Typically, this is a summary of this past week’s sermon, but Sunday’s sermon was brief as was the service. We did look at Acts 2, and you can find the audio and video online. We followed the sermon with a beautiful baptism and our quarterly Town Hall meeting. Look for an email with audio and video links from the Town Hall in the next few days.
Right now, I want to say thank you to everyone at Evident Grace. We have a beautiful, growing community. We are blessed with wonderful committed members, lots of newborn, healthy babies, consistent guests, and an ever-growing ministry to the local area.
When I look at our church, I know we need to grow in our worship, community, and service. I pray for our growth in depth and reach. But I want to remind us that growth best comes as we are thankful for what we have.
If we want our worship to grow, we should remember Psalm 100
Psalm 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! 5 For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
If we want our community to grow in depth and number, we should remember Colossians 3:
Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the LORD Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
If we want our service to grow, we should remember 2 Corinthians 9:
2 Corinthians 9:11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 12 For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. 13 By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others
I love all of you, and I pray your weeks are full of joy and thanks, no matter what God has called you to do.
I look forward to hearing from all of you this week and seeing you on Sunday.