us and guide us each day as we seek to proclaim, teach, serve and heal in your name. Strengthen us, always, for the mission. Amen.
Thanks and blessings,