This past week, Sarah Smith was baptized into Christ. Sarah is in her 70s. There’s a scripture where Jesus says we need to come to Him as a child. Children have such a trusting innocence un-jaded by skepticism, cynicism, and intellectualism that can easily keep many people from simply trusting and obeying Jesus. Those very attributes sure made it hard for the Pharisees in the New Testament to see God working in Jesus’ life. They sure didn’t want to simply follow Jesus or His teaching. So when I see someone like Sarah simply yielding to the way Jesus was baptized in simple obedience, while I celebrate every baptism and every life change, I sure take humble notice of one so mature, acting in a child-like faith kind of way. Were we all to be so trusting and obedient towards our Lord, yes?
We’re finishing “Chasing Daylight” this Sunday. I know this has been one of those series that’s really impacted so many of you. I’ve emailed entire sermons, the time management grid, the sermon videos have been viewed a lot online, and I’ve had ministers inquire about the outlines and manuscripts. It’s an ancient work that really speaks to our current world in a very profound way. This weekend we’ll look at chapter 12 as the writer specifically states, “Here’s the conclusion of the matter….” You don’t want to miss it.
As a ministry staff and even leadership, one of the character traits we both desire but also work to implement is constant learning and improvement. Towards that end, right now (on Thursday) our youth and children’s staff are at a conference in Louisville for their development. This weekend most of our leadership group (elders and wives) are going to Eastview Christian Church in Normal, IL for development and insight from a great church in a similar town who are a couple of steps farther down the road than we are. Eastview has served as our mentor church since 2006. During this time frame both churches continue to have great growth.
One of the common things both of our ministries are committed to is God’s inspired Word. Each week, we put God’s word in front of our church - but also people who visit from Columbia and the surrounding area. We preach Jesus. We stay focused on God’s mission to connect people to Jesus.
As ever, Sunday is going to be one of those great encounters with our Lord. Looking forward to a great weekend!