Thursday, February 5, 2015

Loving with abandon

Hey Friends and Family of TCC,

I wanted to jump up and shout when John used this phrase in his message Sunday. “There is no impact without contact.” We live in a culture that is hungry for the love Jesus offers and yet most people in culture believe that the church is judgmental, hate-filled and out of touch. That’s why most people who discuss the role of the church in today’s world would agree that we need to lead with love, lean into truth and love with abandon if we are going to impact the world. If you missed John’s message, Engage Culture, please watch or listen to it soon.

It’s critical that we ask God for courage and wisdom and then engage culture with Him. As we talk about our own engagement in this series, it’s essential that we come to see ourselves as Christ’s ambassadors and representatives to our world. Our mission is clarified in this statement I heard quite a few years ago: people won’t care about what you know until they know how much you care. Our Friend Day is March 1. Will you continue praying for the person or people you want to invite to join you that day? I’ll be starting a new series called “Simplify” that I’m so excited to share.

On Sunday morning we’re going to experience Communion – the Lord’s Supper together. I want to encourage you to spend a little time between now and then asking God to prepare you to meet with Him in a dynamic encounter as we commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus together.

I hope you’ll plan to join us this Sunday evening as we celebrate some of the life-transformation God has allowed us to experience in 2014. We have a fun and celebrative evening planned that everyone will find meaningful.

Engaging with you,

Saturday Prayer Focus: First Baptist Church, Nevada City. Please pray for Roland Meyer and the folks of First Baptist that they will represent Jesus and His love with passion. Pray for empowered ministry and wisdom as they seek to reach out to their neighbors.

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