Sunday School 9:00 AM
Social Time 10:00
"Therefore 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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20
The call from God is to go and make disciples of all nations. What does that look like at
Richardson Park UMC in 2018 and beyond? In what new ways is Jesus asking us to be his hands and feet in the world today? How do people perceive us as "The Church?"
In the Bible, "the church" is described as believers and disciples of Jesus Christ. A beautiful
picture of the church functioning as God intended is found in Acts 2. "And they, continuing
daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, praising God, and having favor with all the people
. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Many people associate the word "church" with a building. But as we see from the Acts
scripture, church is living out what Jesus commanded in Matthew 28:19-20. The church isn't a physical building. If I had to describe the church in my own words I would describe it like this,
"The church was and is the people who put their hope and trust in Jesus Christ. The church was and is believers who allow the Holy Spirit full control over every part of their lives. The
church was and is believers who don't mind sharing their testimony so that others will believe, accept Jesus as their savior and enjoy the gift of salvation."
In the coming months, God is providing an opportunity for us to enjoy the same favor the early
church enjoyed; adding to the number those who will be saved. Notice I didn't say adding to our membership. God isn't concerned about how many people are on our membership role, but
He is passionate about how many people are written in the book of life.
I invite you to join us Sunday, July 8 at 4:30 p.m. as we seek to celebrate what God, through
the power of the Holy Spirit, is going to do in our new "Contemporary Worship" service. We're excited about what God has already done and will do. We want you to share in the excitement
with us! If you can't join us, pray for God to send the harvest!
Your co-laborer in Christ,
2018 July/August Messenger