Galatians 6:9–10 (NASB95)
9 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. 10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
I am so encouraged when I hear about our church members living out these two verses. Let me give you some examples: calling other church members to see how they are doing; going shopping and taking needed items to someone’s house; having meals delivered to the homes of people who just had babies or just got out of the hospital; donating money to cover medical expenses; giving money to the monthly missions offering for specific needs; etc. Thank you to all of you who have been showing the love of Christ to one another in such tangible ways. Your brothers and sisters are greatly encouraged by your kindness.
I believe it is possible for us to not only continue to do these things for one another but also to expand it to people outside of our church. This can be done individually as you respond to the needs of people you know at work, school, or in your neighborhood. Offering to pick up some items for them when you go shopping; letting them know you are praying for them during a difficult time; etc., is a great way for them to feel Christ’s love through you. This can be done by your small group as you adopt a missionary and meet practical needs; adopt a widow or widower and minister to them; go do a service project in the community; donate needed items to the Open Arms Pregnancy Clinic; etc. And it can be done by our entire church family as we creatively and practically reach out to those in the medical community or first responders; do a food drive for a local homeless shelter; etc.
If you have ideas of how we can reach out to the community individually, in small groups, or all together, please send them to Mika Kaltoft (Mika@BridgeBible.Church). We will compile your ideas and prayerfully consider which one(s) we can do in the near future. You could go one step further and let Mika know that you would be willing to help plan / organize one of these outreach events to make a positive impact on our community for Christ.
This Sunday I am looking forward to our study in James 2:14-26 on the differences between a Living and a Dead faith. Please encourage everyone to attend or watch it on Livestream. This is a critical text of Scripture for today. So many people have been deceived into believing they are going to heaven by false gospel presentations or false responses to the gospel. Billions of people who claim to have “faith” are on a broad road to destruction. I don’t want anyone in our church or any of your family or friends to spend eternity separated from God because they held to a false view of saving faith. Please pray for me as I preach and for others as they listen. How I long for heaven to rejoice over even one sinner who repents.
One more thing. I want to strongly encourage those of you with small children to come to church as a family on Sunday mornings; masks and all. For centuries, believers have worshiped together as entire families, and the older generation was able to model for the younger generation how to worship God, quietly receive instruction from God’s Word, and encourage others in the body of Christ. Diane and I raised all four of our children coming to the worship services with us from their infancy. And wearing masks together right now is a great way to model for our children submission to governing authorities (Rom. 13), submission to the leadership of the church (Heb. 13:17), and genuine concern for the safety, well-being, and concerns of others (Rom. 14-15). Children can learn to sit still, listen, and participate in the worship of our great God and King. The kids may cause minor distractions from time-to-time, but they are not a distraction to me, and the family of God is patient, forbearing, and kind. I would love to worship the Lord with you and your whole family.