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From the Pastor’s Desk …

May 2018

“… praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:47) God doesn’t mind your church having a small congregation. What He objects to is your church having a small vision, for that limits what He can do through you. The story’s told of a tourist visiting a small English village. He asked an old gentleman, “Is there anything special about this place?” The old man smiled and said, “Yes, you can start here and go anywhere else on earth.” In Acts chapter 5 verse 28 the New Testament church was accused of “… filling Jerusalem with your doctrine …”. And in chapter 17 verse 6, Paul and Silas were accused of “… turning the world upside down …”. What impact! God has a plan for church growth and you have a part to play. You are called to: invite them. You say, “Isn’t that my pastor’s job?” No, your pastor is a shepherd. Shepherds don’t give birth to sheep; sheep do that. When was the last time you told someone about Jesus and invited them to meet other Christians? If you discovered a cure for cancer or Alzheimer’s, wouldn’t you share it? Jesus said, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many and sent his servant … to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready’.” (Luke 14:16-17). When the invited guests started making excuses as to why they couldn’t come, “The master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled’.” (v. 23). Note the words “compel them to come.” Pick them up in your car, arrange breakfast before church or lunch afterwards. Get creative, but whatever you do, show them Jesus!

And the Church moves day by day in the grace and power of the Living Lord Jesus.

“After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.” (Acts 4:31) Inspire them. To be inspired is to feel motivated and excited about what you are doing. The story is told of a little boy sitting in church with his mother. On the platform behind the pastor were three flags; the little boy asked her about the first one. “That’s our nation’s flag,” she said. Then he wanted to know about the second flag. She whispered, “That’s the Christian flag.” Finally he asked about the third flag. Telling him to be quiet, she whispered, “That’s for those who died in service.” Innocently he asked, “Which service did they die in, the morning or evening service?” Yes, your church should be a place of reverence and order, but it should also be alive with the power and presence of God. A sign on a little country store said it all: “There’s no place anywhere near this place, that’s anything like this place, so this must be the place!” That’s what God wants His church to be. You ask, “What was church like back in the days of the early apostles?” Distinctive! Dynamic! Demonstrative! “When they had prayed, the place where they were assembled … was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.” According to the latest opinion poll, nowadays a “committed” church member is somebody who attends church twice a month. Wow! The New Testament believers went every day. Furthermore, “They were all (every member) filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the Word of God with boldness.” Jesus is many things—but boring isn’t one of them. So let’s engage people, instruct them, and inspire them!

Pentecost and Trinity Blessings!

Pastor Mike Bailey

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